A Light on the Hill (Cities of Refuge Book #1)

A Light on the Hill (Cities of Refuge Book #1)

by Connilyn Cossette

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Seven years ago, Moriyah was taken captive in Jericho and branded with the mark of the Canaanite gods. Now the Israelites are experiencing peace in their new land, but Moriyah has yet to find her own peace. Because of the shameful mark on her face, she hides behind her veil at all times and the disdain of the townspeople keeps her from socializing. And marriage prospects were out of the question . . . until now.

Her father has found someone to marry her, and she hopes to use her love of cooking to impress the man and his motherless sons. But when things go horribly wrong, Moriyah is forced to flee. Seeking safety at one of the newly-established Levitical cities of refuge, she is wildly unprepared for the dangers she will face, and the enemies--and unexpected allies--she will encounter on her way.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781493413614
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 02/06/2018
Series: Cities of Refuge , #1
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 49,174
File size: 9 MB

About 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. Although a Pacific Northwest native, she now lives in a little town near Dallas, Texas. She can be found online at www.connilyncossette.com.
When she is not homeschooling her two sweet kids (with a full pot of coffee at hand), bestselling author 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. Her novel Counted With the Stars won the 2013 Frasier Contest and was a semifinalist in the 2013 ACFW Genesis Contest. Although a Pacific Northwest native, she now lives near Dallas, Texas. Connect with her at www.connilyncossette.com.

Customer Reviews

A Light on the Hill 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 56 reviews.
booklovingmomof5 More than 1 year ago
A Light on the Hill is the fourth book by Biblical fiction writer Connilyn Cossette and the first in her “Cities of Refuge” series. I have read and loved each of these books and highly recommend them all. A Light on the Hill tells the story of Moriyah, a character who was first introduced in Cossette’s “Out of Egypt” series. It is set seven years after Wings of the Wind, the concluding book in that trilogy. Moriyah lives at her father’s vineyard in Shiloh in shame and relative seclusion, wearing a veil to hide the mark of the Canaanite gods with which she had been branded during her time of captivity in Jericho. Her father attempts to match her in marriage with a widower who is seeking a mother for his two sons. This gives Moriyah a glimmer of hope that her life might not always be one of loneliness and shame. However, the introduction goes terribly wrong when tragedy strikes, and she flees for her life to one of the newly established Levitical cities of refuge. The story takes Moriyah through many frightening situations that force her to face menacing enemies but also reveal unexpected allies. Through these many trials, her love for Yahweh is renewed and strengthened, and she experiences the depths of His grace and mercy. Cossette’s extensive research is readily evident as she transports readers back to the Israel of 1399 BC. Her complex characters and vividly detailed settings made me feel as if I were stepping back in time to journey along with Moriyah. If you love Biblical fiction like I do, you won’t want to miss A Light on the Hill. I am already eagerly anticipating the next book in this uplifting new series by a truly gifted author.
swissgranny More than 1 year ago
I haven’t read much Biblical fiction, but I’d heard so many good things about Connilyn Cossette’s books that I decided to give them a try. I was overwhelmed with the emotions I felt while reading A Light on the Hill. The author is a master at bringing Biblical fiction to life. From the descriptions of the settings to the realistic and vividly drawn characters and suspenseful situations, she crafts a tale that is riveting and memorable. The emotionally-charged, multi-layered storyline kept me turning pages far into the night. Cossette’s perfect pitch author voice gave the story authenticity, and her obviously deep research into her subject matter whetted my appetite to learn more about this time period. I’m looking forward to more books in her City of Refuge series. A Light on the Hill is filled with suspense, intrigue, danger, and romance, with threads of mercy, hope, and faith seamlessly woven in to make this an unforgettable story. I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy from the author/Bethany House. All opinions are my own.
