Different Perspective to a familiar story

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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?

 

This is the first novel from this author I have read and I absolutely love her!  What a fabulous book – I loved how Connilyn, the author, increased my understanding and knowledge of the ancient Hebrews in a fascinating, can’t-put-it-down way!

I have read the story from Exodus of the Hebrews leaving Egypt, wandering 40 years before arriving in the Promised Land – but never from a Canaanite view.  Alanah is a Canaanite, who, after fighting the Hebrews and being left for dead is rescued by Tobiah, a Hebrew warrior.  To save her he must marry her – but does she want to be saved by her enemy?  This is Alanah’s story as an alien among the Hebrews.

I found this novel fascinating as it tells of a foreigner coming among the Hebrews and learning their rules and seeing everything for the first time from a new perspective.  Alanah learns of the Creator – she sees the giant cloud above the encampment.  She is not jaded to the taste of manna –

“The manna lay thick on the ground like a heavy snowfall, almost to my ankles.  I scooped up a handful and tasted it.  It exploded against my tongue like the most exquisite honey-spiced wine.”

Her mentor, a Hebrew, had a different take on the manna, “She shrugged, indifferent. ‘I’ve been eating it since I was a babe.  It’s the same today as it was yesterday and the day before that.’”

Alanah “blinked at the dichotomy.  These Hebrews ate the most mouthwatering food every single day and yet it had become mundane to them.  They had forgotten the pleasure of its taste and texture.  Bread was supplied from the heavens each day, but they were blind to the amazing miracle of it.”

I think I found a new favorite author in reading this book.  I can’t wait to read more of hers!  (This is the 3rd in the series but I haven’t read the previous 2 – I think I’ll go find them and read them now!)  I received a copy of this book from the publisher. I am freely writing a review – all thoughts and opinions are my own.

 

The Author: Connilyn Cossette

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Connilyn Cossette is the CBA-Bestselling author of the Out from Egypt Series from Bethany House Publishers. There is not much she likes better than digging into the rich, ancient world of the Bible, discovering new gems of grace that point to Jesus, and weaving them into an immersive fiction experience.

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. Although a Pacific Northwest native, she now lives near Dallas, Texas. Connect with her at http://www.connilyncossette.com.

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