About the Book
Gabriella has never spent a summer in Italy like this one. Remaining means giving up all she’s known and loved…and leaving means forfeiting what she’s come to know…and love itself.
Most American teenagers want a vacation in Italy, but the Bentarrini sisters have spent every summer of their lives with their parents, famed Etruscan scholars, among the romantic hills. Stuck among the rubble of medieval castles in rural Tuscany on yet another hot, dusty archeological site, Gabi and Lia are bored out of their minds… until Gabi places her hand atop a handprint in an ancient tomb and finds herself in fourteenth-century Italy. And worse yet, in the middle of a fierce battle between knights of two opposing forces.
And thus does she come to be rescued by the knight-prince Marcello Forelli, who takes her back to his father’s castle—a castle Gabi has seen in ruins in another life. Suddenly Gabi’s summer in Italy is much, much more interesting. But what do you do when your knight in shining armor lives, literally, in a different world?
An adventure of a lifetime is complicated by a love that defies time.
The characters in this book aren’t the only ones who experienced a jump in time. I completely lost track of time and place as I was sucked into this fast paced, intriguing, and romantic storyline. With equal parts of impeccably researched history and relevant modernity, this book will appeal to a large demographic of women in spite of its Young Adult classification.
I love that this book depicts a strong, intelligent, and brave young heroine. It would have been so easy for Gabriella to play up the lost and helpless act in order to catch Marcello’s eye; instead she is a young woman of integrity and loyalty. I would recommend this book to young readers simply based on this element alone (even though there are hundreds of reasons to recommend this book) because I think Gabriella demonstrates the traits that any young woman would want to exemplify.
This book was not just fun sword play, damsels in distress, and grand gestures of chivalry (although I loved those parts); Lisa does not shy away from the darker realities of 14th century life, especially in times of war and political unrest. The action scenes will steal your breath and make you wince and flinch while you cheer on the Forellis (Marcello and Luca.Why have one GQ worthy leading man when you can have two?)
I was eyeing the page numbers with dread because I realized the end was at hand. But, alas (see, now I’m speaking like a 14th century maiden), there are two more books, but I fear even they won’t satiate my appetite for more of these characters, this setting, and this plot.
I recommend this book for the young, the young at heart, and the true romantics.
**Review copy provided by publicist**