Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Healer of Carthage

Title:  Healer of Carthage (The Carthage Chronicles #1)
Author:  Lynne Gentry
Pages:  373
Year:  2014
Publisher:  Howard Books
Lisbeth Hastings is a first-year resident, fulfilling her mother’s dream for her to become a doctor, or is it her own dream?  Her mother left her and her father 23 years ago without a word.  Now at age 28, Lisbeth wonders if she is really cut out to be a doctor after she is put on probation due to a missed diagnosis resulting in a death.  She receives a letter from her archaeologist father summoning her to his dig as he has found her mother.  What does he mean by “found your mother”?  The letter states nothing else.  Lisbeth is on suspension so she has time off and decides to visit her father.  While exploring the same cave her mother and father were exploring when her mother disappeared, Lisbeth is suddenly ripped from the 21st century and plunged into the 3rd century brutal Roman world in Carthage.
Cyprianus Thracius is a Roman barrister recently converted to Christianity.  He buys slaves from the slave market to save them from misery as the property of the proconsul of Carthage, Aspasius.  Aspasius is a cruel and evil man.  He owns the current healer of Carthage, who he also frequently abuses.  Lisbeth finds herself on the block at the slave market about to be purchased by Aspasius, but Cyprian shows up to save her from a fate worse than death.  Lisbeth is taken to Cyprian’s home and soon has to put her medical training to use.  She quickly meets the healer of Carthage, who is also a convert to Christianity.  Lisbeth’s journey to 3rd century Carthage holds lots of surprises for her.
Negatives:  The story toward the end talks about Lisbeth’s love of God, but I didn’t see much evidence of this spiritual transformation throughout the story.  I mean she had the bishop living right in her home and she didn’t talk to him about faith, Jesus, or anything spiritual.  She is a scientist and they question things; it is in their nature.  So why didn’t she ask anyone about God?  Her newfound faith just didn’t seem realistic.
Positives:  I did think the premise of the story was intriguing and the historical research interwoven in the story was very interesting.  I enjoyed the romance between Lisbeth and Cyprian.  I also liked that Lisbeth’s life with her archeologist father allowed her to see the ruins in the present day, but the actuality of what they really looked like in the 3rd century.  My dream job would be as an archeologist and I enjoy history, so I loved all those references.
My rating is 4 stars.

Note:  I received a free copy from Howard Books for an honest review of this book.  The opinions shared in this review are solely my responsibility.  Other reviews can be read at http://seekingwithallyurheart.blogspot.com/.  Also follow me on Twitter @lcjohnson1988, FaceBook at https://www.facebook.com/lisa.johnson.75457
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