Monday, December 4, 2017

Book Review: Wings of the Wind by Connilyn Cossette

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:

Author Connilyn Cossette brilliantly brings the Out From Egypt series to a close with Wings of the Wind.  There were so many excellent elements to this story.  First, the characterization.  Alanah, the enemy, was written in such a way that I was totally on her side.  The total honesty that I got from knowing her thoughts in this first person narrative drew me to her.  I felt her pain, was amazed at her strength, and experienced her joy.  I also loved Tobiah for his honesty and strength of character.  It was also a pleasure to spend time with characters from the previous books.

Secondly, the descriptive passages were excellent.  Cossette makes the reader feel the pain of a viper bite, the horror of living in Jericho as the walls fell, and the majesty of Yahweh dwelling in the midst of His people in the form of a cloud.

Finally, the lessons learned through the course of the story were substantive.  Lessons of forgiveness, redemption, and God's sovereignty were beautifully woven throughout the book.

This book is why I love biblical fiction.  Doing life with the Israelites as they neared the end of their wandering really brought this portion of Scripture to life for me.  I highly recommend it.

I received a copy of this book from the publisher, Bethany House, for review purposes.  The thoughts expressed here are my own.

About the Author:

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. Although a Pacific Northwest native, she now lives near Dallas, Texas. Connect with her at www.connilyncossette.com.

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