Becky6 More than 1 year ago
Oh my goodness! Where do I even begin?! A Light on the Hill is the first book that I’ve read by Connilyn Cossette and it won’t be my last! I recently found out that this is an indirect continuation of Wings of the Wind (from the Out of Eygpt series) which I have immediately added to my TBR! If you’re looking for an intense page-turner, then you’ll want to check this one out. It takes place in the Cities of Refuge as found in Joshua. I personally thought this was unique and original because I know next to nothing about the Cities of Refuge. The author’s thorough research shines throughout the novel, bringing history to life. Moriyah will forever be one of my favorite characters. Actually, I don’t think there was one character found in the book that I didn’t like! Even hateful and vengeful Raviv. My heart broke for him rather than hating him. Oh and Darek. I developed a crush on that man. He is the kind of man who is compassionate and walks away from his peers to help a stranger in need. Then there’s Yuval who is like a brother to Moriyah and will do anything to protect her. They are all very real characters that readers will be able to identify with. I loved how much growth each character develops throughout the novel. We first see Moriyah as this timid and scared young woman who hides behind her veil and blossom into a confident woman who knows the Lord is on her side. What I loved most of all was how Connilyn Cossette tied in the perfect balance of mercy and justice of God. The author shows how Jesus, our great High Priest, who took our sin upon Himself and became our eternal sacrifice from the condemnation of sin and death. There are also themes of fully trusting God even when it might mean having your life taken from you. A Light on the Hill is truly mind-blowing and I cannot wait for the next novel in store! Highly recommended! Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher for my honest review, which I have given. I was not required to write a positive review and have not been compensated for it in any way. All opinions expressed are my own.
BBulow More than 1 year ago
I wasn’t sure the Connilyn Cossette could top herself, but I enjoyed A Light on the Hill just as much as her previous release. She’s become one of my favorite authors, so I was eager to get my hands on her new series opener. I’ve never read any other Biblical or historical fiction novels set during the time of the book of Joshua, nor any that had anything to do with the cities of refuge. I was intrigued by this premise for sure and feel that it works on so many levels. Because it’s not been touched on a lot (at least not that I’ve read), it feels very fresh and new even within an ancient setting. All of the elements of this story are equally strong and combine beautifully. Strong characterization, a deep sense of place, and a slow-burning romance are all a part of this wonderful story. The characters are multifaceted, with fully realized motivations and realistic emotions. Moriyah’s character arc is wonderful to experience. Additionally, the details and descriptions of the setting are engrossing. I especially loved the descriptions of the landscape as they traveled. Their emotions are palpable. I could feel the tension between the characters and Moriyah’s fear as they tried to reach a city of refuge. The plot is full of action, as well as the perfect amount of quieter moments and introspection. The rising action is steady through the climax of the story, and the ending is bittersweet, yet satisfying in many ways. The faith element is a key part of the story and beautiful to behold. I truly feel like I learned something about ancient Israelite practices under the Mosaic law. It was especially neat because I had just finished reading Leviticus. The descriptions of the camp, the rituals of the sacrifices, and the meaning behind them took on a deeper importance as I experienced them through the eyes of the Moriyah. Readers of stories that take place during Bible times are sure to love this latest offering from Connilyn Cossette. A Light on the Hill is a triumphant story of mercy and hope. Happily, book two is already set to release for this fall, so there’s plenty of time to give this one a read and be ready for the next release. A Light on the Hill is on my favorites list for 2018, and I highly recommend it! Thank you to the publisher for a complimentary copy of this novel. This review is my honest opinion.
