- Series: Cities of Refuge (Book 1)
- Paperback: 336 pages
- Publisher: Bethany House Publishers (February 6, 2018)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0764219863
- ISBN-13: 978-0764219863
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 10.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 174 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #82,482 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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". . . must-reads for fans of Biblical and historical fiction."--RT Book Reviews on the Out from Egypt series
Though Israel has found relative peace, Moriyah has yet to find her own. Attempting to avoid the scorn of her community, she's spent the last seven years hiding behind the veil she wears. Underneath her covering, her face is branded with the mark of the Canaanite gods, a shameful reminder of her past captivity in Jericho and an assurance that no man will ever want to marry her.
When her father finds a widower who needs a mother for his two sons, her hopes rise. But when their introduction goes horribly wrong, Moriyah is forced to flee for her life. Seeking safety at one of the newly established Levitical cities of refuge, she is wildly unprepared for the dangers she will face and the enemies--and unexpected allies--she will encounter on her way.
"Cossette delivers a soul-deep, spirit-stirring adventure set amidst the vivid, awe-inspiring beauty of the Promised Land. . . . The richness and depth of the storytelling beg readers to savor each chapter while the action-packed plot compels page after page. . . . Both the historically fascinating culture of the Levitical cities of refuge and engaging characters that challenge expectations with refreshing diversity and complexity increase the enticement of future series installments and rereads."--RT Book Reviews Top Pick
"Cossette debuts a biblical series that revolves around the Old Testament's Levitical sanctuary cities, set against the backdrop of ancient Israel. Accessible and fluid character-driven storytelling creates a fascinating read that will appeal to fans of Jill Eileen Smith and Angela Hunt and those who prefer their biblical fiction less academic."--Library Journal
"Cossette has an uncanny ability to deep-dive into her characters. I loved the main and secondary characters alike, all with just enough backstory to create a diverse mix of interwoven perspectives. Plot wise, I could not predict anything that happened. Each new turn on the characters' path is unexpected and engaging, making this a page-turner. . . . This book possesses a strong emotional heart, constantly wrestling with faith, forgiveness, acceptance, love, and trust. Cossette's talent in lovingly drawing out characters as well as historical settings is stunning and delightful, making her one of my favorite authors. Recommended!" --Historical Novels Review
About the Author
When she is not homeschooling her two sweet kids (with a full pot of coffee at hand), Connilyn Cossette is scribbling notes on spare paper, mumbling about her imaginary friends, and reading obscure, out-of-print history books. Although a Pacific Northwest native, she now lives in a little town near Dallas, Texas. She can be found online at www.connilyncossette.com.
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This is one of those books. It's that good.
Faithful readers of Connilyn Cossette already agree that she's an outstanding storyteller. However, she just surpassed herself in this extraordinary book. Moriyah's life has been filled with fear and tragedy. She makes an unintentional, terrible mistake and finds herself fleeing to a City of Refuge to escape the man that wants to kill her. The story of her flight to one of the Cities of Refuge is suspenseful, compelling, and absorbing. Moriyah has become one of my favorite fictional characters.
I also loved the setting of the book. Although I've read many times in the Bible about the Cities of Refuge and understood their purpose, I learned so much more about them as I read through the book. I appreciate Ms. Cossette's research and attention to historical detail.
If you love novels set in Biblical times, this book is a must-read for you. I am already looking forward to the next book in this series.
Thank you, Connilyn Cossette, for this beautiful story of redemption.
Moriyah was introduced in the third Out of Egypt book. She was a kidnapped Hebrew who survived the destruction of Jericho but had been branded by a pagan high priestess. She hides her shame behind a veil and stays tucked away in her father's house. Her father finds a man willing to marry her but those plans are crushed when a fatal accident occurs. Moriyah must flee for her life to a city of refuge where she can be safe until a fair trial can be held.
Along the way, she encounters many dangers but learns to rely on Yahweh and listen to His prompting. Her experiences cause her to rethink how she's hidden herself away. I loved how she grew stronger spiritually and emotionally as the story progressed. And I found myself on the edge of my seat, cheering for her to find refuge before it was too late.
Once again, Connilyn Cossette takes a difficult time in Old Testament history and makes it relatable. God, in His grace, knew that His people would be imperfect but made a place of refuge for them to find safety and rest. I love how the cities of refuge point to Jesus, our place of grace and safety.
Moriyah, a young woman that was branded has carried shame because of it. She hides herself inside in her veil. When a terrible incident happens sh runs for her life. As she's on the run she discovers more about herself and she senses and hears God's power.
Don't miss out on this book! I highly recommend.
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