Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Return to Exile - The Carthage Chronicles 2 - by Lynne Gentry

About the book:

Return to Exile (Howard Books, January 2015)

How far would you go to save the ones you love?

Six years ago, impossible circumstances forced Dr. Lisbeth Hastings to leave behind the love of her life, not just in another country, but in another time. Her work as a top-notch epidemiologist and parenting her little girl helps alleviate the pain, but at night when her exhausted head hits the pillow, images of her beloved Cyprian haunt her sleep.

Cyprian Thascius returns from political exile a broken man. He's lost his faith, the love of his life, and his purpose. He attempts to move on, to face the danger that is looming over Carthage, but when Cyprian's true love suddenly reappears, his heart becomes as imperiled as the fledgling church he seeks to save.

Have the years that kept Lisbeth and Cyprian apart created too wide a chasm to bridge? In the midst of a new epidemic and rising oppression, will their love be the most costly fatality? Filled with gripping action and raw emotion, this spell-binding adventure of star-crossed lovers captivates with every turn of the page in this electric continuation of The Carthage Chronicles.

My review:  

This was an intriguing story, but I wish I would have read book one first.  I planned to, but ended up not having enough time.    I figured out what must have happened in book one based on things said in this book, but experiencing Lisbeth's first trip to the third century and seeing how her relationship with Cyprian develops would have added a lot more meaning to the continuation of the story.  I liked many of the characters in the book and felt for the horrible situations they found themselves in, from persecution for their faith to an epidemic threatening to take down the whole city of Carthage.  It was interesting to see how Lisbeth brought her medical knowledge from modern times to life back then and how she worked to stop the spread of disease.   It was amazing to see how the Christians tried to live out their faith by caring for not only the poor and sick, but also the wealthy who treated them horribly and could even betray them.  Ruth and Magdalena, especially, were women to admire for their faith and the sacrifices they made.  Not all of the characters had a strong faith, however, as Barek and Cyprian struggled with loss and turned away from God for a time.  Many of the Christians also were being led astray by a man claiming to be a Christian, but tricking them into compromise.  It was truly a perilous time to be alive.  It's fascinating to read about time travel and it's ramifications and to think about the effect Lisbeth going back again had on others and on the future.  The story ends with a cliffhanger and the third book is due to come out this summer.  I would recommend it if you like historical, medical or time travel fiction.

I received this book free from Litfuse Publicity in exchange for an honest review.

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About the author:

Lynne Gentry
has written for numerous publications. She is a professional acting coach, theater director, and playwright. Lynne is an inspirational speaker and dramatic performer who loves spending time with her family and medical therapy dog.

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