Somehow even better than the first! "Shadow of the Storm" by Connilyn Cossette
about the book....
In the darkness 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 Mount Sinai. When the people rebel by worshipping a golden idol, the ensuing chaos gives Shira an unexpected opportunity to assist a midwife. When the experience awakens a new desire in her, she defies her mother's wish for her to continue in the family weaving trade and pursues her heart's calling as an apprentice midwife.
But when a delivery goes horribly wrong, Shira finds herself in an impossible situation and bound to a man who betrayed her. As contention between the Hebrew tribes and the foreigners fans the flames of another dangerous rebellion, Shira comes face to face with the long-hidden pain of her past. Can she let go of all that has defined her to embrace who she truly is and believe in a hopeful future?
When I devoured Connilyn Cossette's debut novel, "Counted with the Stars", I could hardly imagine how her next novel could possibly live up to the the first book in the "Out From Egypt" series. But not only did "Shadow of the Storm" live up to the first book in the series, in my opinion it is even better than the first!
Written with beautiful prose and filled with historical drama of the best kind, Cossette has now secured her place on my "must read" list. After only a few pages into the novel, I found myself glued to the pages and resistant to any effort to pull me back to reality. The lives of the characters were fascinating to think about, particularly those of Shira and also Dvorah. Never before have I stopped to consider the plight of pregnant woman travelling with the Israelites with Moses after having left Egypt. Viewing the events of Exodus through the eyes of characters like these gives me an entirely new appreciation for what the Israelites went through, how their hardships impacted them, and how God's mercy was all the more profound. Truly, there were many touching moments for me while I read the book. I appreciate how the author pointed me to consider how God allows suffering in our lives for our good, such as when a character says "We have to endure the storms, dear one, so we know how deep our roots go. So we can appreciate the depths of our strength and the freshness of the gentle breezes afterward". The book is filled with such beautiful phrases as that one, and I leave this book feeling inspired and with a deeper understanding of God's word.
"Shadow of the Storm" is a compelling addition to the genre of Biblical fiction, and I urge you to grab a copy for yourself. I award this book a high rating of 5 out of 5 stars.
Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.
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