Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Book Review: Shelter of the Most High by Connilyn Cossette


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Title: Shelter of the Most High

Author: Connilyn Cossette

Series: Shelter of the Most High #2

Genre: Biblical Historical

Audience: Adult

ABOUT THE BOOK

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 and 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. Will they break free from the shackles of the past in time to uncover the betrayal and save their lives and the lives of those they love?

~ MY REVIEW ~
**4 stars**

Connilyn Cossette pens another exciting Biblical Historical novel! Book Two in the CITIES OF REFUGE series, I enjoyed diving into Shelter of the Most High and reconnecting with Moriyah and her lovely family.

This book focuses specifically on her adopted son, Eitan. As well as a wounded and guarded maiden, Sofea, from the island of Sicily. Back in the city of Kedesh, we learn more about cities of refuge and the accidental killers that flee and find safety there. I find this such a heavy, but fascinating topic. And I just love being with the children of Israel. Connilyn Cossette brings to life Old Testament times and people with such authenticity and grace.

Though we didn't spend much time in Sicily, it was intriguing to explore Sofea's seaside home just a little. The emotional and spiritual journey Sofea and her cousin went on was profound. I enjoyed meeting all of Darek and Moriyah's children ... and other characters! And the unexpected twists - I found myself quite shocked at times! It was a well-done story that explored Moriyah's predicament more, while unfolding Eitan and Sofea's story. There were some truly heart-touching moments of faith, forgiveness, and redemption.

I didn't love the romance in Shelter of the Most High as much as I loved some in this author's other books. It pretty heavily focused on physical attraction. Which is a good thing, but cannot be the foundation of a marriage. While it didn't say that it was, there just seemed to be more emphasis on physical attraction than friendship and such.

That all being said, I really enjoyed this book and can hardly wait to read Book Three, Until the Mountains Fall! We got glimpses of the girl who is to be the main character in this next book, and I am so intrigued!

I received a copy of Shelter of the Most High from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for my honest review.

Saturday, October 13, 2018

New Cover Pretties!

Hello, folks! It's Saturday. Hurrah! And I have access to a computer! Hurrah! Ready for a new laptop, but unfortunately, I don't have the extra funds for that. Need a new car, first!!

*ahem* I finally replied to all the comments on my previous two posts. Due to some somewhat unexpected life circumstances, I'm feeling more relaxed and able to focus on blogging.

Also, I got an email saying that this blog of mine is in the top 100 Christian book review blogs to follow in 2018. I'm not sure what this is all about, but here's the link if you want to view the post and search through one hundred Christian book review blogs! Maybe you'll find some awesome new ones to follow. ^_^
(And maybe this explains why I've all suddenly begun to get all kinds of emails and comments asking if I'd like to review so-and-so's book. Thank you to all who emailed/commented, by the way! At this moment, sadly, I don't feel I have the time to take on any extra "review books".)

Anyway, on to the purpose of this post. Another cover love day! *cheers happily*


The Siren and the Scholar {Faraway Castle #2} by J.M. Stengl

Published: May 2nd, 2018 (Rooglewood Press)


The Rose and the Briar {Faraway Castle #3} by J.M. Stengl

Published: 2018 (Rooglewood Press)


A Worthy Rebel {An Uncertain Choice #5} by Jody Hedlund

Published: September 4th, 2018 (Northern Lights Press)


All Made Up by Kara Isaac

Published: September 28th, 2018 (Bellbird Press)


The Profile Match {The Mission League #4} by Jill Williamson

Expected Publication: October 15th, 2018 (Novel Teen Press)


A Wind From the Wilderness {Watchers of Outremer #1} by Suzannah Rowntree

Expected Publication: October 29th, 2018 (Bocfodder Press)


The White City {True Colors #1} by Grace Hitchcock

Expected Publication: March 1st, 2019 (Barbour Books)


To Best the Boys by Mary Weber

Expected Publication: March 5th, 2019 (Thomas Nelson)


The Golden Bride {Daughters of the Mayflower #8} by Kimberley Woodhouse

Expected Publication: April 1st, 2019 (Barbour Books)


Romanov by Nadine Brandes

Expected Publication: May 7th, 2019 (Thomas Nelson)


