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Wings of the Wind

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by Connilyn Cossette
 

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Cossette Consistently Brings the Old Testament to Life in an Engrossing, Fresh New Way

Alanah, a Canaanite, is no stranger to fighting and survival. When her family is killed in battle with the Hebrews, she disguises herself and sneaks onto the battlefield to avenge her family. The one thing she never counted on was surviving.

Tobiah, a Hebrew warrior,

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Cossette Consistently Brings the Old Testament to Life in an Engrossing, Fresh New Way

Alanah, a Canaanite, is no stranger to fighting and survival. When her family is killed in battle with the Hebrews, she disguises herself and sneaks onto the battlefield to avenge her family. The one thing she never counted on was surviving.

Tobiah, a Hebrew warrior, is shocked to find an unconscious, wounded woman among the Canaanite casualties. Compelled to bring her to a Hebrew healer back at their camp, he is soon confronted with a truth he can't ignore: the only way to protect this enemy is to marry her.

Unused to being weak and vulnerable, Alanah submits to the marriage—for now. As she comes to know and respect Tobiah and his people, however, she begins to second-guess her plans of escape. But when her past has painfully unanticipated consequences, the tentative peace she's found with Tobiah, the Hebrews, and Yahweh is shaken to the core. Can Alanah's fierce heart and strength withstand the ensuing threats to her life and all she's come to love?

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Publishers Weekly
04/03/2017
In this last installment of her Out from Egypt trilogy, Cossette (Counted with the Stars) weaves a simple love story into a lesson on the virtues of faith, fortitude, and forgiveness. Nearly 40 years after the Hebrews flee Egypt, they still wander the wilderness battling their enemies. Alanah, a Canaanite, has lost most of her family at the hands of the Hebrews. Feeling she has nothing to live for, Alanah disguises herself as a soldier and enters the battlefield, intent on killing as many Hebrews as she can before they kill her. Tobiah has also lost most of his family, which he believes is due to his disobedience of God’s commandments. Tobiah is a skilled warrior, but he is also a man of steadfast faith and devotion. Tobiah discovers Alanah among the Canaanite dead; she’s seriously wounded but alive. He recognizes her as the enemy, but he spares her life and offers to marry her to protect her in the Hebrew camp. As they work to overcome differences in culture, faith, and the objections of Tobiah’s twin sister, Alanah discovers a secret from her past that jeopardizes their blossoming relationship and puts an innocent young girl in danger. Cossette’s novel is a fitting end to a fascinating series about the power of faith and the early evolution of Abrahamic spirituality. Agent: Tamela Hancock Murray, Steve Laube Agency. (May)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780764218224
Publisher:
Baker Publishing Group
Publication date:
05/02/2017
Series:
Out From Egypt Series , #3
Pages:
352
Sales rank:
183,862
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.00(d)

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Wings of the Wind


By Connilyn Cossette

Baker Publishing Group

Copyright © 2017 Connilyn Cossette
All rights reserved.
ISBN: 978-0-7642-3037-0


CHAPTER 1

ALANAH


14 Nissan 1407 BC Negev Desert


Forging through the teeming mass of Canaanite soldiers in this vast army camp, I'd never felt more alone. A tendril of hair tickled the side of my neck and I jammed the errant strand under my bronze helmet, hoping no one had glimpsed the flash of red against my shoulder. The scaled armor I wore, heavy as it was, disguised my form to good effect. If I was vigilant to keep my guard raised, no one would ever know a woman walked among them until they found my body on the battlefield tomorrow.

Careful to widen my stance and tread with a heavier step, I ran my brother's name through my mind again and again, then repeated it under my breath for good measure. If I was questioned, the name Davash must spring easily to my lips, instead of my own. Any hesitation and there would be suspicion. I could not afford suspicion.

My build, my hands, or the pitch of my voice could reveal my gender in the span of a breath. When it happened — for surely it would happen at some point — it must be after my bow took its revenge. My makeshift beard, a thin layer of dirt smudged across my cheeks and chin, had begun to peel and itch, but evening shadows would aid my deception.

Drunken laughter swirled around the sea of black tents, mixing with the bray of horses and clanging of weapons meeting in practice, a wild cacophony that only grew louder as twilight advanced. Perhaps hiding in plain sight would be easier than I'd expected.

Beneath my brother's gray wool tunic, a copper amulet hung from a leather strip around my neck. The gift from my father depicted a raised-relief image of the warrior goddess Anat, battle axe and spear in hand, and had inspired the courage I needed to leave my village when the king of Arad again called for defenders of his lands. Although I had little respect for any deity, the weight of the cool metal against my skin and the reminder of my family bolstered my resolve. The quiver slung over my shoulder was full, each arrow tipped with vengeance. I had no delusions that I would live through the battle tomorrow, but when the arrows I had made with my own hands found Hebrew flesh, I would finally have satisfaction for the deaths of my father and my three brothers.

