MFT Guest: Lisa Bergren Guest Posts + a Giveaway!

Today we’re lucky enough to have the wonderful Lisa Bergren on for My Favorite Things.  Her River of Time series has quickly become a favorite and I couldn’t recommend them any more highly.  You can find my review of Waterfall (book one) HERE, my review of Cascade (book two) HERE and an interview I did with her awhile back HERE.   Lisa did a wonderful guest post for us and there’s a giveaway at the end! 

Five Things I’d Love About Living in Medieval Times
By Lisa T. Bergren  
I’m a modern girl and I love my modern conveniences—computers, Internet, cell phones, hair dryers, stoves, cars, beds, medicine—but there are several things that I think I’d enjoy if I was like my character GabriellaBetarrini, and time-traveled back to medieval Tuscany. Here’s what would top my list:

Rustic, farm-fresh food: Cheese that just came off the shelf where it was aged; meat sliced right from a spit over an open fire; bread just out of a fire-fed oven;olive oil from the grove down the road. The only bummer? Tomatoes didn’t arrive in Italy until later, and no one grows tomatoes like our Italian friends.


Unspoiled countryside: No telephone poles and wires, no traffic, few crowds. Ahhh…Pull up a chair beside me and let’s just stare out at the lush hills and valleys of Tuscana.


Community: In this time period, if people didn’t know and rely on their neighbors like they were kin, they often didn’t survive the year. People needed one another and weren’t afraid to show it—I think we could learn a lot from them in what it means to have true connections.


Chivalry: I don’t know if this is a romantic ideal or truly how it was, but I love the idea of men who know they’re men—leading, pursuing, protecting and cherishing the women in their lives. (I totally value my rights as a modern woman, but there’s just something visceral about this idea of men, right? That’s what I love about Gabi and Lia—they get the chivalrous dudes, but still get to hold to their modern ideals and identity.)


Simplicity of life: I’m sure the medieval mama’s To Do List was quite lengthy, but it largely revolved around just keeping herself and her family alive. When life gets overly complicated for me, I fantasize about having to do nothing but cook, clean and care for my loved ones. Yeah, I know. I’d probably get bored after a week. But on the complicated weeks here in modern times, that sometimes sounds like the ultimate vacation to me. A place and time where I could be solely focused on my relationships and helping to keep us all alive and well.

BIO: Lisa T. Bergren is the author of over thirty books, including her latest, the River of Time Series (Waterfall, Cascade and Torrent). She lives in Colorado but has been to Italy three times—and is returning this fall with her teen daughter. Find her on Facebook(River of Time Series and Lisa Tawn Bergren), on Twitter (@LisaTBergren) and online (

The Giveaway:
Lisa is generously offering up a copy of Cascade, the second book in the River of Time Series.  
Open to US only.
Must be 13 or older to enter.
Ends July 5th, 2011

To Enter:
What are a few things that you’d love about living in medieval times? Leave a comment with your answer and contact info.

This is just one giveaway of this great event!  For the schedule of The Favorite Things event check out the schedule post.  And make sure you head over to My Bookish Ways to see what she has going on today as well!

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  1. That life was more simple than today and the way men treated their loves. It would also be nice to live in a castle, though I’d sorely miss indoor plumbing.


  2. These books are so pretty! :) And they sound great! I’d love to be entered into this one. :)

    And I’m going to be honest here- About the only thing I can think of to like about living WAY back then is their pretty dresses. Lovely style. Other than that… I’m pretty sure living back then would suck. 😛 We glamorize it, a lot, but it was not a fun time to be alive.

    I’ll keep my shower, flushable toilet and electric lights over your rancid meat, decaying teeth and feces filled streets any day. 😉

    basicallyamazingbooks [at]

  3. Thanks for the giveaway! I love how women dressed back then. I don’t know why. But I LOVE how everyone is all about honor. (Ok.. yes, I just watch the season finale of Game of Thrones!) And I love how they talked and called girls my lady. Hehe.

    Miss Lauren

  4. Chivalry, definitely the chivalry. I have been raised on stories of Sir Gawain and Robin Hood and I would love to meet a guy like them. :) Thank you for the giveaway! Lovely post!


  5. I love your list, you hit it on the head. I do agree chivalry would be great. I am a strong independent woman as well, but man, why don’t men like exist or if they do they are very sparse? LOL! The unspoiled countryside is the top of my list. No honking horns, no 50 story buildings I will never walk into that block out the sun, just beautiful green grass. Every time I think about it, all I think about is Scotland LOL! Great post and giveaway, really great read :)

    drharleyquinn87 (at) gmail (dot) com

  6. I absolutely loved the first book!!! I reviewed it on my blog, I am dying for the second one! I loved the main character and her budding romance-I loved her search for her sister :) Thank you so much! GFC Krystal Larson edysicecreamlover18ATgmailDOTcom

  7. The clothing looked interesting and I think I would like the lack of stress since your daily life was set back then, not too many decisions to be made.
    mce1011 AT aol DOT com

  8. I’ve been dying to read this series!

    The clothes! I would love to try the dresses.

    Also, I’d love to see the night sky in its natural state every night without all the light pollution. It’s so gorgeous!

  9. -Like mentioned above, I would definitely love the Chivalry. You don’t see people that posses chivalry nowadays. Plus, I’d love the community. I wish I had connections with my neighbors like they did back then. I think the world would be a better place if everybody would just get along.


  10. I hate to follow the crowd, but the first thing that popped into my head was the chivalry also. I guess a lot of us are missing that in our current time period, aren’t we! The clothes would be pretty cool, too :)

    jwitt33 at live dot com Z

  11. The men and their chivalry. Where men actually knew how to treat women. The art and dresses would be beautiful too. And I can’t forget the food. Of course, I’m hoping I’m rich so I can afford the servants to cook for me.

    Lindadao2060 at yahoo dot com

  12. Totally agree with #4 Chivalry. But I would also love to wear the awesome dresses (who hasn’t dreamed of dressing up back in the medieval times?).

    Thanks for the awesome giveaway!

    candicerjames (at) gmail (dot) com

  13. Besides the lovely dresses and jewels I would love the fact that I would probably not have to have a full time job. I could stay at home and tend to the gardens, mending and cooking. Tough work but I still have to do all that plus work in todays day and age.

    I would not miss the restrooms or my kindle or the epideral when it cam time to have my girls though!

    mmafsmith at gmail dot com

  14. While I have only read the first in this series it is a new favorite!! I would love to learn about the art and culture of medieval times – – of course the manly men wouldn’t be too much of a bother either :)

    Thank you so much for this amazing giveaway!!


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