BERGREN, LISA T.
What do you do when your knight in shining armor lives, literally, in a different world?
Most American teenagers want a vacation in Italy, but the Betarrini sisters have spent every summer of their lives among the romantic hills with their archaeologist parents. Stuck among the rubble of medieval castles in rural Tuscanny on yet another hot, dusty archaeological site, Gabi and Lia are bored out of their minds...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.
Suddenly Gabbi's summer in Italy is much, much more interesting.
MAGNIFICENT! I'M JUMPING UP AND DOWN OVER THIS YOUNG ADULT NOVEL! I LOVE A GOOD TIME-TRAVEL STORY AND THIS ONE IS REALLY, REALLY, REALLY GOOD! THE HISTORICAL DETAILS ARE INCREDIBLE AND BERGREN HAS DONE A WONDERFUL JOB OF SHOWING THE CONTRAST BETWEEN OUR MODERN DAY HEROINE AND HER MEDIEVAL KNIGHT!
GABI HAS HAD AN UNUSUAL UPBRINGING -- FROM FENCING LESSONS WITH HER DAD TO CONVERSING IN LATIN WITH HER PARENTS TO BEING FORCED TO STUDY CENTURIES OF HISTORY. WHO KNEW SO MUCH OF ALL THAT WOULD ACTUALLY SEEP IN AND SHE'D GET TO USE IT TO FULL ADVANTAGE ON HER SUMMER VACATION?!
THERE'S ACTION AND INTRIGUE, AND STAR-CROSSED LOVERS AND LOTS OF FUNNY MOMENTS AS GABI CONTINUES TO CONFOUND THOSE KNIGHTS IN SHINING ARMOR!
I JUST COULDN'T TEAR MYSELF AWAY FROM THE BOOK -- SO TEMPTED TO TAKE A PEEK AT THE LAST PAGE BECAUSE I COULDN'T FIGURE OUT HOW BERGREN COULD POSSIBLY RESOLVE EVERYTHING. SHE DID A VERY SKILLFUL JOB BUT SHE LEFT THE DOOR OPEN (OR SHOULD I SAY TIME PORTAL?) FOR THE NEXT BOOK IN THE RIVER OF TIME SERIES. CASCADE RELEASES IN JUNE 2011 AND TORRENT IN SEPTEMBER 2011. I AM COUNTING THE DAYS!!!!!