Amorites and Jebusites, and even some Moabites and Edomites, numbered among this fierce but fragile coalition. Tribal grudges had been set aside to come together against the swarm of Hebrews invading our lands.

Crude language tossed across campfires had little effect on me, for I had grown up with three older brothers. But the lisp of female voices floating through flimsy tent walls soured my stomach. Lonely soldiers with extra war rations made for good business, so women who traded in their own flesh were never far from the battlefront. The seductive laughter and brazen display of their wares made my skin crawl. I would rather die than number among them — in fact, I planned on it.

A group of men huddled around a fire at the edge of camp, slapping backs and comparing weapons. I slipped behind them and settled near a boulder, breathing easier as shadows deepened and night advanced.

Days of trudging through the desert to meet the army in this valley had wreaked havoc on my body. Wounded skin flamed and throbbed where my sandals had stripped my heels and ankles raw during the long walk across blazing sand and stone. I closed my eyes and breathed steady, imagining the pain lessened with every slow exhale.

Rich smoke emanated from the cookfires and the meat of prebattle offerings to the gods. To distance myself from my empty stomach's violent reaction to the smell, I focused on the conversations around me and attempted to lift useful details from the overlapping chatter. Perhaps if I feigned sleep well enough, no one would take notice and I would be rewarded with information on tomorrow's strategy — and our enemy.

A slurred voice rose above the rest. "How many of those Hebrews did we take last month?"

"Five hundred, at least. Frightened little hares, all of them," a gruff voice responded.

Someone else snorted. "The rest of them will scatter tomorrow. And any that don't will be made into girls by my dagger."

Raucous laughter erupted, startling my eyes open. I squeezed them shut before anyone noticed or questioned me. Drunk as they were, if I answered with my own voice, I would be on my back in one of those tents within moments. Would I have the courage to grab the dagger at my hip and plunge it into my heart?

The slurred voice rose to the top again. "You seen their women? They worth keeping?"

Lewd comments followed, assaulting my ears and curling my insides. My brothers, much as I admired them, had been no different than these soldiers — coarse and savage with their enemies. No wonder they had found such pleasure in war. It was a surprise they'd survived long enough to be murdered by the Hebrews.

The name of the hated invaders tasted bitter, even in my mind. I swallowed hard and imagined loading my first arrow and letting it fly toward the faceless intruders who had stolen everything from me. I'd heard the stories of the slaves who'd thwarted Pharaoh nearly forty years ago, as well as the rumors that their sights were set on Canaan. Fools. They would be crushed. Decimated. And I would ensure that I killed my fair share of them before my blood soaked the sands tomorrow.

Sour, wine-laden breath suddenly filled my senses, and a voice was in my ear. "How 'bout you, little man? You going to keep a couple Hebrew fillies for yourself? Even a young one's got needs? Eh?"

There was no time to hesitate. Grabbing for his throat, I dug my fingers deep into his windpipe and emptied the depth of my hate and fear into my voice. "I. Am. Trying. To. Sleep."

He was twice my size, built like a bull, and thankfully almost gone with drink. His black eyes went wide. Even through his haze, he must have seen something in my expression that gave him pause. He stood, mumbled a curse, and staggered out of the circle of firelight.

I tensed my body Do not tremble. Confidence. Swagger. Be Davash.

Rising, I ignored the myriad eyes on me and stomped away. But in the blackness between campfires, my breath came fast and my body vibrated like a discharged bowstring. I should have stayed away until morning. Why had I risked discovery? Skirting clusters of tents and the glow of fires, I kept my head down and my hand on my dagger hilt.

The sharp-ridged hills around this valley were shod with lime shale, too noisy to climb even with my well-practiced light step. A river of stones would clatter down if I attempted it in the dark.

A tent, butted up against the hill, stood deep in shadow. I slid behind it, silently pressing my body into the gap between the tent and the limestone behind. There was only enough room to lay with my leather satchel beneath my helmeted head and my bow and quiver against my back. Sleeping in armor would be uncomfortable, but necessary.

My mind touched on the faces of each of my brothers as they'd left our village to head off the invaders. Zealous to protect our farm after reports that the Hebrews were moving north, my father and brothers had heeded the call from the king of Arad to band together and go on the offensive. They'd left, more than confident they would return and sure that a horde of slaves wandering aimlessly in the wilderness would have no chance against the united warrior tribes of Canaan.

