Review & Giveaway: “Return to Exile” by Lynne Gentry

Today I’m excited to share my thoughts on the second book in the “Carthage Chronicles” series, Return to Exile by Lynne Gentry. Also, I’m doing a giveaway! You can enter to win 1 paperback copy of Return to Exile at the end of this post. (Thanks to the publisher and Lynne for the unexpected extra copy!)
"Return to Exile" by Lynne Gentry

You may remember my review of the first book in this series, Healer of Carthage. This second in the series picks up a few years later, following Dr. Lisbeth Hastings as she’s raising her daughter in modern day Dallas and following Cyprian Thascius as he contends with exile to a secluded island.

For numerous reasons, including an ancient-turned-modern plague at her heels, Lisbeth decides to take a major risk and try to get back to Cyprian’s world in 3rd century Carthage. What she encounters there is nothing like the chaos she left 6 years ago. With a plague still raging in the city, familiar political nemesis Aspasius is still trying to exterminate the early church and overthrow Cyprian’s property.

Lisbeth faces some unexpected surprises and twists when she returns to Carthage. The story is so fast-paced, you have moments to get used to her new reality before the adventure changes and she’s pulled deeper into commitments in the past.

Lynne’s writing style is so easy to read, almost a conversational tone. Although a good portion of the story takes place in ancient Carthage, I never felt distracted by that fact or by the unique blend of modern characters in that ancient time. I was anxious to see how Lisbeth and Cyprian’s stories would continue. Lynne doesn’t disappoint! We get to see their worlds collide again, with a new child in the middle.

One thing I loved about the first book was Lynne’s way of reminding the reader that Lisbeth is from modern day but stuck in the 3rd century. She continues this with subtle humor and mentions of culture (Disney princesses!) and technology, while staying relevant to the story.

This story is one that will keep you on your toes, with drama that reads at times like a medical thriller. The themes of the story, though, are most important: letting go of fears, loving your enemies, and holding on to faith when it’s hard. This is shown through the drama of the early church’s challenges in culture and politics. Also, through a picture of the importance of family, no matter what boundaries and obstacles may separate them for a time.

IMG_9446 Hi-Res_300dpi_Vert_CropIf you’d like to learn more about this book or about Lynne, shop on Amazon, visit her website, Twitter, or Facebook page.

Or, see my fun interview with Lynne from last year!

Thanks a ton to Lynne Gentry and to Howard Books for the free review copy in exchange for my honest review. I’m so glad I was able to be on your team!

Giveaway time!

To enter, leave a comment (with a valid email address) answering this question: If you could travel back in time, where/when would you go? Giveaway open to US residents only through 2/16/15. Winner will be contacted by email on 2/17. Good luck!

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22 thoughts on “Review & Giveaway: “Return to Exile” by Lynne Gentry

  1. Anywhere back in time? Well most people will probably say waay back during a historical event, but I just wanna go back a few years. My grandmother passed away a couple months ago, and I miss her a lot.

    Sierrafaith327(at)gmail(dot)com

  2. If I could travel back in time, I would join Peter in the boat and walk on the water with him to Jesus. That would be so amazing! Courtney thank you for your review and giveaway of Return to Exile.

    psalm103and138[at]gmail[dot]com

  3. I would love to return to life on the prairie out West! I love reading about those times, and even though I’m not sure I’d be tough enough to survive, I’d like to see what I’m made of!

    Thanks so much for your great review and your support of Lynne’s book!

    • Hi Janet! Thank you for visiting. I would love to experience life out West, too! I hope I would be tough enough to make it, too 🙂

  4. Love the photo! 🙂 There’s like 900 eras I want to see! I think I’d love to see the ancient times of Egypt, Greece, Rome, etc since there’s not as many images/artifacts. Or maybe Victorian England…Although I’d love to stop by the Civil War-era too…so many times I’d love to see!

  5. I think I’d like to go back to the days of the old west.. Riding horses & living on a ranch at the foothills of the mountains.. Such a simple but maybe hard life.. I’d love to read Lynne’s book though.. that era is interesting!

  6. I would probably pick regency England (1800-1820) or WW2 United States because those are the time frames I like reading about in historical fiction. Thanks for the giveaway! momrain(AT)aol(DOT)com

  7. I would like to go back to the 60’s! I loved the hippies and their love of everything simple and free! I used to live in New York, and my Dad would take us into the city, to Central Park and to The Village, and it was just awrsome. We would go to the fountain in Central Park and dance with them and sing, they would play guitars and mandarins, and it was a lot of fun! Thanks for the great giveaway! Have a wonderful, blessed day!!!
    cavallofrances@yahoo.com

  8. I love this series!!! Studied Ancient Rome with my girls while we were homeschooling. However, I too would like to go back just about 40 years and revisit my Mom & Grandma, miss them dearly and would love one more day!

    • Lisa, I’m so glad you’re reading this series! It is so cool. That is so sweet. Time with our loved ones is precious. Thank you for visiting!

  9. Pingback: Review: “Valley of Decision” by Lynne Gentry | The Green Mockingbird

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