As y’all may or may not know, I have occasionally had the opportunity to review books professionally. Unfortunately, when that happens I’m unable to share those reviews with my reader friends here. However, one of the publications I previously submitted work to has closed its doors allowing me to now share reviews like this one of A Light on the Hill by Connilyn Cossette on Faithfully Bookish!
about the book
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.
4.5 star top pick!
Cossette delivers a soul-deep, spirit-stirring adventure set amidst the vivid, awe-inspiring beauty of the Promised Land. Readers will be moved by the heroine’s aching turmoil and seemingly boundless compassion. The richness and depth of the storytelling beg readers to savor each chapter while the action-packed plot compels page after page. Loyal fans are further rewarded with delightful yet subtle tie-ins to earlier works. Both the historically fascinating culture of the Levitical cities of refuge and engaging characters that challenge expectations with refreshing diversity and complexity increase the enticement of future series installments and rereads. A Light on the Hill captivates readers with exciting entertainment and meaningful encouragement.
Moriyah miraculously survived her experience as a captive in Jericho yet her spirit remains battered and bruised by the memories and the shameful pagan mark branded on her face. After years of avoiding gossip related to her time in captivity by isolating herself in her own home and hiding the mark beneath a veil, Moriyah’s father finds a prospective husband for her. Unfortunately, a tragic accident forces Moriyah to flee for her life and seek safety behind the walls of a city of refuge. Relentlessly pursued and surrounded by danger, Moriyah’s desperate flight involves unexpected allies and numerous enemies.
I was paid to write this review, originally featured by RT Reviews. It is my honest opinion and brief summary of the story.
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
Fun fact: this review is actually quoted on the back cover of book 2!!! Eeeep!
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