Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Waterfall Wednesdays: Chapters 18-23


Welcome to week four the Waterfall Read-Along! For those of you who don't know, the wonderful ladies behind Tina's Book Reviews, Edgy Inspirational Romance, Irresistible Reads, The Unread Reader and myself are hosting a read-along of Lisa T. Bergren's time-travel young adult novel Waterfall (LOVED!). Each week we'll pose and answer five questions about the book and then hop around to the other blogs who have signed up to check out everyone's answers! I'm the host this week, so please link up your answers at the bottom of this post.

Also, if you haven't had a chance to hop over to Small Review, be sure and stop by as she's having a River of Time Series extravaganza with all sorts of fun giveaways running through September 30th.

CHAPTERS 18-23

Gabi and Lia both face several life and death situations in these chapters, having to pick up weapons in defense of those they love and experiencing first hand the brutality of close combat. If you had the choice between picking up a weapon and standing on the front lines or staying behind to tend to the wounded as necessary, which would you choose?


I would be on the front lines I think. Blood and I do not get along, so having to tend to the wounded would be sort of a horrific form of entertainment for all those in the medical ward. I can't imagine I'd be of much help to anyone running to hork up everything in my stomach after every new injured patient comes in only to end up in a bed myself because I've passed out in a fit of extreme squeamishness and have broken something on my way to a nice meeting with the floor. Clearly the front lines would not be blood-free, but I think trying not to die would keep me focused enough that the blood wouldn't affect me quite as much.

Both girls get to wear extraordinary gowns to their victory celebration; what would your dream medieval gown look like?




That's me and the husband on our wedding day. I was madly in love with the back of my dress when it was bustled with its tiered effect, so I'm thinking something similar to it would be ideal for a medieval ball. Only not in white. White + Jenny = much Photoshop work needed. Maybe something in a rich green since that's always been a much more flattering color for me than white. Another small change in the above photo to make things medieval ball worthy would be a minor switch of leading men. I love my husband to pieces and consider myself pretty darn lucky, but for the sake of this discussion, let's just plug Lord Greco into that picture shall we? Excellent.

Gabi has crude stitches put in and must endure both their removal as well as the cauterization of the wound. How is your threshold for pain? Do you think you would have simply gritted your teeth as Gabi does?


In my head I have this pretty glorious opinion of myself as someone who is like Gabi and is able to endure pain with dignity, but alas, I think reality is far different. Anything medically related I handle pretty poorly, even when I give myself a pep talk about how this time is going to be different and I'm going to maintain my cool like a normal person and will treat myself to 15 books when I'm finished on a self-congratulatory shopping spree for behaving like a mature adult. I have never once bought myself those 15 books. Needles freak me out. Tourniquets nearly make me pass out. Blood pretty much guarantees I'm going to be on the floor within seconds. And pain is just something we don't need to talk about. I'm a wuss. Straight up.

Marcello wants to properly court Gabi after they express mutual feelings of affection, wanting to speak with her mother about his intentions. What do you think is the most romantic aspect of medieval courtship?


I think when a guy asks the family for permission to court/date/marry the object of his affection it's really sweet. Not so much in the context of the young woman being a piece of property switching hands from father to husband, but I guess in the more modern sense of the custom. I also like how everything was incredibly proper back then and even the smallest gesture such as holding hands held so much significance because touch of any kind before marriage was a rare thing. Just think how much tension there would be if the only exchanges you had with your intended were glances here and there or brief dances with minimal contact; it would be kind of an exquisite torture.

Gabi and Lia find themselves with conflicting desires toward the end with Lia wanting to return home and Gabi hoping to stay. Do you think that Gabi is being unfair to Lia for wanting to stay, or is Lia being unfair to Gabi for demanding they go? A little of both?


I think a little of both in this case. I can only imagine how I would feel in either of their shoes – it would be extremely difficult to choose between what you want for yourself so desperately and what you can so clearly see your sister wants with equal fervor. Acting on what I wanted most would make me feel incredibly selfish, but denying myself something like the love Gabi feels for Marcello or the home Lia wishes to return to would be almost unbearable.


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48 comments:

  1. Jenny, I LOVE the back of that dress! It truly is gorgeous. *le sigh* And Lord Greco? Hmmm...I may try to steal him. ;D

    I totally agree with your answer to the last question. It's hard to give into something someone else wants when you want something so much different. Gabi asking Lia to stay was HUGE. That would be a lot to ask of a sister and I don't know if a single one of mine would have done it.

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  2. Lord Greco? I'm failing to see his charm as of yet and I'm in the middle of reading Torrent. hmmm. Love your beautiful dress! Good answer to #5, I couldn't imagine my sisters giving up what they wanted for me that's for sure. And I don't know if I could ask them to stay knowing they didn't want to. A huge dilemma that is for sure.

