Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Healer of Carthage


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Healer of Carthage
Lynne Gentry
Howard

A modern-day doctor gets trapped in third-century Carthage, Rome, where she uncovers buried secrets, confronts Christian persecution, and battles a deadly epidemic to save the man she loves.

One thing in this book that really bothered/confused/annoyed me was the way Lisbeth treated her mother. Lisbeth kept behaving as though her mother had abandoned her on purpose, which was ridiculous. Magdelena had accidently fallen in time the same way Lisbeth had, so it seemed spoiled and silly for Lisbeth to be so begrudging. I mean, Lisbeth didn’t have all the facts. For all she knew, it was impossible to get back to their correct time, so why was she so mad at her mother for not coming back? And for someone with a lot of head knowledge about the Roman world, Lisbeth didn’t seem to really understand how the people behaved and acted.

However, as the book went on, she did become more likable. Also, it’s normally hard for me to really get into ebooks, but this was one I read quickly, simply because I really wanted to know what was going to happen next!

I’m still not completely sure what I think of this book; parts of it were really good, but I’m not sure what I think of all the elements that involve the time travel situation, especially with the excerpt I read from the sequel. Also, because Lisbeth isn’t a Christian at the beginning, some of her views aren’t godly, and there is a tiny bit of language at the beginning (not swearing, exactly, but a couple uses of words I don’t consider appropriate). Like all books about the Roman Empire, it deals with the terrible immorality of the people there, and there was a bit of romance-y mushiness that was a little much for me, and the reason I knocked down this book's rating a bit. Still, Healer of Carthage was exciting, and different from a lot of other Christian books I’ve read.

Rating:7


I received this book for free from netgalley in exchange for my honest review.

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