Friday, January 2, 2015

Return to Exile {by Lynne Gentry}
Title: Return to Exile
Author: Lynne Gentry
Series: The Carthage Chronicles, #2
Genre: Christian Historical Fiction
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
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A twenty-first-century doctor travels back in time to third-century Carthage to rescue her husband, but the arrival of a deadly epidemic forces her to make an impossible choice in this fast-paced second novel in The Carthage Chronicles series.
Dr. Lisbeth Hastings salvaged two things from her accidental trip to the third century: her mother's stethoscope and her child. Making a life for her daughter Maggie back in the present is difficult, but returning to ancient Carthage is impossible. However, when Lisbeth learns her husband is slated to die a martyr's death, she must find a way around the impossible to save him.
Cyprian Thascius returns from political exile a broken man. He's lost his faith, the love of his life, and his purpose. When Ruth, an old friend, proposes he marry her to restore his position and protect his estate, the disgraced nobleman accepts. But when Cyprian's true love suddenly reappears, his heart becomes as imperiled as the fledgling church.
As Lisbeth and Cyprian reunite to battle a new epidemic and save the oppressed community of Christians, the chasm between the two of them seems too wide to bridge. But when Maggie contracts typhoid, Lisbeth must choose: stay and save the man she loves, or return home and save her daughter?
Filled with gripping action and raw emotion, this incredibly compelling adventure of star-crossed lovers will keep you engrossed with every turn of the page.

I am actually not sure whether I liked this more or less than the first book, but ultimately, I still enjoyed it. It took me awhile to get into it, but once it picked up, I was intrigued. 

Lisbeth is back in the 21st century, but she cannot stop thinking about everything she left behind in the 3rd. So, with her daughter in tow, she makes it back only to find things are so much worse than she left it. 

Although Lisbeth has grown and changed, there were still parts about her I didn't like. She still tried too hard to play God, and got mad at everyone else when things didn't go her way. But she did try, and you could tell she had matured some since the last book. Not going to lie, her daughter kind of bugged me. She was super spoiled and just rude. I don't know if she was supposed to be bossy in a way that was endearing, but she came across like a brat instead. But she's a child, so I won't hold it against her.

I liked Cyprian in the last book, and while I liked him in the beginning, I don't know what happened. Not saying I didn't like him, but more that I couldn't really get a handle on him. I wasn't sure what he was doing, or thinking, or where he was coming from most of the time. But he does grow as well, and grows into the selfless leader everyone else thinks he can be. 

This story does go through many different points-of-view, which was nice. It added to the story, because we could see what was going on, and how that would come into play later on. It was full of action and intrigue. You could tell it was well-researched and historically accurate. I love anything from this time period, and it did a good job of portraying it. 

This was a satisfying read. If you like historical fiction, or Ancient Rome, or a bit of fantasy with the time travel aspect, then this book is for you. 

This review can also be found on   Goodreads

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