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From the Back Cover
Recently widowed, Rivkah refuses to submit to the Torah law compelling her to marry her husband's brother and instead flees Kedesh, hoping to use her talents as a scribe to support herself. Without the protection of her father, Kedesh's head priest, and the safety of the city of refuge, Rivkah soon discovers that the cost of recklessness is her own freedom.
Malakhi has secretly loved Rivkah for years, but he never imagined his older brother's death would mean wedding her. After her disappearance, he throws himself into the ongoing fight against the Canaanites instead of dwelling on all he has lost. But with war looming over Israel, Rivkah's father comes to Malakhi with an impossible request.
As the enemies that Rivkah and Malakhi face from within and without Israel grow more threatening each day, is it too late for the restoration their wounded souls seek?
"Cossette masterfully explores complex Biblical questions and provides fresh perspective to the Old Testament. Narrative switches between Malakhi and Rivkah help encompass the broader landscape and keep the plot engaging. . . . Cossette's prose is engaging and beautiful while employing heartfelt themes of mercy and redemption."--Historical Novel Review --This text refers to the paperback edition.
About the Author
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 Retailings 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.--This text refers to the audioCD edition.
- ASIN : B07NDNTJ8Z
- Publisher : Bethany House Publishers (July 2, 2019)
- Publication date : July 2, 2019
- Language: : English
- File size : 10609 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 341 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #90,599 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Rivkah and Malakhi's story might be the most unique in the Cities of Refuge series thus far, partially because Rivkah begins as a highly unlikeable lead. From the first time I met her, I saw a headstrong, stubborn, and spoiled teen who seemed to dislike Malakhi only on the basis of childhood grudges. Yet, even If I didn't like her, I liked who she was trying to become. I rooted for her, and I enjoyed her growth. Connilynn pulled off the most important thing a writer can in making me care about Rivkah and her external and internal journeys. The five-year time gap was a bit disappointing, but I quickly understood why that had to be there. Plus, seeing Rivkah as a mother and a woman with a sort-of career--as oppressive as that career was--was highly enjoyable. I loved watching her go from rebellious, to sure of God's punishment toward her, to finding His love and healing when so much of her life had been tainted with uncertainty and mourning.
For his part, Malakhi is completely swoon-worthy. He's not a perfect hero while Rivkah is a Jezebel. In fact, there were times I wanted to tell him, "Dude, if you got any denser they could use your head against Goliath in a few generations." But his unending patience with Rivkah and his loyalty to her, even when tempted to give up hope, was inspiring and Christ-like in a bold, unapologetic, yet non-preachy way. In Malakhi, Connilynn once again strikes the balance between a man who is tender and obedient to God, yet manly and strong enough to protect and lead a family.
The plot itself moves along beautifully, despite the aforementioned time jump. Connilynn may have taken a bit of a risk there, since so much of the story was in first-person POV from the hero. You don't see that often in a romance, if at all. Here though, it works because Malakhi's voice is relatable and authentic. As for Rivkah, her voice is the same. She lets you feel her angst, shame, and worry without coming across as a martyr or pathetic. Actually, the desperation of her situation makes her stronger moments shine that much brighter, especially with little Amit.
Once again, Connilynn also did a bang-up job of bringing life to a Biblical "blank space" and weaving a New Testament thread into an Old Testament storyline. You could practically feel Jesus standing in Heaven during Rivkah's journey and saying, "Welcome home, little daughter. Wait until you see what I have planned on a much bigger scale!" The brief glimpses into Lailah's POV as the older, dutiful sister of the prodigal put the bow on that package. I can't wait to see what Connilynn does with Tirzah's story and how Jesus shows up there.
Until the Mountains Fall, by author Connilyn Cossette is the 3rd book in her Cities of Refuge series. In the Old Testament, a city of refuge was a place where a person could go if they had accidentally killed another person, and are a beautiful picture of the person of Jesus. You can learn more about the cities of refuge in Joshua 20 and Numbers 35. In her latest novel, Cossette tells us the story of Rivkah, the daughter of the head priest, who lives in Kedesh, one of the six cities of refuge.
As the story opens, Rivkah is being given in marriage, a levirate marriage, to her late husband’s brother, Malakhai, and she is not happy about it. Gidal, her late husband, has just recently died, and her father has arranged this marriage very quickly to Malakhai, whom she has known since childhood.
