- Series: Carthage Chronicles (Book 2)
- Paperback: 384 pages
- Publisher: Howard Books (January 6, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1476746362
- ISBN-13: 978-1476746364
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.9 x 8.4 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (75 customer reviews)
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"Compelling. Return to Exile took me to a time period that I had never been that interested in and built a sympathetic heart in me for the horrific things Christians had to face in that area and time. Because Lynne Gentry's characters are so well-developed, they took up residence in my thoughts and have lingered there for over a week after I finished reading the book. Of course, I can hardly wait until the next book comes out. I believe every Christian should read these books to give them an awareness of how blessed we are to be able to live our beliefs without fearing for our lives.” (Lena Nelson Dooley, author of the double-award-winning Catherine's Pursuit)
“Return to Exile, Lynne Gentry’s sweeping saga of lost dreams, epic struggles, sinister passions, and unrequited love—all playing out against the stunning backdrop of third-century Rome—returns to enthrall readers of her earlier Healer of Carthage. With surprising twists readers won’t see coming, Gentry has created an inspiring story few will be able to put down until the final page. I am a huge fan of the Carthage Chronicles series, and of author Lynne Gentry. Can hardly wait for the final installment to see how everything turns out for Dr. Lisbeth Hastings!” (Kellie Coates Gilbert, author of A Woman of Fortune)
“Gentry has done it again! Book two in the The Carthage Chronicles had me weeping and cheering right along with the main characters, Lisbeth and Cyprian. Their struggle to forge a life from the ashes of Carthage’s diseased city made my heart pound, and as the peril facing them ratcheted, so did my pulse rate. Add Gentry’s enviable talent for wordsmithing, and Return to Exile makes for an incredibly entertaining read.” (Elizabeth Ludwig, author of Tide and Tempest)
“In Return to Exile, Lynne Gentry takes readers on another breathtaking journey as they are transported with Lisbeth from the twenty-first century back to third-century Carthage. But this time, while Lisbeth thinks she's prepared for what awaits her on the other side of the Cave of the Swimmers, there's no way for her to anticipate the frightening reality, as she is thrown into a impossible situation that will leave readers begging for more.” (Lisa Harris, author of the Christy Award-winning novel Dangerous Passage)
“Author Lynne Gentry has done it again! Return to Exile is a high-stakes adventure filled with unforgettable characters and amazing historical details. Gentry doesn't just write with boldness and authenticity but delivers powerful messages in the midst of the plot twists and turns. Turn the page to return to ancient Carthage and join Dr. Lisbeth Hastings in this time-traveling journey!” (Elizabeth Byler Younts, author of Promise to Return)
"This exciting new series uniquely pairs time travel and an inspirational love story to create an adventure well worth taking. Lisbeth’s refusal to allow anyone close to her heart is as much of a challenge to Cyprian as the Roman government’s insistence on routing out Christians. The cliffhanger ending leaves their marriage and the history of Carthage both in question, with the promise of more thrills to come." (Romantic Times (four stars))
“. . . an emotional ending that will leave readers wanting more.” (Romantic Times on Return to Exile (4.5 stars))
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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After reading the back cover blurb, I wondered how twenty-first century single mom and busy epidemiologist, Dr. Lisbeth Hastings, would interact with people from the third century. My interest grew when I discovered the father of Lisbeth's daughter was Cyprian Thacius, a third century politician who returns to Carthage after being exiled for his faith, and that Lisbeth returns during the time when measles and typhoid epidemics are decimating the population. I wondered how successful she would be at saving those who suffered, and if she would be in time to prevent Cyprian's death. When Lisbeth's five year old daughter, Maggie, gets sick with typhoid, I wondered who she would choose to save―Cyprian or Maggie, and what the consequences would be for the choices she made.
The plot is rich with interesting characters who face almost insurmountable problems in a violent world ruled by Rome. I look forward to finding out what happens to the characters in the last book of the trilogy, Valley of Decisions.
I have read the first book in The Carthage Chronicles, Healer of Carthage, and I wanted to know what happened to the characters. I am intrigued by the concept of time travel and how it fits into this story. After last year’s ebola crises, I’m drawn to similar events.
This book was about
After 6 years of making a home for her daughter, Maggie and father in present day Dallas, Texas, doors open to allow DR. Lisbeth Hastings the opportunity to return to third century Rome, where her mother and her husband, the father of Maggie are struggling to keep the church and the Christians alive amidst measles and the Roman empire. While Lisbeth thought of this journey everyday, it was one she never thought she would be able to make. Her father had been a part from her mother for an even longer period and he longs to be reunited with her as well. And everyday as Maggie grows older she desires more and more to know her father.
When reunited her splintered family, healing much family pain and oh, by the way rid the world of measles for all time in the third century. She finds more pain than she can imagine in her time travel adventure. But most of all she learns what it means to come under the leadership of the Lord for the fulfillment of her family’s purpose.
Things I liked about this book
An interesting, fast-pace story that educates about life in the third century and how it is still important to us.
Why you should read this book
You should be reminded that regardless of the year and the circumstances of life, we all face the decisions of how we will follow God’s leaderships and what the costs are to be His obedient disciples.
This book lived up to the back cover copy
The story of Lisbeth and Cyprian do fill every page of Return to Exile. Even through we only get to see s sliver of their lives, a few days in reality, we are thrown deep into their story in their present time and it’s implications for the future.
Series: The Carthage Chronicles
Genre: historical; Christian; science fiction; fantasy; romance
Publisher: Howard Books
Publication date: January 6, 2015
Number of pages: 384
Other books in the series:
1-The Healer of Carthage
3-Valley of Decision
Content Rating: PG
Book Rating: 4 stars
A review copy of this novel was provided by the author.
This episode in the trilogy mostly revolves around Lisbeth and Cyprian. Even though not too much time has passed since the end of the first episode, Carthage and its leader Aspasius are disease-ridden, Cyprian has snuck back into town unannounced and believing he will never see Lisbeth makes a big decision that will shock her greatly on her return.
Gentry writes beautifully and her theatrical background is clearly evident with how she so masterfully manages multiple POVs and showcases all the horror and tragedy of the disease-riddled city. Even though there is great darkness (and Aspasius is truly a nasty antagonist), we see the light of God's love and hope demonstrated through the very relatable faith journeys of Lisbeth and Cyprian. They both make mistakes, are torn between their own selfish desires and trusting in God.
I'm so looking forward to reading the final instalment which fortunately for me isn't too long away from being released.
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