Series: River of Time, #2
Author: Lisa Tawn Bergren
Publisher: David C. Cook
Tags: Young Adult, Time Travel, Romance, Historical
Hearts: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥
Gabi knows she’s left her heart in the fourteenth century and she persuades Lia to help her to return, even though they know doing so will risk their very lives. When they arrive, weeks have passed and all of Siena longs to celebrate the heroines who turned the tide in the battle against Florence—while the Florentines will go to great lengths to see them dead. But Marcello patiently awaits, and Gabi must decide if she’s willing to leave her family behind for good in order to give her heart to him forever.
Once Lia and Gabi have returned from their adventure in the Middle Ages, they are discovered by guards and brought to their mother. They tell her everything they have experienced. At first their mother is a bit skeptical, but eventually she starts believing their story. To make sure she believes it entirely, Gabi convinces her mom to go back with them to the tomb and to experience it herself. She also wants to see Marcello again, from whom she had to part in a hurry…
When they arrive, the three women notice a note from Marcello and some clothing to wear. He warns them to be careful of enemies, who are desperately looking for the Betarrini sisters. They also discover that three months have passed since they last visited. Marcello greets them when they emerge from the forest and Gabi discovers that there have been some changes while she was away: Firenze has become much more aggressive and the castle of the Forrelli’s has been brought in a state of utmost readiness. Not all changes are bad, since Fortino has recovered from his illness, and is now engaged to lady Rossi, because Marcello broke their engagement off….
They travel with all of them to Siena, to celebrate the return of the sisters Betarrini. Gabi must make a difficult decision during the party about the fate of her enemy, lord Paratore. Whatever decisions she makes, it will not be without consequences….
This book didn’t grab me as much as the previous one. I still enjoyed reading it, but this time there were some things that bothered me tremendously. Like when they discover someone who has the plague. Gabi immediately orders anyone who has been in contact with the person (she, Marcello, Lia , Luca and some of the knights) to go in quarantine and don’t be in the vicinity of other people for a duration of 10 days. When they have to flee before the ten days are over, she turns a deaf ear to her sound advice and doesn’t even think about the people she meets and who help her ( no problem if the enemy catches it 😉 )! She doesn’t even warn them!
And the people who do have the plague are better way too soon. If someone is suffering from the plague, which is most certain deadly, it’s not possible to be up and running within days… at least I haven’t heard or read of something like that happening.
Gabi started to annoy me a little. She sometimes acted without ever thinking about what consequences her actions would have. In the first book I kinda overlooked this because she just arrived there, but now? After some time, you would get used to think before you act, wouldn’t you? Since some of her actions already had consequences in the first book, I thought she must have learned something from that, but apparently not.
Another fact that bothered me was that, after spending more than two days in the burning sun with no water (which makes you very weak and can kill you) she was all better a couple of hours after she drank some water…. That’s just not possible, your body needs more time to recover from it.
Little side note: Noticed Luca somewhere saying: I could sail the seven seas… Seven seas? I doubt they knew there were seven at that time 😉
My overall rating of this book is still, despite my remarks (okay I can be a nit-picker 😉 ) is 4 hearts. Quite enjoyed reading it and I’m patiently (so not 😉 ) waiting till the next and last book comes out in September. And for those of you who are wondering: Marcello is continues to be a true knight in shining armor. Even in this book I wasn’t able to find a single flaw in him 😉
What did you think of it? Please leave a comment 😉