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Monday, October 24, 2016

Rebecca Reviews ~ Shadow of the Storm (Out From Egypt, #2) by Connilyn Cossette

Paperback, 352 pages
Published October 18th 2016 by Bethany House

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?

About the Author

Connilyn Cossette is a homeschooling mother of two with a passion for writing stories of timeless grace. She hopes to draw readers into a personal encounter with the rich ancient world of the Bible and spark curiosity that will lead to digging deeper into the truth of the Word. Her novel Counted With the Stars won the 2013 Frasier Contest and was a semi-finalist in the 2013 ACFW Genesis Contest. She lives near Dallas, Texas. Connect with her at www.connilyncossette.com.


Rebecca's Review
4 STARS!!!

"So many broken pieces between us, yet somehow they all seemed to fit together."

Nestled beneath the shadow of Mount Sinai, God's people commit a grievous error during Moses' prolonged absence, shedding their mantle of faith in exchange for pagan worship. God's justice is swift and the Levites exact immediate retribution, leaving many widows behind, including Dvorah, who vows revenge.

Shira, now living peacefully with her family; basking in their newfound freedom, struggles to continue her mother's domestic vocation, feeling instead the call to midwifery. After assisting her brother's friend with a complicated delivery for one of his ewes, their common experience creates a bond, a bond that the handsome young herder is destined to shatter, and Dvorah is determined to break, especially following a birth gone badly.

It will take every ounce of courage in Shira's compassionate heart to accept the fact that God can, and will, put together broken pieces and that those who survive the fiercest of storms can become the strongest of vessels.

Enjoy this inspiring look at life beyond Egypt, as the Israelites struggle to become a nation, while a young man and woman seek, and receive, unconditional love and limitless forgiveness . I was given a copy of this book by the publisher, the opinions expressed are entirely my own.

Rebecca is a graduate of Bryan College with a degree in Christian Education and is currently serving at the First Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church in Gastonia, North Carolina as the Director of Children's Ministry. With nearly 28 years of experience in her field, she has had many opportunities to use her love of reading and writing in creative ways across the generations. A wife, mother of four "nearly" grown children, and grandmother to four beautiful grandchildren, Rebecca has been able to return to her love of reading and more recently reviewing, with a renewed passion for the "beauty of story".

~Happy Reading~

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