Series: River of Time #3
Published by David C. Cook
Pub Date: September 1st 2011
Format: eARC | Source: Author
Genres: Historical, Romance, Time Travel, Young Adult
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When Gabi and Lia finally learn to surf the river of time, they realize they must make hard choices about life and love in the third and final book in the River of Time series.
Gabi and Lia Betarrini have learned to control their time travel, and they return from medieval Italy to save their father from his tragic death in modern times.
But love calls across the centuries, and the girls are determined to return forever—even though they know the Black Plague is advancing across Europe, claiming the lives of one-third of the population. In the suspenseful conclusion of the River of Time series, every decision is about life … and death.
This review of Torrent is about to get spoilery. You have been warned. :)
Let’s start with the part of the story that pained me most. My dearest Fortino. Still captured and repeatedly tortured at the hands of the enemy…for 15 months! It just broke my heart. I wish things had turned out differently for him, but I understand why they didn’t. It’s still very sad and unfair that it would happen to him of all people. My heart broke for Marcello at the end, during the funeral. I cried a little myself, but was comforted by Father Tomas’s words.
Lord Greco. *sigh* Even though in Cascade he was revealed as an ally and old, loyal friend of Marcello, I could not get past the way he treated Gabi. Yes, she might have survived only because of him but it wasn’t enough for me to soften towards him. So naturally when he appeared in this book, as I knew he would, I started out hating him. My feelings of hate for him slowly simmered as he revealed more of himself, his feelings toward Gabi, and his dreams of peace. By the end I was just sad for him. I really hope he gets his happy ending someday.
You know who I’m sure will have a happy ending together? Luca and Lia. It’s just a matter of time before Lia finally falls completely in love with Luca. I’ll say it again, I honestly don’t know how she’s been able to not fall in love with him yet! I’d be a goner by now. Gabi and Lia’s parents, too, who have been reunited after they saved him from death by traveling back in time. I was so happy they were able to get Ben, the dad, back to ancient Italy. It was so fun seeing Marcello squirm, lol. It was also refreshing to see parents able to recognize when their daughter has grown up and is ready to take on things they may not be ready for.
Marcello really grew up in the time Gabi was gone. He become even more assertive and confident, but his love for Gabi was constant, unwavering. I love that about him. I’ve suspected since Waterfall where one of Gabi and Marcello’s paths would lead…and that is to the altar. However, I never imagined everything they would go through to get to that point. I thought the actual ceremony was lovely, and I really appreciated how Lisa T. Bergren approached the wedding night.
It would not have been a true ending to this series had these dear characters not gone through a couple major battles. Literally and figuratively speaking. Be it physically or emotionally, everyone battled someone or something and came through on the other side a better person.
This series will always be on my favorites list. You get so immersed in it, you forget you’re not actually living it, just reading it. Thank you, Lisa, for creating this for us.