Review of Shadow of the Storm by Connilyn Cossette

Leah Courtney
Some time ago I had the opportunity to read the first book in a new series by author Connilyn Cossette- Counted With the Stars. This series- Out From Egypt- is a biblical fiction series set during the time of the Exodus. I loved that first book and have now had the opportunity to review book two in the series- Shadow of the Storm.

Review of Christian fiction Shadow of the Storm
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From the book's description:

Having escaped Egypt with the other Hebrews during the Exodus, Shira is now living in freedom at the foot of Mt. Sinai, upon which rests the fiery glowing Cloud containing the shekinah glory of God. When the people disobey Yahweh and build a golden idol, the ensuing chaos gives Shira an unexpected opportunity to learn the arts of midwifery. Although her mother wishes for her to continue in the family weaving trade, Shira's gifts shine brightest when she assists with deliveries. In defiance of her mother, Shira pursues her heart's calling to become an apprentice midwife.

When a delivery goes horribly wrong, Shira finds herself bound to a man who betrayed her, the caretaker of three young children, and the target of a vengeful woman whose husband was killed by Shira's people, the Levites. As contention between the Hebrew tribes and the foreigners fans the flames of another dangerous rebellion, Shira will come face-to-face with the heartbreak of her past that she has kept hidden for so long. How can she let go of all that has defined her to accept the love she's denied herself and embrace who she truly is?

Once again, I found myself entranced by Connilyn Cossette's writing. The characters are well-developed and are compelling. The story line is an interesting one that drew me in. The setting- at the foot of Mt. Sinai- is an excellent backdrop for the story.

When I read biblical fiction, I'm always cautious. I enjoy biblical fiction, but I want to be sure that any part of the story that directly corresponds to something written in Scripture is accurate to the biblical account. Connilyn Cossette does an excellent job of this. Her characters aren't historical characters mentioned in the Bible, but when their paths do cross biblical characters or when events occur that are directly recorded in Scripture, the book is very true to Scripture.

I have to admit- as I did when I read the first book- I don't often consider the story of the real people who left Egypt in the Exodus. It's one thing to just read about the events in the Bible. It's another to realize that these were real people who were experiencing these amazing events. These books bring them to life.

Throughout the story, we read of the spiritual growth of Shira, the main character, and Devorah, a secondary character. Through the experiences these women have and their own personal growth in their relationship with God, the author draws readers to think about their own relationship with God in a way that isn't "preachy" at all. Instead it is encouraging and inspiring.

Readers could potentially pick up this book and enjoy it without having read the first book in the series. There are references to the characters from the previous book, but Shira's story could also stand alone for new readers.

You can find Shadow of the Storm on Amazon here and can read a sample of the Kindle book below.

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Leah Courtney / Author & Editor

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