Shadow of the Storm (Out From Egypt Book #2)

Shadow of the Storm (Out From Egypt Book #2)

by Connilyn Cossette

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Overview

In the Depth of the Storm's Shadow, Only Truth Can Light Her Way

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?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781441230492
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/18/2016
Series: Out From Egypt , #2
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 182,385
File size: 3 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. 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.
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.

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Shadow of the Storm 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 36 reviews.
PatGMoore More than 1 year ago
Shadow of the Storm is book 2 in a series but can be read as a stand alone. If you love to read Biblical fiction with a touch of romance then you will love this book. Out From Egypt is the name of the series and its not your typical clean and sweet romance. It does get edgy but does not have bad language, no sex scenes but it does show the hardships and the suffering of the Jews. Counted With the Stars is the first in the series and starts about the time Moses returns to Egypt to talk Pharaoh into letting God's children go. Shadow of the Storm begins at the foot of the mountain where Moses has gone to talk to God and receive the Ten Commandments. Connilyn Cossette will take you there and will touch you with the vividness of the hardships, the animosity of the different groups of people and races that came out of Egypt. I hated to put this book down (even though I had to run errands). I still finished it in one day. Shira was a slave but and a character in Counted With the Stars but is the heroine in this book. Also, where they build the Ark of the Covenant. This book touched my heart and emotions. I felt like I had been transported back to the times of Moses, Aaron, the children of Israel and the sights, sounds and smells were vivid. I ordered this series through a local bookstore based a review I read on a blog. Halfway through the first book I ordered the next two. I've read over a 100 pages this morning when I started the book. Will probably finish it sometime today (340 pages). No one asked me to read & review this book. When an author impresses me with their writing style, the depth of the research and making the characters come alive then I will leave a review. I told my indy bookstore to add Connilyn Cossette to my favorite authors list. When I do this the bookstore will pre-order my favorite authors' books as soon as they have a release date. Connilyn has become one of my top 10 favorite authors & I read my first book by her in May. I highly recommend this amazing author.
Glorysong2 More than 1 year ago
Connilyn Cossette brings to life every-day events behind Moses' receiving the Ten Commandments and the judgment for worshiping the Golden Calf. This was a very interesting book. Now I have to go back and read her first book in Out of Egypt Series.
Kathae More than 1 year ago
Once again, author Connilyn Cossette brings the events of the Exodus to life through an amazing story. The first person narrative really worked to get inside the characters' heads, and her fine-tuned word choice made the story come alive. I really loved how the main character Shira was at a point in her life where she could identify her strengths, weaknesses, and interests, although she was real in that she didn't always recognize the unique strengths she had. When she arrived at that place, it was a beautiful and fulfilling thing. The most amazing thing about this story was that Yahweh was right there, and Shira could see Him working in her life. Fans of biblical fiction should read this book. Second in the Out From Egypt series, it does stand alone. I received a copy of this book from the publisher, Bethany House, for review purposes. The thoughts expressed here are my own.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Rivaling the best of Christian historical fiction out there today. Rich history, details, and well rounded characters . I cant wait to read the next one in the series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book helps to bring God and the Bible closer to the reader. It helos highlight how much God loves us!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
In Counted With the Stars, we were introduced to the supporting character of Shira, who is the lead character in Shadow of the Storm. At the beginning of book two, Shira, a Hebrew slave of the tribe of Levi, has left Egypt with the multitude of Hebrews during the Exodus of Scripture. The first chapter opens with a bang, depicting the events surrounding the golden calf in Exodus 32: And when Moses saw that the people had broken loose (for Aaron had let them break loose, to the derision of their enemies), then Moses stood in the gate of the camp and said, “Who is on the Lord‘s side? Come to me.” And all the sons of Levi gathered around him. And he said to them, “Thus says the Lord God of Israel, ‘Put your sword on your side each of you, and go to and fro from gate to gate throughout the camp, and each of you kill his brother and his companion and his neighbor.’” And the sons of Levi did