Shelter of the Most High
By Connilyn Cossette
The daughter of a pagan high priest, Sofea finds solace from her troubles in the freedom of the ocean. But when marauders attack her village on the island of Sicily, she and her cousin are taken across the sea to the shores of Canaan.
Eitan has lived in Kedesh, a city of refuge, for the last eleven years, haunted by a tragedy in his childhood, yet chafing at the boundaries placed on him. He is immediately captivated by Sofea, but revealing his most guarded secret could mean drawing her into the danger of his past.
As threats from outside the walls loom and traitors are uncovered within, Sofea and Eitan are plunged into the midst of a murder plot. Can they uncover the betrayal in time to save their lives and the lives of those they love?
(Back cover summary from Bethany House)
This book surprised and delighted me everywhere I looked! The cover is stunning, and the back and spine draw you even more into this unique era. The characters and plot were what really shone through, though.
This story picks up several years after A Light on the Hill left off. I loved getting to know Eitan as a young man, seeing how his past shaped him, and seeing that not everything was perfect after book #1. I liked that Connilyn explored what blending a family in this way might look like. Eitan’s growth lies in a large part in the area of patience (can anyone else relate?), but also in accepting grace. Those who were sentenced to live out their lives (or the lifespan of the current high priest) in cities like Kedesh must have struggled with the idea of accepting grace for what they’d done, and that is no foreign thing to Eitan.
How fun that Connilyn was able to work in a pirate raid in this story! Certainly not what I expected in a Biblical Fiction book. Sofea is delightfully complex as she learns more about the Hebrews and their culture, and this One God, Yahweh, that they worship. She learns her true value as she spends time among them, highlighting the major differences between the cultures of Canaan and the known world at that time, and the way God wanted His people to live.
The romance in this book is spot-on, as usual, and I felt even more invested in these characters because of having read of Eitan in the past.
Though I’m generally not a huge reader in the Biblical Fiction category, Connilyn Cossette is one of my don’t-miss authors, and if you pick up one of her books, you’ll quickly see why.
About the Author
When she is not homeschooling her two sweet kids (with a full pot of coffee at hand), bestselling author 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.
(Biography from Bethany House)
I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are mine alone.