Number of Love {Codebreakers #1} by Roseanna M. White

Expected Publication: June 4th, 2019 (Bethany House Publishers)


A Reluctant Bride {Bride Ships #1} by Jody Hedlund

Expected Publication: June 4th, 2019 (Bethany House Publishers)


The Noble Guardian {The Bow Street Runners #3} by Michelle Griep

Expected Publication: June 2019


Until the Mountains Fall {Cities of Refuge #3} by Connilyn Cossette

Expected Publication: July 2nd, 2019 (Bethany House Publishers)


King's Shadow: A Novel of King Herod's Court {The Silent Years #4} by Angela Hunt

Expected Publication: September 2019 (Bethany House Publishers)

Monday, October 1, 2018

September Wrap Up 2018

Hello, lovelies! Life has been a little crazy for me right now. Not sure what path I'm going to take next. But the good news is, my God is a faithful guide! I'm thankful for the provision and blessing and the work He's done in my heart in the month of September.

I'm learning to trust. Not to fear. To let go. Surrender. Stop trying to please and impress people. And find joy even in the wait and in the questioning.

Here's a little glimpse of last month in pictures ...


(This was technically August 30th ... but does anyone really care?)
A trip to Chick-fil-A! I went with two of my sisters and one of my brothers. Love them! <3 And this restaurant! *laughs*


It was so refreshing to get out and do something fun after a long, exhausting week at work. I had serious jet lag after getting back from vacation!!


One morning before I left work. The house is quiet when I get up in the mornings. I quickly get ready, then sit down and do my devotionals while eating breakfast. It's sweet getting to spend a little time in God's Word and prayer before facing my day.


Chick-fil-A again! *laughs* (Did someone say "addicted"? I protest!) This time it was Mom's idea. We swung by there for lunch one Saturday before heading to clean a spec house.


Cleaning ...



I imagined living here with a husband and some little kids. Taking care of my own home and having people over for dinner. I like to dream while I work. *winks*



We went to the city for sister's 18th birthday! Just me, my mom, her, and the next sister in line. It was such fun! I love those ladies. ^_^

At the mall.


Eating out!


And then to antique shops and thrift stores!
 



I'm in love with vanities and old-fashioned accessories! *dies* My mind is whirling; busy imaging the people who once used these things. 


My favorite! Synergy organic kombucha ... Watermelon Wonder! I'd take this over soda any day, folks. It tastes so good!


And it gives me energy. So every now and then I buy a kombucha to take with me to work. This brand, Humm, is delicious, too. It might have more sugar than Synergy.


A perfect way to spend a Saturday morning! Re-organizing the bookshelf. It really needed it, haha!


Sunday morning before heading off to Sunday school at my church.


Picture with my pretty books. ^_^


Last minutes of lunch break at work.


Training required with my job.



Tired me. Gotta savor those lunch breaks.


How I love Friday evenings!! (It's Monday night, Shantelle, stop thinking about Friday nights... ) This particular Friday night I bought myself a gluten and dairy-free pizza and had the whole house to myself. So I enjoyed Bible study, music, pizza ...


And reading! This book is amazing, by the way, folks! Yankee in Atlanta - the third book in a Civil War series by Jocelyn Green. I'm really loving it.


Happy and free on the weekend. :p Work tends to be anxiety-inducing and lonely (and oftentimes exhausting) because I spend about eight hours a day caring for infants ... talking to no one. And I'm a people person, believe it or not! At least, I love talking, haha.
So not talking to anyone for that long wears on me emotionally. So do crying babies.


Sister time! Spending the day with three of my sisters. Shopping and laughing and walking downtown.


Happy about sister time and warm fall evenings in town and my raspberry Italian soda (which was gone at this point... )


Last day of September. I missed church, sadly. But I listened to a great sermon online, and then sat out in the sun with my book and a Chocolate Chip Larabar.

I took a nap. And then that evening I went to Bible study with family and friends.

It was a good day.

And now here we are in October ... Monday evening. I had a pretty good day at work. I'm going to go write a blog post on Lady Grace now ... make my lunch for tomorrow ... and go to bed, I guess.

