Deb’s Dozen: We come to a Valley of Decision. Choose love or choose life?
Valley of Decision, the final book in Lynne Gentry’s Carthage Chronicles, is a fitting ending to this saga of time-travel to the third century. (Click picture to purchase.)
Maggie, daughter of Lisbeth (20th century) and Cyprian (3rd century), has read her history books and is determined to change history by going back to Carthage to save her father. Once Lisbeth finds out she has gone, Lisbeth and her father also travel back to third-century Carthage.
They arrive only to discover that Magdalena, Lisbeth’s mother and the elder Dr. Hasting’s wife, has been imprisoned for murder in the death of Aspasius, proconsul of Carthage. Maggie finds Cyprian and connects with Barek, son of the former bishop, Caecilianus, who is trying to earn his way back into favor after selling fake documents to the Christians. Cyprian has returned from exile only to find his mansion destroyed and the hospital therein full of the slain and to the news that Magdalena is in prison. Eventually they all find each other—then their trials begin as they walk through the valley their decisions have brought them to.
You will love getting to know Maggie better and watching her mature. You will empathize with Lisbeth as she tries to let her daughter grow up. You’ll learn about the dangers the Christians faced and the trials they lived through under the thumb of the Romans. You’ll want to read the whole series if you haven’t already—and get this book if you’ve read the first two. Valley of Decision: A Novel (The Carthage Chronicles) rates five stars! (Click link to purchase.)
To quote her bio, “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.”