Laundry_Whispers More than 1 year ago
This book is my 20th book of the year. That is a mini milestone on the quest to the larger goal. It wasn’t meant to be my 20th book. Life went sideways and got really messy. I’m still in sideways messy mode and will be for a while but I’m also working hard at finding a new balance, a new normal if you will. I had every intention of review this book on it’s release day (February 6th). Feel free to re-read above as to why it wasn’t reviewed then. Here’s the thing, I don’t feel like this book has anything to do with sideways messy but I think it was meant for it to have to be postponed. It needed to be my 20th book this year. It needed to be a mini milestone. We first met Moriyah in ‘Wings of the Wind‘, the final installment on the Out of Egypt series. Moriyah was kidnapped to the temple of Ba’al and Ashtoreth and branded (on her face), by a vicious Priestess, as a temple prostitute. Moriyah escaped from that unscathed, except for the brand. And her view of herself. Moriyah grew up from that 13 year old girl and we meet back with her in ‘A Light on the Hill’ as a woman of 20. A woman who never even answers her door without her veil in place to cover her brand. A woman who never even lets those she loves see her face because of her brand. A woman of compassion and talents. A woman who may have accidentally killed the children of the only man who will agree to marry her – to gain her father’s vineyard. A woman on the run for her life to find sanctuary in a City of Refuge. What I keep going back to as I think over this book, besides the fact that Cossette has yet to write something I am not head over hills for, is Moriyah’s veil. I might accidentally give you spoilers so don’t hold that against me. There’s so much more to this book than her veil however. There’s adventure on her journey. There’s romance with a character that I might have a ginormous crush on. There’s action throughout. But I keep going back to the veil. As a child, Moriyah heard the voice of God. As an adult she is convinced He has left her, abandoned her, due to her brand. While she follows His laws and love’s Him as the Father she feels as though He has left her. She feels as though He no longer hears her. When her intended husband requires she show him the brand on the day they meet she is broken further at his reaction. When she must remove the veil to save the life of another she is humiliated. However, she finds she is also accepted. Her brand provides her a small measure of safety in the territory of the enemy on her journey. Here’s the thing though. When she removes the veil, keeps it removed, and calls out to God? She hears Him. Her clinging to the veil as her protection was what was dividing her from Him. Her using the veil as safety instead of God kept her from Him. Her belief that the veil would cover her shame and not her trust that God could cover her shame kept her from Him. And all I could think of was all the things we all put between us and Him to keep us apart. We try to cover our shame, our embarrassment, our insecurities with material (hello veil) instead of with Him. We find our security, our comfort, in our jobs or our friends or our talents or even our possessions. I was drawn to Moriyah and her veil. I mean, I was drawn to the whole entire book but her veil spoke to me. I was provided a complimentary copy of this book by Baker Books, NetGalley. I was not compensated for this review and all thoughts and opin
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love the historical facts and relatability drawing me to seek and find more!
Teresa More than 1 year ago
I love this book! A Light on the Hill is a definite page turner. Biblical Historical fiction at its best. The story, the characters, the wisdom... all are beautifully written in this book that I had a hard time setting down. I highly recommend it!
2boyzmommy More than 1 year ago
A Light on the Hill (Cities of Refuge, #1) is the latest novel by Connilyn Cossette. The main character of the story is Moriyah, a young Jewish girl that readers first meet in the author's Out From Egypt series. During her captivity in Jericho, Moriyah is branded a prostitute by the temple priest. She managed to escape and is back with her people, the Israelites, but she still bears the brand she received. As a result, she keeps her face covered at all times to avoid the ridicule the brand brings. And marriage? Out of the question, for who would look beyond the brand and what it means to see Moriyah for who she really is? Moriyah's father has found a solution. A young widower with 2 small boys needs a mother for his children. He doesn't love Moriyah, but is willing to look beyond the brand in order to get his hands on the fruitful vineyard owned by Moriyah's father. Moriyah is known in her community as a wonderful cook, so her father sets up a dinner as part of the betrothal ceremony for the soon-to-be wed couple. During the dinner, something goes horribly wrong and Moriyah must flee for her life to one of the new Cities of Refuge that have been established to protect those accused of murder. Will Yahweh protect her as He has promised? It seems that he hasn't done a very good job so far, but Moriyah has no choice but to keep looking forward and trust in the God of her fathers. Her life depends on it. To say that I loved this book is an understatement. The research done by the author is quite evident in the detail found in the pages of this story. I was sorry to see this story end, but look forward to reading the next book in the series. I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author and Bethany House Publishers in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own and I was not required to leave a positive review.