And yet, here I lay, a woman alone in the middle of this immense army, preparing to finish what the men of my family had started. Or, at the least, to meet them in death. Curling in on myself, I rubbed my thumb over the four jagged wounds on my wrist as I braced against the numbing cold and the howling emptiness, and forced sleep.

Morning could not come fast enough — even if it was to be the last dawn I would see with earthly eyes.


(Continues...)

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Meet the Author

When she is not homeschooling her two sweet kids (with a full pot of coffee at hand), Connilyn Cossette is scribbling notes on spare paper, mumbling about her imaginary friends, and reading obscure, out-of-print history books. There is nothing she likes better than digging into the rich, ancient world of the Bible and uncovering buried gems of grace that point toward Jesus. Although a Pacific Northwest native, she now lives near Dallas, Texas. Connect with her at www.connilyncossette.com.

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Wings of the Wind 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 19 reviews.
BethErin 12 hours ago
Alanah is a fiercely independent woman. Her warrior spirit carries her across a rough and dangerous land and into the chaos of battle in the name of vengeance for her family. Tobiah is a steadfast and devout Hebrew warrior. His dedication to his family is surpassed only by his commitment to obey Yahweh in every way. Although the majority of the characters within this story are fictional, the thorough research and care taken with the biblical accounts are superb. The emotional and spiritual depth combined with vivid visuals and skilled storytelling send this book straight to my all time favorites. I requested the opportunity to read this book through the author and publisher. The opinions expressed are my own.
Nicnac63 13 hours ago
Wings of the Wind is so much more than a Biblical retelling. It is a touching love story, rich with ancient history and themes of grace, forgiveness, faith, and perseverance. This story is inspired by Deuteronomy 21:10-14, in which Hebrew men are instructed on how they are to treat their women captives—with dignity. I learned so much about the customs, beliefs, and hardships during the 40 year wandering in the wilderness. Alanah and Tobiah are opposites in many ways (and you know the old saying about how opposites attract.) They are from different cultures, different belief systems and lifestyles. I find it fascinating how they react to each other, one with guarded understanding and uncertainty, one with contempt, and how they each begin to heal by the grace of God. I love these characters, as well as the supporting characters and the Biblical people they represent. I love how the author made multiple storylines come together in a seamless, tension building way, and how these stories come to life as a vivid movie in my head. In simplicity, I love this book, the history displayed, and the stirring it has created in my heart—to search the scriptures, once again, for the crucial lessons of history. I’ve no doubt you’ll receive rich blessings upon reading Wings of the Wind. I’m so happy to own the three books of this series, but sad it has come to an end. I look forward to reading more of Ms. Cossette’s work. 5 Stars Cover: LOVE Title: LOVE Pages: 352 Series: Out From Egypt Book 3 Publisher: Bethany House ISBN: 978-0764218224 First Line: Forging through the teeming mass of Canaanite Soldiers in this vast army camp, I’d never felt more alone. I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher and NetGalley.
amybooksy 1 days ago
Wings of the Wind is book three from Connilyn Cosette's Out From Egypt series. In this installment, the reader is introduced to Canaanite, Alanah, who had lost her family by the Hebrews. She seeks revenge and goes to battle against them. She is then injured and meets Hebrew Tobiah. He feels he must protect her and marries her. She finds peace until her past comes back and she finds herself in danger. How will she survive? I enjoyed Wings of the Wind. I thought it was a good piece of Biblical Fiction. The author's vision of how the people lived during those times were vivid and I felt like I was right there living among them. I instantly fell in love with Tobiah. His love of faith was admirable and how he wanted to protect Alanah was sweet. I would most definitely recommend Wings of the Wind, as well as, the rest of the Out From Egypt series. A well-deserved 5+ stars. I received this book from the author, but was not required to write a review. This review is 100% my own honest opinion.
LucyMR1 2 days ago
Totally amazing doesn't do this book justice. Wish I could give it ten stars. Connilyn Cossette has a talent a step above in writing a book that grabs you from the beginning and takes you on an emotional journey. The characters are so believable that you feel like you are walking with them. What a beautiful story of forgiveness and redemption between Tobias and Alanah that I didn't want to end. God had a plan for their lives and I love how it intertwined with the story of Rahab. Moriyah was one of my favorite characters and was thrilled to see Shira in this book. The writing is like a woven tapestry that creates a beautiful picture in your mind and you continue to think of the characters after you finish. I highly recommend this book. It will speak to your heart. I received a complimentary copy from the author/publisher. The honest review and opinions are my own and were not required.
iStudyScripture 4 days ago
