Following her stellar Out of Egypt series,
author Connilyn Cossette brings her fans an exciting new Biblical saga.
Seven years after her captivity in Jericho, Moriyah is still searching for peace
and hiding her facial scar behind a veil.
This mark is a constant and disgraceful reminder
that she's been branded by the Canaanite gods.
Readers are first introduced to Moriyah as a secondary character
in Wings of the Wind (Out of Egypt Book 3) and I was thrilled her story continues
in A Light on the Hill (Cities of Refuge Book 1).
She's been content to live in her widowed father's house
cooking delectable meals for him and their few close friends.
Upon her father's announcement he's arranged a marriage for her to a widower with twin sons;
she's uncertain how this man will accept her,
but she's determined to honor her father and wed.
When the meeting goes dreadfully wrong,
Moriyah flees for her life to a city of refuge accompanied by her father's faithful servant,
and Derek (the younger brother of her decided husband), intent on seeking justice.
Over the course of their journey, Derek and Moriyah develop feelings for one another...
and so goes the story.
Ms. Cossette does a brilliant job of creating tension between the duo.
Both Derek and Moriyah have feelings of guilt about their attraction to one another.
Derek sees past Moriyah's blemish.
"So much is concealed behind this marred skin. Such life.
Such beauty, hidden in plain sight. (Cossette, 159).
He also helps Moriyah realize she's been living in a prison of her own making.
From page one, Moriah's story captivated me.
The author does an exceptional job of maintaining a balance of sympathizing with her,
but also causing her to grow and come to terms with her imperfections.
~~ A Light on the Hill was provided to me by Bethany House and author Connilyn Cossette in return for my honest opinion. I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher and the author. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are mine alone. ~~