Shadow of the Storm By Connilyn Cossette – Book Review

Shadow of the Storm 

By Connilyn Cossette

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Third Person

Fiction

352 Pages

About the Book (Backcover Blurb):

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?

Why I Choose this Book: 

I read the first book in the series back in May and really enjoyed it. When I saw the second book was coming out, I jumped at the chance to read it, too.

What I Thought About this Book:

The book had so many beautiful descriptions in it. I savored the words and flew right into the world they were portraying. I was stuck between wanting to read the book as fast as possible to find out what happened next, and to slow down and drink in the way the words swirled together. 

I also found the first third of the storyline to be fantastically gripping. Then came a plot twist I had 100% not expected. The plot twist nearly made me drop the book. It was crazy. It’s probably my lack of mercy, but I had a really hard time with how the main character dealt with what happened. I won’t say more because of spoilers, ya know, but I’m still not sure I feel like it was adequately addressed in the rest of the book. That’s what took the book from a very solid four stars down to three stars. 

There was also a fair bit more romance in this book than I remember being in the first book, which also took the book down a little bit for me. 

Conclusion:

All in all, Shadow of the Storm was compelling, beautiful, and really helped the Exodus from Egypt come alive for me. Miss Connilyn does a fantastic job of skillfully weaving her words together and I look forward to reading the third book when it’s published. 

Rating: 

I’m giving Shadow of the Storm 3 out of 5 stars and 6 out of 10.

*I received this book free from Bethany House Publishing*

Counted with the Stars By Connilyn Cossette: Book Review

Counted with the Stars
By Connilyn Cossette 
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Third-Person 
One Point of View
Fiction
352 Pages

About the Book (Backcover Blurb):
Sold into slavery by her father and forsaken by the man she was supposed to marry, young Egyptian Kiya must serve a mistress who takes pleasure in her humiliation. When terrifying plagues strike Egypt, Kiya is in the middle of it all.
To save her older brother and escape the bonds of slavery, Kiya flees with the Hebrews during the Great Exodus. She finds herself utterly dependent on a fearsome God she’s only just beginning to learn about, and in love with a man who despises her people. With everything she’s ever known swept away, will Kiya turn back toward Egypt or surrender her life and her future to Yahweh?
Why I Choose this Book: 

I have a kind of love-hate relationship with Biblical fiction. When an author clearly upholds the authority of scripture and has done their research, I really like how the Bible comes even more alive to me through their imagination. At the same time I can’t stand it when someone stretches Biblical truths to make their fictitious story work better. I decided to give Miss Connilyn a try and see how true to reality her book was.
What I Thought About this Book:
The book was enjoyable and I liked it a lot. A list of things that made me happy: 
* I felt like everything mentioned in God’s Word was held in high authority and the Miss Connilyn really wanted to uphold the truth 
* The characters were well developed and different from each other 
* The historical time period felt very well researched
* The world was painted with bright colors and came alive to me
* Although I basically knew the story, there were still a few things I didn’t see coming, so the surprise was good
Despite all the good, there were a few things about the book that made it less than stellar. One of those would be the grip factor… Although I enjoyed reading it, I was able to put it down easily which isn’t a plus. I’m pretty sure that was mostly due to the fact that I knew the original story so well. It would have to be difficult to take something like the Exodus of Egypt and put a new twist on it while leaving it historically accurate. Miss Connilyn did do a good job of putting in a few twists though, so good for her. 
For most of the book I felt like there was a good small balance of romance, but then near the end there were a few scenes that I didn’t agree with or feel were necessary. That seems to be the reoccurring theme in my reviews though, so… 
Conclusion: 

A few of the ways she depicted Biblical themes weren’t they way I imagined them, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing, because I’m pretty sure it’s just my imagination against her imagination. 
I liked this book and hope to read more books in the series. 
Rating: 

I’m giving Counted with the Stars four stars out of five, and seven out of ten. 
*I received this book for free from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for an honest review*