Wednesday, September 07, 2011

WATERFALL WEDNESDAY #2 -- Now showing at The Unread Reader

This week's WATERFALL WEDNESDAY is being hosted by Missie at The Unread Reader (Missie's the gal who designed that pretty button --above-- for this event, so make sure you stop by and tell her how awesome she is!)

Now... let's grab our copies of Lisa T. Bergren's Waterfall and dip our toes into the River of Time!

Question 1: Gabi's search for her sister is made increasingly difficult by the fight for territory between Castello Forelli and Castello Paratore. At this point, do you think the rivalry is warranted? Why or why not?

Okay, I'll admit it. I really don't care if the rivalry is warranted. I just want Team Forelli to win the day. Paratore is a major creep-o. De-castle him!

(BTW: When are those Team Forelli t-shirts coming out, hmmm?)

Question 2: Gabi aids Fortino by having his sickroom cleaned out and using steam to loosen the phlegm inside his lungs so he could breathe better. Have you ever found yourself in a situation that required you to rely on home remedies to aid yourself or another? What are some of your favorite home remedies?

My youngest daughter was the most flatulent baby ever. And sometimes the gas didn't want to come out, which made us all miserable. So my husband and I took an infant massage class and learned several techniques (using Olive Oil as the massage oil) to reduce her tummy aches (and set those bubbles free.) She was the star of the class, if the efficacy of the treatment (and the sound emanating from her diaper) was any indication. Later when she was a toddler, she had a middle-of-the-night ear infection. We were out of the homeopathic, but store-bought ear drops I usually kept on hand, BUT I remembered the massage therapist touting the safety of olive oil (it's edible, after all!) and used a few drops of that, with cotton balls, to ease the ear pain. CURED! -- and fast. I love olive oil!

Question 3: Marcello and his men don't hide their surprise when they learn that Gabi is skilled with a sword. What did you think of this development? Has your initial impression of Gabi changed? Do you have any secret skills?

I had a super-brief moment of, "Well, that was convenient." But I got over it. It moved the plot forward and established her as an above-standard woman in that society.

Me? Secret skills? Of course I have secret skills. I'd tell you more, but then I'd have to kill you.

Question 4: "Our lips were so close, I could feel the heat of his breath on my skin." Gabi and Marcello's feelings for one another are beginning to stir. What do you think of Marcello as a romantic interest thus far? What do you think of his intended?

I was totally interested in Marcello, romantically, at this point. I think the minute he was spotted outside the tomb, he was my -- er, Gabi's -- guy. And Ms. Rossi? Well, there's a word for that one, dear; but it ain't nearly so pretty as she is.

Question 5: Marcello and Luca take turns teaching Gabi the dances of Toscana. Would you have liked to attend a ball like the one Gabi was practicing for? do you like to dance? Do you know any cool dance moves? Extra (not really) points if you You Tube yourself dancing and share the video. Come on, it will be fun! :)

Are you kidding me??? I would love to attend a ball. In a gown. On the arm of a knight.

Oh, yes I would!

I took a ballroom dancing class about ten years ago. It was fun -- but wow! -- such a workout! My husband is the good dancer in our house, however, so I owe all my cool moves to his expert lead. On my own, I will admit that I like to Zumba in my living room, but only with the curtains closed. I imagine I look a bit like Elaine from Seinfeld when I dance, however, so that vision, my sweetlings, will not be landing on YouTube anytime soon.

Thanks for wading into Waterfall with us again! Make sure you hop over to The Unread Reader and say hi to Missie (and the rest of the gals participating in this event.) Make sure to join us RIGHT HERE next week when Joy and I get the chance to host the Waterfall Read-Along event for chapters 12-17! (Discussion Questions Follow)

Discussion Questions for Chapters 12-17

1. 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?

2. Though quite nervous about dancing at the ball, Gabi discovers a strange feeling of connection to the time, the people, and the society through the unified beauty of the dance. Have you ever been in a position where you felt out of your element, but, in one, pinpointed moment, became a part of or connected to something bigger than your fear?

3. 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? Have you ever experienced a kiss that seemed to be prophetic in a similar (or opposite!) way?

4. 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?

5. In the span of a few moments, Gabi goes from sword-wielding teen beauty to man-killing warrior. Did you think her realization of the finality of death -- and her justification for its necessity -- was realistic? And, in her slippers, could you have done the same?


  1. Awesome answers! I agree it would be amazing to attend the ball especially with a knight like Marcello. Love your questions for next week too :)

  2. Olive oil for earaches? Cool! My family did something like that...except I think it was garlic oil. Can't be sure -- it's been a while since any of my little sister's have had earaches, but I'm pretty sure, lol.

    Great answers! :-D I laughed at your "secret skills" answer. ;-)

  3. Nic -- looking forward to your take!

    Katie -- garlic oil, eh? Well, if it didn't cure the earache, at least she was safe from vampires!

    Thanks for stopping by!

