Saturday, October 31, 2015

Valley of Decision by Lynne Gentry

Litfuse Publicity Group, Howard Books, and Lynne Gentry invite readers to third-century Carthage for a thrilling time-travel adventure in Valley of Decision, the explosive conclusion to The Carthage Chronicles. In her latest release, Gentry brings her thorough research of the Plague of Cyprian to life as she examines the power of family connections. 

Thirteen years ago, Dr. Lisbeth Hasting made an impossible decision to leave third-century Carthage and her husband, Cyprian, behind for good to protect their daughter, Maggie. Summoning all her courage, she struggled to move on with life and keep her promise to Cyprian to keep their little girl out of harm's way. 

Years later, that little girl is now a headstrong young woman starting to chafe under her mother's protective wings. Craving an opportunity to express her independence, Maggie decides to do what her mother appears to be unable or unwilling to do: She secretly returns to the third century on a quest to bring her father back. When Lisbeth discovers what Maggie has done, she is left with no choice but to follow.

With Maggie's surprise arrival in Carthage, chaos ensues. Finding her grandmother on trial for murder, she attempts to save her, but her efforts only spark a riot that nearly destroys the plagued city. Only one thing will appease the wrath of the new proconsul of Carthage: the death of whomever instigated the riot. 

My review:
  Time travel books aren't very common on the Christian market, so this series intrigued me. I bought the first and reviewed the second, enjoying both a lot; and have been watching for the last book in the trilogy to come out.

   The whole series is set in the third century in Carthage, and this third book is set when open persecution of Christians is in full swing. The author brought back the same characters and suspense and drama from the other two books and spun a great ending to the series. I read the book when I wouldn't have to put it down as I knew I was going to want to read it all in one sitting, which I did.

  Even though the series is fictional and there is no time travel, the books are based on historical events and some historical people. Though I hoped one such historical person was not going to be killed off, things didn't go quite the way I hoped, but the author had a good explanation for doing so.... though I still didn't like that part.

  This series of books, though entertaining and a very enjoyable read, they should serve as a warning that the persecution faced by Christians years ago could happen even here in America.

  Kudos to  the author for finishing out her great series with a terrific ending in this third novel. I highly recommend the whole series, and they definitely need read in order.

About the author:

Lynne Gentry has written for numerous publications and is a professional acting coach, theater director, and playwright with several full-length musicals and a Chicago children's theater curriculum to her credit.

Her love for writing stories was born while growing up on a Kansas dairy farm as she longed for adventure and dreamt of traveling to exotic places. She likes to write stories that launch modern women into ancient adventures, such as The Carthage Chronicles series (Healer of Carthage, Return to Exile, and Valley of Decision).

Gentry is also an inspirational speaker and dramatic performer who loves spending time with her family and medical therapy dog.

Thanks to Litfuse for  the review copy.