Release Day: April 8, 2016
Publisher: Bergren Creative Group, Inc.
Genre: Young Adult / Fantasy / Romance / Historical Fiction / Time Travel
Series: River of Time: California, Book One
About the Book:
BE CAREFUL WHAT YOU WISH FOR. BECAUSE YOU JUST MIGHT GET IT.
Zara Ruiz is a normal California girl on the verge of graduating from high school and thinking about her dawning future. But when dusk brings a shattering loss—and she discovers a priceless object in the shallows of a tide pool—she is thrust hundred-and-eighty years into the past. There she meets handsome ranchero Javier de la Ventura—who has big dreams and secret sorrows—along with his enchanting family, in a land that is at once familiar, and yet utterly foreign.
Between cattle rustlers, pirates and a growing call for statehood, it is not a peaceful time to be a Mexican settler in young Alta California. But Zara must decide if she’s discovered what she longs for most in the past, or if her heart’s THREE WISHES can only be found in the present.
Three Wishes by Lisa T. Bergren is a super fun spin-off of the original River of Time Series. This time we meet a young lady named Zara Ruiz who finds herself time-traveling to Alta California in the 1840s! Now I’ve only read a couple of novels that take place in that time period in California so I found it super fun and unique.
The book has the same feel as the originals so fans will be happy. It just has a much lighter feel than the originals. I think that’s mostly because we aren’t dealing with the harsh times of Medieval Italy this time. Don’t get me wrong, frontier-life surely wasn’t easy, but it was much lighter and more romanticized.
Zara was an instant character that I fell in love with immediately. Isn’t her name unique and beautiful? I love it! When we first meet her in the book, she’s grieving the loss of her abuela. She was the only family and person she had in her life. Her three wishes were adventure, love, and family. Except she didn’t expect to happen the way it does. It was so much watching her learn to adapt to life and culture in the 1840s while still battling with wanting to get back to her own time.
Javier was also a super fun character. He’s the mysterious, rough but gentlemanly gorgeous Mexican ranchero. He is the man who had return home from college and his dreams to take over the biggest and richest ranchero and to take care and protect his family. We don’t really get to learn much about his character, although bits and pieces are hinted at. Hopefully, we’ll learn more in the sequel.
Whether or not you’ve read the originals, you won’t want to miss out on these. While these are much lighter and somewhat different from the originals, you’ll still find adventure and the swoon-worthy romance with a dangerous premise that we all love and adore.
Can’t wait until the next novel which is Four Winds.
Disclaimer: I purchased a paperback copy of this novel. I was not required to write a positive review and have not been compensated for it in any way. All opinions expressed are my own.
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About Lisa T. Bergren
Lisa Tawn Bergren is the best-selling, award-winning author of over 40 books, with more than 2.5 million copies sold. She recently finished a teen series called Remnants (SEASON OF WONDER, SEASON OF FIRE, and SEASON OF GLORY). She’s also written the River of Time Series (WATERFALL, CASCADE, TORRENT, BOURNE & TRIBUTARY, DELUGE) and The Grand Tour Series (GLAMOROUS ILLUSIONS, GRAVE CONSEQUENCES, GLITTERING PROMISES). She just released a new time-slip romance duology called River of Time: California (THREE WISHES and FOUR WINDS) and is researching her next trilogy, The Sugar Baron’s Daughters (releasing in 2018).
Lisa’s time is split between managing home base, writing, consulting and helping Tim with his business. Her husband Tim is a sculptor of ducks-out-of-fenceposts (RMRustic.com), graphic designer and musician. They have three kids–Olivia (21), Emma (18) and Jack (13).
All five of the Bergrens make their home in Colorado Springs, Colorado.