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?


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Valley of Decision (Howard, September 2015)

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.

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Lynne Gentry

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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.

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A family separated not just by time, but by centuries

Lynne Gentry concludes her latest series with a thrilling story of fearlessness and family ties

8/21/2015 || Seattle: Lynne Gentry takes readers to third-century Carthage for a thrilling time-travel adventure in Valley of Decision (Howard Books/September 22, 2015/ISBN: 978-1476746418/$14.99), the explosive conclusion to the Carthage Chronicles. In her latest release, Gentry brings her thorough research of the Plague of Cyprian to life as she examines the power of family connections.

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.

The idea of a child rebelling is not foreign to any parent, including Gentry. “I love my children. However, my kids are human,” Gentry shares. “Whenever they dared to step out of the safety of the boundaries I’d established for them, it was more than anger that kicked in. It was sheer terror. What if they were hurt? What if I couldn’t rescue them?” These are all issues Lisbeth and Cyprian must confront in Valley of Decision.

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. 

Family ties are challenged, and every choice has a consequence in the Valley of Decision. Ultimately, Lisbeth will learn family is sometimes less about DNA and more about those who choose to love you — no matter what.

As Gentry concludes this series, she reflects on how she has grown along with her characters. “This series originated out of my own regrets. I nearly made myself sick longing for a chance to redo the past,” Gentry reveals. “Ironically, it was in the writing of Lisbeth’s desperate attempts to right her own wrongs I discovered poor choices and failures are the dark threads that give our life the depth of a tapestry. That’s how I felt when I wrote the epilogue of Valley of Decision. I’m comfortable with who I am: an imperfect person who loves God and is loved by God — even when I fail.”

To keep up with Lynne Gentry, visit, become a fan on Facebook (Author-Lynne-Gentry) or follow her on Twitter (@Lynne_Gentry) and Pinterest (lynnegentry7).

Advance Praise

“Extraordinary writing. 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 I couldn’t put down.”

~Elizabeth Goddard, Carol Award–winning author of Treacherous Skies, Riptide, and Wilderness Peril

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 series (Healer of Carthage, Return to Exile and Valley of Decision).

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

To keep up with Lynne Gentry, visit, become a fan on Facebook (Author-Lynne-Gentry) or follow her on Twitter (@Lynne_Gentry) and Pinterest (lynnegentry7).

Suggested interview questions

—Tell us your favorite thing about your new book, Valley of Decision, which is the final installment in your series The Carthage Chronicles.

—Why did you decide to set the book and the series in Carthage?

—The book opens with your heroine, Lisbeth Hastings’, daughter traveling back to the third century against her mother’s wishes. If the propensity toward rebellion dwells in each of us, why do you think Lisbeth is so surprised when her daughter disobeys her?

—As a parent, how did you find the balance between letting your child exert his or her independence and being too permissive?

—You’ve based some of Cyprian’s decisions in Valley of Decision on actual historical documents. What was the most important piece of research to the development of the book you found?

—In the third century, Christians had the choice to run toward or away from those suffering from a deadly viral outbreak. What caused your characters to run toward the ill?

—Lisbeth is a doctor determined to help those impacted by the outbreak. How do you want your readers to be impacted by her passion to use her skills to better the lives of others?

—Have you ever struggled finding the courage to do the right thing?

—In Valley of Decision, everyone has a decision to make. How are your own past decisions woven into the tapestry of your life?

—What does your heroine, Lisbeth, discover about the true meaning of family in her efforts to reunite her own?

—How does your own family reach beyond flesh and blood?

—Since time travel is a unique part of this series, name one 21-century item you would be unable to live without.

—If you could go back in history, what time period would you visit?

—How does it feel to complete The Carthage Chronicles series?

—What projects are you working on next?

