Saturday, October 31, 2015

Valley of Decision - The Carthage Chronicles 3 - by Lynne Gentry

About the book:
Valley of Decision
(Howard, September 2015)

Every choice has a consequence in the explosive conclusion to the Carthage Chronicles as Lisbeth returns to third-century Carthage for a thrilling final adventure.

Thirteen years ago, Lisbeth made an impossible decision---leave third-century Carthage and her husband Cyprian behind for good. She knew it was to protect her daughter Maggie, so Lisbeth gathered the strength to move on with her life.

All these years, Lisbeth has thrown herself into her work and raising her headstrong daughter, all to live up to the promise she made to Cyprian. But Maggie is sick of being protected. In an act of teenage rebellion Maggie decides to do what her mother can't---secretly returning to the third century on a quest to bring her father back, leaving Lisbeth no choice but to follow.

With Maggie's surprise arrival in Carthage, chaos ensues. She finds her grandmother on trial for murder and attempts to save her, but instead the diversion sparks a riot that nearly destroys the plagued city. Only one thing will appease the wrath of the new proconsul of Carthage: the death of the instigator.

Will Lisbeth arrive in time to save her daughter from the clutches of Rome? How can God possibly redeem such a slew of unwise decisions and deep regrets? Filled with heart-wrenching twists and riveting action, Valley of Decision brings the romantic adventure epic, The Carthage Chronicles, to an electrifying conclusion.

My review:
This was a fascinating ending to a wonderful time travel series!  Maggie is incredibly stubborn and impulsive, which got on my nerves a bit.  She was funny, though, especially when she used phrases from the future in the past.  She was also incredibly brave, as she showed over and over when she rushed headlong to save someone without thinking.  It was interesting to see how people in the past reacted to her return since for them hardly any time had passed, but for her it had been thirteen years and she looked like a woman rather than a child.  There was a bit of a love triangle as she had feelings for the man she used to torment while a new one entered the picture all while trying to not put herself in the same predicament as her mother because she plans to return home to the present with her family.  She does not want to get her heart broken by falling for someone in the past.  There were some sweet romantic moments for her and also her mother.  It was touching and romantic to see Lisbeth and Cyprian reunite after thinking they wouldn't see each other again.  Faith was a strong factor in the story, as the Christians choose to forgive their enemies and help ones who have gotten sick.  There's plenty of action as they flee from soldiers, fight for their lives and try to save Maggie's grandmother and father. It was fascinating to see what life was like in Carthage in 258 AD.  I highly recommend this book and series!

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

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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