I have been a member of Connilyn Cossette’s launch team since her very first book, and they have all been excellent, fully five-star books. Each one seems better than the last until you really think about it and remember how good the previous ones were! They are all my favorites!
Until the Mountains Fall is no different! This book is stellar, drawing the reader into an ancient and completely foreign world with ease and making the reader never want to leave.
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About the Book
Title: Until the Mountains Fall
Author: Connilyn Cossette
Series: Cities of Refuge, Book 3
Publication Date: July 2, 2019
Publisher: Bethany House
Print Length: 352 pages
Summary from the publisher: Recently widowed, Rivkah refuses to submit to the Torah law compelling her to marry her husband’s brother and instead flees Kedesh, hoping to use her talents as a scribe to support herself. Without the protections of her father, Kedesh’s head priest, and the safety of the city of refuge, Rivkah soon discovers that the cost of recklessness is her own freedom.
Malakhi has secretly loved Rivkah for years, but he never imagined his older brother’s death would mean wedding her himself. After her disappearance, he throws himself into the ongoing fight against the Canaanites instead of dwelling on all he has lost. But with impending war looming over Israel, Rivkah’s father comes to Malakhi with an impossible request.
As the enemies that Rivkah and Malakhi face from without and within Israel grow more threatening each day, is it too late for the restoration their wounded souls seek?
As always, Cossette’s primary characters are full of depth and realistically flawed, and readers are invited to travel with them on a journey of growth and learning about Yahweh, a God of both incomparable holiness and unfathomable love. Lots of authors can write realistic settings and relatable primary characters, but I think one thing that sets Cossette apart from other authors is that her secondary characters have surprising depths as well. No one in the story ever feels two-dimensional, and each story ends up being a masterpiece because of it.
I particularly enjoyed seeing so many elements of Jesus’ parable of the prodigal son in this time-of-the-judges setting. It was done subtly but highlighted over and over again for me that Yahweh is unchangeable and has always been a God whose love transforms people’s lives. As much as I loved Rivkah and Malakhi’s story, it was Rivkah’s relationship with her father in this story that brought me to tears. I cannot recommend this book highly enough – I simply don’t have the words. All I can say is that if you don’t read any other books this year, read this one. It is that good.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author as part of her launch team. All opinions expressed are my own and are offered without coercion.