I finished this book in as little sittings as possible. Every spare second I had, I read. I’ve always been in love with the Medieval Time period, so with the knights, chivalry, and beautiful language, I was in absolute heaven while reading Waterfall.
Waterfall is an action-filled time travel story that really packs a punch. Our main character Gabi is a strong, quick-witted and compassionate young woman who finds herself thrust back into Medieval Italia. Given the means of travel, Gabi’s younger sister Lia should have been in the tomb as well when Gabi arrived in the past, but instead, she remains missing for a great deal of this book. Gabi spends a good chunk of the story searching exhaustively for her missing sister. Luckily, Gabi does not have to do this alone. After arriving in the past, Gabi quickly gains interest and assistance from a local Lord and his accompaniment.
Marcello. Swoon. He captured my heart from the start. Sweet, brave, and kind, Marcello is everything you could want in a male lead, especially a possible romantic lead. Though baffled by Gabi’s appearance, clothing and behaviors, Marcello is quick to assist in the search for her missing sister.
Though thrust into a period of time where women were extremely repressed and treated as fragile birds, Gabi remained strong and wise. Packing knowledge of medicine that Medieval Italia has yet to discover, skilled with a blade, and her own pure determination, Gabi is a force to be reckoned with. Even with the possibility of her sister being gone for good, and with her, Gabi’s only chance of making it home, Gabi pushes on forward, remaining steadfast.
Between the complicated and forbidden love brewing between Marcello and Gabi and the continual search for Lia, which turns-up surprising and dangerous results, I was glued to this book. Lost in the beauty of the past, at times I found myself wishing to be part of that world. You can tell that Bergren has a passion for Old Italia through her descriptions.
Fair warning: the ending of Waterfall is both heartbreaking and hopeful. Luckily this is a series 😉