Monday, May 29, 2017

Wings of the Wind is a Wonderful Ending to a Fantastic series

Imagine if you were told to give up everything you were raised in...your culture, religion, and beliefs and embrace these elements of a nation you considered an enemy. What would you do? How would you react?

In Wings of the Wind (Out of Egypt Book 3) Alanah a Canaanite woman, whose an expert with a bow and arrow enters into battle disguised as a boy to avenge the deaths of her father and brothers. Believing she would die on the battlefield she's stunned when she survives.

Tobiah, an experienced Hebrew warrior is astonished to find an unconscious woman on the battlefield. In an act of compassion, he takes Alanah back to his tent to find a healer for her.. Little do either of them know this deed of kindness will forever alter both of their lives. The Hebrew customs state that Tobiah must marry Alanah in order to protect her.

Can Alanah's initial vengeance against the Hebrews turn into forgiveness?

Wings of the Wind is set towards the end of the 40 years of wandering in the dessert right before the Hebrews enter the promised land.

 The talented author is accomplished in character development. I loved the character of Tobiah. He was a man of honor, compassion, and strong convictions about doing what is right. Alanah is his perfect compliment. She is a hard-working, determined woman.  Ms. Cossette skillfully builds Tobiah and Alanah's relationship from friendship to romance.  During her time with the Hebrew people, Alanah sees her husband and marriage in a different light and no longer sees herself as a captive.

 Ms. Cossette seamlessly weaves elements of the gospel. In Wings of the Wind, the theme of God's Sovereignty is foremost.  I enjoyed being reunited with Kiya and Shira from the previous books, to learn their fate and see the role they played in Alanah's life.

Having read the first two books in the Out of Egypt series (Counted With the Stars and Shadow of the Storm) I thought that Wings of the Wind was a brilliant ending to a breathtaking and thought-provoking series. Ms. Cossette is an innovative voice in Biblical Historical fiction.

** Wings of the Wind was provided to me by the author herself and Bethany House in return for my honest opinion.

Saturday, May 20, 2017

The Chapel Car Bride Disappoints

The Chapel Car Bride takes readers to the backwoods of Finch, West Virginia in 1913, pre-WWI era introducing the reader to life in a coal mining community.

After living a sheltered life in Pittsburg, nineteen year old Hope longs for something much more adventurous.  She convinces her father, the Reverend Irvine, to let her accompany him on his travels. Hope seems sweet and genuine although somewhat na├»ve. Traveling by chapel car, the Irvine's journey would land them in Finch.

Miner Luke Hughes works for the Finch Coal Mine Company trying to take care of his widowed mother and younger siblings. However, the company doesn't always provide steady work, and more importantly does not make the welfare and safety of their workers a priority. When the chapel car arrives in town, Luke is intrigued by the gentle Hope and is eager to learn all that the Reverend Irvine can teach him about the Word.

The Chapel Car Bride was my first introduction to Judith Miller's books. To be honest, I found it a struggle to get through this book. I didn't have the usual motivation I have for reading and I wasn't connecting to the characters or the story. The plot was a bit slow moving. The ending of  some of the chapters didn't always leave me wanting to read on and sometimes I felt it jumped a bit from scene to scene.

**The Chapel Car Bride was provided to me by Bethany House in return for my honest opinion.