Monday, February 2, 2015

Return to Exile

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: Lynn Gentry does a fabulous job at continuing the story of Lisbeth Hastings in this story! Some time has passed since she was last in Carthage, she came home and gave birth, finished her schooling to become a medical doctor, and tried to put the past behind her. But, when new information about those in the 3rd century comes into her hands, she decides that she must take another leap back in time and do all she can to change things for the better.
I was a bit shocked at some of the turns in the story, so much so that I was tempted to put it down! I am glad that I kept with it, since the story is unique and interesting. I didn't care for how one of the situations was dealt with, since it seemed a bit cliche, but I still enjoyed the story greatly. I like that the author's style is different and that she doesn't try to hid the harshness of life in Roman times. This is a wonderful addition to the Carthage Chronicles! I can't wait for the final book to come out!
I received a copy of this book from Litfuse in exchange for my honest review.


  1. Amanda, I like that you let us know what you liked about the book, as well as what did not work. Thank you for your honest review.

    1. Thank you, Michelle! Sometimes, it's hard to know how to word things.;)
      I do appreciate with this book that she doesn't sugar coat the past, though she also doesn't embrace the bad either. If that makes sense.;)