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Deluge by Lisa T Bergen Review

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Thanks for joining me today on The Preppy Book Princess.

I know I don't usually post on Thursdays, but unfortunately I'm about to go into the busiest weekend of the entire year at work, and considering I'm going to be working twelve hours tomorrow, I wasn't sure if I'd had time to get my regular Friday blog post up or not. So to make sure I stay on my posting three days a week timeline, I thought I would post tomorrow's review today instead.

Deluge by Lisa T Bergen:

Source: Church Library

Publisher: Bergen Creative Group

Publication Date: August 21st, 2014

Genre: Inspirational Fiction/Young Adult Fiction/Fantasy

Series: River of Time


The Bettarinis and Forellis have found rich fulfillment together in medieval Italia. But after fighting off countless enemies, they now must face the worst foe of all. As the Black Death closes in upon them, threatening everything and everyone they hold dear, Lia and Gabi–and the knights they love–must dig deep within to decide how they might remain safe…and if they need to risk it all in order to truly live as they’re called.

******synopsis from goodreads*****

My Review:

It's always a bittersweet feeling to see one of your favorite series come to an end, and the last installment in Lisa T Bergen's River of Time series was definitely no exception.

As the reader knows going into this book that it's set during the time of the bubonic plague outbreak in Italy, I was prepared for it to be an emotional roller coaster ride, and this was definitely the case. It starts out a bit slower than the other four books in the series do, but it quickly picks up the pace, and features so many heart warming moments that emphasize how everyone in the Forelli household has come to be so close. 

As with all of the previous books in the series, Deluge is jam packed with action, features those few comedic moments that made me smile, and features twists and turns lurking around every corner. The character's have definitely matured throughout the course of the series, and this one in particular shows them struggling with the tough decisions they have to make for their own sake, and the sake of everyone employed by their household. Gabi and Marcello, and Luca and Lia each go through important life changing events, and I was really impressed with the maturity and ingenuity in which they handle each and every one. 

This series overall has been a new favorite, as it's quite often provided the escape from reality that I've so desperately needed many times over the last few months. I was hesitant going into this one, as I knew it was going to be a turbulent ride that would be dealing with a horrific time in history, but I don't think I was fully prepared for just how sad certain moments of this book were. It's emotionally gripping, heart tearing moments were often hard to read about, but definitely left an impression once I finished reading it, and I'm really glad I decided to take a chance on this series.

However, I did find a few faults within this series, and they became more apparent in this one, and they did hinder my overall enjoyment of the story a bit.

First off, while these are marketed as being Christian books for the Young Adult market, there's quite a bit of sensual content that seemed a tad out of place in a series for young girls. It wasn't scandalous or anything of the sort, but it was a bit more than I was expecting to see, and I wouldn't personally consider these suitable for younger teenagers.

Secondly, while these are published by a Christian publisher, and definitely aimed at the Christian market, they're not really "Christian" books. I expected the faith element to grow throughout the series, and that just didn't happen. God is mainly only mentioned when they turn to him to pray when someone's in danger, and the faith element just didn't seem to factor in past that.

Lastly, I found it a bit strange how the whole family is so focused on not changing the future by ways of for instance not forewarning anyone about the plague, but see nothing wrong with Lia and Gabi forming relationships and friendships that will obviously alter the course of time more so than warning a friend of an impending danger would have. It just seemed a tad strange, and while not a huge hinder to my enjoyment of the series, it definitely was something I questioned.

Overall though, I really enjoyed this installment and this series as a whole. If you're looking for a series that will make you laugh, cry, and swoon over the romance, and leave you thinking about it long after you've finished reading it, then I highly recommend this one.

Final Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Thanks so much for reading guys! Have a great rest of your day.

This is not a sponsored post. All thoughts and opinions are my own. The photo does not belong to me, and all rights to the respective owners. 


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