according to the word of Moses. And that day about three thousand men of the people fell. During the long and terrifying night, Shira ends up assisting an experienced midwife in a childbirth due to a shortage of helping hands. Her heart is immediately captured by the gift of guiding new life into the world and she greatly desires to pursue midwifery herself. Her mother disapproves, but Shira believes that it is Yahweh Himself who has placed this great love for infants and mothers upon her heart. From the back cover: “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?” My Thoughts: I really enjoyed Shadow of the Storm. I’m fascinated by the history and narrative of the Exodus, and so I was naturally drawn to this entire series when I first picked up book one. While Counted With the Stars follows the coming of Moses, the ten biblical plagues, and the Exodus from Egypt, Shadow of the Storm occurs directly after the Exodus itself, but before the Hebrews are disciplined by God and bound to the wilderness for forty years. It’s a small time period that is often overlooked in the Exodus narrative. So often we think of the Hebrews leaving Egypt and then wandering for forty years, and yet there is a decent chunk of time that passes between these two big events of biblical history that I found very interesting. The Tabernacle is built, rebellion stirs, and God Himself guards and guides the Hebrews in the desert in a pillar of glowing cloud. This is Israel after they are freed from bondage, but before they enter the Promised Land. It is the Israel that angered the Lord so much that God would later give their inheritance to their children because of their complaining and lack of faith. Shadow of the Storm is a glimpse into what life could have been like in an Israel who thought the Promised Land was at their fingertips, with no idea the waiting they would endure. It is a well-written, well-researched book that honors the historical events and timeline of the Bible, and is enriched with fictional characters who live and breathe through the novel’s pages.
Laundry_Whispers More than 1 year ago
A continuation of the Out of Egypt series, Cossette takes us back to Mount Sinai and the story of Shira. Shira was pivotal in the first book (Counted with the Stars) in bring Kiya, an Egyptian slave, and her family with them as they left Egypt. As Shira deals with the extended time at the Mount and deals with her own history, her desires for her own future, and the influences of her family onto all of those things, she also learns to trust herself, her family and Yahweh. A fictional account of the exodus from Egypt and the Israelites time in the desert Shira's story is one of faith, redemption, and holds so much value for even today's world. It's not cushy feel good faith, it's gritty in it's honesty and redemptive in it's progression. Shira feels called to midwifery but her mother wants her to continue with the tradition of weaving. Shira not only does not enjoy weaving but also has little patience or talent for it. Approached by an honored midwife within the tribe, Shira feels as though her calling is to follow that path. In defiance of her mother she chooses to apprentice herself under Reva (the midwife) and knows in her heart that it's where she belongs. Despite the fact that she has not and will not ever have children of her own, which is considered a detriment as a midwife since there can be no personal understanding, Shira thrives on this path. Until she is present for a birth that the mother does not survive. Dvorah, also apprenticing under Reva, helps to push Shira away with her accusations that Shira is to blame. Dvorah was an enigma for me in this story. I didn't understand why she mattered to the whole when she was introduced. She frustrated me with her attitude, her seeming ability to win despite the less than honorable things she did and thought, and her ultimate betrayal to Shira. Perhaps that was her point but good gravy did I despise her as I'm certain I was intended to do. Shira's story could only be completed by Ayal. Shira's history in Egypt was not for the faint of heart. Taken advantage of as a young girl by an Egyptian overseerer she was not only emotionally very scarred but also physically. Things done to her at so precious an age left her barren. Something she was shamed by, knowing she would never have children of her own and fearing it would ever prevent her from marrying. After leaving midwifery behind and returning to weaving after the death Shira is forced to deal with her own actions and reactions to what happened. Ayal wants to marry Shira, wants to have her be the full-time mother to his children after their mother passes away. His background is not all sunshine and roses either and their friendship to romance path has more switchbacks than a donkey trail through the Grand Canyon. There's a lot of about, a lot of history and not a lot of me thus far. All of the history is so vital to my feelings about this book. I was so drawn into the characters I'd already met, emotions so engaged with each new character as well. I loved, I despised, I felt apathy, I felt frustration. This book lead me exactly where I needed to go with a story line that was well crafted and characters that I engaged with. This book hit every mark for me and I cannot wait to begin the third and final book of the series.
