May 14, 2014

Cascade by Lisa Tawn Bergren

Hey everybody! Cassia here! I figured it was time for another review, so here you go! Enjoy!

WARNING: This is the second book in the River of Time series by Lisa Tawn Bergren. I highly suggest that you read the first book, Waterfall, before reading this review. Thank you!

Cascade by Lisa Tawn Bergren

Now that Gabriella knows that she is in love with Marcello Forelli, she must convince her mother and her sister to come and stay in medieval Tuscany. With her mother starting to get used to the time period and Lia liking it more and more, Gabi and Macello fall even more in love with each other as they try to avoid war between Siena and Florence. Now that they are fully reunited, Gabi starts to wonder just what the tunnel is capable of, and if she can stay with Marcello forever…

If you’ve read the review of the first book in this series, Waterfall, you know that I love love love this series. While I didn’t like this book as much as the first, it was still amazing. It was not as fast-paced as Waterfall, but there was a lot more romance, which made me happy. Gabi knows that Marcello holds her heart, and she his. So, that makes it more interesting as far as their relationship goes. You get to really know Marcello, which is really nice. This book focuses more on the politics between Siena and Florence, and even the politics between families (*cough* Rossis *cough*). Lucky for me, Bergren makes these politics easy to understand.

For my thoughts on Bergren’s writing style and stuff like that, you can read my review of Waterfall here.

The characters are mostly the same, with some new additions. Well, one, really. Maybe some minor ones, but only one big one: Lord Rodolfo Greco. (Isn’t his name awesome? I like that name, Rodolfo.) He’s the exact opposite of Marcello: Tall, Dark, and Handsome. Not that Marcello isn’t tall and handsome, it just sounds cool. Rodolfo is dark and mysterious, and Gabi cannot figure him out. *****SPOILER***** Later in the series, he sort of kind of makes it a little bit of a love triangle, adding some drama for Marcello and Gabi. But only a teeny tiny bit. He has good intentions. *****END SPOILER***** I really like him, but I like Marcello better. Rodolfo made some choices that I personally think he shouldn’t have based on his position, but you can’t blame him. Gabi has changed a lot, and it is for the better. She has realized some things about life, and has turned to God to guide her in her new world. (That’s another reason I love these books so much: Christian fiction!!) Marcello has changed a little bit, but it may be one of those occasions in which you just come to know more about the character so it appears that they have changed when they really haven’t, you just see some qualities that were there all along but just became apparent. Frankly, I love when characters change, especially when they change for the better, and Bergren has done it here, and done it well.

Bergren continues Gabi’s story in a thrilling sequel that gives both action and romance to satisfy every reader.
Five stars!
Goodbye for now,

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