Author: Connilyn Cossette
Review by Grace Olson
Back Cover from Bethany House’s website for Shadow of the Storm:
In the darkness 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 Mount Sinai. When the people rebel by worshipping a golden idol, the ensuing chaos gives Shira an unexpected opportunity to assist a midwife. When the experience awakens a new desire in her, she defies her mother’s wish for her to continue in the family weaving trade and pursues her heart’s calling as an apprentice midwife.
But when a delivery goes horribly wrong, Shira finds herself in an impossible situation and bound to a man who betrayed her. As contention between the Hebrew tribes and the foreigners fans the flames of another dangerous rebellion, Shira comes face to face with the long-hidden pain of her past. Can she let go of all that has defined her to embrace who she truly is and believe in a hopeful future?
I am beyond impressed by this book. I don’t generally venture into Biblical Fiction, because sometimes the facts are distorted or the liberties taken are too much. However, in Shadow of the Storm, Connilyn strikes a great balance. This book is rich in historical detail, but also takes a look at what some of the emotions of the people may have been. The account of what happened to the Israelites after they came out of Egypt does not have many details, so much of this story is just a guess at what it may have been like. However, Connilyn does this with respect towards what the Bible says, staying close to the text.
This is the second book in a series, so I didn’t have some of the background that was supposed to go with it, but that didn’t really hamper my enjoyment of the story. Connilyn’s writing style is easy to understand, but rich in word choice. Each page was a joy to experience. The themes in the book and the message that the characters learned also touched my heart. This was one of my favorite lines:
“‘There will always be storms, Shira. There will be loss in your life, sometimes devastating loss. But if you let the wind and the rain overcome you, then you will never fulfill the purpose for which you were born, the reasons Yahweh gave you breath and brought you to this time, to this place. There will be times when there is nothing you can do but survive, to place one foot after the other into the driving rain.’ Her thin lips flattened. ‘You can tuck your head under your wing for a while, Shira, and wait out this storm. But you will fly again.’”
This book deals with some difficult issues and mature themes in the lives of the characters, but Connilyn does it in a graceful way. I really enjoyed this book, and I highly recommend it. Even for those who aren’t always a fan of Biblical Fiction.
About the Author
Biography from Bethany House’s website: When she is not homeschooling her two sweet kids (with a full pot of coffee at hand), Connilyn Cossette is scribbling notes on spare paper, mumbling about her imaginary friends, and reading obscure, out-of-print history books. There is nothing she likes better than digging into the rich, ancient world of the Bible and uncovering buried gems of grace that point toward Jesus. Her novel Counted With the Stars won the 2013 Frasier Contest and was a semifinalist in the 2013 ACFW Genesis Contest. Although a Pacific Northwest native, she now lives near Dallas, Texas. Connect with her at www.connilyncossette.com
I was provided a copy of this book from the publisher. The opinions expressed are my own.