- Series: Cities of Refuge (Book 2)
- Paperback: 352 pages
- Publisher: Bethany House Publishers (October 2, 2018)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0764219871
- ISBN-13: 978-0764219870
- Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 1 x 8.4 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 109 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #45,200 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Cossette delivers a soul-deep, spirit-stirring adventure set amidst the vivid, awe-inspiring beauty of the Promised Land." RT Book Reviews on A Light on the Hill
The daughter of a pagan high priest, Sofea finds solace from her troubles in the freedom of the ocean. But when marauders attack her village on the island of Sicily, she and her cousin are taken across the sea to the shores of Canaan.
Eitan has lived in Kedesh, a city of refuge, for the last eleven years, haunted by a tragedy in his childhood, yet chafing at the boundaries placed on him. He is immediately captivated by Sofea, but revealing his most guarded secret could mean drawing her into the danger of his past.
As threats from outside the walls loom and traitors are uncovered within, Sofea and Eitan are plunged into the midst of a murder plot. Can they uncover the betrayal in time to save their lives and the lives of those they love?
"Cossette's romance is a gripping story full of thought-provoking contrasts. . . .Most notably, the decorum of Old Testament-era life is enlivened by the timeless sizzle of desire as Cossette takes a fresh approach to biblical fiction with her deeply impassioned characters and electrifying ardor."--Booklist
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Connilyn Cossette is the CBA bestselling author of the Out from Egypt series. Her debut novel, Counted with the Stars, was a finalist for the Christy Award, the INSPY Award, and the Christian Retailing's Best Award. She lives in North Carolina with her husband of over twenty years and a son and a daughter who fill her days with joy, inspiration, and laughter. Connect with her at www.ConnilynCossette.com.
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by Connilyn Cossette
The context of this book begins with Joshua 20:1-6 City of Refuge.
Even though this book is loosely based off the above context let me say something right off. This is not a preachy type of book, it’s a good read with a variety of emotional turns and twists.
I laughed and cried, even got upset in some parts but fell in love with each character as I did with the first book in this series, “Light on the Hill”
In this second book in the “Cities of Refuge” Series I was really thrown off tract when I began reading, as it went to place that is nothing like the city of refuge but a paganist culture where they practice human sacrifices and brutality of all kinds. Here we meet two girls, Sofea and her cousin Prezi who are enjoying their daily swim in the ocean and as they emerge from their swim they see something is not right in their world, they are kidnapped and after a fight on the ship they jump/fall overboard and are almost killed by the forces of the ocean. They end up on an island and are rescued by what they believe to be a tribe who plans on sacrificing them.
They are taken to the city of refuge Kadesh, where they meet Moriyah who you will met in book one, they are afraid as they expect to be sacrificed to an unknown God. They do not speak or understand the language so that increases their fear.
Through the love and compassion of Moriyah and the others in Kadesh they learn, heal and they begin to trust.
We also find Eitan as a young adult who is facing struggles of being a boy/man who wants to serve as a warrior but due to the restrictions of being a Kadesh refuge is not allowed to leave the boundary line. He battles with his step-father Darik who is Moriyah’s husband, having been her hero rescuer in book one. Eitan also struggles with a betrayal of intense measure pushing him beyond the bounds of limitations including the boundary line where he almost loses his life due to the man who has been hating him and Moriyah since the lose of his sons.
A wonderful story full of twists and turns set in a time that is so very different from our world today, you will be sept away with passion, joy, and love that each character brings to this story. Each character is unique, and they transfer their uniqueness through their love and caring towards others that it creates bonds that are hard to define today. I am anxiously waiting for the next book in this series.
I received a copy of this book from Net Galley and all opinions are entirely my own.
Eitan is a young man who has lived with his adoptive family in Kedesh, a Hebrew city of refuge, for most of his life. He chafes against the ruling of the high priest that keeps him and his mother Moriyah inside the city, even though the city walls protect them from the man still seeking their lives as vengeance. His father Darek and his army scouts bring home two young women in need of shelter, and Eitan is drawn to Sofea, despite the language barrier between them.
Sofea assumes that she and Prezi are to be slaves for the family, and that it's likely they will eventually be sacrificed to the local gods. To her amazement, she learns that they consider the two girls their guests and part of the family. As she learns the language, and learns to love and trust Eitan, he shares his secrets with her, and they plan to marry. But the girls are taken from the city by someone they thought they could trust and land in the middle of a murder plot. Eitan breaks the rules of the city of refuge to find them. Can he stop the plot and find both girls before the blood avenger claims his life?
This is the second book in the Cities of Refuge series, and does follow characters introduced in A Light on the Hill. Eitan was a young boy in that story, and Moriyah and Darek were the leads. Although this a sequel, it's not necessary to have read the first novel in order to enjoy this one. The story is told in chapters that alternate between Sofea's and Eitan's point of view and their perspectives. Through Sofea's eyes, we see the contrast between the honor, justice, and mercy of Hebrew worship of their God and the selfish and cruel practices of the pagan culture she came from. The historical setting is unique and a time period that isn't often featured (the period between the conquest of Canaan and the time of the judges), so I found the insight and context fascinating.
**I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. I was not required to give a positive review and was not compensated in any other way. All opinions are my own.