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Valley of Decision, is a historically accurate conclusion to The Carthage Chronicles, which intertwines past and present.  Maggie secretly goes behind her mother’s back and returns back in time to ancient Rome where she attempts to bring her father back to the present and finds her grandmother is on trial for murder.  Does Lisbeth arrive in time to save her headstrong daughter from the hold this world has on her?  How can God redeem so many unwise decisions? This husband and wife’s love story is testament to their faith and higher love for all Christian couples to aspire to.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 368
Vendor: Howard Books
Publication Date: 2015
Dimensions: 5.50 X 8.38 X 0.00 (inches)
ISBN: 1476746419
ISBN-13: 9781476746418
Series: Carthage Chronicles

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Every choice has a consequence in the explosive conclusion to the Carthage Chronicles as Lisbeth returns to third-century Carthage for a thrilling final adventure.

Thirteen years ago, Lisbeth made an impossible decision—leave third-century Carthage and her husband Cyprian behind for good. She knew it was to protect her daughter Maggie, so Lisbeth gathered the strength to move on with her life.

All these years, Lisbeth has thrown herself into her work and raising her headstrong daughter, all to live up to the promise she made to Cyprian. But Maggie is sick of being protected. In an act of teenage rebellion Maggie decides to do what her mother can’t—secretly returning to the third century on a quest to bring her father back, leaving Lisbeth no choice but to follow.

With Maggie’s surprise arrival in Carthage, chaos ensues. She finds her grandmother on trial for murder and attempts to save her, but instead the diversion sparks a riot that nearly destroys the plagued city. Only one thing will appease the wrath of the new proconsul of Carthage: the death of the instigator.

Will Lisbeth arrive in time to save her daughter from the clutches of Rome? How can God possibly redeem such a slew of unwise decisions and deep regrets? Filled with heart-wrenching twists and riveting action, Valley of Decision brings the romantic adventure epic, The Carthage Chronicles, to an electrifying conclusion.

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 fascinating series comes to a close with a heartbreaking bang, as well as a surprise twist that should catch readers off guard. Lisbeth and Cyprian's love story is vivid and believable, and their faith is a testament to a higher love all Christian couples can aspire to.”
"Grand in scope and vivid in detail, Lynne Gentry’s gripping conclusion to The Carthage Chronicles series thrusts readers headlong into the complex and tumultuous world of ancient Rome. Though evil’s grip on power appears unshakable and the political landscape treacherous—a few courageous believers firmly establish a legacy of faith that will leave readers examining their own commitment to the things that matter most in life. Be warned—this one requires a box of tissues."
"Gentry weaves a flawless tale of adventure, seamlessly intertwining past and present to craft a story that will enthrall readers."
"Lynne Gentry is a powerhouse of riveting storytelling. Not only are her characters uniquely diverse and historically accurate, they are also painfully relevant. With beautiful imagery, non-stop action, and the kind of sensory detail that will leave you breathless, Valley of Decision is a brilliant finale to an incredibly addictive series. Five bright and shining stars for The Carthage Chronicles."
“. . . I couldn't imagine how she could end this series without disappointing me. With her fertile imagination, she was able to accomplish a satisfying ending. Her books will always go to the top of my to-be-read pile as soon as they come into my house. You really don't want to miss this one.”
"Valley of Decision is a dynamic conclusion to The Carthage Chronicles. Once again Gentry thrills readers with memorable characters and an action-packed plot deeply immersed into ancient Carthage. The romance is both heartwarming and intense and laced with rich historical complexities. Gentry aptly highlights the unbreakable bond between parent and child in this remarkable book—readers will be holding their breath until the very last page."

