Sunday, October 25, 2015

Valley Of Decision by Lynne Gentry #BookReview

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About Valley of Decision:

Every choice has a consequence in the explosive conclusion to the Carthage Chronicles as Lisbeth returns to third-century Carthage for a thrilling final adventure.


Thirteen years ago, Lisbeth made an impossible decision—leave third-century Carthage and her husband Cyprian behind for good. She knew it was to protect her daughter Maggie, so Lisbeth gathered the strength to move on with her life.
All these years, Lisbeth has thrown herself into her work and raising her headstrong daughter, all to live up to the promise she made to Cyprian. But Maggie is sick of being protected. In an act of teenage rebellion Maggie decides to do what her mother can’t—secretly returning to the third century on a quest to bring her father back, leaving Lisbeth no choice but to follow.


With Maggie’s surprise arrival in Carthage, chaos ensues. She finds her grandmother on trial for murder and attempts to save her, but instead the diversion sparks a riot that nearly destroys the plagued city. Only one thing will appease the wrath of the new proconsul of Carthage: the death of the instigator.


Will Lisbeth arrive in time to save her daughter from the clutches of Rome? How can God possibly redeem such a slew of unwise decisions and deep regrets? Filled with heart-wrenching twists and riveting action, Valley of Decision brings the romantic adventure epic, The Carthage Chronicles, to an electrifying conclusion.


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My thoughts:

In Valley of Decision, the last book of the
 "The Carthage Chronicles" series, Maggie is now an adult who goes back into the past determined to save her father from his destiny. Lisbeth had already said goodby to the man she loves but now has to follow her daughter back to the perilous place where she knows the man she loves is destined to a terrible fate. Maggie ends up learning that she needs to forgive herself, Cyprian and Lisbeth learn that forgiveness and love changes hearts not anger and resentment. All the characters have decisions to make, do they make the right ones? 

I find that reading books about history are boring but reading books with history are fascinating. I found myself captivated with this love story about Roman politics and Christian persecution in the third century. I suggest having some facial tissues handy in case you find yourself crying. In the end I was glad with the way things worked out. 

Even though you don't need to read all the books of the series, I highly recommend doing so, this way you can get the full effect of the storyline. I read the second book, Return to Exile awhile back and really enjoyed it. I planned on reading the first book, Healer of Carthage but I just never seemed to be able to find the timeMy husband and son happened to be camping at the time I was reading this third and last novel of the series. I was so captivated all over again, with my family gone, I now had the time to read Healer of Carthage and re-read Return to Exile, plus I read the two eShort Prequels; A Perfect Fit and Shades of Surrender, which allows the reader even more insight into Magdalena's, Ruth's and other character's backgrounds. This book series had my emotions all over the place, I am either crying, laughing, or wanting to punch someones lights out! 

If you enjoy reading historical fiction about time travel and some romance you might enjoy this book(s) as much as I did. I know that I plan on re-reading the whole series again even if I have to wait for another mini vacation to do it. 

Visit Lynne's website to learn more, purchase a copy on Amazon.


About Lynne Gentry:
She 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. Find out more about Lynne at her website

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