By incorporating events from the 40 years of desert wandering which held the greatest spiritual lessons for Israel, Connilyn Cossette delivers a knock-out Christian fiction novel. Wings of the Wind is her best work to date and a story I will ABSOLUTELY read again. Her writing allowed me to walk in the sandals of these characters all the way up to the walls of Jericho. Alanah's capture and marriage to Tobiah is inspired by God's law governing female captives of war (Deuteronomy 21:10-14). Instead of dragging her away as spoil, Tobiah rescues Alanah off the field of battle in an act of protection. Cossette superbly contends with the fluctuating emotions these characters felt as they transitioned from enemies to allies. Equally believable were the reactions other Israelites, including family, would have had towards Tobiah's intended. From individual characters to the nation as a whole—God's provision, grace, and justice pervades this story. The continual contrast between rebellion and obedience, kindness and hatred, trust and doubt, kept the story alive and engaging. To top it off, there was a surprise planted about two thirds of the way through that made me want to squeal! I actually stopped and tweeted "I surprises, @ConniCossette!" While you won't find it anywhere in scripture, the twist was genius and it screamed Romans 8:28. Cossette's debut novel Counted with the Stars, brought us through the plagues of Egypt and the Red Sea. Shadow of the Storm demonstrated how under God’s care a fledgling nation was being multiplied and molded. Finally, in Wings of the Wind we step with Israel into the Promised Land. This is a book and series you do not want to miss! I received a copy of this book for free, a favorable review was not required of me. All opinions expressed are my own.
annelr 6 days ago
Wings of the Wind by Connilyn Cossette is the third and, sadly, the final book in her Biblical historical fiction series, Out from Egypt. It is an amazingly remarkable story. Biblical fiction is one of my favorite genres to read and this book did not disappoint. The story of the Hebrew nation completing their 40 years of wandering and entering Canaan, the Promised Land, may be a familiar story to many but their life in the wilderness leaves a bit to the imagination and Cossette fills in this story magnificently. Alanah, a Canaanite finds herself in the middle of the enemy camp with Tobiah, a Hebrew warrior. A stranger who now has become her only constant in life. Her choice seems to be to run and be on her own which would likely lead to debasement and death or stay with the enemy. But these are enemies who showed her kindness and protected her. And what about this God they worship? A God who exacts punishment on those who mock His laws and yet, the way Tobiah and his family spoke of Yahweh, it's as if He is real and they could sit down and have a cup of wine with Him. And He seemed to be calling to her. Would she listen to His voice? She had known desperation and worthlessness and all she had known in Canaan was wrong...was repugnant. Can she embrace what has been set before her? The author brings to life the joys and heartaches of the Hebrew nation as they begin their embattled entry into the land their God has promised them. The richness of the characters and their emotions is completely realistic, grippingly honest and evocative. The descriptive prose pulls the reader in so well it is almost like being right smack dab in the scenes. Cossette tells a love story--the love of an enemy for a woman whose eyes call his name and the exquisite love of a God who can bring beauty from the ashes of one's poor choices. A story of the hope that even in the storms of life God can take the broken pieces of our lives and fit them together into something beautiful. Wings of the Wind is a captivating glimpse into the history of God's Chosen Ones. I received a complimentary copy of the book from the author. A favorable review was not required and the opinions are my own.
Anonymous 7 days ago
I received a copy of WINGS OF THE WIND by Connilyn Cossette in exchange for an honest review. The book was given to me by Bethany House, so I knew to expect topnotch fiction. Once again I was not disappointed. This is the third installment in the “Out from Egypt” series. I had previously read book two and looked forward to diving back into Christian historical fiction. In this book, the Israelites are about to enter “The Promised Land.” Connilyn Cossette brings her characters to life, and with them, the Bible. Most of the historical fiction I read deals with the 1800’s, so it was refreshing to read something set much farther back in time. This book looks at a time not often written about. My favorite part is how well the author explored Alanah. You understood what she went through, where she was coming from. You really got to know Alanah as a person and not just ink on a page. I not only recommend this book, but the series as a whole. You will be entertained and enlightened, transported back in time. This is a great book for reading circles. There is much fodder for literary discussion. 5 stars.
Anonymous 7 days ago
