Welcome back at last to another Fantasy Friday book rec! This one is sure to please for anyone who loves time-travel, medieval Italy, and/or a bit of clean romance.
Can a family bond stand the test of time? Lady Tiliani Forelli is the epitome of the She-Wolves who raised her, an adept archer with a mind of her own. It is long past time for her to wed, but she deems each young lord who comes to bid for her hand lacking. With battles upon their border, and rumors of war growing louder on every front, Lady Forelli’s decision could secure her kingdom’s peace…or bring about its destruction. Centuries later, history major Luciana Betarrini takes a summer job alongside her twin, Domenico, as a period actor at Castello Forelli in Italy. As incoming college seniors, this might be their last chance to spend meaningful time together, so she’s soaking up every minute. But when Nico’s theory that their lost Betarrini relatives have traveled through time becomes potentially real–and they might be able to follow–Luci fears they’ll be forever divided.
Why I loved this book: Seven or eight years ago, I read the wildly wonderful River of Time series from this delightful author. It is set in medieval Italy before and during the Black Death. It details the adventures of two sisters from modern times who travel back in time, at first accidentally, to this time period and find terrible peril and love that sets their hearts on fire. I do not normally read romances, but I cannot recommend these tales highly enough! So when I heard there was at last a sequel (and more to come!), I could not be more excited and I pounced at once to get it. I highly suggest you are already familiar with River of Time, so you can more fully understand some of the interactions between those in the story before, but you can still read and enjoy this without it.
Estuary starts the Oceans of Time series. Suffice it to say without spoilers, the Black Death has passed, but there are still many perils left in the world, issues of the heart to sort through and decisions to make which time period is truly home, where family truly lies. The heroes and heroines from the first series have small but important appearances and references are made to events there, which is why I recommend you devour that series first before you dive into this one.
Enjoy and happy travels! You won’t regret it!
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