02 January 2021

To Dwell Among Cedars | Book Review


Eight years ago, when the Philistines stole and then surrendered the ark of the covenant back to the Israelites, Eliora left her Philistine homeland to follow the ark to the community of Kiryat Yearim. There, the family she was adopted into has guarded the ark at the top of a mountain in seclusion.

Ronen is a Levite musician determined to secret away the ark to a more fitting resting place, watched over by priests who would restore the Holy of Holies. He never expected that the Philistine girl he rescued years ago would now be part of the very family he's tasked to deceive.

As Ronen's attempts to charm Eliora lead them in unexpected directions, betrayal leaves Eliora with strained family ties and Ronen questioning his own loyalties. Ultimately, Eliora and Ronen are caught up in the battle for the soul of Israel and its future under the leadership of Samuel, the last judge before the era of the kings begins.

Publisher: Bethany House Publishers
Release Date: December 1, 2020



Connilyn Cossette once again proves her impressive skill of bringing biblical history to life with vivid detail. As I read To Dwell Among Cedars, I felt transported to an Old-Testament time of which I knew little. Still, she makes it accessible with fleshed-out characters, intriguing drama, and relatable themes. The story that unfolds around Eliora, Ronen, and the Ark of the Covenant is one I found wholly fascinating and page-turning, and I look forward to seeing how the Covenant House series continues.

Like all of Connilyn Cossette’s novels, To Dwell Among Cedars is one that biblical-fiction lovers should not want to skip. I highly recommend it.

I received a complimentary copy of this book 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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