Lynne Gentry is available for interviews to promote the release of Valley of Decision. To request a review copy, schedule an interview or for more information, please contact Christine Muller,


“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.” —Romantic Times Top Pick (4.5 stars)

“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.” —Kellie Coates Gilbert, author of the Texas Gold novels

“Gentry weaves a flawless tale of adventure, seamlessly intertwining past and present to craft a story that will enthrall readers.” —Kathleen Fuller, best-selling author of 25 books, including the Hearts of Middlefield Series

“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.” —Nicole Deese, author of The Letting Go series and A Cliche Christmas

“. . . 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.” —Lena Nelson Dooley, multi-award-winning author of more than 30 novels

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.” —Elizabeth Byler Younts, author of Historical Amish The Promise of Sunrise series

“Extraordinary writing. 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 I couldn’t put down.” —Elizabeth Goddard, Carol Award–winning author of Treacherous Skies, Riptide, and Wilderness Peril

Interview with Lena

Books, Music, and Life Interview

Christian Book Interview

Press Kit on Christian Post

Casting Call on Edgy Inspirational Romance

Article about Carthage Chronicles on Family Fiction

Q&A on Fly High

Lynne’s TBR Pile on Inspired By Life and Fiction

Kristy Cambron’s Video Cafe

A Day in the Life of Lynne Gentry on Litfuse’s Blog

While Hopping Down the Bunny Trail – Novel Rocket

Thursday Thoughts: The Story Within a Story

Q&A with Radiant Lit

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Authors Who Inspire on Robin Lee Hatcher’s Blog

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    Honestly, I’m sure this is a great series. Coming into the third book was tough because I never could wrap my head around the history of the characters. Lisbeth and Cyprian are obviously still in love, but for some reason he’s living in the third-century and she in the 20th. I kept getting one or two of the characters confused, maybe just because I was coming in on the third book.

    I did feel that it was well written, and the book was full of romance and adventure.

    Written by The Talbert Report on November 6, 2015
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    I have really enjoyed Lynne Gentry’s “Carthage Chronicles” series and have looked forward to this last book, Valley of Decision, with delighted expectation tinged with a little sadness at seeing the series end.

    Lynne once again takes her readers back in time to ancient Carthage and reunites them with the Hastings family – the present-day folks who have found a portal in which they can return to the third-century where Magdalena and her daughter Lisbeth are revered as healers. The cast of characters in this story, and in the entire series, are so personable and genuine, and the storyline is fast-moving and will keep you on the edge of your seats as you journey along with the early Christians during their struggles to practice their belief in the one True God.

    Written by Sharon’s Garden of Book Reviews on November 5, 2015
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    There are lots of decisions in this book. Some of which aren’t so good. The book starts with one decision which create a domino effect.

    Although this is the third book in The Carthage Chronicles, it is a good stand alone read. But it would definitely be good to read the first two before this one to have the background of these characters.

    This is the first book I’ve read by this author. I certainly wish Ms. Gentry had more up her sleeve for these characters. I will miss them.

    Written by sunny island breezes on November 5, 2015
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    Valley of Decision is the third and final (sob) installment in Lynne Gentry’s Carthage Chronicles.

    Can people from the future alter the past or does G-d’s plan overwrite any changes they try to make? Lisbeth and Maggie learn several truths about themselves and about the power of love. There are decisions to be made, who will be strong enough to make the decisions and who will be strong enough to submit? The tension rises throughout the book to reach a final heart-wrenching conclusion. I will certainly miss Lisbeth, Cyprian and Maggie.

    Written by Henryhappens on November 5, 2015
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    Lynne Gentry has taken me to Third Century ancient Carthage and I was once again in the company of Dr. Lisbeth Hastings, her family and the Christian community of Carthage. I first met Lisbeth in earlier books of the Carthage Chronicles and was eager to know what happened to her, her husband, daughter and the people of Carthage. On a historical level we know what happens to the Christian Church and to her husband, based on the man who will become St. Cyprian. From the opening pages to the last pages of Valley of Decision I was in Carthage. Ancient History is not usually my favorite period to read about, but the Carthage Chronicles are making me rethink this. Thank you, Lynne Gentry, for a thoughtful and engrossing trilogy.

