Waterfall Wednesdays is hosted by Tina's Book Reviews, The Unread Reader, Edgy Inspirational Romance, Supernatural Snark and Irresistible Reads. It's a read-along of Waterfall by Lisa Tawn Bergan, each week we will reading chapters, swooning and discussing the book.
So the questions for this week have been set by Tina:
Discussion Questions for Chapters 1-6
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 have to admit I just intended to read the first 6 chapters as required however, I ended up completely engrossed and loved it so much I read the full book in 2 days, I couldn't hold back. I thought Gabi seemed like the typical grumpy teenager being hauled by her super focused mum to rural Italy where there would be no Internet, no hot boys and only tombs for company. I felt quite sorry for Gabi, her mum in dad were obviously very in love and shared a common goal to find the lost city of the Etruscans probably to the exclusion of Gabi and her sister Lia.
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 would love the opportunity to travel back in time and be all knowing like in Hot Tub Time Machine! I've read quite a few books on the Tudor times so I would love to actually see for myself the political intrigue of court life, I have also done quite a lot of research into my family tree (I actually have a degree in history) so would love the opportunity to go back in time to see the ancestors I know a lot about on paper but to see more about how and where they lived and worked.
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 men's mentality back then? Gentlemanly, chauvinistic, simple-minded?
I don't consider the men's behaviours and opinions to be chauvinistic, not really, it's a different time and they didn't know any better. I can understand Gabi's frustrations and I think she does exceptionally well adapting and dealing with the changes and remembering what would not be acceptable. I can understand why Marcello is therefore completely entranced by her as she seems more independent and forth right. I actually quite like the gentlemanly behaviour if I'm honest, there is something really quite dashing and swoon worthy about it!
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?
It's not fair but it is understandable, people are often suspicious of someone or something that seems just that little bit different. Although I'm sure there are times where I have felt like an outsider it's not something that would affect me long term- life is too short and you can't expect everyone to like you.
5. What do think the coolest thing would be about living in the Dark Ages? What would be the worst?
This is a very superficial answer but I would love to try the gorgeous dresses that the wealthy society women wore. I would not be so keen on the whole chamber pot business ewwwww, and the lack of showers and modern day medicine would fill me with dread, the very thought of dying from asthma or a simple wound is quite scary.
I really can't wait to see everyone's answers- head over to Tina's Book Reviews
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