Monday, March 30, 2020

Book Review: Like Flames in the Night by Connilyn Cossette

About the Book

Strong-willed Tirzah wants to join her people in driving the enemy from the land of Israel and undergoes training for a secret mission inside the stronghold of Shechem. But soon after she has infiltrated the ruthless Aramean commander's kitchen, she makes a reckless decision that puts her and her allies in grave danger.

Fresh off the battlefield, Liyam returns home to discover his beloved daughter is dead. After his vow to hunt down her killer leads to months of fruitless pursuit, his last hope is in a family connection that comes with strings attached. Strings that force him to pose as a mercenary and rescue an infuriating woman who refuses to leave her mission uncompleted.

When an opportunity to pave a path to a Hebrew victory arises, can Tirzah convince Liyam to fight alongside her in the refuge city of her birth? Or will Liyam's thirst for vengeance outweigh his duty to his people, his God, and the woman he's come to love?

You can purchase a copy of this book here.

My Review

Like Flames in the Night, the fourth book of the Cities of Refuge series, is one that I can't recommend highly enough!  It was a wonderful book from beginning to end!  

Anyone can pick up this book and be enthralled by it, but after having read the previous books by Cossette, it was especially moving.  Throughout the story, the reader was lovingly reminded of the previous characters and story lines, and how they all fit together.  And in that, there was a continual theme of God's presence, provision, and direction for His people.  

This exciting story brings to life the biblical time in which Othniel was the judge of Israel.  Those faithful to God were called to rise up against their enemies, and how this played out for Tirzah and Liyam was amazing!  I finished reading the main thrust of the book, where the conflict was resolved, and realized that I was only halfway through the story!  I was satisfied, but there was so much more yet to come!

I highly, highly recommend this book to those who read Biblical fiction.  To those who have read Cossette's work before, you won't want to miss this one!  Anyone new to Biblical fiction will find out how amazing this genre is, in the hands of a capable author.

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

Connilyn Cossette is a Christy Award and Carol Award winning author whose books have been found on both ECPA and CBA bestseller lists. When she is not engulfed in the happy chaos of homeschooling two teenagers, devouring books whole, or avoiding housework, she can be found digging into the rich ancient world of the Bible to discover gems of grace that point to Jesus and weaving them into an immersive fiction experience. Although she and her husband have lived all over the country in their twenty-plus years of marriage, they currently call a little town south of Dallas, Texas their home.

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