    Written by Buttercup Counts Her Blessings on November 3, 2015


    I’ve been with the Carthage Chronicles since it first came out. It has been one of the best series I have read so far. Book one started off with a bang and book two kept going with fantastic twists and turns. The story never stopped. I was anticipating book three like no tomorrow. The wait was worth it! Book three closed out the series beautifully.

    Written by Too Read or Not Too Read on November 3, 2015
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    This is the satisfying and exciting conclusion to the series. Usually I am not a fan of time travel and the previous books in the series were not my favorite, but this one was in my opinion the best in the series with a lot more going on and I really liked how they brought Maggie into the story and focused on her more.I thought this book was very engaging and loved the conclusion. I highly recommend the series for lovers of historical fiction as the author does a fabulous job at weaving in a lot of history into the book.

    Written by Perfect Beginnings on November 3, 2015


    ​In the third enthralling novel in the Carthage Chronicles series, Valley of Decision, Lynne Gentry has written a story that will captivate readers. Once again Maggie Hastings goes back in time to Roman Carthage, but this time she is all grown up, without her mother, Lisbeth, in tow. But Lisbeth panics and goes after her daughter. Full of adventure, great characters, and an entertaining storyline, readers will thoroughly enjoy this last installment of the Carthage Chronicles. I would recommend this novel to historical fiction and science fiction lovers alike.

    Written by Singing Librarian Books on November 3, 2015
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    Like book 2, I had a hard time following the story line because I missed reading book 1 and getting to know all the characters. I like reading historical fiction, but this series also involves time travel which I’m not really into. I was hoping to like this final book more than book 2 because this series has alot of great reviews, but it’s not something that kept my interest.

    If you like time travel and historical fiction with lots of rich details; you would probably enjoy this series! I would recommend reading all three books in order.

    Written by EmpowerMoms on November 3, 2015
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  • I loved this one! While it had some unexpected twists and turns to the story, I enjoyed it wholeheartedly and was sad to finish the series up.

    Written by Inklings and Notions on November 2, 2015


    I truly love the time travel aspect of the story, combining the historical with modern day technology and medical expertise. Even my husband, who usually avoids anything “speculative,” including time travel, has enjoyed reading this series. The only negative I have to say about the first two books is that they left me hanging, having to wait on the next book to have some closure. However Valley of Decision neatly wrapped up every loose end. I highly recommend The Carthage Chronicles by Lynne Gentry.

    Written by The Writer’s Tool on November 2, 2015
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    This is the second book I’ve read by Lynne Gentry, and just as the other book. Valley of Decision is a book that you get lost in. Gentry is a wonderful author and this book is great.

    Written by Our Perfectly Imperfect Life! on November 2, 2015
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    Valley of Decision is the third and final book in Lynne Gentry’s series The Carthage Chronicles and all I can say is OH MY GOODNESS!!! As a huge fan of Christian Historical Fiction, The Carthage Chronicles series had me hooked. This book and series is a perfect blend of past and future. Lynne Gentry seamlessly transitions between the two worlds and brings them together perfectly. In Valley of Decision it is thirteen years later and Lisbeth has moved on with her life knowing she can never see Cyprian again. Now their daughter is 18 years old and decides in a hasty decision to go back to the third century to save her father and bring him back to the present. Lisbeth finds herself heading back to the third century, this time with her father in tow. It is thirteen years later in the present but in the past it has been less than a day. Maggie finds out her grandmother, Magdalena is on trial for her life and Maggie’s father is her legal counsel even though he has his own worries for his life. Maggie tries to save her grandmother and her three friends with the help of 2 men who have feelings for Maggie and the diversion they create starts riots and destroys the one thing the new proconsul loves. Now it is in question whether anyone will survive and how they will get back to their own times.

