From the time I picked up her debut novel, I have been captivated by the way this author brings the culture of biblical times to life. I’m delighted to share my review of Cities of Refuge book 3 Until the Mountains Fall by Connilyn Cossette!!
about the book
Recently widowed, Rivkah refuses to submit to the Torah law compelling her to marry her husband’s brother and instead flees Kedesh, hoping to use her talents as a scribe to support herself. Without the protections of her father, Kedesh’s head priest, and the safety of the city of refuge, Rivkah soon discovers that the cost of recklessness is her own freedom.
Malakhi has secretly loved Rivkah for years, but he never imagined his older brother’s death would mean wedding her himself. After her disappearance, he throws himself into the ongoing fight against the Canaanites instead of dwelling on all he has lost. But with impending war looming over Israel, Rivkah’s father comes to Malakhi with an impossible request.
As the enemies that Rivkah and Malakhi face from without and within Israel grow more threatening each day, is it too late for the restoration their wounded souls seek?
With a gentle nod to the story of the prodigal son, Until the Mountains Fall is a breathtaking addition to the Cities of Refuge series. Cossette masterfully brings the diverse cultures of biblical times to life with vivid authenticity. Brief glimpses of these sanctuary cities in scripture are intimately fleshed out in a way that touches the heart and stirs the spirit.
The story of Rivkah and Malaki presents a complex combination of childhood frienemies, sibling linked relationship, and marriage of convenience. I was enthralled by each subtle emotion, motivation, and reaction. This story especially touched my mama-heart and left me filled with gratitude for the reminder that God loves each of His children exponentially more than even their earthly parents can fathom.
Each installment in the Cities of Refuge series occupies its own piece of the timeline and the periods of silence between each story allows them to shine all the brighter individually. God’s mercy and grace are the foundation of this novel and I cannot stress enough how highly I recommend it and every previous work by this author.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher and was under no obligation to post a review. The opinions expressed are my own.
about the author
There is not much she enjoys more than digging into the rich, ancient world of the Bible, discovering new gems of grace that point to Jesus, and weaving them into an immersive fiction experience.
She lives in North Carolina with her husband of over twenty years and a son and daughter who fill her days with joy, laughter, and inspiration.
Cities of Refuge series
book 4 Like Flames in the Night releases March 2020
Let me know if you’ve read Until the Mountains Fall by Connilyn Cossette or are adding to your tbr.