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  3. Beautiful wedding dress. I think I'd like something similar. As for your squeamishness to blood, I used to be like that but got over it. Courting is something I know would suit me. It's so much better when relationships aren't rushed.

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  4. Wow, look at the back of your wedding gown - so stunning!

    And I love your answers for the courting question :)

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  5. Jenny! That wedding dress should be your uniform. It's absolutely gorgeous, and you look STUNNING!

    Go on. Break it out of the closet and wear to the next book signing you attend.

    *yawns* I'll be back to spam your inbox on the morrow. hehe

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  6. Wow, what a beautiful dress. And this is coming from someone who couldn't even answer this question.

    I'm with you on being a wuss and finding aspects of medieval courtship very sweet (and others, not so much). Really fun questions this week!

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  7. Bwahaha! I SO need to meet Lord Greco!

    And that picture is totally amazing and pretty!

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  8. Seriously, every Wednesday I'm all disappointed because I remember that everyone else is reading these!!

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  9. I love your answer to the medieval courtship question. Ohhh! I kinda sorta (not really) wanna go back to when my husband and I were just starting to date and just sharing sultry glances! ;)

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  10. Beautiful wedding dress. I do like the idea of the guy asking for permission to date, but I'm not sure if dad would have said yes to anyone.

    http://t.co/634mJrqt

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  11. Gorgeous dress-it looks the part f a fairy tale wedding already!! And I love your answer for number 4-"an exquisite torture" indeed!!

    ♥ Melissa @ Melissa's Eclectic Bookshelf

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  12. Oh wow Jenny your dress is beautiful and you look like a total model in that picture with the whole tall slender pose thing with the curls going...;)

    Im a wimp in the pain department as well, but other peoples pain, I can handle, that sounds a little messed up...(lol)

    PS- sorry hon, Lord Greco had to leave so quickly after the photo shoot...I told him only one wedding stand in a day!!!!

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  13. Your wedding dress looks lovely and I really like the black and white picture. It already kind of looks olden dayish.

    Unlike you, I'd probably be helping out the wounded. I'm squeamish when other people are badly wounded and can't watch any medical TV shows (even though I know it's not real), but at least I'd know I'm relatively safe.

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  14. Jenny -- great answers -- and your wedding gown is absolutely stunning, as are you in it. So, for the love of all things Greco, you look BEAUTIFUL -- even in white!!! No. Photoshop.Required. :-) The picture is fairytale perfect and, although I'm sure the tiered bustle would look fab in dark green, it would also be gorgeous in Greco Purple. (it was purple, wasn't it?) Let's say amethyst, instead. That sounds more rich and manly and, Greco is, most certainly, rich and manly -- a deadly combination in any color. (insert evil and slightly lusty laugh HERE)

    Love your post!
    ~Serena

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  15. LOVE the back of your dress!!! Normally when I see bustles I'm like "eh, okay..." but that one is gorgeously done! :o)

    haha, How did I forget the tourniquet part of me+med?! I totally forgot that anytime they have to take blood from me, I have to lay down and be seriously talked through it or I'm gonna be out-cold...I was just thinking about pain tolerance, and forgot all the rest of it, hehe...

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  16. You were beautiful on your wedding day! If I ever get married it will be in colors not white---I am an accident waiting to happen when wearing white!

    Asking permission is the 2nd most romantic thing in my book *swoon*!

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  17. Jen - Thank you! And if you try to steal Greco from me (or Missie or Tina or Nic) I will have to fight you ;-)

    Julie - Greco is not for everyone and that's okay because there's more for me then:) Hope you're enjoying Torrent!

    Gina - I hope I get over the blood thing, it's kind of ridiculous:)

    Lea - Thank you! The back was my favorite part, I would have left it bustled through the ceremony if I could have:)

    Missie - Aw, thank you!!! I would totally bust that bad boy out, but there's no way I could get it to button any more and still be able to breathe:) Minor details.

    Aylee - Thanks! It's really the only thing I could picture since it's the only gown I've ever worn:)

    Ruby - You do need to meet him! He's yummy:)

    Ashley - It's okay, if you ever get to it, we'll all talk about it with you again. We can never talk too much about this series I don't think:)

    Rachel - Wouldn't it be interesting if we had to approach dating the same way today? I can't imagine trying to hold my husband's hand and not be able to for the sake of propriety.

    Amy - Ha! I'm not sure my dad would have said yes either. Luckily hubs and I were together for 5 years before he asked so my dad had some time to adjust to the idea.

    Melissa - Thank you so much! That's my favorite picture of us.

