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Monday, May 29, 2017

Wings of the Wind

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, our-ot-date 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.  Although a Pacific Northwest native, she now lives near Dallas, Texas.

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Can vengeance give way to forgiveness when one woman's destiny becomes entangled with the very enemies she sought to destroy?

Motherless and raised alongside her brothers, Alanah, a Canaanite, is no stranger to fighting.  When her father and brothers are 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, has spent his share of time on the battlefield and is shocked to find an unconscious woman among the casualties.  Compelled to bring her to a healer back at the Hebrew camp, he's unprepared for the consequences of what he intended as an act of compassion.

In order to survive, Alanah must unite with her enemy.  But will a terrible revelation drive her toward an even greater danger?

My Thoughts:
Wings of the Wind is the third and final book in Connilyn Cossette's Out From Egypt series.  The previous two books were:

I am really sad to see this series come to an end.  Cossette, in this debut series, has earned a spot at the top of the Biblical Fiction genre and on my "keeper shelf".  She has a gift for melding historical research, biblical accuracy, and artistic license that points to Jesus.  In Wings of the Wind, readers get to meet again characters from the first two books in the series.  

I appreciate how Cossette writes vivid characters.  I certainly was drawn in by Alanah's strength and her vulnerability, but Tobiah absolutely was swoon worthy!  However, what really drew me to Tobiah was the picture of Christ that is found in his characterization...his rescue of Alanah and his love for her that transforms her.

Cossette's writing clearly points to God as the Sovereign and Almighty:
"We do not serve false gods who live on top of mountains.  We serve the God who made the mountains.  We serve the God who rescued us from Egypt with the very unraveling of the Creation he began.  We serve the God who built the foundations of the earth with a mere word."
Cossette brings alive the story of the battle of Jericho with striking description and throws in a little twist that you won't see coming but is absolutely brilliant.  While I'm sorry this series has come to an end, I'm extremely hopeful and excited to see what comes next from Cossette's pen.  Word on the street is that her next novel will pick up seven years or so after the battle of Jericho.  Stay tuned.  You won't want to miss a stroke of this writer's pen!

*I received a complimentary copy of the book.  All opinions are my own.

Happy Reading Ya'll,