31 August 2011

Waterfall Wednesdays Read-Along: Chapters 1 - 6

The Waterfall Wednesdays Read-Along is the brainchild of Tina's Book Reviews, Edgy Inspirational Romance, Irresistible Reads, Supernatural Snark, and The Unread Reader.
If you've read Waterfall, it is a great chance to discuss what you loved. If you haven't read Waterfall, it is my hope we convince you to.
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Question 1: Waterfall opens with the introduction of Gabi, shes depressed, a little angry and is dealing with feelings of loneliness. Are you connecting with her this soon in the novel?
Do you see things you like or dislike?
I liked Gabi from the start. I wanted to slap her for not enjoying Italy the way I would have, but that quickly passed. She's brave and smart.
Question 2: Gabi gets to time travel back to 14th Century Italy - The Dark Ages in its prime.
Is there anytime in history that fascinates you and would you travel back if you could?
I have dreamed of having access to a time machine ever since Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure (1989). My first choice would be New York City during the roaring twenties. I want to dance the night away in a red flapper dress. My second choice would be the late forties. I am obsessed with forties fashion.
Question 3: Most of the men, including Marcello have a very set opinion about a woman's place. Gabi gets manhandled a bit in these first few chapters, and even gets asked if shes a witch. The men are shocked when Gabi rides a horse like a man and shimmies down the castle walls. What do you think of mens mentality back then?
Gentlemanly, chauvinistic, simple-minded?
It was the time. For a modern-day woman it would be frustrating. But I also think I would find it extremely gentlemanly.
Question 4: When Gabi becomes a part of this era, the people are immediately intrigued but suspicious of her. Many judge her by her difference. Do you think this is fair? Have you ever been in a situation where you felt like an outsider or that others were misjudging you?
People will always be slightly afraid of things that are different at first. Fair? No. Understandable? Yes. Has it happened to me? Sure. But it's part of life and dealing with people. Plus, the older I get the more I relish being the different one.
Question 5: What do think the coolest thing would be about living in the Dark Ages?
What would be the worst?
Coolest: Getting dressed up for huge lavish dinners and roaming the castle. I have always dreamed of seeing and exploring a castle.
Worst: I could live with baths. I would enjoy having someone take care of me and even help me dress. But the no toilet thing would make me crazy. The bad breath would be horrendous. And the no medical care would scare the shapoopy out of me.


  1. Yes! The roaring twenties... the music, the clothes, the dancing. LOVE! I'd so totally love to hitch a ride with you on Bill & Ted's time machine.

    And I wanted to slap Gabi a bit too. I mean, come on! It's Italy. :)

  2. The roaring 20s would have been amazing. I would have gone for a black or silver fringed flapper dress myself as I danced and indulged in some illegal alcohol. Such a great era!

  3. I love your concise answers! To the point! Excellent! A few people have said the roaring 20's, I have no coordination to dance, but love the outfits!

  4. great answers! i really want to read this series.

  5. I would be a totally kick ass flapper girl!

  6. Bill & Ted!!! That brings back memories!

    Bad breath...ewww!

  7. I'm so with you on the castle, how much fun would it be to live in one? I would just wander around all day looking for secret passageways like a big giant nerd:)

  8. The bad breath!! Didn't even think of that one!!

    ♥ Melissa @ Melissa's Eclectic Bookshelf

  9. I still can't believe I forgot to read SIX freaking chapters! Lol

  10. I totally agree with the no medical care and bad breath both are time travelling deal breakers as far as I'm concerned!

  11. I like the way this read-a-long is set up . . . with a group and questions! fun post today.

  12. LOL-Shapoopy!!!

    And Im so going to the 20's with you and shaking in a red flapper dress...;D

  13. Ha! Loves it. I don't really know much about the roaring 20s actually. It sounds fun but I would love to learn more.

  14. I love your answers girl and the way you answer them. Scare the shapoopy....giggles

    I would love to go see a castle even today I really need to take a trip somewhere and see one. Something about them (and its prob the little girl in me who secretly wants to be a princess or queen ) that is magical.

  15. The twenties would definitely be a fun place go to :D

    Oh my gosh, I didn't even think about the no toilet thing....That would be horrible!