When was the last time you read the Bible and you thought about what it would be like to live what you were reading? To be standing on the banks of the Red Sea as God splits it in two or waking up and gathering heavenly manna? I think many times it's easy for us to read these accounts and wonder at them but not really consider what it would have been like. One of the things I've loved about the three books in the Out From Egypt series is Cossette's ability to humanize the Israelites and bring fresh wonder to a biblical account many of us already know. Alanah is a Canaanite whose brothers and father have been wiped out by the advancing Hebrews. With nothing to lose, she disguises herself as a man, bent of revenge and dying on the battlefield. Instead, she is wounded and a Hebrew, Tobiah, brings her back to camp for safety. But in doing so, he is left with no option but to marry her. Alanah isn't thrilled with the prospect of living with her enemies but the more she learns of their God and sees how they differ from the Canaanite way of life, she wonders if living in the traveling camp is actually the best place to be. Wings of the Wind was the perfect end to this series. It completes the Israelites 40 year wandering and brings them victorious into the Promised Land. From traveling around Edom to the poisonous serpents to the battle of Jericho, we see God working in His people and fulfilling His promise of a home. Cossette is an amazing storyteller but she also weaves the biblical account in with her characters flawlessly while showing us the barbarism that was commonplace in Canaan. And that, I think, is what makes her books so powerful. When we study the Exodus in the Bible and read God's commands, we often get caught up in all the laws and everything the Hebrews couldn't do. But we rarely consider the reason. The Canaanite culture of the day was different in every way from what God required. They didn't value human life, women were bought and sold, marriage meant nothing, children were a burden, sex was rampant. God required His people to be different, to look different and act different because they served a completely different God. It was fascinating to watch in this book as Alanah - a heathen - saw that difference. Whenever I read a book by Cossette, I'm driven to read the biblical account it was based on because I want to experience the real truth that is there. I want to recapture the wonder of what it must have been like, I want to praise God for His faithfulness and mercy. I highly recommend this book and this series.
amvkv 7 days ago
You know the Bible stories; now enter into them anew with Wings of the Wind. When I started reading Wings of the Wind, I had no idea how moving and heart opening it would be. We have learned that the Canaanites did not respect the one true God and that the Hebrews conquered them, but I really appreciate considering the experiences of a young Canaanite woman who went to battle disguised as a man, and was captured by the Hebrews – specifically Tobiah. Connilyn Cosette writes this story with the grace and compassion that our Lord surely felt and still feels toward those who are raised in false systems. I loved Alanah, the Canaanite woman who was captured and became Tobias’s wife. Tobias, a dedicated believer, obeyed the laws of Yahweh. He had seen the rebellious destroyed and that, along with God’s blessings, served as a reminder of the power and majesty of the true God. Alanah marvels at the taste of manna, the ease of gathering it, and the lack of appreciation for it by many of the Hebrew people. Cosette’s sensory descriptions are so wonderful that they could be read to children to help them realize the beauty of the manna which fell from heaven. The stark difference in where the two people groups place their faith is shown when Alanah comes back in touch with her mother who had left her as a child. Alanah experienced so much isolation because her mother had fled back to her life as a “priestess,” but little did she know that her mother fled because she was with child and did not want the babe within her womb to be sacrificed to appease the gods. Do you want to fall in love with your Bible stories again? Wings of the Wind will help that happen for you. It did for me, and it was like an inner revival as I read about the wonder of Yahweh who changes not. It reminded me that people have always been saved by faith – some looked forward and we look back, but we all live by faith. Connilyn brings this out in Tobiah’s experience toward the end of the book which you will NOT regret reading. I just don’t know who to share the book with first. It is that good. Even though it is book 3 in a series, it reads superb as a stand alone. I received this book from the publisher, but that in no way influenced this review.
BBulow 7 days ago
Connilyn Cossette gets better with each book. Though it’s hard to pick a favorite of the three Out of Egypt books, Wings of the Wind nearly takes the win. It’s hard to separate them out because they work so well as a trilogy, telling an over-arching story that made me eager to be with these characters again. For me, a sign of great biblical fiction is when I’m inspired to pick up my Bible again, and re-read those familiar stories with fresh eyes. This is what the Out of Egypt series has done for me. Cossette is entirely respectful of scripture, highlighting miracles and acts of God throughout the Israelites wandering years in the desert. The plot is steady, giving plenty of room for both character development and action. There is also a strong sense of place, whether it’s in the desert or in the debauched city of Jericho. The setting brims with life – the barbarity of some of the customs and the danger that life could bring during that time is portrayed well. Despite an unforgiving landscape and much hardship, there was still beauty and happiness to be found in the lives of the Israelites. I adored Alanah’s character. She is strong in so many ways, yet sometimes her strength – and stubbornness – are her biggest weaknesses. Cossette’s first person narration of both Alanah and Tobiah is so well-done. They are both two of my favorite characters that I’ve “met” this year. Both Alanah and Tobiah are believable characters as individuals, and as a couple, wow, do those sparks fly. Their interactions are full of passion, humor, love and sacrifice. I know I say it in my reviews often, but a couple that I can really believe in is one of the things I look for in the romantic thread of the story, and that is