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Alanah, a Canaanite, is no stranger to fighting and survival. When her family is 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, is shocked to find an unconscious, wounded woman among the Canaanite casualties. Compelled to bring her to a Hebrew healer back at their camp, he is soon confronted with a truth he can’t ignore: the only way to protect this enemy is to marry her.
Unused to being weak and vulnerable, Alanah submits to the marriage—for now. As she comes to know and respect Tobiah and his people, however, she begins to second-guess her plans of escape.
But when her past has painfully unanticipated consequences, the tentative peace she’s found with Tobiah, the Hebrews, and Yahweh is shaken to the core.
Can Alanah’s fierce heart and strength withstand the ensuing threats to her life and all she’s come to love?
This story filled my heart and convicted my spirit… that’s powerful fiction, y’all! The characters, setting, and storyline captivated my attention while the underlying messages of God’s constant presence in our lives and our restless complacent tendencies struck a chord deep down inside of me.
Alanah is a fiercely independent woman. She has the strength and tenacity of half a dozen women (or more)! Alanah’s warrior spirit carries her across a rough and dangerous land and into the chaos of battle in the name of vengeance for her family. As a survivor and captive of the conflict, she expects a fate worse than death but Yahweh and His people turn her world upside down.
Tobiah is a steadfast and devout Hebrew warrior. His dedication to his family is surpassed only by his commitment to obey Yahweh in every way. Tobiah must overcome grief, expectations, and prejudice to embrace the Creator’s will for his life. A classic quiet, steady hero (with a fiery inner strength), Tobiah grows and matures in confidence and compassion throughout the story.
Although the majority of the characters within this story are fictional, the thorough research and care taken with the biblical accounts are superb. The emotional and spiritual depth combined with vivid visuals and skilled storytelling send this book straight to my all time favorites.
I requested the opportunity to read this book through the author and publisher. The opinions expressed are my own.
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.
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