Seven years ago, Moriyah was taken captive in Jericho and branded with the mark of the Canaanite gods. Now the Israelites are experiencing peace in their new land, but Moriyah has yet to find her own peace. Because of the shameful mark on her face, she hides behind her veil at all times and the disdain of the townspeople keeps her from socializing. And marriage prospects were out of the question . . . until now.
Her father has found someone to marry her, and she hopes to use her love of cooking to impress the man and his motherless sons. But when things go horribly wrong, Moriyah is forced to flee. Seeking safety at one of the newly-established Levitical cities of refuge, she is wildly unprepared for the dangers she will face, and the enemies--and unexpected allies--she will encounter on her way.
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Oh, the heartbreak, the joy, the danger, and the suspense! A Light on the Hill by Connilyn Cossette is the first book of a new series, Cities of Refuge. It continues the story begun in the Out From Egypt series, yet it stands alone well. Cossette expertly takes some brief passages of Scripture and fills in an amazing story line based on those. I was caught by surprise several times at the events unfolding in this story.
The character development was amazing! We met Moriyah in Wings of the Wind, where she was a lively young girl. Circumstances have changed her, and she has been living almost hermetically since her rescue. Under dire situations, she must revisit her time in Jericho, and come out from her shell to save herself and her companions. I was always amazed and thrilled at what she could do as a result of her captivity in Jericho.
Biblical fiction readers, I'm sure you will love this book, like I did. Those who like action, suspense, and romance will enjoy this book, as well.
I received a copy of this book from the publisher, Bethany House, for review purposes. The thoughts expressed here are my own.
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