Healer of Carthage by Lynne Gentry

April 14, 2014

Title: Healer of Carthage
Title: Lynne Gentry
Publisher: Howard Books
Pages: 416
ISBN: 978-1-4767-4633-3
Publication Date: March 4th, 2014

A twenty-first-century doctor. A third-century plague. A love out of time.

First-year resident Dr. Lisbeth Hastings is too busy to take her father’s bizarre summons seriously. But when a tragic mistake puts her career in jeopardy, answering her father’s call seems her only hope of redeeming the devastating failure that her life has become.

While exploring the haunting cave at her father’s archaeological dig, Lisbeth falls through a hidden hole, awakening to find herself the object of a slave auction and the ruins of Roman Carthage inexplicably restored to a thriving metropolis. Is it possible that she’s traveled back in time, and, if so, how can she find her way back home?

Cyprian Thascius believes God called him to rescue the mysterious woman from the slave trader’s cell. What he doesn’t understand is why saving the church of his newfound faith requires him to love a woman whose peculiar ways could get him killed. But who is he to question God?

As their different worlds collide, it sparks an intense attraction that unites Lisbeth and Cyprian in a battle against a deadly epidemic. Even as they confront persecution, uncover buried secrets, and ignite the beginnings of a medical revolution, Roman wrath threatens to separate them forever. Can they find their way to each other through all these obstacles? Or are the eighteen hundred years between them too far of a leap?
Have you ever wanted to travel back in time? How do you think you would fair? Would your knowledge of history give you an edge? Would your modern way of living help you or hinder you in adjusting to a new time?

I will say, I have wondered all of these things. I would love to be able to travel back in time, but sadly, that isn't possible. However, through the awesomeness of books, we have the ability to read about the idea of time travel and travel at are own pace and follow along with these characters.

Lisabeth has been raised by her father since she was five years old, after her mother mysteriously disappears. Now at twenty-seven, she is in her first year at a hospital in Dallas, trying to carry on her mother's legacy of becoming a doctor. Upon receiving a letter from her dad and a tragic event at work, Lisabeth heads off to where her father is working, to the other side of the globe in the Sahara.

Lisabeth is unsure about her father and the location where he is at, since it is where her mother disappeared. Searching around the Cave of Swimmers with her father, Lisabeth stumbles on something and is thrown back in time. Here is where the adventure begins.

Lisabeth is flung back in the ancient times, during a turbulent time. She is caught and brought into Carthage as a slave, to the slave market. It is here, where she is pushed into Cyprian's life. As a solicitor to the city, Cyprian is a respected man of the city, but as a Christian he is hunted. He doesn't know how this new woman in his house will help, but his friends have faith that she is here for a reason.

This story was a fast paced story that had me asking many questions, but was quick to answer them.  The history was fantastic, and not over done. The mix of the real and the fiction blended wonderfully. There was one thing that caught my attention, I wished that there was a little more time in the beginning in the present to build on to who Lisabeth is, the time in the present was brief, but all in all, it was a good story.

I can't wait to see where this series will go and what will happen after this ending.

Too Read
4 out of 5

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