Sunday, November 1, 2015
Valley of Decision by Lynne Gentry
You won’t want to miss the electrifying conclusion to Lynne Gentry’s The Carthage Chronicles, Valley of Decision. 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. 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?
Valley of Decision by Lynne Gentry was the third novel in her Carthage Chronicles, following The Healer of Carthage and the The Return to Exile. When I received this novel, I quickly realized that there was no way I could read it without first reading the previous two books. I was intrigued by the characters and the storyline, so I quickly bought the first novel and devoured in a couple of days. After that initial dose of the Carthage fever, I borrowed the second book from the library and read that in a couple sittings as well. When I finally made it back to Valley of Decision, I was very intrigued to see how it would all end. The plot line was filled with unexpected twists and turns, and contained wonderful instances of romance, heart shattering moments of sadness and tragedy, and nail biting scenes of suspense and difficult decisions. I was so drawn into the story, I was unable to stomach reading the end chapters for awhile because of what I knew was inevitable. However, the story still did not end how I expected it to. The characters were well developed and realistic, each demonstrating their own flaws and strengths that continued to evolve throughout the three novels. I was glad there were new faces in the story in this novel, but I appreciated the inclusion of old familiar characters who continued to grow and to develop in this novel as well.
Overall, I really enjoyed this entire series, and I look forward to reading more of Lynne Gentry's novels. I received this novel for free from Litfuse in exchange for an honest review.
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