Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Wings of the Wind

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Wings of the Wind
Connilyn Cossette
Bethany House

Alanah, a Canaanite, is no stranger to fighting and survival. When her family is killed in battle with the Hebrews, she disguises herself and sneaks onto the battlefield to avenge her family. The one thing she never counted on was surviving.
Tobiah, a Hebrew warrior, is shocked to find an unconscious, wounded woman among the Canaanite casualties. Compelled to bring her to a Hebrew healer back at their camp, he is soon confronted with a truth he can’t ignore: the only way to protect this enemy is to marry her.
Unused to being weak and vulnerable, Alanah submits to the marriage—for now. As she comes to know and respect Tobiah and his people, however, she begins to second-guess her plans of escape. But when her past has painfully unanticipated consequences, the tentative peace she’s found with Tobiah, the Hebrews, and Yahweh is shaken to the core. Can Alanah’s fierce heart and strength withstand the ensuing threats to her life and all she’s come to love?

     I was actually surprised by how "into" this book I got! Lately it seems like it's taken me a few chapters before I really get interested in a novel, but I couldn't put this one down after the first page. I loved the plot, and enjoyed the characters, too. One thing I've really loved about this series is how it focuses on original characters and storylines in Biblical settings. It seems most Biblical fiction tries to novelize real Biblical figures, and besides the fact that that makes me a little uncomfortable, I also think that it hinders telling an original story. (and for people familiar with their Bibles, makes it a little predictable) So I love, love, love the fact that this is basically historical fiction that takes place in a too-oft forgotten time period.

     Now, I do have a few nit-picky things to complain about. I did think that the latter half was weaker than the first; though I understand a part of it was to show God's sovereign hand, it did feel too coincidental to me, and also a little rushed (and the Rahab aspect definitely didn't work for me). However, besides this, I think this was an excellent conclusion to the Out From Egypt series, and possibly the best of the three novels.

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

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