16 October 2015

Valley of Decision by Lynne Gentry

About the Book
Thirteen years ago, Dr. Lisbeth Hasting made an impossible decision to leave third-century Carthage and her husband, Cyprian, behind for good to protect their daughter, Maggie. Summoning all her courage, she struggled to move on with life and keep her promise to Cyprian to keep their little girl out of harm's way.

Years later, that little girl is now a headstrong young woman starting to chafe under her mother's protective wings. Craving an opportunity to express her independence, Maggie decides to do what her mother appears to be unable or unwilling to do: She secretly returns to the third century on a quest to bring her father back. When Lisbeth discovers what Maggie has done, she is left with no choice but to follow.

With Maggie's surprise arrival in Carthage, chaos ensues. Finding her grandmother on trial for murder, she attempts to save her, but her efforts only spark a riot that nearly destroys the plagued city. Only one thing will appease the wrath of the new proconsul of Carthage: the death of whomever instigated the riot.

Though I didn’t want to say goodbye to the Carthage Chronicles characters, Valley of Decision offers a conclusion that does the series justice and left me satisfied. This third novel of the series picks up right where the second one ended (for the third century storyline, at least) and continues with plenty of drama, suspense, and romance. (Be sure to read Healer of Carthage and Return to Exile before Valley of Decision.) It’s an emotional journey with familiar characters, a few new ones, and plenty of twists and turns, and I couldn’t stop reading. Fans of the series should definitely take the time to read Valley of Decision - it’s an addicting read that won’t disappoint. I recommend it.

Thanks to LitFuse Publicity Group, I received a copy of Valley of Decision and the opportunity to provide an honest review. I was not required to write a positive review, and all the opinions I have expressed are my own. To read other opinions, be sure to check out what other reviewers think here, and purchase a copy of the book here.

About the Author
Lynne Gentry has written for numerous publications and is a professional acting coach, theater director, and playwright with several full-length musicals and a Chicago children's theater curriculum to her credit. 

Her love for writing stories was born while growing up on a Kansas dairy farm as she longed for adventure and dreamt of traveling to exotic places. She likes to write stories that launch modern women into ancient adventures, such as The Carthage Chronicles. 

Gentry is also an inspirational speaker and dramatic performer who loves spending time with her family and medical therapy dog.

Find Lynne online at her website, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

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