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  1. Kristie
    upstate NY
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    exciting conclusion to the trilogy
    October 29, 2015
    Kristie
    upstate NY
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    "Valley of Decision" is the exciting and satisfying conclusion to Lynne's Carthage Chronicles series. Lisbeth made a difficult decision thirteen years ago in order to protect her daughter. However, now that her daughter has found out about her father and her parents' past, she is secretly setting out on her own path. Maggie is off at college and then Lisbeth gets the call that she is not actually there. The day Maggie turns eighteen, a plane ticket is charged. I loved the fast-paced action of this book and the way that it was so easy to switch back and forth between characters, settings and events. This book is filled with twists and travel between centuries and the theme that shines through is that every choice that anyone makes has consequences. The drama, suspense and romance interwoven throughout this story draws the reader right into the book and holds you captive until the very end.
  2. VicsMediaRoom
    Irvine, CA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: male
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Epic Conclusion To The Time Travel Series
    October 25, 2015
    VicsMediaRoom
    Irvine, CA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: male
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Lynne Gentry in her new book, Valley Of Decision Book Three in The Carthage Chronicles series published by Howard Books continues the story of Dr. Lisbeth Hastings.

    From the back cover: Can true love survive the test of time?

    Every choice has a consequence in the explosive conclusion to the Carthage Chronicles as Lisbeth returns to third-century Carthage for a thrilling final adventure.

    Thirteen years ago, Lisbeth made an impossible decisionleave third-century Carthage and her husband Cyprian behind for good. She knew it was to protect her daughter Maggie, so Lisbeth gathered the strength to move on with her life.

    All these years, Lisbeth has thrown herself into her work and raising her headstrong daughter, all to live up to the promise she made to Cyprian. But Maggie is sick of being protected. In an act of teenage rebellion Maggie decides to do what her mother cantsecretly returning to the third century on a quest to bring her father back, leaving Lisbeth no choice but to follow.

    With Maggies surprise arrival in Carthage, chaos ensues. She finds her grandmother on trial for murder and attempts to save her, but instead the diversion sparks a riot that nearly destroys the plagued city. Only one thing will appease the wrath of the new proconsul of Carthage: the death of the instigator.

    Will Lisbeth arrive in time to save her daughter from the clutches of Rome? How can God possibly redeem such a slew of unwise decisions and deep regrets?

    Filled with heart-wrenching twists and riveting action, Valley of Decision brings the romantic adventure epic, The Carthage Chronicles, to an electrifying conclusion.

    This is the third book of The Carthage Chronicles series and if you have not read the previous two books I recommend you do that first. Valley of Decision is a great ride that is going to sew up all the outstanding elements of this series! There is all kinds of danger, Maggies grandmother is in danger and in an effort to protect her causes a bit of chaos with her punishment being death. Lisbeth has to go back in time again to protect everyone but this is not going to be easy. Ms. Gentry has given us an action adventure tale that will get your nerves all jangled as you read furiously trying to keep up with the story. And there is the romance. Plus this is a thriller that just drips with suspense so be prepared. I guarantee you, you will not be disappointed in reading this book. Maggie, Lisbeth, Cyprian and the whole cast of supporting characters are marvelous and they live and breathe on these pages. I am glad I found this wonderful author and, while I am sorry to see this series end, I am so looking forward to the next series that she will grace us with!

    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Litfuse Publicity Group. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255: Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.
  3. debs
    Maine
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Valley of Decision
    October 24, 2015
    debs
    Maine
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This is book # 3 in the Carthage Chronicles. I have not read book 1 or 2 and I was able to start right in on book #3 and understood the storyline. This story is about time travel back to Carthage, were Maggie starts in the present and then goes back in time to help her grandmother, that is on trial for murder and also help her grandfather who is going to be condemned to death.

    I enjoyed this book very much, it has been awhile since I have found a book as interesting as this one. It has it all: time travel, love, faith, murder, family, history and such details that you can't stop turning the pages.

    I would recommend this to all my friends and any ages. It is a great book that you won't be able to put down. I plan to go back and read book 1 and 2.