    Written by For The Love of Books on November 2, 2015
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    Valley of Decision by Lynne Gentry was the third novel in her Carthage Chronicles, following Healer of Carthage and 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…

    Written by Heart to Heart Books on November 1, 2015
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    Romantic time travel? Time travel novels have never been my favorite, but when I had the chance to review Gentry’s second book in The Carthage Chronicles, Return to Exile, I took the leap. I even ordered the first book in the series, Healer of Carthage, so that I could catch up before reading and reviewing Return to Exile. I’m so glad I read “out of my comfort zone”!

    I’m really sad to see the series end with Valley of Decision. Lisbeth’s journey has been amazing to read. Gentry writes with era description and dialogue that carries the reader away to another time and place. Her impeccable research shines through and the action packed journey left me breathless and sitting on the edge of my seat. As an avid reader, I like what I like. Gentry made me fall in love with a subject matter I never cared for previous to this series. Her books have earned a place on my keeper shelf!

    Written by Mother of Three on November 1, 2015
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  • Faith was a strong factor in the story, as the Christians choose to forgive their enemies and help ones who have gotten sick. There’s plenty of action as they flee from soldiers, fight for their lives and try to save Maggie’s grandmother and father. It was fascinating to see what life was like in Carthage in 258 AD. There were some sweet romantic moments for her and also her mother.

    Written by Veronica’s ‘Views on October 31, 2015


    Time travel books aren’t very common on the Christian market, so this series intrigued me. I bought the first and reviewed the second, enjoying both a lot; and have been watching for the last book in the trilogy to come out.

    Written by Thoughts of a Sojourner on October 31, 2015
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    This is a great time travel series. I love the idea of traveling to Rome. The history of Rome history is one of my favorite things to read about. The first books in this series are about love and the drama that surrounds time travel and Rome. This book is about the love between parents and children. Would you time travel to save your child? What would you do when you run into the man you love? I am actually sad that this book in the final in the Carthage Chronicles. I hope that the author keeps writing and that she brings back some of these characters. With time travel anything is possible! I am giving this book a 5/5.

    Written by Deal Sharing Aunt on October 31, 2015
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    This is a book you get lost in, and I am sad that the series is coming to an end. I never would have thought that time travel to Rome would have been a story line that would work, but it did and I have enjoyed each book. Lynn is a great storyteller and this series is exceptional.
    Highly recommended!

    Written by Radiant Light on October 30, 2015
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    This series is so far out of my comfort zone that it’s not even funny, for I don’t care for time travel or ancient Rome settings – yet I enjoyed and was moved by each story. While containing the entertaining elements of rich historical detail, well-developed characters, passionate romance, and action-adventure excitement, it was the spiritual depth that won’t let me forget this series. Not only is each story well researched, but Lynne has a gift for conveying a sense of place, for I could feel the very essence of a Rome that placed little value on human life – and I almost came to believe that time travel could be a reality! Loved the whole series!

    Written by The Power of Words on October 29, 2015
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    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.

    Written by Moments on October 29, 2015
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    I am refraining from saying anything that might spoil this story for anyone, so it is super difficult to accurately describe what I loved about this book, but I will say I really enjoy the time travel aspect of it. Typically I don’t like books that are quite that unrealistic, but I really loved the way that Lynne wrote this novel and how she tied up all the ends and made it as believable as it could be under the circumstances. On top of that, her characters were just so loveable I couldn’t stand it! I had met them in the previous books so I already had a bond with them, and I really loved the chance to read more about them and their stories. This is a super sweet and wonderful novel that I cannot wait to read again!

    Written by Spreading His Grace on October 27, 2015


    I have greatly enjoyed Lynne Gentry’s Carthage Chronicles—and I’m sorry the series has come to a close!

    It’s difficult to review this novel without including spoilers, so I’ll just say that Valley of Decision features a sweet, budding romance, heart-tugging family moments, and look at what it really means to stand up for your faith.

