Friday, February 13, 2015

Book Review - Return to Exile


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.


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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This is book 2 of "The Carthage Chronicles" and even though I didn't read book 1 of the series, this book totally stands alone and I was able to understand what was happening and not confused about the characters at all. I do love a book like this as it shows the good writing of the author, that she can bring you into the middle of a story and you don't feel lost. However, having said this, I did feel that the story moved extremely slow for me. I had a hard time really getting into the story as there just wasn't much happening to really hold my interest until farther into the book.

This story is unusual in that it's about time travel. Lisbeth is a doctor who traveled from the 21st century to the 3rd century and now is back in the 21st century, but without her husband from the 3rd. She also has to balance her life as a single mom with that of being a doctor during an epidemic outbreak of measles.

I really enjoyed the historical aspects of this book and anyone who enjoys historical fiction will love this book. I also loved how the characters lived out their faith in Christ and how they had real doubts at times when things got hard. There was a lot of hard times for these people, but I loved how they would turn to their faith in God to get them through.

All in all, I really enjoyed this book. It's different from most books that I have read and I really enjoyed the contrast between the two times. I got very involved in these people's lives and hated to turn that last page. I highly recommend this book and give it 4 out of 5 stars.

*This book was provided to me for my honest review by LitFuse Publicity Group

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Blessings - Julie

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