Book Review: “Return To Exile” by Lynne Gentry

February 17, 2015 at 1:35 pm | Posted in Books | Leave a comment
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Lynne Gentry in her new book, “Return To Exile book coverReturn To Exile” Book Two in The Carthage Chronicles series   published by Howard Books continues the story of Dr. Lisbeth Hastings.

From the back cover:    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 spellbinding adventure of star-crossed lovers captivates with every turn of the page in this electric continuation of The Carthage Chronicles.

Lynne Gentry has given us one of the most imaginative and clever series that I have encountered. Historical fiction and time travel. Two elements that if not handled correctly can spell doom for the reader. Have no fear  Ms. Gentry is an expert crafts-person and puts them together perfectly.  “Return To Exile” is a great ride! Like a great play this is the second act and all second acts are a bit dark and end with a cliffhanger. Lisbeth has gone back in time again with Maggie, Lisbeth’s and Cyprian’s daughter. There is all kinds of danger, the church is in chaos, Cyprian is in danger and to protect himself he may marry someone he doesn’t love and there is typhoid. Ms. Gentry has given us an action adventure tale that will get your nerves all jangled as you read furiously trying to keep up with the story.  And there is the romance.  Plus this is a thriller that just drips with suspense so be prepared. I guarantee you, you will not be disappointed in reading this book.  The characters are marvelous and they live and breathe on these pages.  I am glad I found this wonderful author and I am so looking forward to book three!

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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Litfuse Publicity Group.   I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 <> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”


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