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Valley of Decision

(The Carthage Chronicles #3)

4.23  ·  Rating details ·  149 ratings  ·  51 reviews
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
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Published September 22nd 2015 by Howard Books
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Jan 30, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2015
Valley of Decision was the final book of The Carthage Chronicles Series.

While I enjoyed Valley of Decision, I didn't like it nearly as much as Healer of Carthage. One thing I love about historical fiction is the educational aspect. I learned a great deal from the Healer of Carthage about medicine and treatments used in 3rd Century Carthage. Valley of Decision didn't bring about any new learning.

The story line was interesting, but predictable. We knew what would happen in the end.

While this
Jun 09, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: historical, netgalley
Noooooo!!! NOOOO!!!
Why did I have to read this???!!!!

I'm sorry, but I have to say it, even putting it in sopiler!!!!

(view spoiler)

I understand it was logical and probable, but I wanted something else!!!

The story is interesting and I can see that it has been researched, since I had the feel of the old roman's time. The birth of Christianity, the persecution... it was all there and it was credible, but (view spoiler)
Despite returning to third-century Carthage to rescue her husband Cyprian, Lisbeth made the choice to leave him behind for good to save her daughter Maggie’s life. Over the next thirteen years, Lisbeth devotes herself to her work and raising Maggie, her final tie to Cyprian. Maggie, however, is tired of Lisbeth’s hovering, and in an act of rebellion, decides to return to the third century in order to bring her father back. Lisbeth is left with no choice but to follow. With Maggie’s return to ...more
Feb 06, 2015 rated it liked it
First off, Lynne Gentry's writing is awesome. The story came to life with it! The characters felt real and the setting was very convincing. Each view point had its own personality and style, while all in the same author's wonderful writing.

The message in the story was also inspiring. It's great to read a novel that is about God, about true faith in Him and the willingness to go to any lengths to do what it is He has called us to do. I appreciated this a lot while reading and I admit, I cried. I
Jalynn Patterson
Oct 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
About the Book:
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
Carole Jarvis
Oct 29, 2015 rated it really liked it
Reviewed at The Power of Words:

It’s hard to talk about Valley of Decision apart from the whole Chronicles of Carthage series, for each story builds from book #1, Healer of Carthage. 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
Marguerite Gray
Nov 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Even though I'm finished with this series, the characters are swimming in my head. Now I will finish their story in my imagination. I appreciate the author sticking to historical data even if the tears flow.
Feb 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This series is one of my all time favorites. I read it several years ago (adding to Goodreads in 2019) and it really stuck with me. I don’t reread many books but this series is worth revisiting. Love!
Aug 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I am now an emotional wreck! This story of true love and steadfast faith is one that will stay with me for a long time.
Nov 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I received this book from Litfuse Publicity for no charge in exchange for my honest review of this book. The opinions expressed here are my own.

Book Description:

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,
Sarah Vanscoyoc
Jun 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I’m going to be honest. My brain is spinning while I’m trying to gather enough words to write a review for this book that has left me emotionally rocked and asking difficult questions. I don’t even know where to begin. How do I describe this story that has me reeling, trying to avoid crying for a fictional character, and replaying sections of it endeavoring to figure out where I became so attached? What can I say that will do it justice?
I should probably note that there are two other books in
Jan 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: beautiful-covers
3.5 stars out of 5, rounded up to 4.

In some ways, this book met every single expectation I had for it. In others ... it didn't.

On the good side, all the characterizations were spot on, as usual. Also, Carthage itself continued to be a character in and of itself, with its rich surroundings. Having Lawrence there also added to the feel of it all, semi-seeing it through his archeologist eyes.

A LOT of questions were answered in this book. Also, there was a tie-in between the past and future, caused
Kathleen (Kat) Smith
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 ...more
Victor Gentile
Oct 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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 decision—leave third-century Carthage and her husband Cyprian
Lisa Johnson
Oct 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Title: Valley of Decision (The Carthage Chronicles #3)
Author: Lynne Gentry
Pages: 367
Year: 2015
Publisher: Howard
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 don’t begin with book one they will be lost as to the history of the cast of characters.
Book three begins with only a
Aug 07, 2015 rated it liked it
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.

