Review: Return to Exlile by Lynne Gentry (Litfuse Blog Tour)

February 5, 2015

Title: Return to Exile
Author: Lynne Gentry
Publisher: Howard
Pages: 384
ISBN: 978-1-4767-4636-4
Publication Date: January 6th, 2015

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.
I really enjoyed Healer of Carthage, it helped fill the void of another time traveling, historical romance I enjoy. I was thrilled that I didn't have to wait too awfully long to read the second book in the series, Return to Exile...and goodness! I liked this book even more then the first!

This story took me everywhere! The past, the present, Dallas, Texas, Tunisia, and Carthage. Then once the travel had ended, we weren't done yet. The twists and turns took this story even deeper into the characters lives...and wow! The twists that this book had. I couldn't believe where it went several times. I had to re-read a few parts to make sure through the surprise, I had read it right.

This book takes place 5 years after the end of Healer of Carthage. Much has happened in Lisbeth's life since the end. However, one thing that hasn't changed is Lisabeth's desire to help people and use her knowledge of healing. She has moved forward with her education and tries to use it as much as she can.

Cyprian also has dealt with so much change since the end of the last book. The struggle has aged him a bit, but he tries to push forward despite the battles he wages inside of his mind and from others.

Ruth, kind and gentle Ruth is still around and she hasn't been unphased by all of the events, time has made her a little older, as with everyone else, and tired. She has kept the hospital that Lisbeth has set up for the community and has watched over all the ones who have asked for help. Her character is very gentle, but smart. After this book, she reminds me a bit of Melanie Hamilton from Gone with the Wind. She is a quiet and kind character, who care for those around her, no matter what is going on. Those characters are a wonderful addition to a story.

I can't wait for Valley of Decision, especially after reading the snip-it at the end of the book. So much to come!

Too Read!
4.5 out of 5

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.

Thank you to Litfuse and Howard Books, I received a copy of this book for free in exchange for an honest review.

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