Wednesday 14 September 2011

Waterfall Wednesdays read-along Discussion #3

Waterfall Wednesdays Read-Along Event

Waterfall by Lisa T. Bergren

Discussion 3- Chapters 12- 17
This weeks questions hosted by Joy and Serena at Edgy Inspirational Romance

Oh my gosh- I'm so hooked on this book now I love it! Gabi has attended a fancy ball, been attacked by a loathsome lord and found out that her sister is there and is the prisoner of the Paratores! I'm so glad that Lia has also fallen through time, and that Gabi has found her, it definitely adds something to the story having two of them there.
The drama has really got going now and there are plots and scheming and double-crossings.
Most touching is Fortino suffering through a severe asthma attack and Marcello's concern for him, and Gabi's wonderful pratical advice. She is ordering the servants about and preparing herbs to help him breathe and all sorts! She really cares about helping him. I've just had a wisdom tooth pulled today, so all I can say is I'm so grateful for modern medicine and painkillers! I'm still dopey and pretty out of it- so this post will be brief.

In Siena, on her way to the ball at Palazzo Pubblico, Gabi likened her experience to being on the red carpet at the Academy Awards, the goal being "to see and be seen." If you were a peasant, watching from the crowd, what would you be thinking as this procession passed by?

It must be like seeing rock stars or actors- people that you know about and whose lives you talk about, and be really exciting to see them so close and talk about what they're wearing etc. But it also must make you really angry, to be so poor and have nothing, and yet to see so much wealth, jewellery annd extravagance pass by.

The kiss. Oh, the kiss. When Marcello finally kisses Gabi, he believes the experience to be proof that they are meant to be together. What did you think about his assumption? Were you surprised at Gabi's reaction to it?

The kiss was so dreamy. They both can see a future with the other and this throws Gabi into complete turmoil because she is also worried about leaving her mother alone and never knowing what happened to her. She wants to stay but can't stay, but will be heart broken if she does leave. She is so torn! Gabi is also very aware that Marcello is still engaged, and that his family, and all the people under his family's protection need that marriage as a political alliance.
I love that Marcello is so proud of her fighting by his side, calling her "she-wolf" and "warrior woman". He is in total awe of her, but he is also terrified for her safety- very sweet.
Luca's reaction to Lia was also perfect. He sees her fire her arrows and is in love!

Many go through their teen years with a subdued sense of immortality. Do you think Gabi has a sense of this teen feeling? And did you think Gabi's converse observation, "Sometimes death came hunting and there was no way to cut it off at the pass." was informed more by the experience of losing her father, her self-admitted closet hypochondria, or the forced maturation of being transported to a different time? How does this observation show Gabi's growth as a character?

I think Gabi is actually very aware that she could be killed by a sword point at any time in this new world that she's landed in. When dealing with the rough men of the Paratore clan she is very brave on the surface, but also constantly aware of her actual vulnerability.
Since landing in the past she has definitely grown and matured as a character- she will always stand up for herself and her friends, and has had to find a way through the maze of problems and threats. She stands out as very capable.

[sorry if nothing I've said makes any sense- I've had a tooth pulled and can't get my brain to function properly since!]


  1. I hope your pulled tooth heals quickly! Thanks for participating this week even though you aren't feeling well!

  2. GAH! Getting a tooth pulled is not fun! I hope you feel better soon.

    Luca's reaction to Lia was priceless! I loved that part. ;)

  3. I thought the same thing about number one...I think I'd be pretty angry at the wealthy flaunting it while I am struggling to feed my family!!

    ♥ Melissa @ Melissa's Eclectic Bookshelf

  4. I loved that Luca & Marcello have fallen for these capeable women, but still extend chivalric gestures. Sometimes in today's world (& definitely then), men don't always allow for both.


  5. I completely agree with you about Gabi being torn. There is so much going on in her and Marcello's relationship that the kiss was not just a was a declaration.

  6. I'm happy Gabi was smart about things with Marcello, I'm not sure I would have been thinking logically if I were in her position :)

  7. Excellent answers, especially considering your impaired state! Just think, an impacted wisdom tooth back in 1343 might have killed you.

    So appreciate you taking part in WW! xoxo

  8. I wouldn't have been as smart as Gabi in her reaction to the kiss. I'd have kissed him back for all I was worth. But I'm a very live by my emotions kind of person.

    So sorry about the tooth! Hope the painkillers work! Hope they gave you painkillers!



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