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Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Waterfall Wednesday: Chapters 7-11

It's the second week of the Waterfall Read-Along, this week hosted by Missie from The Unread Reader, talking about Chapters 7-11!

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?

They sure get upset over their enemies putting one foot over the line onto their land, don’t they? I don’t feel like the rivalry is warranted because I’m from a different time, but I can understand that the people in the Medieval time period were far more territorial over land.

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?

Nothing is coming to mind. This is why I will never be a nurse no matter how much my mother wants me to find employment in that field. I am not hospitable.

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’m excited at this development because it means that Gabi will be able to partake in some action instead of just watching from the sidelines like you would expect from a lady of this time. I wouldn’t say my initial impression of Gabi has changed as I’ve always viewed her as a very capable and talented girl. She is so lucky that her parents made her learn all these skills that are turning out to be so useful.
I don’t have any secret skills, unfortunately; all of my skills are known by the people I know. I feel like I should learn some cool and useful skill in private and then whip it out at random moments to surprise and impress people.

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 like Marcello as a romantic love interest for Gabi, though he is not to my tastes personally. I love that he is not patronizing of Gabi like a lot of the other men are but is still protective of her. Lady Rossi has grown on me. Though she seemed like a mean girl from another time at first, I feel for her and the pressure she has to marry and protect her land.

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 YouTube yourself dancing and share the video. Come on, it will be fun! :)

I love to dance but only when I am very alone or very drunk (preferably both). I wouldn’t say I know any “cool” dance moves, no. Perhaps it might not be too bad attending a ball and dancing in public if I got to wear a really pretty dress. And hell-to-the-no I am not videotaping myself dancing for people to see!


  1. *epic sad face*

    But... but you could have shown off some of your awesome HP moves. Maybe next time... when I catch you drunk.

    Yeah, it's much better to have Gabi as part of the action than watching from the shadows. She is indeed lucky. The only thing my parents ever taught me to do was fetch on command. I guess that could have been useful trade back in the day. LOL

  2. Lady Rossi is growing on me too. She definitely surprised me in the last couple chapters...I'm curious to see what will happen with her character next.

    I need to work on getting a secret skill too. I agree too, it would be so much fun to randomly surprise people with it ;)

  3. You made me giggle with your last answer :)

  4. Lol, I loved your last answer. I agree; I wouldn't mind dancing at a ball if I got to wear a nice pretty dress.

  5. I need to read these books! Seriously, the more I hear about them the more I want them.

    They keep making their way up my buying list :D

  6. Word on the excellent help drink can offer in the dancing department.

  7. LOL. Loved your comment about all your skills being known. Try being an author. I got nothing else. And a big THANKS for taking part in WW, Aylee. So glad you're a part of it! See you next week!

  8. Haha, I love your idea of a secret skill you can whip out to impress people. I think I need to develop my own secret skill for such purposes.

  9. "I feel like I should learn some cool and useful skill in private and then whip it out at random moments to surprise and impress people."

    Hahahah YES! Do it Aylee. That would be amazing. Please videotape it if you do though so the rest of us can see you in action:)

  10. HAHA- oh my Im totally stealing that secret skill idea. Im learning how to knit and then Im going to shock and wow people with my ninja knit skills....:D

  11. YAY! I am reading this one now so I can finally participate in Waterfall Wednesdays!! =D

  12. Lady Rossi is slowly making a better impression on me, too. Especially when she wants to reward Gabi for saving her life. At least she's grateful.

    Great and fun answers this week. I got a good chuckle over your comment about only liking to dance when your drunk or alone, preferably not both. :-)

  13. I am the QUEEN of drunk dancing. But I tend to get really slutty with it and I don't think that would go over well in medieval Italy. I'd have two glasses of that mulled wine and start bootyshaking so hard even Luca would blush.

  14. Your comments slay me, guys. How do you all manage to be so funny? You're always great for a good laugh :)