    I began reading The Carthage Chronicles because I love time travel romances, but what really kept me engaged was reading about Christians in the third century. These novels have vividly brought third-century Carthage to life, and it’s definitely a time travel journey worth taking.

    Written by Christian Chick’s Thoughts on October 26, 2015
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    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.

    Written by Vic’s Media Room on October 25, 2015
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    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. . . .

    Written by Deb’s Book Review on October 24, 2015


    The most hardest part of getting involved in any series, is that one day is has to come to an end. Sometimes you want to refrain from picking up the final book because if you have truly come to love the characters, you know this is the conclusion to their story. They’re not just characters in a book to you. You’ve come to know them, to care about them and to know what motivates them and those are the earmarks of a fine novel and an exceptional writer. If you’re looking for such a series, I would encourage you to pick up the Carthage Chronicles from Lynne Gentry.

    Written by Reviews From The Heart on October 23, 2015
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    This book adds the bonus addition of, now grown-up, Maggie traveling back to Carthage to find her father and convince him to come back with her to the present day. Some of her actions/words left me actually wincing. Luckily, the experiences and people around Maggie force her to see reality and grow up quickly.

    Lisbeth and her mother Magdalena are of course still very much apart of the story. Their sacrifices for family, love, and the Church are simply amazing. I struggle to wonder if I could ever do the same were I in their place.

    I am giving this one 4 stars and recommend it to those who love to read about ancient history, love, strong women, and tough decisions.

    Written by Sunrise Avenue on October 23, 2015


    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 can’t wait to read what Lynne Gentry writes next!

    Written by Seeking with All Yur Heart on October 23, 2015
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    Book three of Lynne Gentry’s The Carthage Chronicles series, Valley of Decision was a fitting conclusion to Lisbeth and Maggie’s time travel into third-century Carthage. There were times that I just wanted to close its covers and walk away – not because the writing wasn’t good or was difficult to read. No, I tend to be just a tad squeamish and I didn’t want to deal with events that I could see coming before the end. I pushed myself to read the entire book and was thankful that the events I feared were not described graphically but were tastefully written. Thank you Lynne.

    Written by Daysong Reflections on October 22, 2015
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    Valley of Decision is the compelling conclusion to the Carthage Chronicles. Finally, Lisbeth and her daughter are given one more chance to reunite with Cyprian. By trouble is brewing and there is a trial for murder for Lisbeth’s mother. If you love time travel, the early days of Christianity blended into fiction and also a side of romance to keep some things light this is the book for you. Join me in my review.

    Written by Taylor Reid Reads and Breathes on October 22, 2015


    This particular time in history is a difficult but powerful one to enter into so be prepared. If you are looking for a feel good, warm and fuzzy novel then you will certainly have something coming when you read this! If you are genuinely interested in what martyrdom was like in the past or what might occur in the future then this story will certainly encourage and motivate you. We certainly do not know what the future holds for us so seeing what it could have been like for those who endured such difficulties is a real eye opener.

    Written by Thrift Schooling on October 22, 2015
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    I find that reading books about history are boring but reading books with history are fascinating. I found myself captivated with this love story about Roman politics and Christian persecution in the third century. I suggest having some facial tissues handy in case you find yourself crying. In the end I was glad with the way things worked out.

    Written by Frugal Shopping and More on October 20, 2015
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    Keep a box of tissues handy but do NOT miss this read! If you are a fan of the Outlander series, you need to read The Carthage Chronicles (and you will want to start with book 1, Healer of Carthage, or you might be unnecessarily lost). If, like me, you’ve really tried to like Outlander but failed, The Carthage Chronicles will redeem your faith in time travel books! Lynne Gentry’s writing voice is exceptional, her characters engaging, her story heartfelt. You will be moved by not only by Lisbeth and Cyprian’s story, but by the greater story their lives are telling.

