Title: A Light on The Hill (Cities of Refuge #1)
Author: Connilyn Cossette
My rating is 5 out of 5 stars.
This story is a heart-throbbing, pulse-pounding and faith-intensive tale. It centers on the book of Joshua when the Israelites were setting up cities of refuge in the land God gave to them. The main purpose of cities of refuge were for people to flee to if they accidently killed someone. It is where they would have to live out their lives until the current high priest died or they themselves died. If they left that city at any time, an avenger was free to take the offender’s life.
There are several reasons I loved this book. One, the time was kept by the Hebrew calendar, helping keep readers’ minds in that time. Two, readers will get a flavor for what other nations in the land were doing or how they looked upon the Israelites. Three, the constant tension of never knowing if the main character fleeing to a refuge city was going to arrive before being killed.
Moriyah had been branded before the walls of Jericho were brought down, so if people saw the brand they jumped to conclusions. Some of the taunts and ways people treated her, whether real or perceived by her, were so hurtful she placed herself in isolation in her home. She cared for her father and neighbors through her cooking abilities. Her father arranged a marriage, but it wasn’t to the man Moriyah thought, which caused the heart of this reader to wonder if her desire to marry would become a reality.
Moriyah built a wall around her heart that even kept her from hearing Yahweh’s voice, so she thought He left her too. Now, she needs men who are willing to help her flee to a city of refuge before the man bent on taking her life captures her. The man helping her to arrive safely is closely related to the man seeking revenge, and somewhere along the way a romance that Moriyah knows can never be begins to grow.
What a fantastic story that captures the heart of readers and challenges us all to let the wall of separation between us and Yahweh down and listen for His voice. Can we trust Him to know what is best for us and help us walk through the time even if it isn’t what we thought life would look like as Moriyah learned?
I can’t wait until the next book is released as this biblical story, while written fictionally, is beyond exceptional! It helps people to see that He is faithful and truly brings about the best for us and others even when we don’t see the “how”. Don’t wait another minute to enjoy this novel!
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