Remaining means giving up all she’s known and loved … and leaving means forfeiting what she’s come to know—and love itself.
Most American teenagers want a vacation in Italy, but the Bentarrini sisters have spent every summer of their lives with their parents, famed Etruscan scholars, among the romantic hills. In Book One of the River of Time series, Gabi and Lia are stuck among the rubble of medieval castles in rural Tuscany on yet another hot, boring, and dusty archeological site … until Gabi places her hand atop a handprint in an ancient tomb and finds herself in fourteenth-century Italy. And worse yet, in the middle of a fierce battle between knights of two opposing forces.
And thus she comes to be rescued by the knight-prince Marcello Falassi, who takes her back to his father’s castle—a castle Gabi has seen in ruins in another life. Suddenly Gabi’s summer in Italy is much, much more interesting. But what do you do when your knight in shining armor lives, literally, in a different world?
So when I first looked up the book, I was very hesitant. All I kept thinking was “time travel, really?” but then I read the prologue and first chapter online.
I got so into the story I almost screamed when I saw that was all I could read. I was ecstatic when I finally got the book.
The story sets off very quickly, but with the necessary background information. Gabi and Lia do the forbidden when they go into an archaeological tomb site and place their hands on the tomb. They get transported into the 14th century and soon find that their world is suddenly not theirs at all. Gabi gets caught in a battle and is rescued by handsome knight Lord Marcello Forelli. Gabi is separated from her sister and starts a desperate search to find her only to discover that evil Lord Paratore, enemy of the Forellis, has captured Lia. When Lord Paratore demands the impossible Gabi must decide which course to take, save her sister or save the people who have become like family to her.
Throughout the book Gabi starts to realize that she needs to trust that God might have a reason for her being in the past. She yearns to find her destiny and what the meaning of her life is. Is she there to change the course of history?
I really really really really really really liked this book! It was so good!!! I couldn’t put it down! Seriously this book was amazing! I cannot wait to see what happens next. As you can probably tell, I LOVED this book! Lisa T. Bergren is one of my favorite authors and she certainly does not disappoint with the fist installment in The River of Time Series!