Looking forward to seeing what God does this new month. What an awesome Lord I have. My life is nothing without Him.

beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.

Romans 12:1-2

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Cover Reveal for Romanov by Nadine Brandes!

Hello, my lovely friends! This is going to be a super quick post because it was kind of last minute and I'm busy with life. But I'm excited to be able to share the cover for a new Nadine Brandes book! Eep! I love this author's debut series, a YA dystopian trilogy, and am excited to read her latest release, Fawkes.

And now ... check out the cover for Romanov!

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Info About the Book

- Releases May 7th, 2019
- Historical fantasy Anastasia retelling (YA)
-standalone

Is it not beautiful?? The good news is that you can pre-order now!

Friday, September 7, 2018

A Little Post About Vacation

Oh, but I think a part of me will always long for my childhood home.

A part of my heart belongs there. And it makes me ache to think about it and know that I will never be completely fulfilled ... Yet that reminds me another reason why heaven will be so precious!

Ah. Another trip to the west coast. I adore these trips. And never quite ready to leave!

I saw my older brother! <3 My aunt and uncle and cousins who I lived with once (my second family!!). My grandparents. Some more aunts and uncles and cousins from all over the country (they came for the wedding of my uncle). Dear friends. And countless other relatives. *winks*

I went kayaking. Which was like the best experience ever! Summer at its finest. Floating down the river beneath the towering pine trees. Oh, it was beautiful. And invigorating. And just simply lovely. I couldn't help thinking of the people who must have canoed down that river years ago ... native Americans? Early settlers? I love my "home"!

Right before kayaking, I was swimming with my cousins, sister, and aunt. That was really fun, too! The water was so cold! But once I actually ducked under, I quickly warmed up. We swam out to giant, floating logs and sat on them. I didn't get any pictures of this day, but it was so wonderful.

And the wedding. Simply beautiful. I was so honored and blessed to attend! Such a fun time with family.

Staying at Grandma and Grandpa's house.
Getting to know my lovely, new aunt. (who's my age)
Helping my cousin set up a blog.
Shopping trips.
Going out to eat.
Reconnecting with my childhood best friend and talking about all manner of things. ^_^
Crazy scavenger hunt on the "last night out".
Sitting in my older brother's room and talking with him and my mom.
Laughing.
Playing games.
Hanging out with fun people.
Riding in my older brother's cool car and listening to cool music. *smiles*
Refreshing walks.
Talking with my aunt (my second mom *winks*)
Picking blackberries and thimble berries.
Hiking.
Swimming.
Kayaking.
Long conversations with LaKaysha.
Birthdays.
Wedding.
Exploring and adventuring with older brother, mom, and the rest of the siblings.
Washing Grandpa and Grandma's white fence with all the cousins.
Hanging out with all the family.
Holding babies.  (My aunt's baby and my friend's baby)
Staying at aunt & uncle's I used to live with. (I felt a little nostalgic)

Oh. All the adventures. Can't wait until the next trip! *winks*

Here are a couple pictures ... (I was so excited to have a decent camera on my phone, finally. But it turns I don't take very many pictures anyway.)


At the airport. I felt so sick on the first flight. 'Twas not fun. Not fun at all.



Costco shopping trip! *grins* We packed the car quite full of groceries!


Because what's better than natural sour gummy worms? *heart eyes*


Staying at Grandma's house


Love waterfalls!




Time to climb this rock. We didn't go up that way. *winks*



Hiking with all the family


I was totally blessed to get together with LaKaysha three or four times! I love hanging out with that girl! We can just talk on for hours and have great conversations! It was good to share from my heart with her. <33 One day we took a nice walk and then went out and got smoothies. Mine was called west coast berry or something.


Going home. :'(

So many people to miss!


So talk to me, y'all!

WHERE DO YOU LOVE TO VACATION?

WHAT'S YOUR FAVORITE MEMORY FROM THIS SUMMER?

DO YOU GET SICK ON AIRPLANES?

HAVE YOU BEEN TO A WEDDING RECENTLY?

DO YOU LIKE KAYAKING?

SOUR GUMMY WORMS?? *winks*

May God bless your weekend!