Sunday, February 15, 2015

Return to Exile by Lynne Gentry

Filled with gripping action and raw emotion, Return to Exile is a spellbinding adventure of star-crossed lovers captivates with every turn of the page in this electric continuation of Lynne Gentry's  Carthage Chronicles.

"When people are afraid, they are far easier to control."

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? 

My review:

  Time travel books are a rarity on the Christian market, so this book intrigued me when I got the chance to review it. I requested it, did enough research to realize I should read the first book in the series before I read this second book, so I ordered book one, read it, and loved it. I then went onto this book.

  In the books, the main character, Dr. Lisbeth Hastings, goes back in time to the 3rd century, A.D. The author does a fantastic job of describing the scenes and setting for what it might have been like at that time. Well done descriptions of places in books go a long way in setting the tone for a great book, and it was well done. Most of the same characters were back from the same book, good and bad, and I really like the characters in the book. Some of these people face impossible choices, all faced with the reality they could end up in the arena for daring to serve Christ. Although the book is fictional, it brought to mind how easy we have it here in America, and that many Christians through the ages and today face true persecution and death for serving God.

 The books aren't the genre' I usually read, but I enjoyed both books and am looking forward to the third book, and eagerly wait to see how the author wraps things up. They are as page-turning books as the suspense I love to read.  Highly recommended series.

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. She loves spending time with her family and working with her medical therapy dog.
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