In a word? WOW! "Wings of the Wind" by Connilyn Cossette

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about the book....

Can vengeance give way to forgiveness when one woman's destiny becomes entangled with the very enemies she sought to destroy?

Motherless and raised alongside her brothers, Alanah, a Canaanite, is no stranger to fighting. When her father and brothers are killed in battle with the Hebrews, she disguises herself and sneaks onto the battlefield to avenge her family. The one thing she never counted on was surviving.

Tobiah, a Hebrew warrior, has spent his share of time on the battlefield and is shocked to find an unconscious woman among the casualties. Compelled to bring her to a healer back at the Hebrew camp, he's unprepared for the consequences of what he intended as an act of compassion.

In order to survive, Alanah must unite with her enemy. But will a terrible revelation drive her toward an even greater danger?

my review....

Those readers who have read the first two books in Connilyn Cossette's "Out From Egypt" series will surely agree with me that each has been truly absorbing, well-written historical novels. Well, let me be the first to tell you that "Wings of the Wind" is equally addictive reading, and if possible is the best book of the series yet! From page one, I was enthralled with the character of Canaanite Alanah and the circumstances that led her life to be entwined with that of the Hebrew warrior Tobiah. Her life story is equal parts tragic and courageous, and the healing she experiences through her encounter with Yahweh and with his people is breath-taking to behold. Cossette has taken Biblical events and given them a fascinating twist, bringing new life to the Biblical accounts of the Israelites wandering in the desert and being formed into a nation ready to take on the inhabitants of Jericho and the other nations standing in the way of them laying claim to the promised land. Believers who have read the old Testament will no doubt have struggled at times to understand why God gave direction to the Israelites to essentially destroy those people who didn't leave the promised land when the Israelites were ready to inhabit it. "Wings of the Wind" vividly depicts the depravity these nations engaged in, and why it was necessary for God to give these commands out of his great love and grace for his people and those being oppressed by barbaric practices these people engaged in (such as sacrificing babies to the "god" Molek or conscripting young girls to be temple prostitutes). Alanah's story of leaving her people and then again encountering them later in the story, and her experience of finding a real and lasting love with Tobiah, is one that I plan to read again in the future. It is just that good!

It surely is no surprise, then, that I award this book my highest rating of 5 out of 5 stars. "Wings of the Wind" is historical fiction at its best, and if you haven't read the first books in this series, I encourage you to go out and grab all 3. You will be glad you did!

Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.

 about the author....

Connilyn Cossette
When she is not homeschooling her two sweet kids (with a full pot of coffee at hand), Connilyn Cossette is scribbling notes on spare paper, mumbling about her imaginary friends, and reading obscure, out-of-print history books. There is nothing she likes better than digging into the rich, ancient world of the Bible and uncovering buried gems of grace that point toward Jesus. Her novel Counted With the Stars won the 2013 Frasier Contest and was a semifinalist in the 2013 ACFW Genesis Contest. Although a Pacific Northwest native, she now lives near Dallas, Texas. Connect with her at

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