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A large family, homeschooling, adoption, special needs, whatever strikes my fancy, sort of blog.

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Return to Exile

If you're familiar with the Outlander books, you'll understand the basic premise behind Return to Exile:  time travel.  But not time travel in a science fiction sort of way.  Like the wildly popular books by Diana Gabaldon, it's time travel plus romance, plus historical fiction.

Lisbeth has a family connection to time travel, since she grew up motherless because her mom was living in the 3rd century.  In book one of this series, Lisbeth goes back in time, finds her mother, meets a half brother, makes friends, falls in love, and returns to modern time pregnant.

Return to Exile is a book two, and in this book, Lisbeth's child, Maggie, is 5 years old.  In an amusing twist of irony, this book published in January of 2015, talks about measles breaking out at Disney World.  Part of what prompts physician Lisbeth to return to the 3rd century is the hope that she can eradicate measles, once and for all, and save countless lives through the ages.  She is totally unprepared for the surprise that awaits her when she arrives, however.

Since we studied Ancient Rome recently, this was a great time for me to read this book.  The location and time period were really brought to life for me.  I enjoyed this book enough to wish that I'd started with book one, Healer of Carthage.

Author Lynne Gentry has a sequel, Valley of Decision, coming in September, that takes place after Maggie has turned 18.

Start at the beginning, and read the trilogy in order for maximum enjoyment.

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  1. Time travel is always interesting because of messing with the space-time continuum. If you get pregnant in the past, it seems like the baby would have the genes of a person that was now hundreds of years old and obviously dead!

    1. I hadn't thought about the genetics. I do think it would be weird to reenter modern time and see what was different because of your actions in the past. If you save a life... that life has an impact--good or bad.