definitely the case here. I also loved the way that characters from past books were still a key part of the story. Not only was I just happy to see them again, but it really emphasizes the continuity of the over-arching story of the forty years the Hebrews spent in the desert. It truly adds a special depth to the story to see these characters again, while also providing different views of the story – that of an Egyptian woman, Kiya, in book one, a Hebrew woman, Shira, in book two, and then through Alanah’s eyes, a Canaanite and a complete outsider in every way. Tobiah’s voice in this book is very well-done, and I enjoyed getting the story from both his and Alanah’s perspectives. Here at the end of the series, it’s hard not to look at them as a whole. I’m so glad I took a chance on a new-to-me and debut author with the first book in this series. They are uplifting, entertaining stories, and I feel enriched after having read them. I’m so excited that Connilyn Cossette has another series in the works, and I can’t wait to read them. The Wings of the Wind is definitely a favorite of 2017 for me!
LBradley 8 days ago
I love the Bible and that's why I enjoy Biblical fiction. I long to be transported back to those times and places. I want to become immersed in the story and discover things I didn't notice before while reading my Bible. The best authors will cause me to love and appreciate God's Word even more. Connilyn Cossette accomplishes this and more in her thrilling Out From Egypt series. "Wings of the Wind" is the third, and final book of the series. "Wings of the Wind" begins as the 40 years in the wilderness are almost ended. I was immediately drawn into the story of Alanah, a Canaanite. This book was captivating from the first page. Fascinating story with many surprises along the way. Please read the rest of my review for the entire series on my blog. https://everydaywiththeking.com/2017/05/15/wings-of-the-wind/ Note: I received a free copy of this book from the author/publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. My opinions are my own.
Anonymous 8 days ago
I wasn't sure if I was going to enjoy this book, but I did! When Tobiah finds Alanah and brings her to a healer, he finds out that in the law: if you bring a foreigner/enemy back, you must marry them. I honestly find that a bit odd. Also, I don't like how Tobiah is surprised that she can fight/chose to fight. Like, it's perfectly normal to want to avenge your family if they are killed, no matter what gender you are. Later on Alanah finds out that one of the Hebrews she killed in battle was Tobiah's son, which made her run away, not wanting him to know/hate her. This book was a lot better than I expected, and I liked it a lot! **I received this book for free to review from Bethany House Publishers. Thank you!**
swimreadbreathe4JC 10 days ago
Wings of the Wind by Connilyn Cossette is the third and final book in the “Out From Egypt” series published by Bethany House (the first being “Counted with the Stars“, and the second “Shadow of the Storm“. Wings of the Wind works perfectly as a stand-alone, though. I have absolutely loved this series and the creativity of the author! This series is such wonderful Biblical fiction, full of both the Biblical account and of realistic, life-like characters that the author has created herself. This book ends the series with a bang, connecting fictional characters in intricate plots with those whom we would recognize from the Bible. I could not put this book down from the first page to the last, and I would highly recommend it to those who are looking for a great read. This book starts out a little later, chronologically, than did the first two, as it closes out both the series and the Israelites’ journey in the wilderness. We still come across several characters from the previous books, but they are much older and play a lesser part (although are still important!). I loved both characters this time around, and was rooting for both of them even though they were enemies to start out with. The plot was so unpredictable and I loved it! The author wove in more Biblical plots than I could have hoped for, and she did so very well, not rushing or pushing the characters into anything, but letting them live their stories in the Biblical world. Very well done! Thank you so much to Bethany House for providing me with an electronic copy of this book to read and review through Net Galley. All opinions are my own and were not required to be positive. *Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention/review it on my blog. I was not required to give a positive review, only my honest opinion – which I’ve done. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own and I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.*
JustCommonly 12 days ago
Can vengeance give way to forgiveness when one woman's destiny becomes entangled with the very enemies she sought to destroy? (back cover) You know what stories make the best Biblical Fiction? I'll tell you it's the kind that makes you want to pick up your Bible and read. It's the kind that puts the image of Biblical times right there in your mind the moment you start the story. It's the kind that presents a message that you find applicable, even when it's set thousands and thousands of years ago. I can tell you Wings of the Wind, the third book in the Out from Egypt series by Connilyn Cossette does all that and more. Though it's the third book, readers will not at all be lost. It can easily be read as a standalone. The only qualms you'll have pertains to which one of the three do you like best, and wish there was more. Trust me when I say those indeed are stressful dilemmas, at least to me. Pic 1 Wings of the Wind. The poetic title matches the