Shadow of the Storm


Shadow of the Storm
Connilynn Cossette
Bethany House Publishers

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?

     Oh, this book was hard to read but in the end, very beautiful. I liked Counted With the Stars, but I felt that Shadow of the Storm was actually better written- the Biblical elements were woven in very well, and despite all of the (oftentimes frustrating) immorality of the people, I never felt that it got too overwhelming. The story was interesting, and I got sucked into it quickly. While even the "good" characters were not immune to temptation and sin, they were redeemable, and I thought it was a good picture of the story of the Israelites we know from the Bible.

     I'm also really excited about the next book (which, by the way, now has a gorgeous cover just like the other two books!) and can't wait to read more from Connilynn Cossette- and I do hope she continues to write Biblical fiction.

note: due to subject matter (rape, marital infidelity, idol-worshiping, etc.), I wouldn't recommend this one to younger readers.

Rating: 8 1/2

I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.


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