kpeck More than 1 year 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*
kpeck More than 1 year 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*
SavannaKaiser More than 1 year ago
With a stunning cover and a unique storyline, I was hooked every time I sat down to read Shadow in the Storm. It picks up where the last book finished nicely, but it also stands alone enough for new readers to enjoy. My heart instantly went out to Shira for all her dreams and her scars. She thinks she’s weak and unwanted, but her strength of spirit and the support of those closest to her changes her life. It’s a journey worth reading. I’m really starting to become a fan of Biblical fiction. I loved how the author incorporated real accounts from Scripture into the lives of her fictional characters. Getting to see the repercussions of the people worshiping the golden calf through Shira’s eyes was fascinating.Getting to see what life would have been like for the Hebrews through the wilderness was really eye-opening. I learned a lot through the story and the historical details made me want to study more from that time period. There were several surprises through the book and I couldn’t wait to see how it ended. Of course, I won’t spoil it for you, but I do encourage you to pick up this incredible series. It’s really unlike anything else I’ve read. This one’s another keeper. I received a free copy from the publisher. No review, positive or otherwise, was required—all opinions are my own.
LizR1990 More than 1 year ago
I was obsessed with this series before it even released and it has lived up to my expectations. The writing is evocative and pulls you to the base of Mt. Sinai. The research Cossette puts into each story is apparent and the characters are so easy to care about. Living in the Shadow of God’s glory, Shira is trying to find her place in this new life. Longing for a family of her own, she finds contentment in her new calling as a midwife. With tendrils of disquiet winding through the camp, Shira fights to hold on the broken pieces of her life. Will she have the strength to turn them over to the Lord? Shira was a favorite character since first meeting her in Counted With the Stars and I was so excited to finally unravel some of the hinted threads of her story. She has such a quiet strength, although she does not believe it of herself, and her struggle to navigate the new circumstances she finds herself in are captivating. I’m eagerly awaiting the conclusion to this series so I can meet Alanah the Canaanite and Tobiah the Hebrew warrior. I can’t wait to read what’s next from this author. *I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own. *
ARS8 More than 1 year ago
Shadow of the Storm is a remarkable Bible period story. I really liked how the author showed a realistic viewpoint on what moving a nation of people might look like and people being human, how they might not have gotten along. I know from the scriptures that Moses has a hard time of it and spent plenty of time on his face before God for this nation. The author also showed what it must have been like, prejudices and all, for those who were not Hebrew to move out with them and follow the one true God. Not all left for that reason, some left as an opportunity, but the picture I was really seeing was a very diverse nation who was happy not to be enslaved but did miss some of the aspects of Egypt: the culture, the food, the land itself. That was very thought provoking. We see this story mainly through the eyes of Shira who in her younger years had experienced a very traumatic event which has left her scarred on the inside. She is still learning to cope with that heavy burden and wanting to also step out of the family business (being a weaver) to seek out her heart’s calling, to become a midwife. I also enjoyed the midwife information the author weaved into her story. The romance is complicated. It was real and at times shocking and uncomfortable. It was a beautiful love story as well and I enjoyed seeing some of the Jewish wedding customs played out in the book. With the knowledge I have garnered from reading this novel, I actually understand some scripture passages in both the Old and New Testament more. If you are looking for Biblical fiction that will not only entertain but educate, I highly recommend this one. I received a copy of the book for free. I was not required to leave a favorable review and all views expressed are my own.
KellieW More than 1 year ago
Conni has done it again!!! This is her second book in her Out of Egypt series and once again she does a very good job of transporting you to Thor wilderness with all who escaped from Egypt. It is a MUST READ!! I can't wait until the next book!!!
JustCommonly More than 1 year ago
"It is not the perfection that matters...it is the love of the one who created it." (259) Within six months, Connilyn Cossette & Bethany House gave us not only Book 1 of the Out of Egypt series, Counted With the Stars (I absolutely adored), but also Book 2, Shadow of the Storm. And let me tell you how they opened my eyes and heart to what life for the Hebrews were. We read Exodus and learn of the 40 year journey, the manna and the pleading at Mt. Sinai, but the author gave us the story from the eyes of several women, not leaders, nor prophets. In Shadow of the Storm, during the first year into the wilderness, the multitudes not only flourished, but multiplied, and with more people, discourse and uncertainty erupts, leading to paganism and distrust. As Shira steps into a role of midwifery, we learn more about her past, and how she came to meet Kiya, our main character in Book 1. And during her trips to different camps, what she sees and learns about those of different tribes and their thoughts on Yahweh, the God that brought them out of Egypt. In Book 1, Shira strikes me as someone who's not afraid of many things, who is brave like Eben, her brother. In Shadow of the Storm, we are introduced to the softer side, the timid and self-doubt side of Shira. We see the side that she normally hides from others, but struggles internally, as a woman. How she lets those storms in her life cloud over her reminds me of how we let trials be stumbling blocks in our journey with Christ. It's interesting how the author focused in on Shira, yet it also communicated a broad spectrum of obedience during difficult times. Not only obedience but trust, for Shira, for the Hebrews and for us readers. Insightful and resourceful, Shadow of the Storm, is as powerful as Counted With the Stars were, as a story, and as one to reread and gain understanding. I look forward to the third book in the series, Wings of the Wind. 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.
