Healer of Carthage, Carthage Chronicles Series #1   -     By: Lynne Gentry
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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 368
Vendor: Howard Books
Publication Date: 2014
Dimensions: 5.50 X 8.38 (inches)
ISBN: 1476746338
ISBN-13: 9781476746333
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Series: The Carthage Chronicles

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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?

Author 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.

Editorial Reviews

"This exciting new series uniquely pairs time travel and an inspirational love story to create an adventure well worth taking. Lisbeth’s refusal to allow anyone close to her heart is as much of a challenge to Cyprian as the Roman government’s insistence on routing out Christians. The cliffhanger ending leaves their marriage and the history of Carthage both in question, with the promise of more thrills to come."
“Until recently, I didn't think there could be a time-travel book that was also Christian. This book blew that idea right out of my head. Lynne Gentry has written a wonderful time-travel story that has elements of medical suspense as well, one of my favorite genres. Her characters leaped off the page, grabbed my heart, and pulled me through the portal. I lived every minute with them. The only problem is that I will have to wait a while before the next installment comes. Write faster, Lynne!”
“Healer of Carthage held me captive from the first page to the last. Lynne Gentry's authentic voice and rich detail in this breathtaking time-travel adventure delight with every twist. Gladiator games, plagues, romance, and high stakes political intrigue carried me from the filthy streets of ancient Tunisia to its lavish palaces with a cast of characters I won't soon forget. Highly recommended!”
“With her debut novel, Ms. Gentry has proven to be a masterful storyteller. Healer of Carthage is full of depth and emotion, twists and turns that carry the reader away to ancient Rome. From the first page to the last, the reader is instantly taken into a world of emotion, secrets, and political intrigue. Ultimately, this is a story about healing past wounds and discovering love . . . in its many varied forms. I highly recommend accepting this author’s invitation to fall into another world. A wonderful trip awaits.”
“What a wonderful premise! Healer of Carthage follows Lisbeth, a modern-day doctor, as she's transported through time to ancient Carthage. I found it fascinating to watch Lisbeth apply her knowledge of medicine to a group of very early Christians. This novel is rich in detail and drama. A unique and terrific debut by talented author Lynne Gentry!”
“Lynne Gentry's debut novel pulls you in from page one and never lets you come up for air as you follow Lisbeth Hastings into the turbulent world of third-century Carthage in a gripping tale of mercy, passion, sacrifice, and deceit.”
“From a modern-day emergency room to third-century back alleys, Healer of Carthage pulls readers into a riveting story that will keep pulses racing and hearts twisting. Beautiful writing. Compelling story. Enough twists and turns to keep you on your toes every step of the way. Kudos to author Lynn Gentry for this remarkable, haunting storyline. Highly recommended!”
“Extraordinary writing. Exceptional story. I’ve just discovered my new favorite author in Lynne Gentry. With an incredible, compelling new voice she weaves the past and present together in a fascinating tale that I couldn’t put down. I can’t wait to read more from her, and while I’m waiting, I think I’ll read Healer of Carthage again!”

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  1. Minnesota
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Solid Beginning
    March 2, 2015
    LYSZ
    Minnesota
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 3
    'Healer of Carthage' is a historical read with just a smidgen of sci-fi. Lisbeth, our MC, falls through a time portal to 3rd century Rome. And that is just the beginning of the craziness. As Lisbeth comes to, she is rapidly sold off as a slave to the rich, gorgeous Cyprian, with no say in the situation. Things continue to become wildly tangled: she discovers her long lost mother, battles an outbreak of the measles that is rapidly spreading out of control, and becomes hopelessly entangled in political intrigue.

    We receive a gritty, historic look at the times. Bloody gladiator battles, the fledgling Christian church, and the complete disregard for women and slaves. This is your trigger warning: 'Healer of Carthage' contains physical abuse, rape, and some 'sensual language'. I didn't find the scenes graphic but merely a, sad, sign of the times.

    I rated this one with 3.5 stars. You would enjoy this one if you like historic reads, jam packed reads, and quite a complicated romance.
  2. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    Fantastic!
    January 6, 2015
    Britney Adams
    Healer of Carthage is an epic, romantic adventure! As I began reading, reality faded and I found myself caught up in another world. Excellent characterization, fascinating history, and a compelling storyline make Healer of Carthage a must read! I highly recommend this fantastic series!
  3. Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Compelling start to a new series!
    September 22, 2014
    BookLover
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Healer of Carthage is the first book in Lynne Gentrys new The Carthage Chronicles series. It follows the story of Lisbeth Hastings and Cyprian Thascius. Im not typically into time travel stories, but Id heard great things about this one and decided to try it. I can happily say that it lived up to my expectations.

    Ms. Gentry does a wonderful job with the details and descriptions. I was quickly draw into the story and had to often remind myself that I wasnt actually in third century Rome with the characters. I loved the modern feel to it, the comparisons between what we currently have and what life was like in that time. It provided a great reminder to be grateful for the advances we have, but also brought a new dimension to the story. I really enjoyed seeing Rome through both Lisbeths modern outlook and Cyprians ancient view.