swimreadbreathe4JC More than 1 year ago
This week’s featured book is Connilyn Cossette‘s A Light on the Hill.  It’s the first book in a new biblical fiction series by the author of the Out from Egypt series. Moriyah has a complicated history.  She was a captive and was branded a temple prostitute.  After her escape, she returns to her home but keeps her face covered in shame.  Her father finds a man who promises to marry her anyway, and Moriyah is determined to honor her father. Darek catches Moriyah’s eyes from behind her veil the night before she is to meet her betrothed and is captivated.  He wants to win her heart but feels betrayed when he discovers who she is betrothed to.  Will they be able to overcome the odds stacked against them, find justice and mercy, and love each other? While this wasn’t quite as stunning of a series-starter as Counted with the Stars was, it was still an excellent read.  The Old Testament themes tied in with the overriding message of salvation, redemption, and freedom well.  The setting and timeline was a little hard to follow due to its ancient history, but I found a map at the back of the book that was helpful.  I loved the characters and how they related to each other, pursuing what was right.  It also tied in characters from the Out of Egypt series, which was neat to have a little update on them. I would definitely recommend this book to lovers of ancient history, the Bible, and biblical fiction! Thank you to Bethany House publishers for providing me with a copy of this book to read and review.  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.*
LizR1990 More than 1 year ago
A beautiful tale of self love and acceptance set in the newly conquered Promised Land. Moriyah is a familiar face to those who have read Cossette's Out of Egypt series. She has struggled to find her place after the horrors she witnessed during the fall of Jericho and when a deadly accident shatters her fragile world she has no choice but to flee, making her way to one of the newly appointed Levitical cities of refuge. This was an enthralling read and an exciting start to a new series.
Natalie Monk More than 1 year ago
The Characters: Both main and secondary characters are strikingly vivid in this book. I remember their feature scenes and personality like I had watched them in a theater. (Hellooo, filmmakers in Hollywood, get with the program and make us movies of these books! Ahem.) I've tried to pick a favorite secondary character, but they're all so masterfully created, I couldn't choose. Even the wicked king of Megiddo was breathtaking to "see" in motion as I read his pages. The Romance: I'll be honest, I couldn't see a satisfactory ending coming for these star-crossed romantic leads. So much stood in their way, not to mention the small matter of their lives being in danger at almost every moment! But the author pulled it all together in a beautiful conclusion that has me wanting to read the book all over again. The Pace: With multiple lives at stake, this one's a page turner! The Faith Element: As with every Connilyn Cossette book I've read, this title did not fail to bring me to the throne room in worship of our great and amazing God. To see His faithfulness and guidance woven through the fabric of history, even when man is so faithless, brings me to tears and makes me want to serve Him better. The Author's Trademarks: Vivid imagery, research of ancient history, impossible odds and strong attraction between romantic leads, life-threatening stakes, worshipful portrayal of God as omnipotent and yet loving. The Overall Impression: I'm always awed by Conni's books. They not only send me on a thrilling, taste-and-see journey with characters I love, the lessons they portray drive me to my knees with longing to become closer to the One who made change and repentance possible. The More Factor: More! Yes, please, lots more! I recommend this authors books to everyone. *I received a copy of this book from the publisher free of charge. My review is voluntary, and the opinions expressed are my own.
Virginiaw More than 1 year ago
This book kept my interest from start to finish. I loved Moriyah and understood why she kept herself hidden for those many years. It would be horrible to think that you accidentally murdered someone. It was fascinating to read about some of the customs that were in effect during this time period. Loved this story. I received a copy of this book from Bethany House for a fair and honest opinion that I gave of my own free will.
