Monday, June 26, 2017

Book Review: Shadow of the Storm by Connilyn Cossette

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Title: Shadow of the Storm

Author: Connilyn Cossette

Series: Out From Egypt #2

Genre: Historical

Audience: Adult


In the Depth of the Storm's Shadow, Only Truth Can Light Her Way 

Having escaped Egypt with the other Hebrews during the Exodus, Shira is now living in freedom at the foot of Mt. Sinai, upon which rests the fiery glowing Cloud containing the shekinah glory of God. When the people disobey Yahweh and build a golden idol, the ensuing chaos gives Shira an unexpected opportunity to learn the arts of midwifery. Although her mother wishes for her to continue in the family weaving trade, Shira's gifts shine brightest when she assists with deliveries. In defiance of her mother, Shira pursues her heart's calling to become an apprentice midwife.

When a delivery goes horribly wrong, Shira finds herself bound to a man who betrayed her, the caretaker of three young children, and the target of a vengeful woman whose husband was killed by Shira's people, the Levites. As contention between the Hebrew tribes and the foreigners fans the flames of another dangerous rebellion, Shira will come face-to-face with the heartbreak of her past that she has kept hidden for so long. How can she let go of all that has defined her to accept the love she's denied herself and embrace who she truly is?

**5 stars**

I loved this book so very much! Connilyn Cossette is a talented writer, and brings the Biblical days and ancient Hebrew and Egyptian characters to life. After just enjoying the first book of the OUT FROM EGYPT series, I was unprepared for how Shadow of the Storm would sweep me away and capture my heart. The writing is so beautiful! The characters real. The setting intriguing. The retelling of the Hebrew slaves coming out of Egypt fascinating and soul-touching. The way this author weaves a faith theme into her stories is seamless and enrapturing. I felt in awe beneath the holiness, and power, and love of God.

Shira is an amazing character. I adored her. Her story, during the Hebrew people's 40 years at the foot of Mount Sinai, was fascinating. I loved her journey of faith. Her work as a midwife. Her romance. Her motherhood. It was all so simply beautiful.

There were some hard times too. Malicious characters. Dreadful moments. Terrible disappearances. Wrong choices. Just ... life. But it all came to a magnificent conclusion. I liked seeing brief glimpses of Moses and his sister Miriam of the Bible, too. *smiles*

I don't always enjoy novels set during the Biblical days, but Shadow of the Storm was incredible. I highly recommend to adults who enjoy Christian fiction! This story is unique and thrilling. I can hardly wait to read the third book, Wings of the Wind!

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