  4. Serena- you are hysterical...De-castle Paratore and a tooting baby.....priceless!!! My youngest- Chloe was a terrible sleeper, I was seriously turning into a zombie that first year, I wish there had been some olive oil to knock her out!!!

    And Im so going to buy one of those t-shirts...

    **Team Forelli**

  5. Great answers. Olive oil is brilliant- my friend uses it for her dry hair and skin.
    I love Marcello, and I just caught a glimpse of the questions for next week. There's going to be a kiss?! I'm so reading on right now!

  6. Olive oil is also *great* for removing mascara! (Just, you know, lock the cat outta the bathroom when you're doing it -- my cat LOVES olives/olive oil, and was on the counter trying to lick my lashes while I was de-masking them, LOL)

    I'd wear that shirt ;o)

    Oh yay, questions for next week! :oD

  7. I agree that ultimately I don't care what the fighting is about I want the Forelli's to not only win but to massacre the Paratores. Yuck they are some nasty men over there.

    I use Olive oil on really dry skin but have never tried it for ear aches or removing mascara. I'm loving all the homeopathic tips this week.

  8. Who knew olive oil coulc do so much! And I agree that I thougt it pretty convenient as well that Gabi was so talented with the sword!

    ♥ Melissa @ Melissa's Eclectic Bookshelf

  9. I am a home remedy flunkie, so I love hearing all of these great tips from the readers! Olive oil - who knew?

    I've often wanted to take ballroom dancing just for the great workout! Those ladies have some killer bods.

  10. I love your answer to question 1!

    I need to remember to use olive oil in more things than just cooking!

    Love the questions for next week!

  11. Yay! I love the new set of discussion questions. Can't hardly wait.

    And oh wow! Who knew Olive Oil was such a miracle remedy. I use it to cook, but I didn't know about its other benefits. Very useful info.

    I had that same 'oh how convenient' moment with Gabi too. Glad I'm not the only one. :)

  12. Awesome answers.

    And you're right, who wouldn't want to go to a dance like that?

    LOVE how you put Olive Oil to work btw :)

  13. Yes Team Forelli!

    I totally needed to take that class for my daughter! Gassy babies need massages huh?

    You make me laugh!

  14. Yep, we need T-shirts. Love the questions for next week.

  15. ROFL!! Serena, do you think they offer classes for gassy husbands?

    Great answers Serena, looking forward to next week!

  16. Team FORELLI t-shirts! I like it. Also think we could use the slogan "De-castle Paratore!"

    Question: You just put a couple of drops of oil in the ear? The over-the-counter stuff IS like olive oil and you always seem to need it at 3am...

    Thanks for taking part, S, and for next week's questions. Ooolala, good fodder there for discussion!

  17. Wow, who knew olive oil had so many purposes? And I would like a Team Forelli shirt please!

  18. awww, i still need to finish this book, so i can join in!

  19. Yay olive oil is awesome also agree i want my team Forelli shirt too !!!

  20. I can't wait to read this series! I've heard such great things about it.

    I'm not heading to Women of Faith...did you get the free tickets for blogging??

    Finally found a great crit group 15 minutes from my house!!

  21. Lisa -- drops in the ear works, but hard w/out a dropper! To pour it in is just a little too "Hamlet" for me, so I usually just put a goodly amount on a small cotton ball (or part of a cotton ball) and stuff it in the ear. OH! And my daughter is all into the Team Forelli shirt -- but she is undecided on WHICH Forelli. She suggested "Marcello" around the cuff of one sleeve and "Luca" on the other. When I said "But where's Lord Greco going to go?" she just looked at me weird. Apparently she doesn't have the same "bad boy" issues I have... ;-)


  22. Thanks all for stopping by! I'm sorry I haven't made it to everyone's posts yet -- I will, I promise -- maybe... Saturday night? I've barely been home this week (typing quickly now before I dodge out the door again!)

    I'm glad ya'll like the questions for next week! I'll be looking forward to reading your answers!

    Until then, GO TEAM FORELLI! (and de-castle Paratore!)

  23. Ooh! I'm excited for next week! This will be fun. The questions--yes. Yes. Loving the questions for next week. And a Forelli T-Shirt would be nice...With some serious de-castling Paratore. I haven't read about Lord Greco yet, so I feel like I'm missing out on another Italian Euro-hottie. (sigh)

  24. You made me laugh. Of course we all have secret skills but most of our skills are only mildly dangerous. I wield a strong crochet hook, watch out world!

  25. I love your answers to this week's questions! Olive oil, hmm... Actually, I've come across conflicting views on whether it should be used in the ear. My mum uses it sometimes when the wax hardens in my dad's ears (to melt the wax, that is) but was told by the doctor not to use it as it can harm the inner ear. Since it worked for your daughter, though, there must be some merit to the idea.

    I also thought the sword skills were a little too convenient but I got over it soon enough. It's so hard to feel anything but admiration for Gabi's character.

    I love your response to the question about Lady Rossi *big grin*

    Looking forward to next week!



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