BookwormMama2014 More than 1 year ago
Connilyn Cossette has officially earned her spot as my favorite Biblical Fiction Author. The creativity in which she approaches the era, the people, and the culture of the Hebrews astounds me. She accomplishes so much while staying as true to history and the Bible as possible (obviously there are some creative strokes because this IS fiction). Moriyah and Darek have been thrown into a circumstance that takes their lives in a direction they never thought possible. Running for her life, Moriyah must face the consequences of her actions, even if accidental. Meanwhile, Darek wrestles with his loyalty to his family and his growing attraction to the woman who is responsible for bringing so much heartache to those he loves. Throughout these pages, we continually see the grace and love of Yahweh expressed for His people. Mrs. Cossette was brilliant in her execution of this story. There is always another level of history, of scripture, to discover, and I felt like she brought this aspect of the Mosaic Law closer to the surface of understanding. If you have never read Biblical Fiction before, you should definitely give Mrs. Cossette's books a try. If you love history in any aspect (especially Biblical) I encourage you to read A Light on the Hill. Your eyes will be opened and your heart touched to the core by this beautiful story of love, danger, faith, and healing. I received a complimentary copy of A Light on the Hill from the publishers. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are mine alone.
E_Espinoza More than 1 year ago
A Light on the Hill is the first book in Connilyn Cossette’s new Cities of Refuge series. Adventurous and compelling, this book is rich in depth and meaning. As the story unfolds, the main characters find it necessary to embark on a perilous journey. This journey not only tests them physically, but also provides ample opportunities for self-discovery, healing, and redemption. More than simply leading them from one place to another, this journey profoundly shapes their hearts and defines their futures. A Light on the Hill is a well-crafted story of faith, perseverance, courage, and love that abounds with thoughtful descriptions that provide a fresh perspective on ancient settings and themes. Within A Light on the Hill, Ms. Cossette shows once again the phenomenal nature of her writing talent as she draws the reader fully into the story with her incredibly immersive style of writing. Her attention to sensory details makes sights, sounds, smells, tastes, and textures vivid and real. A Light on the Hill invites the reader to savor paragraphs, linger over phrases, and delight in words, proving once again that a novel by Ms. Cossette is not merely read; it is experienced. A Light on the Hill is an engaging work of Biblical fiction that shines brightly with creativity inspired by thorough research and a sincere respect for both history and the Bible. It is an enthralling novel that captivates, entertains, and inspires. I recommend it wholeheartedly. *I was given a copy of this book from the publisher. A review was not required. The review I have written contains opinions that are entirely my own.
4Gazpacho More than 1 year ago
Have you ever wondered how the Hebrews coming out of Egypt experienced the takeover of the populated area of Canaan? No, I'm not referring to the bloody battles, but to the families who settled into the land, coaxed the fields to life, set up businesses, and made their living while trying to settle into a land unlike anything they had experienced so far. Unlike the desert terrain and fertile river banks of Egypt, and the semi-desert areas of the wilderness they spent the past 40 years in, this new land was lush and green. How did they accomplish this? They were surrounded by hostile people supported by the Egyptian government who didn't take kindly to their invasion. What was it like? That is what this book is all about. This was the era of Joshua, fulfilling God's command to fill the land. This author paints a realistic picture of what this could have been like through the eyes of young Moriyah, her best friend Ora, and her young 9-year-old neighbor Eitan. This book is incredible. I think I have discovered a new author (to me) of Biblical fiction that delves into details with enthusiasm and accuracy. She has written several series so far that I haven't read yet. But I love her writing style, the detail she includes, the imagination that puts flesh on the bare bones of sometimes dry history. With this book, I discovered new perspectives I hadn't considered before. This book was truly a living experience. I actually felt I was there. I will be certain to pick up her other series and read them, I'm that impressed. Besides being a piece of historical fiction, this book is filled with action and suspense. Moriyah has been accused of killing two young teens. She must flee to a city set aside by God as a sanctuary for people to plea for a fair trial. The next of kin has the right to avenge the deaths of the boys without retribution. Along the way, the boys' father prevents them getting to the nearest safe city, so the