author's prose throughout, as she weave intricate details with stunning plot lines and a beautiful love story seamlessly into a work of art. As I turn to the last page, I can honestly say this was my favorite one of the three. Then I took a moment to go over my favorite parts in both Counted With the Stars and Shadow of the Storm, and I'm back to my little conundrum. That being said, tell me, if you've read this story, did you or did you not fall in love with Tobiah? His and Alanah's story was simply perfect. Their differences with strife that existed long before they met each other to their acceptance and then to subsequent conflicts, wow! There's just so much! You'll be enthralled to say the least. The author's choice to write in the different point of views gave us an emotional attachment and understanding to each of them. Pic 2 Wings of the Wind is the type of story that renders you speechless when you want to say just how much you love it. You can't wait to finish that last page, and know for a fact that you won't mind rereading this story again. It's that good. And while you're at it, don't forget the other stories in the series. They are just as good, and beautiful, inside and out. Pic 3 This review first appeared on Just Commonly blog. Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book from the author/publisher. I was not required to write a positive review, and have not been compensated for this. This is my honest opinion.
AE2 16 days ago
Alanah has no life left among the Canaanite people after the deaths of her father and brothers, all killed by the advancing Hebrews, so she disguises herself as a man and joins the Canaanite army as they fight the Hebrews once more--only this time, her people are decimated, and Alanah, who thought she would die in battle, survives. A Hebrew soldier, Tobiah, finds her among the wounded, and to honor Yahweh and to protect Alanah, he marries her. Alanah and Tobiah have thirty days to consider if they will stay married, and while Alanah initially is certain that she will leave, as she comes to know her husband, his people, and his God, she begins to wonder if she could truly, for the first time in her life, find a home. This book is Biblical fiction at its finest. Connilyn Cossette gives you everything--characters who you care about deeply, amazing descriptions, beautiful language, and a compelling plot, as well as an invitation to think about God and His presence and His ways. I loved Tobiah, his quiet strength and his determination to do what is right, and I loved seeing Alanah's walls come down, as she learned that she didn't need to rely only on herself but that she could trust Tobiah and God. I loved the message of hope in her story (as well as certain other characters we meet later in the book), as she finds healing from deeply inflicted emotional wounds. The descriptions of the scenery, as well as of the people the Hebrews fought and their depravity, really made this period of history come to life. It made some (in my opinion), somewhat dry chapters from the Bible become much more interesting. The language had a similar effect, bringing to life a fascinating story. There were so many things to love about the plot--seeing Tobiah and Alanah come to trust and care for each other, seeing Alanah's acceptance of Yahweh, and subsequent challenges (which I can't mention without giving spoilers!) were so gripping. This is one of those books you should try to clear out a large chunk of time for, because you don't want to put it down once you stop. This was an excellent book, and I can't wait for more from Connilyn Cossette! I received a free copy of the book from the publisher and author. All opinions are my own.
Mommynificent 20 days ago
I find myself a little bit speechless at how much I loved this book. It is superbly written, with complex, flawed but absolutely relatable characters. The plot is intricately designed, remaining completely true to what is revealed in Scripture while flawlessly weaving in fictional events and conversations. While I loved Alanah and Tobiah’s story, what I loved most about this book was how it brought out again and again the love and protective care Yahweh showed in the Torah or laws He gave to govern His people. This book, like the previous ones in this series, showed me what a gift Torah is! I do have two “complaints” about this book. One is the emotional angst it caused me to be reading an un-put-downable-story that kept making me want to go and read my Bible! I wanted to check out every detail and law mentioned because the beautiful perspective on them was so profound, I wanted to note it. But I didn’t want to stop reading!!! Ah, the turmoil! And secondly, it ended. Not only the book ended, but the series ended. I wanted to cry! I was so excited to find out at the book launch that Mrs. Cossette is already well into a spin-off series about the Biblical cities of refuge! I can hardly wait to read them! Mrs. Cossette has such a gift, and her books have increased my love and awe for Scripture in ways I may never be able to articulate. I highly recommend that you read this book as well as the ones before it. I loved them so much and recommend them without hesitation or qualification! Even if you do not currently believe in God, I think you will enjoy the fresh perspective this author brings to a brutal time in ancient history, and I feel certain you will find the story engaging!
caribougirl 20 days ago