Librarycataloger More than 1 year ago
As I read this story I had a hard time remembering that this is a work of fiction. It is apparent that the  author has done a lot of research to write this story about Shira and the other Hebrews who spent a year living at the base of Mt. Sinai after fleeing Egypt. Through the eyes of Shira, a former Egyptian slave, we witness everyday life as it might have been during this time. We see these people trying to believe in their leader Moses and in the God (Yahweh) who delivered them. We watch them as they live day to day and receive God's blessings. Shira's past hurts alter her perception of her own self worth and she doubts that she will ever be able to have a happy life. We are the ones who see her kindness and her ability to appreciate what this journey has given her and  we want to see her achieve the happiness that she deserves! Shadow of the Storm is excellent biblical fiction and I am eager to continue the journey of the Hebrew people through the author's perception. This book has prompted me to once again read the Biblical account of this time period.  Thanks to the author and Bethany House for  a complimentary copy of the novel. These are my honest opinions of this book.
2boyzmommy More than 1 year ago
Shadow of the Storm, Book 2 in Connilyn Cossette's Out From Egypt series, transports the reader back in time to the book of Exodus. A mixed group of people have fled from Egypt and are now experiencing a time of freedom at the foot of Mount Sinai. But Egypt still has its hold on many of them, which causes strife, division and rebellion in the camp. Shira is a young Hebrew girl that wants to serve Yahweh in this new place. She discovers that her calling is to be a midwife, which brings her a joy she never knew existed. But the events of one fateful night will change that and begin a chain of events that remind Shira of the pain of her past and threaten her new-found joy. Can Yahweh use the broken pieces of Shira's life to create something beautiful? Read her story to find out. You won’t be disappointed! I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for my honest review.
Mommynificent More than 1 year ago
Oh, this is a good read! I fell in love with the character of Shira in Cossette's debut novel Counted with the Stars, and I was so excited to get my hands on her story! Cossette delivered with a story that is every bit as compelling as her first one! There is so much to love about this book: complex characters who are flawed and experience great growth through the story, rich historical settings and vivid imagery, and realistic imaginings of what it might have been like to camp around Mount Sinai with the people of Israel who had just been freed from Egypt as well as the foreigners who joined them. But most of all, I love how Cossette's love for Yahweh shines through this book and draws me closer to Him as well - she has shown powerfully through this narrative that Yahweh is and has always been a God of love and redemption, justice and holiness. A God who engages with people and leaves them forever changed. I highly recommend this book as well as its predecessor, and I can't wait for the next book in the series!!! I received a complimentary electronic copy of this book from NetGalley.
AngelN1 More than 1 year ago
This book is the second in Cossette's Out from Egypt series. I do recommend reading the first one prior to reading this one, but I think it could be enjoyed independently, it just may take a bit for the reader to find her footing without the background of the first book. I liked the way the story was told from both Shira's and Dvorah's viewpoints. Of course, Shira is the preferred character, and she was a fully-drawn persona with a traumatic past but joyful spirit. I enjoyed her character very much. I also enjoyed the wisdom gleaned from the midwife, Reva, and the way midwifery was woven into the story. The author did a very good job of imagining what life could have been like for the people after fleeing Egypt but long before seeing the Promised Land. The story was believable and had enough detail to get the reader fully immersed in the time period. I was less excited about the romance aspect in this book (I won't give away any details), but I did like the way Shira's faith and ability to heal evolved. I recommend this book to anyone interested in historical or Biblical fiction. I'm looking forward to the third book next year. I received this book from the publisher, Bethany House, for the purpose of writing a review, but all opinions are my own.
