Monday, February 16, 2015

Return To Exile by Lynne Gentry - REVIEWED

About the Book:
How far would you go to save the ones you love?

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.
My Thoughts:
Whatever the past bequeaths to us, know this:  God is the one with the ultimate control of the future.” (p.333)

Return To Exile was an unexpected adventure for me!  I never read too much of a book’s description before beginning a story, and I’d have Lynne Gentry’s work highly recommended to me, so I jumped in with no preconceived ideas.  What an adventure!  Looking at the artwork on the cover, I wrongly expected biblical fiction.  What I got instead was so much more!

Dr. Lisbeth Hastings is a time traveler of sorts.  She apparently met and married her husband in another century all together!  (I MUST read the first book of this series!)  Now, the mother of a child conceived in another place and time, she longs to reunite with her husband and introduce him to his daughter.  Lisbeth is also determined to eliminate a disease that is part of an immunization in the present age, but it a plague in an earlier time.  That twist in the plot makes this book fascinating!  There is timeless romance, medical transcendence, a very unique family dynamic that encompasses the time travel and so much more!

The spiritual truths presented are represented in the lives of Christ’s earliest followers!  I love it when an author is able to represent early Christianity so well!  Cyprian Thascius is a very real representation of the challenges faced by the first Christians.  The love he and Lisbeth shares through time is a beautiful representation of grace.

There is just so much to enjoy and appreciate  in this story!  I highly recommend Return to Exile!  And I know I must go back and read the first installment of this series!  I can’t believe I missed it!  The Carthage Chronicles are not to be missed! 

Purchase you copy HERE!

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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