Estuary… It’s been years since I read the River of Time series that precedes this one. But I felt like I was coming home after vacation, or maybe on a trip with friends I haven’t seen in a decade. The atmosphere was familiar and comfortable, though I doubt Luci would call it comfortable.
Being sucked into the past, in a foreign country can’t be considered either familiar or comfortable, but for her, it was just ‘right’ and I enjoyed taking the journey with her. From the comfort of my world of climate-controlled spaces and modern conveniences.
About the Book
Author: Lisa T. Bergren
Genre: Romantic Fantasy
Release date: June 13, 2023
Can a family bond stand the test of time?
Lady Tiliani Forelli is the epitome of the She-Wolves who raised her, an adept archer with a mind of her own. It is long past time for her to wed, but she deems each young lord who comes to bid for her hand lacking. With battles upon their border, and rumors of war growing louder on every front, Lady Forelli’s decision could secure her kingdom’s peace… or bring about its destruction.
Centuries later, history major Luciana Betarrini takes a summer job alongside her twin, Domenico, as a period actor at Castello Forelli in Italy. As incoming college seniors, this might be their last chance to spend meaningful time together, so she’s soaking up every minute. But when Nico’s theory that their lost Betarrini relatives have traveled through time becomes potentially real—and they might be able to follow—Luci fears they’ll be forever divided.
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It had been a while since I’d read the River of Time series, however It took no time at all to be sucked in and back in the flow of the story. I also think it would work just as well without the backstory of the other 5 books, though they add a great deal of richness, if you read them first.
(More about those, and other Time Travel tales here.)
I love the way the actions in the past cause changes to the present. That leave clues to draw others into the river, well, now Ocean of Time.
Nick and Luci were amazing new additions to this world. My heart broke for their totally unanchored lives in the present day, and I’m so glad they found their way to a real family environment, complete with drama, war, love, and friendships.
The ending scenes are just “cliff-hangered” enough to keep me beside myself in anticipation of the next book, without leaving me uncertain about the important things.
I received a copy of this book from Celebrate Lit and chose to review it here. All thoughts are my own.
About the Author
Lisa T. Bergren is the author of over sixty books spanning a variety of genres, from children’s picture books to women’s historical fiction to supernatural suspense and time travel. She lives with her husband and three gradually-flying-from-the-nest young adult children.
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NEVER GO TO ITALY! BUT IF YOU DO…
Never go to Italy, I tell everyone, because it gets under your skin and then you have to go back! I’ve been six times over the years. Once with Tim and our BFFs, once with my extended family, twice with a daughter in tow (doing research in Rome and Venice), once to Tuscany alone for a romantic ten days with Tim, and this last summer, with extended family again. It was our 30th anniversary and so we went as far north as the Dolomites (jaw-dropping, Italian Alps). And in the future I want to explore the whole coast of Italy—on both sides!
As a writer it’s glorious, because you get to see remnants of history all around you! I get super excited when I get to walk through the remains of a castle or Roman ruins or even among vineyards, soaking up the smells and sights and cataloging details I can put in my novel so readers feel like they are there too. My family is patient with my sign-reading and desire to take extra long walks, trying to outline what it would be like in medieval times. The food, the views, the people make them pretty happy travel companions.
I am frequently asked what I would recommend for a travel itinerary for people going for the first time. Here’s what I tell them:
THE INTRO TO ITALY ITINERARY
If possible, I highly recommend you go late-Spring or in the Fall. Summer is SO much more crowded and winter can be cold/rainy/snowy!
Day 1: Using an “open-jawed” ticket (arriving from one airport, departing from another), fly to Italia!
Day 2: Arrive in Rome in the afternoon/eve. (You lose some hours/time zones in transit!) Stay up until at least 9 or 10, walking the streets, eating gelato, soaking up being in ROME! The goal is to get your body in the right time zone/avoid jet lag.
Day 3: Morning Colosseum tour with a guide group that will take you to the basement, where the gladiators prepared and animals were caged, then on to the Forum. Spend the afternoon walking to quintessential sites such as the Spanish Steps, Trevi Fountain, Piazza Navona. Sit and sip something, watching the tourists and locals. Find a fun restaurant for dinner—you’ll want reservations at the most popular places, so research before you go.
Day 4: Morning Vatican tour/Sistine Chapel. Afternoon exploring other sites important to you.
Day 5: Taxi back to airport to rent a car; drive to Tuscany; check into a villa or agriturismo for five days. My preference is somewhere around Montepulciano or Siena. Many provide nightly dinners or you may want to cook!
Day 6-9: Explore a different hill town each day. My favorites are Montepulciano, Siena, Pienza. But there are so many. Just follow your nose one day!
Day 10: Return car to Rome early morning; take train to Florence for the day/night. Have advance reservations to “The David.” Consider reservations for the Uffizi if you’re a fan of classic art. Just explore the city if you’d rather not. Climb the Duomo for a fantastic view of the city.
Day 11: Train to Venice; check into a hotel on the Grand Canal or one of the smaller ones. Start getting your bearings by riding the water bus. It’s noisy but you can see the whole canal for little $. Find a great place for dinner. Again, do some research before you go and make reservations!
Day 12-13: Saint Mark’s (pay to climb to next level!); pay to go up the Campanile (tower) at sunset; walk/wander far enough to get out of the tourist zone—the old naval yard is cool. Take the water bus out to Torcello, the birthplace of Venice. Stop at Murano and Burano. Pay for a private water taxi tour at sunset or take the classic gondola ride.
Day 14: Take a water taxi to the airport. It’s a short walk from the docks and a very cool way to end your trip. Arrivederci! (Which means, “Until we meet again.” Because now, you’ve BEEN there. And you’ll HAVE to return! It’s THAT great!)