Wednesday, 28 December 2016

Shadow of the Storm by Connilyn Cossette

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?

Review: Shadow of the Storm is a wonderful continuation of the Israelite's journey out of Egypt. In the first book of this series we met Kiya and Shira as they serve side by side in an Egyptian household as maid servants to a harsh mistress. Thrust together by unlikely circumstances, the former noble (Kiya) and the Hebrew slave (Shira) begin to break down the walls that separate their people and form a tentative friendship. When the Hebrews flee Egypt after the harrowing plagues sent by Yahweh, Kiya joins them. 
Now, in this follow-up novel, Shira takes centre stage as she struggles to find a path for herself in this new world under Yahweh. Shadow of the Storm is a truly riviting story and I loved it from start to finish. It brought to life a piece of the Exedos Bible story in a way that I've never experienced. Within these pages you will get a brilliant look into what life might have been like during the year that the Hebrews dwelt under the mountain in the wilderness while magnificent events took place such as the building of the golden calf, the formation of the ten commandments, the honoring of the Levites, and the building of the Lord's tabernacle. 

I can not say enough good things about this author or her stories. Absolutely wonderful books and seriously, a MUST read. They are so well written and you can't help but fall hopelessly in love with the characters. Brilliant work. 

Thank-you to Baker Publishing House and Graf Martin Communications for a complimentary copy of this book. 

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