Monday, August 15, 2011

Cascade, by Lisa T. Bergren (fiction) - time travel, romance, the Black Death

It's mysterious Monday (after time off for a wonderful Caribbean interlude last week at the International Association of School Librarianship conference in Kingston, UWI-Mona), and we're hurtling back to 14th century Italy with Gabi and Lia.

Have the teens convinced their rational archaeologist mother that they can truly travel into the past? Worry that time is moving faster in Marcello's world while she is in the present is causing Gabi true pain.

And consider the classic time traveler's paradox - if they do go back and stop the people of Castle Forelli from succumbing to the Black Plague, will that change history as we know it?

Romance, adventure, intrigue, and a trio of strong women make this second novel in the Rivers of Time Trilogy as good as the first book in the series, Waterfall. And the final volume, Torrent, will be released on September 1, 2011 - I can hardly wait!!

Book info: Cascade / Lisa T. Bergren. David C. Cook, 2011. [author's website] [publisher site] [book trailer]

Recommendation: Her heart belongs to Marcello - Gabi knows this now that she’s back in modern times and he is in 1342. But she and her sister Lia had to come back to find their mother – and find a way to keep the black plague from wiping out their friends in old Tuscany.

Their archaeologist mom can’t quite believe that her daughters have traveled to the 14th century and back; her scientific background demands proof. When the three Bettarini women visit the ancient tomb, Mom gets more than proof – she goes back with them!

Marcello’s betrothed has given him up for his older brother, who is finally recovering from his long illness; becoming Lady of Castle Forelli is a political move, of course. Free to express their affection at last, Gabi’s reunion with Marcello is interrupted by invaders from Castle Paratore.

The regional war between is still going strong, as the republics of Siena and Florence fight over the borderland castles. So the enemies of Castle Forelli would love to capture the Ladies Bettarini who are strong and wise and fearless in battle.

Intrigue, conflict, and the coming Black Plague – can the “She-Wolves of Siena” turn the tide? Will the troops of Florence break through the Sienese defenses to capture the capital? Will Gabi stay with Marcello in 1342, or will Lia and their mom try to draw her back to their own time?

This second book in the Rivers of Time series answers questions raised by Waterfall (#1 - blogged here July 26th) and leaves readers anticipating more intrigue and romance in Torrent (#3 - Sept 1, 2011 pub date). (One of 5,000 books recommended on Review copy courtesy of the publisher.


  1. Ooo, I want to go to THAT librarian conference! So glad CASCADE hit the mark for you too!

  2. @Lisa - IASL will be in Qatar in 2012 and in BALI in 2013! Saving up my pennies...

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  3. Sounds like a great read, Outlander-ish even. I'll have to add it to my list.

    Glad you enjoyed your conference. Welcome back!


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