group traveling with Moriyah must go to the next city, which will take them through dangerous territory controlled by the Canaanites. There are many dangers to face along the way. Additionally, there is an element of romance during their travels. But because of the accusations against her, Moriyah despairs of a future for her and Derek. The characters are likable, real, and easily related to. I would call the group traveling together highly colorful. I could barely put the book down because of all the twists and turns in the plot. I even enjoyed reading the book a second time. It was just as fresh as reading it the first time through. There are also some wonderfully contemplative moments where Moriyah learns more about the God of Israel whom she thought had abandoned her earlier in her life. The book contains some beautiful word pictures of the grace of God as she learns how He provided grace and mercy to his people. I highly recommend this book. This is the first book in a new series. I am certainly looking forward to reading the rest of the books that follow. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a complimentary review copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers. I was not required to write a review, positive or otherwise. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
swanphillips More than 1 year ago
If I could give more than 5 stars for A Light on the Hill by Connilyn Cossette - I would. From the opening paragraph, til the end - I was hooked on Moriyah and her story. Connilyn Cossette has a way with words and putting them in a way that just captivates her readers. This story, although Biblical Fiction, is not like what I thought Biblical Fiction would be - dry reading or read more like a non-fiction book. This story has it all in a fast pace - fast page turning read, One you won't be able to put down, and if you do, it is only because you either fell asleep or your eyes said no more! Moriyah's journey is one you won't want to miss and a story that will remain in your heart!
FHlady More than 1 year ago
This book takes placed right after the birth of Israel and during the wars for possession of the land by the Hebrews. Moriyah, at age 13, was captured by the Midianites during a war and taken to Jericho where she was turned over to the Temple priestess and branded as a prostitute. After rescue and before she could be used as a prositute., she returned to her home where she kept her face covered in order to hide the shame of her branding. It is now 7 years later, and Moriyah's dad has arranged for her marriage. This book is full of action from start to finish. Cossette is a new-to-me author, and she is definitely a wonderful storyteller. Her Biblical research is evident throughout the story as well as her attention to detail, and I learned so much about the cities of refuge. Her descriptions of the land and the people brought me right into the setting. The main characters, Moriyah and Darek, both learned to rely on Yahweh and listen to his prompting. Moriyah grew more confident and self-assured even though she reels from the horrible accident that she was part of. Darek was a strong, independent, caring young man. His caring and understanding of Moriyah made a huge difference in how she felt about herself. This was a book that when I finished I wished I could pick up the next in the series right then and there. Definitely recommend to readers of Biblical historical fiction.
SavannaKaiser More than 1 year ago
Every so often I come across a book I know I’ll never forget and A Light On The Hill is one of them. I’ve been a fan of this author for quite some time, but I’d say this is my favorite of hers yet. With the Biblical Cities of Refuge as the perfect backdrop, this tale swept me away with its rich history and heartfelt theme of redemption. Reading this book created quite an emotional tug-of-war in my heart. There are some heartbreaking events that happen, but there is beauty in the ashes. The love of God – and the hand of God – is present in their lives from beginning to end. The characters have some hard lessons to learn, but their journey becomes our own. Once I started this book, I could not put it down. I kept on turning the pages as the late night turned into early morning. In my head, I raced with Moriyah to safety and longed to see her find healing and freedom. I could not stop reading until I’d reached the end. I had to know what happened to her. To all of them. I’m still thinking about their story days after reaching The End. I keep reliving so many scenes in my head. There is much to savor in the conversations and events that transpire. It’s not a romance, but there is a love story woven in that took my breath away. I already want to re-read their story over. I encourage all of you to read this book. It draws characters from the previous series, but stands strongly on its own too. With a message of healing and trusting God with the unknown, A Light on the Hill is a book you won’t want to miss. It’s one of my favorites of 2018. I received a free copy from the publisher. No review, positive or otherwise, was required—all opinions are my own.
