Monday, February 16, 2015

Return to Exile by Lynne Gentry - Book Review & Tour

About the book:
Return to Exile (Howard Books, January 2015)

Return to Exile by Lynne Gentry

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.

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My Thoughts:
Like a thoroughbred horse that can't wait to get started, this book gallops out of the gate. Excellent, just an excellent cast of characters and a new plot to boot! It just doesn't get any better than this!

Lisbeth is easy to connect to and feel for while raising her daughter on her own, who can not feel for this young woman? Having lost so much, I couldn't help but wish the best for her and that all would work out for a satisfying conclusion. Did it? Well...I'll leave that up to you to find out.

Cyprian - *sigh* - he just oozes awesomeness. Seriously. Just another handsome man about to change history, that's all. No biggie. Yes, I'd have to say he was my favorite character. 

What I liked best about this book? I'll be honest. I very much enjoy historical fiction. I don't care if it's set in the dark ages or in the 1800's midwest, I love a good historical fiction novel. But. Throw in a historical fiction with time travel elements? I'm a goner. I love how Ms. Gentry has taken a whole new approach to this genre and made it something spectacular and different.

I highly recommend this book.
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.

Find Lynne online: website, Facebook, Twitter

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