  16. You have just given me serious flashbacks with the Bill and Teds comment. I loved that movie!

  17. Brevity is the soul of wit (and whimsy!) You amaze me, Juju!

    Bill & Ted's. ROFLOL. I loved that movie. I still occasionally quote it, Dude. I like the thought of going through a roomy tomb better than a crowded phone booth, tho'!

    Someday I will sleep in a castle. I will, I will, I will!

  18. I'm so with you on the no toilet and general personal hygiene! But hanging in the castle could make it all worth while!

  19. This is so awesome! I'm pushing this book up higher on my list. If it has so many people who are willing to dedicate an entire day to it, then it must be good!

  20. Shapoopy? Totally stealing that sometime. Thanks for jumping into the River of Time and WW with us!! See you next week. :-)

  21. The "Shapoopy"? I like that word and it would scare it out of me too! I've read the whole book so that issue comes up later. I've got to have a toilet. You could brush your teeth in a pan. Wash your face etc, But the toilet is just something I could not live without.

    And considering the fact that I have to take meds daily, yeah, I'd want modern medicine!

    Great answers! See ya next week!


  22. I'd love to go to the Dark Ages for a few hours or something, but I agree--the no medical care would freak me out! Can't wait to read this one!

  23. What a great idea for a group discussion! I love this! I actually have this one on my Nook and I need to read it apparently. I think my favorite answer was your last. I'm in agreement on the no toilet, hygiene and medical care...not cool at all.

    This sounds great! It's definitely getting bumped up on my list to-read. :o)

  24. Thanks for stopping by! I agree that the whole dressing up in a castle thing sounds fun, but I'm not sure if it outweighs the disadvantages!

  25. Awesome answers! I agree the feast and celebrations would be amazing :)

  26. I'm so glad to see you're enjoying this so much!

  27. I love read-alongs! =) This novel sounds sooo good. I am so happy that I will be receiving it soon! =D

  28. I've got to get my hands on a copy of these books! They sound so good!

  29. I'm yet another person who needs to get on the ball, and read these books!! I have the first one, which I hope to read here in a few weeks...maybe I'll squeeze it in before then.

    Thanks for adding my link to your list! I've grabbed your button for my blog, too. :o)

  30. Haven't read Waterfall yet but sure sounds interesting :)

  31. I am joining you in the time machine because those are also my favorite time periods. The music, fashion, and all the changes that were going on, those tow decades were fascinating!

  32. Loved your answers! I actually have this on my kindle. I'm really starting to dig time travel novels so I'll have to read this one soon.

  33. haha totally agree with your answer to the last question! I would love exploring a castle!

  34. 50 points for the Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure mention! And of course, I would love to explore a castle too... there's one in particular I'm thinking of...

  35. Hey, sorry I missed this last week Juju.

    I would love a time machine too. I'd like to go back in time, not too far back where I'd have to deal with all the racism/segregation stuff. But the 70's might be nice, my parents always look like they're having so much fun in those old photos.

  36. Missie: No prob :) I'll make room for you *wink wink*

    Lisa: Agreed :)

    Julie: Thanks :)

    Chelley: So should

    Carrie & Melissa Eclectic: LOL I always think of that for some reason ;)

    Grace: Yes you would :)

    Jacinda & Beach Vintage: *giggle*

    Jenny Snark & Laura K & Small Review: Yes! Totally. I would so get in trouble for snooping. ;)

    Bookish: Ahhhhh :)

    My Keeper Shelf: LOL

    Kaye: Thanks :)

    Tina: You noticed. LOL. A favorite made up word of mine.

    Alexis: I feel you. When would you pick?

    YA & Buried in Books: Yes! All the hoovering. Ick ;)

    Serena: Thanks *hugs* You still quote it? *high five* Oh and you have such a point with the roomy tomb.

    Alyssa: Amen!

    Penelope: Exactly! :)

    Lisa: Please do :) And thank you so much for stopping by! I'm quite honored.

    Meredith: You're going to love it.

    1stdaughter: Yay! :)

    Selina: True :)

    Nic & Cherry: :)

    Bermuda & Rebs & Midnight Cowgirl: You must check it out :)

    Bailey: I hope you love it as much as I did :)

    Christy & Christie Fiction: Yes! :)

    Jenny Girl: *high five* The more the merrier *wink wink*

    Aylee: Yay! *high five*

    Joy: Oh no prob! Thanks for coming by. Oooo the 70s would be cool. :) Great thought!