Nafia T. More than 1 year ago
“A Light on The Hill” is definitely a one of a kind book. The author of this book fully and openly discusses the problems that can take place in people’s lives. It’s a fictional book. This book definitely makes the reader dive into it without noticing the res of their surroundings. I am so glad that Moriyah managed to get a story of her own. It is definitely an interesting read. I would highly recommend it to everyone. I received a free digital copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers. All opinions are 100% my own.
JustCommonly More than 1 year ago
"How could I do anything but trust an Almighty God who somehow seemed to care for even a branded, convicted manslayer like me?" (312) Fascinating doesn't even seem to cut it for Connilyn Cossette's A Light on the Hill, the first of her new series, Cities of Refuge. The emotions this reader felt for Moriyah's journey was all over the place. Filled with anxiety for her trials, love for her tenacity, admiration for kindness and yes, even wonder sometimes for her faith. Wow. Pass on the tissues, a cozy blanket and a hug-able cushion, I can read Connilyn Cossette's stories anyday, anywhere. I love how like the author's debut series, Out of Egypt, A Light on the Hill is not a retelling, but rather a new conceptual story based in a biblical setting. Through her stories, you can tell the author did a lot of research and created an interesting way for readers to understand the time and culture. A Light on the Hill didn't dwell on the setting, but the setting itself did tend to jump out and stand on its own. I love the story of faith despite circumstances and tribulation that tests it. I love the strength and development we see in each of the main and minor characters. I love the slow burn of a romance that had me waiting, swooning, hoping and wanting to see to its conclusion. ". . .the man reminded me all the best of my father and my older brother mixed together - an honorable warrior who could protect me and a natural kindness that gave me hope that he someday see me, and not my scar." (55) If there was one thing that I had to say captured me and compelled me to move forward page after page was our main character Moriyah. I guess it makes sense given the fact that she is the featured character in A Light on the Hill. I love the quote about seeing her for her and not the scar that so many defined her with. I can relate on that note and it just gives a personal connection that stayed with me. Plus, her personality and desire to thrive despite her experience radiated a light of hope through the pages. Faith is easily said, but not always easily obtained. Yet, there's encouragement of it that isn't forceful but shown. In all, A Light on the Hill carries its own beacon of directional light shining straight to the Bible and our Lord. "If there's something I've learned in my life, it's that one can either endure hardship or thrive within it. . .I think. . .you will find that there is purpose in all of this, that somehow the ashes of all this present grief will become fertile soil for something you cannot yet fathom." (67) This review first appeared on Just Commonly blog. Disclaimer: I received a 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.
Annie732009 More than 1 year ago
First of all I have say I feel in love with the cover right away! I have to say this has to be one of my favorite covers of the biblical books I have so far. I have read several of Cossette's books and I have become a fan of her's and I didn't know if she could top her other books BUT she did! My heart grasped for young Moriyah because she was branded for something she wasn't. The people in her town bullied her for the branding she received (which angered me!). In this book you will be on a rollar coaster of drama, actions and love. I loved the characters and how Cossette describe the time era - it was perfect! It felt like I was part of the book. If you are a regular reader of biblical books or just came across this one I say it's a must read! I highly recommend it! This is the first book in the series of the Cities of Refuge and book #2 will be coming out Oct 2nd. I received a copy of this book from Bethany House for my honest review.
