Shadow of the Storm – A Book Review

About the book (from Amazon):

In the Depth of the Storm’s Shadow, Only Truth Can Light Her Way

Having escaped Egypt with the other Hebrews during the Exodus, Shira is now living in freedom at the foot of Mt. Sinai, upon which rests the fiery glowing Cloud containing the shekinah glory of God. When the people disobey Yahweh and build a golden idol, the ensuing chaos gives Shira an unexpected opportunity to learn the arts of midwifery. Although her mother wishes for her to continue in the family weaving trade, Shira’s gifts shine brightest when she assists with deliveries. In defiance of her mother, Shira pursues her heart’s calling to become an apprentice midwife.

When a delivery goes horribly wrong, Shira finds herself bound to a man who betrayed her, the caretaker of three young children, and the target of a vengeful woman whose husband was killed by Shira’s people, the Levites. As contention between the Hebrew tribes and the foreigners fans the flames of another dangerous rebellion, Shira will come face-to-face with the heartbreak of her past that she has kept hidden for so long. How can she let go of all that has defined her to accept the love she’s denied herself and embrace who she truly is?

My thoughts:

Wow!! I absolutely LOVED this book. I honestly could not put it down. I kept turning page after page hanging on to every word in anticipation of what would happen next. I definitely stayed up way to late a couple times because I just had to read the next chapter, only to wish at the end that I could read another. These types of books are becoming harder and harder to find. I have been struggling lately in finding a book that I could delve into and immerse myself. This one did it and it was so refreshing!

I love Biblical Fiction and Connilyn Cossette did a fabulous job at putting you in the middle of the Hebrews journey to the Promised Land. I cannot tell you how many times I have read this story in the Bible. It is a great and oh so important piece of the big picture, but sometimes you read it so much that it just kind of becomes a little blah in your head each time you remember it or re-read it. Cossette made me look at in a whole new light and put a wonderful human touch to it. I could not have imagined what that world must have been like for the countless people following Moses. We get the great tale from his perspective, but never really from the perspective of one of the masses. Reading this story gave me a better sense at imagining what that could have been like. Very well done and I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys Biblical or Historical Fiction. I cannot wait to read the other books in this series!

I give this book 5 out of 5 stars!

*I received a complimentary copy of this book from NetGalley for my fair and honest review.

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