Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Healer Of Carthage By Lynn Gentry Book Review

/ / The Healer Of Carthage / /

/ / The Carthage Chronicles, #1 / /

{Review Written By Madi}
Book Title: Healer Of Carthage
Author: Lynn Gentry
Source: The Litfuse Publicity Group
Genre: Christian Fiction
Number Of Pages: 376
ISBN: 978-1-4767-4633-3
Publisher: Howard Publishers
Year Of Publication: 2014
Rating: Five Out Of Five Stars
/ / Book Description / /
A modern-day doctor gets trapped in third-century Carthage, Rome, where she uncovers buried secrets, confronts Christian persecution, and battles a deadly epidemic to save the man she loves.Dr. Lisbeth Hastings, a first-year resident, is summoned by her eccentric father to join him at his archaeological dig. She is hesitant to accept his invitation, but when a tragic mistake ends her medical career, Lisbeth decides the only way to redeem her failure is to care for her confused father.

While exploring the haunting cave at her father’s dig, Lisbeth falls through a hidden hole and awakens to find herself the object of a slave bidding war! She tries to escape her captor, a wealthy Roman lawyer named Cyprian Thascius, and discovers that the city she remembers as ruins has somehow become brand-new. Who restored Carthage to a thriving metropolis? And if she is in the third century, how did this happen?

Cyprian believes God called him to rescue the beautiful and strange woman being auctioned off as a slave. He doesn’t understand why saving the church of his newfound faith requires him to love a mysterious woman who seems determined to get him killed by her stubbornness. But who is he to question God?

Their colliding worlds spark an intense attraction as Lisbeth and Cyprian soon find themselves united in a battle against a deadly epidemic. Together they confront Christian persecution, uncover buried secrets, and witness the beginnings of a medical revolution, but they fear Roman wrath will separate them forever. Will Lisbeth save the man she loves and the family she longs for—or will their separate worlds pull them apart forever?
/ / Book Review / /
 This book. I can't even. I don't know that I could even write a review that would give it justice, but I'm gonna try. "The Healer Of Carthage" is the debut novel of author Lynne Gentry, and let us all hope that it isn't the last! What a way to introduce yourself into the writing business. Lynne weaved a tale of love, tribulation, sorrow and adventure. Every detail was perfect, from the plot all the way down to the small character quirks that you might miss if you don't pay special attention. There was a plot twist in practically every chapter, and once I actually sat down to read it I didn't put it down until I was finished with it. I can't think of a single thing that I would change about it. I couldn't say something bad about this book if I tried. I've kind of been in a book rut for the last few months, but this book blew me away. "Healer Of Carthage" is about a doctor that goes to visit her father in an Egyptian desert and while searching one of her archeologist father's  sites get transported back in time to ancient Rome. Lisbeth gets swept up into the plague that she had only read about in history books. Her medical skills do not extend to such severe fatalities, and the primitive conditions are not helping matters along. The best part of this book (in my opinion) is the people that Lisbeth encounters in her new world. Three very important people are introduced at this point, and she has no idea the significance that they put in her life. Wait! I just thought about something that I don't like about it. The ending. I mean, come on! You can't just leave me hanging like  that! There better be a sequel to this book, or I will start a riot. Yet, even with this ending that left me wanting more, I would recommend this book to just about anyone. I don't care if you like historical fiction. I don't care if you like fiction at all. Read it.
~The Literary Maidens
Note: I was provided with a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion. I was not further compensated to review this product and all thoughts and sentiments expressed above are completely my own and unbiased.

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