    Written by Reading Is My SuperPower on October 20, 2015
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    Valley of Decision is a sensational conclusion to the Carthage Chronicles! Once again, Lynne Gentry deftly weaves past and present together and brings to life the history, drama, and romance of this extraordinary story. Full of heart-wrenching emotion and poignant truths, this story of faith and family will leave you breathless!

    Written by Buzzing About Books on October 20, 2015
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    I had been waiting to read this book since Return to Exile came out and I wasn’t disappointed by the conclusion to Lynne Gentry’s series. The impossible relationship between Lisbeth and Cyprian had captured me. It must have been tempting for Gentry to change history, but if you’re looking for a happy ending you’ll be disappointed. I knew how it had to end but, even so, I howled during the final scenes.

    Valley of Decision is probably the best of The Carthage Chronicles, but you do need to read the other two books before approaching this one. Such is the writing in book three that I found myself immersed in third century Carthage. I could picture the surroundings of the characters whether they were in a nobleman’s house or at the Forum.

    Written by Proverbial Reads on October 19, 2015
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  • LOVE LOVE LOVE this novel (and series!). This novel is the perfect blend of history, suspense and romance. It is full of the perfect amount of plot twists, historical facts and romantic undertones that makes you not want to put it down.

    Written by Working Mommy Journal on October 19, 2015


    Valley of Decision is book three in The Carthage Chronicles. I have followed this series for a while and found that this author will never disappoint. This novel had an epic conclusion, that will leave you screaming why. Valley of Decision is an amazing read, I expect many more wonderful stories from this author.

    Written by A Simple Life, really?! on October 19, 2015
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    I’ve always been a sucker for a good time-travel story, but Valley of Decision takes the cake. Gentry has penned an amazing time-travel romantic thriller – and I didn’t know such a thing existed. The time travel premise itself is fascinating: how would a modern American Christian react if plopped down in Carthage in the third century, when Christians were under severe persecution? Then up the ante – what if the plague is present? And what if that modern American fell in love with an early Christian bishop?

    Not many stories make me cry, but this one did. I couldn’t put it down and kept hoping that Gentry found a way to manipulate history to give this family a happy ending – and in a way she did, but not the one you expect. I cried along with the characters in the final chapters.

    Written by A Nest in the Rocks on October 18, 2015
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    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. Fans of the series should definitely take the time to read Valley of Decision – it’s an addicting read that won’t disappoint.

    Written by Book by Book on October 18, 2015
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    This book was a great ending to a powerful series. I did not want it to end. There was plenty of twists, turns and action and I found myself trying to read faster so I could see what was going to happen next. The detail the author uses in this book is so great you feel as if you can really see what she is talking about. I also felt as if she really did her research in writing this book. Of course I love the time travel aspect of this book – what would it be like if you could go back in time. I also thought that this book was appropriately named as there were some hard decisions to be made during the story. I highly recommed this series but you must start with book one and continue on.

    Written by Griperang’s Bookmarks on October 15, 2015
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    This is the third book in “The Carthage Chronicles 3” and I waited, not patiently to read this book. I read the first 2 books and I could not wait to see what happens to Dr. Lisbeth Hastings. I have always loved time travel stories. In this book Lisbeth leaves third-century Carthage and goes back to her own time to keep her daughter safe. When Maggie gets older she secretly decides to go back in time and try to save her father. Lisbeth has to make a fast decision. Should she go and get her daughter back in the past? What is she going to do when she gets there? What will Maggie’s father say, the man who she still loves? This book has thrills and chills throughout. I give this book a 5/5.

    Written by 3 Partners in Shopping, Nana, Mommy, & Sissy, Too!on October 14, 2015
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    There are many turns when you turn the pages of this book, which keep you wanting to see what was going to happen next. The characters go through many different trials, which we can all understand. In the end I was satisfied but wanting more…

    I would recommend this book to those who enjoy a romantic adventure with many twists and turns.

    Written by LyonsLady on September 28, 2015
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