Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Return to Exile (a Review)

About the book:  

Return to Exile (Howard Books, January 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 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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Thanks to a long standing love of YA (hello love triangles and happy endings), this book was a bit tough on my sensibilities. Lisbeth has hardened even farther in this second book, and is even more grown up- if that's possible. Yet, even with the fact that I relate with her character very little, this book drew me in just like the first book. At first, I was a little wary. I knew with Gentry's writing style, I would probably end up mad at the characters or crying for the characters (yep, you will too). But I just had to know. It was so worth it. Because even though I prefer something much more fantastical with a magical ending, this book was hard. Not bad hard, but good hard. Because sometimes stuff happens in life that messes up your plans, and messes up your life. And you move forward, with God's help and some chocolate. This book made me mad and sad and all sorts of crazy, but it exuded one message. God is greater than the mess Lisbeth, Cyprian, or me and you can ever get in. He's got it. Even if your in the midst of some serious early-church persecution...

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