My Thoughts

This is the third and last book to the Carthage Chronicles, and if you
Oct 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
It’s 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 father’s fate, takes matters into her own hands and returns to the past to try to stop it & change history. Unbeknownst to her mother ...more
Carrie Schmidt (Reading is My SuperPower)
When you read historical fiction, you run the risk of knowing how the story will turn out ahead of time - simply because you know how history turned out. And yet, you can't help but read the novel or series anyway because the author writes this particular version of events in such a compelling way. Such is the case with The Carthage Chronicles by Lynne Gentry, a time travel romance series set in the third century A.D.

The thing about Lynne Gentry is that she writes such vivid characters and
Mackenzie Carol
Oct 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Valley of Decision is the third and final book in Lynne Gentry’s Carthage Chronicles series, and is by far a very satisfying conclusion. I have read the previous two books (Healer of Carthage and Return to Exile), I just haven’t had the chance to write my reviews for them as of yet; hopefully those of you with equally busy schedules will understand my dilemma. Anyway, this book was so great! I loved both of the previous books (like I said I’ll post my reviews later so you can really get a feel ...more
It’s been over a decade since Lisbeth last saw her husband, Cyprian. She has been raising their daughter in present day Texas, all the while knowing Cyprian was executed in the year 258 and resisting the temptation to stage one last rescue of him. But her daughter has other ideas and is determined to bring back not only her father but Lisbeth’s mother as well. Lisbeth and Maggie’s grandfather go after her but are too late to stop her from diving into the time portal in the Cave of Swimmers.

I had
Amy Bradsher
Oct 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
Deb Haggerty
Oct 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Deb's Dozen: They've come to a Valley of Decision. Choose love or choose life?

Valley of Decision, the final book in Lynne Gentry’s Carthage Chronicles, is a fitting ending to this saga of time-travel to the third century.

Maggie, daughter of Lisbeth (20th century) and Cyprian (3rd century), has read her history books and is determined to change history by going back to Carthage to save her father. Once Lisbeth finds out she has gone, Lisbeth and her father also travel back to third-century
Nov 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: litfuse
My thoughts:

The Carthage Chronicles comes to a wild conclusion in this great new novel from Lynne Gentry! I've read the whole series and couldn't wait for this one to arrive. Of course, once it arrived I couldn't put it down! Lucky for me I have understanding kids who also love to read and we had an afternoon read-a-thon!

I have to admit it didn't end the way I thought it would. I'm so happy with the way it ended though. I had fallen in love with the characters and couldn't imagine a better
Oct 31, 2015 rated it really liked it
This was a fascinating ending to a wonderful time travel series! Maggie is incredibly stubborn and impulsive, which got on my nerves a bit. She was funny, though, especially when she used phrases from the future in the past. She was also incredibly brave, as she showed over and over when she rushed headlong to save someone without thinking. It was interesting to see how people in the past reacted to her return since for them hardly any time had passed, but for her it had been thirteen years and ...more
Oct 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
Oct 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2015
I have greatly enjoyed Lynne Gentry's Carthage Chronicles—and I'm sorry the series has come to a close!

Valley of Decision picks up 13 years following the events of Return to Exile ... at least that's how long Lisbeth and her daughter Maggie have been back in our time. In Carthage, mere hours have passed, which leads to a lot of confusion when a grown up Maggie appears.

Maggie, having Googled her father Cyprian, knows his fate, and she's determined to save him. Lisbeth and her father follow
Aug 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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.

The whole series is set in the third century in Carthage, and this third book is set when open persecution of Christians is in full swing. The author brought back the same characters and suspense and drama from the other two books and spun a great ending to the series. I
Courtney Clark
Sep 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This book is both action-packed and serious, with strong characters and a fascinating look at the early church.

Valley of Decision is an action-packed conclusion to the series. With this series, Lynne has honed her own style, coupling modern characters with 3rd century ancient history. One unique aspect of this blending of times is that she gets away with modern expressions to describe the scenes in Carthage — like saying one of the characters “racked his brain”! I love it!

Though filled with
Hallie Szott
Dec 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This review is also posted on Book by Book.

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
Kristine Morgan
Sep 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Valley of Decision is the Third and Final (sob) installment in Lynne Gentry's Carthage Chronicles. Thirteen years have passed for Lisbeth and Maggie. Maggie is now an eighteen year old lady, determined to rescue her father Cyprian from being beheaded in third century Carthage. She ventures through the Well of the swimmers only to find she has returned as an eighteen year old, only days after leaving as a five year old child.
Lisbeth and her aging father follow Maggie through the well into the
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