    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through Litfuse. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255: Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising
  4. lcjohnson1988
    Indiana
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    exceptional!
    October 23, 2015
    lcjohnson1988
    Indiana
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Wow! What a great trilogy of books that Lynne Gentry has written! I would advise reading the books in order, beginning with The Healer of Carthage, then Return to Exile and finally ending with Valley of Decision. The story continues throughout each book, so if readers dont begin with book one they will be lost as to the history of the cast of characters.

    Book three begins with only a day passing in Carthage, but thirteen years have passed in the present time. Maggie feels extreme guilt and shame for forcing her mother to leave her father when she got so sick with typhoid in book two. She misses her father and wants to reunite her father and mother. She takes off for the past without telling anyone with the intention of bringing her father back to the present. However, once she arrives in third century Carthage, she discovers life in this time has not changed as quickly as she has. She reunites with her father, Barek, and some other characters from book two while telling her father her plans for them. Her father disagrees, but Maggie is very stubborn.

    Soon Lisbeth and her father arrive in Carthage. Lisbeth plans to take everyone back to modern times, but knows Cyprian will refuse to go. She tried to rewrite history the last time she came to Carthage without success. Lisbeth and her mother once again use their healing skills to help the residents of Carthage battle measles and typhoid; both diseases are killing off the population of Carthage. Lisbeths mother, Magdalena, has been arrested for the murder of the proconsul and Cyprian has agreed to represent her. What follows is an emotional trial, leading to a riveting ending of the series.

    Lynne Gentry writes with great skill, making me care about the characters in her stories as well as making me feel a part of the stories. I loved traveling to ancient Carthage and seeing how people lived then. What an adventure! I also greatly admired the transformation of Cyprian from the greatest solicitor in Carthage to one of the leaders of the early Christian church. His strength and faith in God against persecution was amazing. I cant wait to read what Lynne Gentry writes next!
  5. Trixi
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Will fate stand or will history be changed?
    October 15, 2015
    Trixi
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Its been 13 years since Lisbeth and Maggie have returned from 3rd century Carthage. Long years separated from their beloved husband and father Cyprian , mother & grandmother Magdeline, Barek their family friend, and other Carthage citizens they have grown to love and care for through the devastating plague of typhoid. Maggie, now 18 and learning of her fathers fate, takes matters into her own hands and returns to the past to try to stop it & change history. Unbeknownst to her mother & G-pa, she leaves the college she is attending, and travels to the place where the Cave of the Swimmers exists. From there, she lands back into Carthage not knowing that her grandmother has been arrested for the murder of Aspasius (the proconsul). Will fate be on her side, or does Gods plan still stand for those she loves?

    This was a roller coaster of emotions for me! I was so intimately involved with each character, feeling everything they felt, seeing the things they were seeing & raging at the injustice done to their loved ones! From the very first day Maggie landed in Carthage, to the final page of this book, I was invested in this story & couldnt put it down. I wanted desperately to know what the ending was, but at the same time, wanting to savor every last word! More than once I found myself with tears running down my face or laughing & cheering along with the characters! This book will pull you in, shred your heart, and put it back together whole and new again! But you wont be left without a scar to remind you of this very emotional conclusion to a well written series. I strongly suggest you read the first two books Healer of Carthage & Return to Exile so that you get that depth that only comes from reading each book. You will fall in love with each character, envision ancient Carthage with its vivid details, and learn some history of this time period. Lynne doesnt spare any detail, you will want to come along for the ride shell take you on! This is a highly recommend series for those who love a rich depth of character, realistic details, ancient historical places and Biblical truths played out in what feels like a very real manner! If you are a Christian, you will find your faith strengthened & Gods truths echoed in your heart. You do not want to miss this, I believe Lynne is a gifted storyteller used by the Lord to touch lives!

    **I was given a complimentary copy of this story for my honest opinion and review, to which I have provided here! Thank you Lynne Gentry and Howard Books (an imprint of Simon & Shuster Inc.) for a satisfying read!**
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