Friday, March 21, 2014

Healer of Carthage

Book Review:

book coverIf asked, I would have told anyone that I was not interested in time travel stories. I thought the whole topic was ridiculous. New author, Lynne Gentry has written an interesting novel that involved time travel. Healer of Carthage is book one in a new series called The Carthage Chronicles. The book presented some fascinating concepts and ideas.
Gentry researched this novel using theological, medical and historical sources. The protagonist, Lizbeth Hastings, fell through a water opening in a cave to third century Carthage. My thoughts as I read the beginning of the book were that her survival instincts were poor. Going into a brand new culture and telling the citizens exactly what she thought of them did not seem exactly prudent. As the book progressed Lizbeth became more likeable and I became hooked on the story.
The book is plain about the problems in the Roman Empire during this time period. Christians were persecuted severely and the poor were treated abysmally. Lizbeth, a 21st century first year medical resident, found herself known as “a healer” in 3rd century Carthage where she found herself fighting a plague. I liked watching the changes in Lizbeth as she settled in to her new life, fell in love with a Christian aristocrat and got married. The part that really interested me was how she learned to love her new life. I wondered how many of us would feel more at home in a previous century. It is an interesting idea.
My one complaint would be that the book ended in a situation where I definitely wanted it to go on. The publisher has included the first chapter of the second volume in the series and I do plan on reading it; but I have many unanswered questions. I recommend this book. I know when I want to read volume two; volume one was a good book.
I received this book from the publisher in exchange for a review. All opinions expressed are my own.

About the Book:

A twenty-first-century doctor. A third-century plague. A love out of time.

First-year resident Dr. Lisbeth Hastings is too busy to take her father’s bizarre summons seriously. But when a tragic mistake puts her career in jeopardy, answering her father’s call seems her only hope of redeeming the devastating failure that her life has become.

While exploring the haunting cave at her father’s archaeological dig, Lisbeth falls through a hidden hole, awakening to find herself the object of a slave auction and the ruins of Roman Carthage inexplicably restored to a thriving metropolis. Is it possible that she’s traveled back in time, and, if so, how can she find her way back home?

Cyprian Thascius believes God called him to rescue the mysterious woman from the slave trader’s cell. What he doesn’t understand is why saving the church of his newfound faith requires him to love a woman whose peculiar ways could get him killed. But who is he to question God?

As their different worlds collide, it sparks an intense attraction that unites Lisbeth and Cyprian in a battle against a deadly epidemic. Even as they confront persecution, uncover buried secrets, and ignite the beginnings of a medical revolution, Roman wrath threatens to separate them forever. Can they find their way to each other through all these obstacles? Or are the eighteen hundred years between them too far of a leap?

About the Author:

This girl who grew up on a Kansas dairy farm never wanted to be a writer, but she has always been a storyteller. Her mother called it "Selling wind in a bag." Lynne started out writing plays and skits. Then in a moment of sheer insanity, she decided to take a stab at writing full-length novels. Reinventing Leona was her first and it is no longer in print. Healer of Carthage is her latest novel, releasing March 2014.

Lynne can milk a cow, drive a tractor, organize a banquet, prepare a kid for that first professional acting audition, or sit across the table and enjoy a cup of coffee with you.

She counts her thirty-plus year marriage and her two wonderful children as her greatest accomplishment.

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