    Tina - You're making me blush, stop it:) And don't even threaten my time with Greco or I will have to do something dramatic. I don't know what, but you'll be impressed with whatever I come up with:)

    Zahida - Thank you! You make a good point about the safety issue, I'd probably run screaming from the battlefield and end up in the infirmary anyway:) I'm kind of amazing like that.

    Serena - I so love the way you think, how could I have forgotten the purple? I will wear that man's colors like it's nobody's business:)

    Rebecca - Thank you, the bustle is the whole reason I bought the dress:) It's usually the tourniquets that get me when I have to give blood. I'm fine until they snap one of those on and then it just all goes downhill:)

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  18. Felicia - Thank you so much:) I was going to try and spray tan for my wedding to help with the white, but then I figured I would look ridiculous since I'm so fair skinned so I just dealt with the white:)

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  19. Okay I haven't gotten my hands on this series yet, but I keep hearing about it. I think I may need to pick it up and devour it. :)

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  20. Absolutely stunning! So jealous of the backdrop and the dress. A rich green color for a dress with tiered back ruffles would be gorgeous.

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  21. I was just over at Irresistible reads right now! I was saying how much I would love an extravagant medieval dress. Even for my wedding I did ball gown, wide and flowing!

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  22. Yay! Team Wuss!

    Seriously, when someone asks for my advice on getting a tattoo, I slap them across the face as hard as I can and ask if they'd like to feel that kind of sting for an hour or so. Very effective. ;)

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  23. You had a beautiful wedding gown. It is too bad that nowadays us girls only get to wear the gorgeous gowns are on prom and our wedding day. I think we need more special occasions to dress up.
    When I was a kid, I had to be held down when given a shot. Now I don't even blink an eye at it. I guess we all change. My post is up but I am at work and the firewall won't let me post my link. So I will post it when I get home.

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  24. so loved hunting for the gown and keeping it in the medieval style! oooo verrry pleased with what i've found! great wrap up questions ~ thx for hosting...

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  25. That is such a gorgeous wedding dress, such a stunning picture. I'm a complete wuss as well so we can all be wusses together.

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  26. Wow girl what amazing questions this week. I am super excited to see everyones answers to 2. Your wedding dress was so beautiful. I am so enjoying seeing everyones fasion and tastes this week. Blood doesn't bother me to much I am a certified phlebotomist eventhough I don't have a job :( But it never bothered me, but I think having to hurt someone would, either in the field or back with the wounded.
    Great answers and questions!!!

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  27. Great questions this week!
    Plus that is a gorgeous wedding dress- I love the bustles. x

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  28. I do love the back of your wedding dress...it is gorgeous!

    I love the fact that small gestures meant so much as well!

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  29. Awww. That picture is cute and gorgeous. I like the dress. Also, I am just like you with the blood thing. I cannot bear to even watch fake blood on TV without gagging or looking away. :)

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  30. That dress! Your hair! BEAUTIFUL!

    *hides in a paper sack*

    Oh man I could so see you rocking that dress in green and being the belle of the ball!

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  31. Your dress was so beautiful!! Aww you looked like a princess =D

    "I'm a wuss. Straight up." Hahaha!! Love that part..

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  32. I am obsessed with your wedding photo- it's gorgeous and the dress is absolutely stunning. You need to post more photos. :) Anyway, this book sounds really interesting- definitely adding it to my TBR list since I like time-travel. Great post!

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  33. Love the wedding dress...but love that photo, seriously beautiful. And again...I need to stick with the series and meet Lord Greco. EVERYONE is swooning over him!

    And just a little haha to your wussy opinion of yourself. The more of these battle questions I answer the more I realize I would totally NOT MAKE IT in Gabi's situation. Love reading it...really dead experiencing it, lol.

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  34. I was waiting for a chance to post my answers. These were very well written and I could definitely relate to them and felt nostalgic to my own romance! Thanks!

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  35. Oh my gosh, why haven't I read this book yet? It sounds amazing! :)

    YOU'RE SO PRETTY, JENNY! And your dress is absolutely gorgeous! As a huge photography fan, I have to say that the whole picture was beautifully done, from the super sweet couple to the perfect setting! It's like a fairy tale -- I had to do a double take when I saw it because it's so pretty! x)

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  36. Amazing answers!! The dress--absolutely flawless! The cathedral just adds to the magic! :-)
    I agree with the courtship thing, especially. We need like a best of both: the gentlemanly side of medieval, with the more modern respect of today.
    And I agree with the medical thing. I'd be screaming, wailing, or passed out. *Shrugs* I've never had that done, so...not sure how I'd really act. One can only hope she doesn't act completely stupid before a Forelli.
    I'd be in both Lia and Gabi's shoes with the fact of going home or staying, like you. I think I'd want the portal to be a "I'm going to 14th century Italy. BRB" and come back when I needed a good shower or the Internet.
    This has been so fun! I'll be sad to see Waterfall Wednesdays go...

