Most American teenagers want a vacation in Italy, but the Betarrini sisters have spent every summer of their lives among the romantic hills with their archaelogist parents. Stuck among the rubble of the medieval castles in rural Tuscany, on yet another hot, dusty archaeological site, Gabi and Lia are bored out of their minds...until Gabi places her hand atop a handprint in an ancient tomb and finds herself in fourteenth-century Italy. And worse yet, in the middle of a fierce battle between knights of two opposing forces.
Suddenly Gabi's summer in Italy is much, much more interesting.
Christian beliefs: Lots of praying. In medieval times, people BELIEVED in God. So there was praying. And I loved it. You don't get a good YA Christian book that often. I was so excited that it was! :)
Language: None. Not lying. None. Not even the LORD's name in vain ONCE. *does happy dance*
Romance: Kissing. But not a lot. Just...sweet kissing. (the best kind in my opinion) and guys who actually RESPECT girls. Knights in Shining Armor are the best kind. Just saying. But of course, they're are parts where BAD Knights in Armor do BAD things. But they NEVER do them. It's just referenced. But seriously, the romance was just enough.
Violence: Swords, bow and arrows, axes. All that good war stuff you would see in Narnia movies. They do describe the fight seances, but not in too much detail, that your stomach churns and you might puke. But you know someone is very, very hurt. And people do get hurt, and since it's 1332, there are no pain meds, so taking stitches out for instance, is realllllly painful. And if your poisoned, well, you probably aren't going to live. And someone is thrented with someone getting tortured.
Any Other bad things: Just, Gabi thinks that this one guy might do something...not that good. Very ungentlemanly. I barely understood it myself, which means, it's so hidden, that you don't even have to worry about it, if you didn't know about it before. And this one guy says: "No, I have enough women to warm my bed." so that's about it.
Comments: I was SO excited to find out that this book was Christian! They're are seriously NO Christian YA books out there! I was so happy! It was sooooo good to read a book without reading a swear word every single sentence. I mean seriously, not every teen out there swears! And it's back in 1332, so of course those words aren't even invented yet! They're weren't even any 'old' bad words. It was awesome!! Also, the guys, I mean, they were nice, and very gentlemanly. They actually GOT UP when a girl got up. I mean, that is awesome!!! Guys don't do that anymore. But seriously, it was awesome. And did I mention they were cute too? Gosh, you don't find guys like that much anymore. And when you do, it's awesome!! They are awesome friends. And future boyfriends. (I can't date until 18. That's why I said FUTURE.) Also, I think that some people don't think that Christians can have fun. Like, have crushes, and stuff like that. I mean, we're human too! And this book totally proves that wrong. We all have crushes at one point of our lives. It's natural.
All in all, I loved this book. Enough said.