ForTheArtOfIt More than 1 year ago
I received a copy of this book from the publisher. Here is my honest review. I do not typically read Biblical historical fiction so this was a new venture for me. I am so thankful for the publisher sending me a copy to review. I've only read one other book in this genre so I wasn't really sure what to expect. While I think I am fairly well-versed in the Bible, particularly well-known history, I do not consider myself to be advanced in Biblical knowledge so I always hesitate to know if the book stays true to history. What I really enjoyed about Moriyah's story is that she is a fictional character set during the time after Joshua has led God's people into Canaan as they begin to settle the lands that they have conquered. I was able to enjoy the characters and immerse myself in the daily living on the period which brings a whole new element to my understanding of that time when I actually go back and read the Bible. I also thought Moriyah was endearing as a character. She has certainly faced hardship and judgment which has further led her to close herself off from being an active part of society. I could relate to how the fear of what people are saying about you can hinder our relationships, with God and each other. Seeing the journey that Moriyah took to accept circumstances that were beyond her control and reach out to boldly grasp a future for herself was inspiring. This is the first book in the Cities of Refuge series published by Bethany House. Goodreads shows that the second book in the series is expected to be published sometime in 2018. I am interested to see the next installment and read further works by Connilyn Cossette.
Kathae More than 1 year ago
Oh, the heartbreak, the joy, the danger, and the suspense! A Light on the Hill by Connilyn Cossette is the first book of a new series, Cities of Refuge. It continues the story begun in the Out From Egypt series, yet it stands alone well. Cossette expertly takes some brief passages of Scripture and fills in an amazing story line based on those. I was caught by surprise several times at the events unfolding in this story. The character development was amazing! We met Moriyah in Wings of the Wind, where she was a lively young girl. Circumstances have changed her, and she has been living almost hermetically since her rescue. Under dire situations, she must revisit her time in Jericho, and come out from her shell to save herself and her companions. I was always amazed and thrilled at what she could do as a result of her captivity in Jericho. Biblical fiction readers, I'm sure you will love this book, like I did. Those who like action, suspense, and romance will enjoy this book, as well. I received a copy of this book from the publisher, Bethany House, for review purposes. The thoughts expressed here are my own.
KMarkovich More than 1 year ago
Wow! I know when I pick up a book by Connilyn that I will love it and I’d better have time to sit and read because I won’t want to put it down! The author skillfully combines ancient Biblical history, archaeological finds and Josephus’ writings with a story and romance that keeps you turning page after page, wanting to know what will happen next. What will happen as Moriyah make her way to the city of refuge? Moriyah is a character first introduced in Wings of the Wind, but I don’t think it is necessary to have read it before this book as this is a new series. (However, if you haven’t read the previous series you should because it is fabulous!). This book starts some years later and Moriyah is now grown up. Life has beaten her down. She no sooner gets a small glimpse of hope for her life when it comes crashing down and is compounded by a tragic accident. This changes everything, and she must flee – away from her father, her home and even her friends who rely on her. I loved how, even in the difficult and uncertain days, she seeks to follow and obey God, even when it is not easy. I was so fortunate to receive a copy of this book from the publisher. I am freely writing a review - all thoughts and opinions are my own. And, indeed, it is a wonderful book, worthy of more than 5 stars!
Homesteading More than 1 year ago
A Light on the Hill was an enjoyable read with some weighty moments that slammed me for a loop. Cossette has woven together a resplendent story of what it would have been like to flee for your life to a city of refuge in biblical times. It is extremely detailed, which I must confess bogged me down a few times, and I found myself skimming more than usual. In spite of that, I was mesmerized by Moriyah and the situation she is in. From the moment she meets Darek, their attraction to one another is palpable; their restraint admirable. The history following the fall of Jericho is compelling. I felt the pull to stay in the story and experience the landscape in a new and terrifying way. The pagan temple practices were horrific and you know a scene is well-written when it literally makes you want to close your eyes. That is one thing I love about this authors writing skill. It is possible to be repulsed and fascinated at the same time with what she is describing. Do not let that be a deterrent for you, dear readers! History comes alive on the page! I highly recommend this book. It is a haunting yet beautiful rendering of Biblical historical fiction. I was gifted a copy of the book from the publisher. I was not required to write a review. No compensation has been received.