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Return to Exile by Lynne Gentry's book does! In this book we meet Dr. Lisbeth and we take an amazing journey with her back to third-century Rome.
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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I love time travel books. I think that is my favorite theme for time period novels. This book was so unique because it brings us back to the early church and the persecution that it was facing. Interestingly enough part of the storyline revolves around measles - which has become a current topic in our news. It was interesting to read the point of views of the vaccination mixed in with the story and how it related to the past.
While this was the second book in The Carthage Chronicles, I had no problem picking it up and diving into the story. You can totally read this one alone. Times were different in the past and Gentry really weaves a tale that allows your heart to feel for the people and the trials they faced. I found myself sad when bad things happened to the characters - which is a testimony to how well we get to know them during the book. You really will feel like you've stepped into the past in Return to Exile.