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  37. I posted my link! Looking forward to next week!

    http://christianbookshelfreviews.blogspot.com/2011/09/waterfall-wednesdays-week-4.html

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  38. I would not have been able to put up with the pain like Gabi did. OUCH!!! I am getting the chills just thinking about it!!

    Btw, I LOVE your wedding photo Jenny. It is gorgeous!!! You guys look amazing together. =)

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  39. I too love your dress!

    After having my son I am better about dealing with pain, but I don't know if I could deal with everything Gabi did with no pain meds :)

    Tonia Seaman

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  40. Great responses! I love the pic and your dress- it looks like such a classic and is just so elegant. I have to read the rest of the books to learn about this Lord Greco guy that everyone seems to think is better than Marcello:) I find that impossible to believe. I totally understand the blood and gore issues!

    Until next week!:)

    Sarah

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  41. Ahhh!--I can't read these posts because I haven't read these books yet! But I will...

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  42. Ummmmm I have dress envy! I showed it to le boy, and said "look! I want my dress to be like that!" He looked at me, did the epic head-cock and said "what dress?" Yikes.

    Anyhoo...I really need to read this series. Like stat. I'm feeling left out.

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  43. Leave it to a graphic designer to have The Killer Wedding Photos. And to my friend to make me laugh out loud at the answers to this week's questions. Again. Adore you. xoxo

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  44. Um yeah to the pain thing, though once you have babies, needles and blood you get used to. They take a lot when you're pregnant.

    Gorgeous dress!! Absolutely beautiful! I'd wear it every time I had a bad day just so I could feel that good again! But I bet it's all sealed and everything. Isn't it a shame we spend a fortune on our wedding dresses and then wear them once. Maybe we should start a ritual. Wedding dress day. We'll have cake and trade presents. Make an album. All for the sake of wearing our dresses every year.

    I forgot to link up so no one commented. Please take a look at my answers! I'll get to your sites everyone!

    Heather

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  45. I don't have a blog, so I hope it's alright to post here! =)

    jafuchi7[at]hawaii[dot]edu

    Gabi and Lia both face several life and death situations in these chapters, having to pick up weapons in defense of those they love and experiencing first hand the brutality of close combat. If you had the choice between picking up a weapon and standing on the front lines or staying behind to tend to the wounded as necessary, which would you choose?

    --Well, many of my favorite characters are "warrior heroine" types, but since I have no experience with medieval weapons, I'd probably do more harm than good ... in other words, stick me in the back. ;-)

    Both girls get to wear extraordinary gowns to their victory celebration; what would your dream medieval gown look like?

    --OMGoodness, it would be a dream itself to even HAVE a medieval style gown. I'd take pretty much any style, but perhaps a lovely green, purple or sapphire colored one ... with a fitted bodice and gorgeous full skirt ... =)

    Gabi has crude stitches put in and must endure both their removal as well as the cauterization of the wound. How is your threshold for pain? Do you think you would have simply gritted your teeth as Gabi does?

    --Er, no. I think I have a larger threshold than my sisters, but if I remember correctly, even Gabi couldn't handle the pain and passed out, so I don't think my chances would be good in that case. I'd say give me something (the wine?) so I don't feel anything. =P

    Marcello wants to properly court Gabi after they express mutual feelings of affection, wanting to speak with her mother about his intentions. What do you think is the most romantic aspect of medieval courtship?

    --I think the most romantic part is gentlemanly, chivalrous manner (out of respect and actual affection, not because of duty or anything like that, but because he means it). I wish it was more common today ...

    Gabi and Lia find themselves with conflicting desires toward the end with Lia wanting to return home and Gabi hoping to stay. Do you think that Gabi is being unfair to Lia for wanting to stay, or is Lia being unfair to Gabi for demanding they go? A little of both?

    --A little of both --As Gabi mentions, she feels like she was brought there for a reason, and if so, she wanted to find out what it was. After all, time travel is not a common thing. On the other hand, Lia's point of view is more like 'we're not supposed to be here in this time and we need to get back where we belong'. Which makes me think ... Gabi is beginning to believe that they may have been sent back in time for a purpose, Lia seems to think that it was by chance, a freak event, 'a rip in the space time continuum or black hole' whatever she mentioned ...

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  46. Love these questions. *high five* Love your dress!

    I love bustling too :)

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  47. I loved your Q&A this week! I put a pic of my wedding dress too!

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