VJoyPalmer More than 1 year ago
Oh, my friends. This book... This beautiful, haunting book... I so adored it! Shadow of the Storm torn my heart out. I wept. Yet by the end of the story, I felt... Built up. Stronger. Connected. Brave. Biblical fiction has rapidly become one of my favorite genres. I love seeing these amazing lessons and nuggets of truth that another person has taken into their heart then woven into a beautiful story. Shira is a wonderful character. She's wounded and foolish at times, but that makes her triumph all the more glorious. She's one of the most relatable characters I've read this year. Her accounts of midwifery were moving, realistic, yet terrifying given my traumatic labor and delivery. (It certainly made me even more thankful for all the knowledge God has given to us and for guiding the doctors hands during my daughter's birth!) I loved, loved, loved reading about Israel's time at Mount Sinai. I don't know about you, but I've become so accustomed to reading through these accounts in Exodus, that I've become a wee bit desensitized. Being forced to remember and imagine that while reading was so difficult, but it reminded me that these are people just like us. They had their own crap, and that's why they were the way they were. And when they allowed God to heal their wounds, amazing things happened. Reading this story about this group of battered, broken slaves being transformed into the mighty nation of Israel is incredible. I highly recommend Shadow of the Storm. Five Stars! Shadow of the Storm is the second book in Connilyn Cossette's Out from Egypt Series. The third book, Wings of the Wind, releases May 2017 I received a copy of Shadow of the Storm by Connilyn Cossette from Bethany House Publishers, a division of Baker Publishing Group. All opinions expressed are my own.
booklovingmomof5 More than 1 year ago
I have been anticipating the release of this book since I finished “Counted With the Stars,” so my expectations were very high for “Shadow of the Storm.” I am delighted to say I was not disappointed! The second installment in Connilyn Cossette’s “Out From Egypt” series continues the story of Shira, Kiya, and others on the Exodus journey toward the Promised Land. I would recommend reading “Counted With the Stars” first in order to have all the background, although I don’t think it would be hard to jump right into this second story without having done so. The book is beautifully crafted, and the characters are intriguing and relatable as they struggle with love, betrayal, and forgiveness and ultimately seek redemption. The tale is inspiring for all of us, who -- like the characters -- are broken vessels in need of God’s healing power. Biblical fiction is one of my favorite genres, as it helps me to gain a better knowledge of what life was like in the time period depicted and also spurs me to delve more deeply into the Bible. I recommend “Shadow of the Storm,” as well as “Counted With the Stars,” to all fans of historical/religious fiction and for possible use in a homeschool curriculum. Please note that I received an advance copy of this book from Bethany House Publishing to review. However, the thoughts and opinions I have expressed here are entirely my own.
Sydney More than 1 year ago
Every so often you come across a book that is so well-written you just want to savor it. Curl up on the divan and sip some coffee or tea, tune out the world, and immerse yourself in its story. Shadow of the Storm by Connilyn Cossette was like that for me. This is a book that will appeal to someone looking for a good historical book as well as those wanting an inspirational tale. Set in the time of the Biblical Exodus (around 1446 B.C., during the reign of Thutmoses III) this book follows the story of Shira, a Levite, and those around her. Escaping Egypt in the Exodus with her family, Shira finds her calling as a midwife - something that is desperately needed in the Hebrew camps. Dvorah is the daughter of a Danite prostitute and an Egyptian man who sees midwifery as the opportunity she needs to get out of the tent of her brother-in-law and his two wives. Her husband was killed by the Levites at Mosheh's command after he was with those discovered drunk, drugged, and worshipping the golden calf. Dvorah has no love lost for the Levites, but hates subjecting her son to life with her brother-in-law more. Ayal is a shepherd, a Levite, who has captured the imagination of Shira, and is well on his way to capturing her heart. Though at first it seems to be a perfect match, something stands in the way... This is the second in the series Out From Egypt yet is definitely a stand-alone book if you read it first. Though this story is firmly rooted in the Old Testament, it is something anyone would enjoy reading - meaning there's nothing "preachy", nothing that would interrupt the flow of the story to remind you that you are reading a book instead of immersing yourself in the lives of these people. Very well written, and very enjoyable. **I was sent this copy by Bethany House Publishers in exchange for my fair and honest opinion.**
swanphillips More than 1 year ago
Wow! What a wonderful journey! This was my first Biblical Fiction story and I was "Hooked" from the very first page & line! I am an avid Christian Fiction reader and read everything within that "umbrella", but Biblical Fiction hadn't yet been one that I tried. Maybe I thought it would read more like Non-Fiction? But whatever kept me from exploring this side of Christian Fiction, I am so Happy I did! This story, picks up after the Hebrews were freed from bondage by Moses and he is up in the mountains receiving God's laws for us. We follow the journey as Shira finds herself deciding what path to follow, her heart's desires or her family's. Once I began this journey, I could not stop! Each paged flowed as if I were watching a movie and couldn't turn my eyes from the screen. I am now a HUGE fan of not only Biblical Fiction, but of a new favorite author - Connilyn Cossette! I cannot wait to read book 3 (when it comes out)! Want a great story, filled with a bit of everything? Then look no further than Shadow of the storm - you won't regret the ride!
