When reviewing a book they loved, my daughters often say the only negative thing they can think of was that it ended, but I honestly can’t even say THAT about this book I’m sharing with you today! The ending was perfect, completely satisfying, and I set it down with a contented sigh.
About the Book, Shelter of the Most High
Title: Shelter of the Most High
Author: Connilyn Cossette
Series: Cities of Refuge, Book 2
Publication Date: October 2, 2018
Publisher: Bethany House
Print Length: 352 pages
Summary from the publisher: The daughter of a pagan high priest, Sofea finds solace from her troubles in the freedom of the ocean. But when marauders attack her village on the island of Sicily, she and her cousin are taken across the sea to the shores of Canaan.
Eitan has lived in Kedesh, a City of Refuge, for the last eleven years, haunted by a tragedy in his childhood and chafing at the boundaries placed on him. He is immediately captivated by Sofea, but revealing his most guarded secret could mean drawing her into the danger of his past.
As threats from outside the walls loom and traitors are uncovered within, Sofea and Eitan are plunged into the midst of a murder plot. Will they break free from the shackles of the past in time to uncover the betrayal and save their lives and the lives of those they love?
If I could give this book more stars, I certainly would! I absolutely loved this book, as I have all of Connilyn Cossette’s previous works. I feel like I’m a pretty critical reader; there’s almost always something I don’t like about a book or think could be a little better even with my favorite authors, but that has simply never yet been the case with any of this author’s books! I’m actually racking my brain trying to come up with anything I didn’t love about this book and coming up completely empty.
So here’s an incomplete list of what I loved about this book: I loved getting to revisit so many of my favorite characters from previous books. I loved meeting new characters and adding them to my list of best book friends. I loved the descriptions of the different settings and how I felt like I could really see, hear, and even smell each place. I loved that it never once felt preachy and yet it was deeply spiritual. I loved how it made me love Yahweh even more and reminded me how very different He is from other gods in His interaction with people. I loved how it showed His grace and mercy, fully on display in BC years and even to non-Israelites. I loved that the resolution was realistic in that Yahweh worked amazingly on His people’s behalf and rescued them and yet it wasn’t a perfect resolution – there was a happy “ending” that still left room for growth and restoration just like in real life. I feel like I could go on and on, but this is perhaps enough.
This book is fantastic! I highly recommend it and all of this author’s books to any fans of historical fiction, whether Christian or not. I honestly can’t imagine anyone who loves a good story not loving this book!
I received a complimentary ARC of this book as part of the author’s launch team. All opinions expressed are my own and are actually toned down a bit because you can’t see my arms waving around as I try to tell you how much I loved this book! 🙂