This book was so amazing - if I could give it more stars, I would! This book is the 3rd in Connilyn Cossette's "Out of Egypt" series. Though it is part of a series, it can stand alone.... though I would recommend reading the first 2 books - simply because they are also very good! The main characters from the earlier books are background characters in this book. While it is good to see what happens with them and get some "closure" on their stories, you don't have to have the background to enjoy this book. This is a fantastic work of Historical Biblical fiction. I LOVE when authors can take a Bible story and can paint the picture of what it was like to live in those times - add a fictional element by adding characters, but still stay true to the scriptures and make the familiar passages come alive. I still enjoy reading the stories of the Kings in the Old Testament because Lynn Austin made them come alive for me and I can picture the people and what motivates them. Similarly, I believe the exodus and stories of the wanderings in the wilderness, the finding of manna, and battling for the Promised Land will hold a fresh perspective and new awareness for me after having read this series. This book takes place at the end of the life of Moses and the beginning of the book of Joshua in the Bible. The Israelites are chomping at the bit to get into the Promised Land. The book opens up on the battlefield when the King of Arad summoned forces against the Israelites to prevent them entry into their land. Our heroine, Alanah, has lost her father and brothers in the previous battle and she dresses as a man to fight in this battle - hoping to take out some cursed Israelites as she welcomes death herself as that is a more palatable fate than selling herself to survive. But, as she comes to find out - Yahweh (the God of the Hebrews) has plans greater than the ones we make. She is instead rescued and brought back to live with the enemy. While she struggles with the desire to leave (since they are her enemies) and wanting to learn more about this different people whose God is personal and cares for their well-being, she finds that she does actually have a place and God does have a plan for her life. This book offered a few plot twists - some I saw coming (though I would not have considered them predictable - it was one of those proud moments where I figured something out before it happened) and some that I did not.... but all added to the depth of human conflict and emotion found in this book. This book is beautiful tale of grace and mercy - 2 very important characteristics for the Christian Life. I loved the rich history, the depth of emotion and the fluid writing style of the author. I found myself laughing at some parts, crying at others, and "ah-ha"ing at others. This book is one that I read for enjoyment, but also obtained a deeper respect for the Biblical history and a more solid faith. It reaches across genres and would be a good read for anyone (probably over the age of 15 as it deals with death, war, prostitution, etc. No graphic detail is given, but you would want a basic understanding of these in order to appreciate it). In spite of a full-time job, I read this one in less than 2 (work) days. I highly recommend! I received a free copy of this book (though I also pre-ordered it) in return for a fair review.
KingofkingsPrincess 20 days ago
Never before have I considered the journey of the Israelites from Egypt to the Promised Land. Connilyn's research showed in the ways that Alanah learned about life and God's laws. Because Alanah viewed things like manna in a beautiful way, I was able to experience that same perspective. The characters of Tobiah and Alanah matured in ways that were revealed God working in their lives not just as if they were obeying Old Testament laws. The unexpected angle of Alanah being inside the city as it fell felt like a whirlwind of confusion. This too was different than the usual army position from the outside that I've read about in the Bible. I especially appreciate how Connilyn reminds me as a reader of the numerous years that God filled with warnings for the people of Canaan. Sometimes I can read about the wanderings of God's people and simply assume that they were whiny and unappreciative of all of God's blessings. Wings of the Wind revealed to me that there were faithful ones that learned lessons by watching others rebel and they probably entered the Promised Land will sincere hearts full of praise and new hope.
kpeck 21 days ago
Ideally I write a review for one singular book and separate them. I just can't this time. This series has become family to me and after all they've gone through I will not separate them! What a fantastic series I read all three books in a week. Enraptured from page one. Counted With the Stars was a cover buy, I'll honest, with a backup recommendation from a friend. One thing lead to another and I am so blessed to be apart of such a beautiful story. So often we take Bible stories and verses for granted. Forget how magnificent they are. The amazingness of it. If we were stripped of technology and everything that has desensitized us, what would these things look and feel like? The Plagues. Forty years wandering in a desert. Water from a rock, mañana from heaven. HEAVEN. You guys these tiny verses pack such a punch. Stop and think. See?! It's truly AWESOME. These books elaborate on those things. Help you to see and ponder. And I was fascinated. I fell in love with the characters. Loved watching their lives unfold. Watch them open their hearts to Yaweh. I cried. I laughed. I wanted to kick a character right in the shins. What reactions were pulled from my body! I could not help myself. I found myself thinking Of God and His miracles. His mercy and love. I saw myself as the outsider that was forgiven. A gentile. My heart opened and God ministered. What a truly great series. Thank you so much Connilyn for that ministry. May God truly bless you.  * I was gifted a copy of Wings of the Wind, my review is voluntary and my thoughts and opinions are my own*