13 October 2016

Shadow of the Storm by Connilyn Cossette

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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?

Shadow of the Storm is the perfect follow-up to Counted With the Stars. Having escaped Egypt and passed beyond the Red Sea, the Hebrews are in the wilderness and struggling to follow Yahweh, and Kiya’s friend, Shira, is now the protagonist. Connilyn Cossette brings this period of biblical history to life with fascinating detail and allows Shira to reflect her people’s development in her own. She’s haunted by her past and its lasting consequences as she strives to determine her purpose and accept God’s will for her life. Her story is beautiful, full of surprises and drama, and I loved every page of it. Fans of biblical fictions, I highly recommend Shadow of the Storm (and the previous book in the Out From Egypt series) and can’t wait to read what’s next from Connilyn Cossette.  

Thanks to Bethany House, I received a copy of Shadow of the Storm and the opportunity to provide an honest review. I was not required to write a positive review, and all the opinions I have expressed are my own.

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