According to Nelson’s Illustrated Bible Dictionary, a levirate marriage is “a form of marriage prescribed by the Law of Moses in which a man was required to marry the widow of a brother who died with no male heir. The term “levirate” means “husband’s brother.” The purpose of the law was to provide an heir for the dead brother, thereby preserving his name and estate. The law also was designed to provide for the welfare of the widows. (Deuteronomy 25:5-10)”
Because of her displeasure about the marriage, Rivkah takes matters into her own hands, and makes a very poor decision. She doesn’t understand how Malakhai feels towards her, and she flees Kedesh.
I love the story. But at the beginning of the story I did not like Rivkah. She made me so mad! As readers, we can see things the characters cannot see. So, we can sit on the other side of the pages so to speak, and scream, “Noooo! Don’t do it!” But alas, they make their own choices anyway. She was unhappy, which I get. But she was throwing away something that would be good for her, even though she couldn’t see it.
Later on in the novel, my heart softened toward Rivkah. Slowly, the author was able to weave some sympathy and compassion for her into the story and into my heart. I felt very much connected to Rivkah and began to really like her. Just like this story's main character, I have made my own choices and ran from people who loved me into great trouble and distress. But God was there to clean up my mess, pick me up, and help me start over. God is always looking out for us.
I don’t want to give away all the details or surprises of the story, and there are many, so I cannot say much more. But it is worth it to follow the journey of Rivkah and Malakhai to find out how their story unfolds. I cried multiple times as I traveled the road with them. God is a God of rescue even in our darkest hour.
I recommend this book highly to anyone who loves biblical or historical fiction. Cossette has taken just one small portion of scripture and taught us so much.
I also recommend this book to homeschooling families who have high school age students. If you follow the Charlotte Mason philosophy of education, this could be considered a great living book for studying ancient civilizations and the Bible.
Disclosure Statement: I received a copy of this book from the publisher. The thoughts and opinions expressed here are my own.
Rivkah and Malakhi have been butting heads since childhood. Malakhi, a particularly mischievous child, enjoyed teasing the too serious Rivkah and she has never forgotten his harassment. After a brief marriage to Malakhi’s older brother Gidal, the newely widowed Rivkah balks when her father promises her in marriage to her tormentor. When her father refuses to be swayed, insisting this marriage will be good for her, she flees Kedesh. Malakhi is left reeling from Rivkah’s betrayal and finds himself drowning in bitterness. When their paths cross again can they learn to understand each other and step onto the path God has laid before them?
Until the Mountains Fall is a love story rife with pride and humbleness, rejection and acceptance and plenty of forgiveness along the way. It is so easy to see yourself in these characters and their struggles that you won’t see the emotional waves coming until they roll right over you. While this book could be read as a standalone, I would recommend reading it within the series. This a must read for fans of Biblical fiction and romance.
I received a copy of this book from the author and Bethany House Publishers. All opinions are my own.
Top reviews from other countries
i struggled with the first bit, not because i couldn’t get into it but because reading the bitterness and rebellion and selfishness is tough.
but the forgiveness and mercy and humility at the end— it made it worth it. it was real and tangible, and there was such beautiful moments scattered within this book...
i would’ve personally fleshed out the mercy found in Yahweh and expounded on His attributes, but the parallel she drew between the father-daughter relationship (the tribute to a parable of Jesus), was really well done!
at 1am, once again, i turn the pages to the next book, and hope i get some sleep in.
Connilyn Cossette delivers again. I genuinely thought that book two in this outstanding series was my favorite, but yet again, here I am rendered speechless by this powerful and inspiring book on mercy, redemption, grace, and love. Since being introduced to Miss Cossette's works with the "Out from Egypt" series, I have come to appreciate her detailed and researched characters, her realistic depictions of human struggles, and her constant reminders of the unfailling, unfathomable, and humbling grace of our God. And, Rivkah and Malakhi's story was no different. I related so much to Rivkah's initial reservations and desires to escape and taste freedom only to realize that she would only find that freedom within the loving hands of her heavenly Abba. Such a powerful biblical fiction with a love story that will tug at your hearts and keep you turning the pages until the end. I mean who needs to do chores when a Connilyn Cossette novel just comes out!