annelr More than 1 year ago
Shadow of the Storm, second in the Out From Egypt series by Connilynn Cossette, is a remarkable novel. Biblical fiction is one of my favorite genres to read and this book did not disappoint. The story of the Hebrew nation fleeing from Egypt 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. Using the voice of two distinctly different women, everyday life in the wilderness amidst a group of fractured people with jagged edges is vividly portrayed. Shira, gentle, and yet with a strength she has not yet recognized, desires to be a midwife despite her mother's disapproval. Can she find the courage to stand up to her mother and change her life's work or will she be held in bondage by her past? When the unthinkable happens will she ever be able to let go of her fears, the echoes of panic? Dvorah is a bitter, jealous woman who has a sordid and sorrowful past that holds her in bondage. A woman who clings to the superstitions and hopelessness of idol worship. Can she ever learn to trust others and recognize her worth as a daughter of Yahweh? What sorrow will her actions bring to others? To herself? The author brings to life the joys and heartaches of childbirth in the desert, the celebration of marriage as well as the building of the tabernacle and God's desire to dwell among His people despite their disunity and rebellion. Through the telling of friendships woven together through circumstances, slavery and God and relationships torn apart by fear, hatred, and jealousy, Cossette tells a story of forgiveness. 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. Shadow of the Storm is a captivating glimpse into the history of God's Chosen Ones. I received a copy of the book from the author. A favorable review was not required and the opinions are my own.
GCWineholt More than 1 year ago
SHADOW OF THE STORM Out of Egypt By Connilyn Cossette Shadow of the Storm is the second book by Connilyn Cossette in her Out of Egypt series. Her first book, Counted With the Stars, was about a Egyptian slave girl who left Egypt with the Hebrews at the Exodus. This was a different viewpoint of the exodus. The second book continues the story, starting at the base of the mountain when Moses receives the Ten Commandments. A story of two women who are different in many ways and work together as midwifes. The story is filled with intrigue and struggles. Shira is dealing with wanting to be a midwife and not working with her mother as a weaver. While learning to be a midwife, there is a problem with a delivery and she blames herself. Dvorah, has her own agenda of being a single mom, since her husband was killed at the golden calf celebration and trying to get away from husband’s family. The two clash throughout the story. The story is a love story with intrigue and struggles of the two women, one who believes in God and the other who is an idol worshipper. The story contains Biblical facts and what took place with the golden calf, Moses return with the tablets and the building of the Tent of the Tabernacle. The author gives detailed descriptions of the different events and her writing will hold your interest. I found the story believable and very factual, the story is a story that most are familiar with and show just what might have been happening to the people. Beautifully written and very informative to make a great novel. I received this book free from Bethany House Blogger Review Program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255
BethErin More than 1 year ago
Shira’s character is so easy to love. She’s kind, compassionate, and self-sacrificing. I loved seeing her friendship with Kiya continue to grow despite the turmoil surrounding them. Even as Shira deals with the shadow of her past experiences, she is driven by a deep need to care for others. Shira’s interest in midwifery gives readers a peek at child birthing practices and family expectations for choosing a trade during that time. Throughout the book, I was fascinated by the way the events recorded in the Bible are brought to life. I requested the opportunity to read and review this title through NetGalley and the publisher. The opinions expressed are my own.