    Lisbeth Hastings is the heroine in this story. I confess, I didnt care for her at first. She is hard and closed off because of losing her mother at a young age, then struggling through med school and always feeling that she doesnt measure up. When she loses a patient, it seems her world has fallen apart. She seeks redemption for her mistakes and acceptance for who she really is. She is a little annoying at first, as she tries to adapt to being back in time, but that is actually probably a pretty accurate reaction, so I cant really complain. I did really enjoy watching her grow and come to care for the people she meets. She slowly begins to open up and let people in, and becomes more relatable. I also really liked her voice. She is a bit sarcastic and has a very blunt personality, along with a wry sense of humor. I often found myself laughing at one of her observations of ancient life.

    Cyprian Thascius is the hero and he was everything I had expected, along with a few surprises to keep him from seeming stereotypical. He is strong, kind, but also a little ruthless at times. Hes willing to do almost anything to protect those he loves, even if it seems less than ethical. He is a Christian, which was interesting, especially considering that during this time period the church was heavily persecuted. He is a young Christian though, and doesnt always act in a way that is exactly a shining example of Christ, but this is also a very real and accurate portrayal. I loved seeing Lisbeth through his eyes, as he sees a strength she doesnt. He also sees the kindness she tries to hard to hide.

    Their romance was interesting. It started out seeming a lot like an arrangement. There were few emotions involved, despite their attraction. Then as they got to know each other and learn their hearts, it slowly grew into something more. I enjoyed their sparring, as two very strong personalities clashed, but also the sweet moments that made me sigh. Their relationship isnt as fully developed as I maybe would have liked, but it does have to continue to advance through the next two books.

    My favorite things about this book? How it drew me in and engaged my emotions. The descriptions were so vivid that I would look up from the book, a little surprised that I wasnt in Rome. Even though some of the emotions it evoked werent positive ones, such as the outrage I shared with Lisbeth during the chapter when they are at the Roman games, I still loved being so thoroughly draw in. There were a couple times when a scene would be so intense that I would have to lay the book down and take a break for a while. I found myself thinking about some of the parallels drawn in it and asking some of my own questions. I love books that stay with me long after Ive read the last page. Lynne is definitely an excellent writer, in my opinion. There are few authors who can pull me into a story like she does.

    I also loved the reality portrayed in this book. It isnt all happily ever afters or sigh worthy endings. It is gut-wrenchingly honest about what life was like in ancient Rome: the upheaval, the political unrest, the corrupt officials, the religious persecution. All of it is woven through the story and I paints what I believe is a pretty accurate picture of what they faced in that time period. Its obvious Lynne put a lot of time and research into making the story as true to the times as possible.

    Lynne also does a great job with the villains. I sincerely hated them and they were sufficiently disturbing. Id really hoped some horrible fate would befall them. Unfortunately, we dont get to find that out until the next book, or she may draw it out until the final one. So, I have awhile to continue hating them.

    While Cyprian is a Christian, there actually wasnt as much spirituality as I had expected. I had hoped for more growth in Lisbeths faith, but I would have to assume that will come in later books. I had to keep reminding myself that this isnt a standalone. It is written to tightly connect with the next one, so anything that seems left undone or unsaid, will probably be expounded on in one of the next books.

    One thing I will say is that I was so mad when I finished this book - I wanted the next one! I didnt want to have to wait until Return to Exile releases in January 2015. Were left with a huge cliffhanger and many questions, the biggest one being Whats going to happen next?! I will give you this warning, if youre looking for a feel-good, happily ever after story, then this isnt the book for you. It will take you through the wringer emotionally and leave you with a lot to think about.

    I highly recommend this book if you enjoy romance and suspense that draws you in from the start and doesnt let you go until long after youve read the last page.
  4. 4 Stars Out Of 5
    July 8, 2014
    The NerdHerd Reads
    It's no secret that I love all things Ancient Rome. Which, of course, is why I had to read this book. And, I loved it. It was so rich with history and intrigue and was very enjoyable to read.

    Oh Lisbeth. Our main character. Yeah, I couldn't really stand her. From the beginning, she was rude and selfish, and all-around disagreeable. Then, she somehow travels back to the third century, which is a miracle in itself, and doesn't take a moment to listen to anyone else or figure out what's going on. She rushes into things without thinking about it, thinking only of herself. And the way she treated her mother...yeah, Lisbeth wasn't winning herself any favors.

    But the other characters. I loved them. From Magdalena, who was strong even when having to live with a brute who abused her, to Ruth who was kind and helpful to Lisbeth no matter how rude she was. And of course, Cyprian, the kind Christian who was trying to help Lisbeth only to have her lash out at him over and over again. He was a new convert, keeping his faith under wraps to avoid persecution, even as he accepted many others into his home and helped them, even the sick.

    This book was filled with history, and was obviously well researched. Carthage came alive in this novel, from the descriptions of the buildings and places, to the people. The gladiator games, the Senate house, all were described in a way that made you feel like you were experiencing it. Everything was on point, even up to the wedding and the festivities that would occur.

    This was a very enjoyable, entertaining book. There is no preaching at you, instead the faith aspect comes at you very gently, as Cyprian and his people learn what their newfound faith means, and as Lisbeth slowly comes to terms with this "cult". Even with such a disagreeable main character, this book was very enjoyable to read.
  5. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    What a different spin on Christian Fiction!
    April 1, 2014
    Diana Crawford
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    I love Christian fiction and I love time travel...put together this was one fun and excellent read for me! I won't go into detail as other reviewers have done; just read it for yourself. I highly recommend this book and am anxious to get my hands of the next in the series.
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