Until the Mountains Fall

Until the Mountains Fall

by Connilyn Cossette

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Overview

Recently widowed, Rivkah refuses to submit to the Torah law compelling her to marry her husband's brother and instead flees Kedesh, hoping to use her talents as a scribe to support herself. Without the protections of her father, Kedesh's head priest, and the safety of the city of refuge, Rivkah soon discovers that the cost of recklessness is her own freedom.

Malakhi has secretly loved Rivkah for years, but he never imagined his older brother's death would mean wedding her himself. After her disappearance, he throws himself into the ongoing fight against the Canaanites instead of dwelling on all he has lost. But with impending war looming over Israel, Rivkah's father comes to Malakhi with an impossible request.

As the enemies that Rivkah and Malakhi face from without and within Israel grow more threatening each day, is it too late for the restoration their wounded souls seek?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780764219887
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 07/02/2019
Series: Cities of Refuge Series , #3
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 133,165
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Connilyn Cossette is the CBA bestselling author of the Out from Egypt and Cities of Refuge series. Her debut novel, Counted with the Stars, was a finalist for the 2017 Christy Award, INSPY Award, and the Christian Retailing's Best Award. She lives with her husband of twenty-one years and a son and a daughter who fill her days with joy, inspiration, and laughter. Connect with her at www.connilyncossette.com.

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Until the Mountains Fall 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 45 reviews.
Homesteading 4 days ago
“Every day I stand here on the roof before I pray and just watch the road, imagining she will appear..." Connilyn Cossette has written a powerful re-telling of The Prodigal Son. Until the Mountains Fall powerfully balances tension and humor in such an eloquent way; completed by its cast of fallible, relatable characters. As I read along, I fell deeper and deeper emotionally and spiritually in to the story, feeling apprehensive when Rivkah was in rebellion and grieving the choices she had made. That same grief was only compounded when Rivkah assumed that she could never return home, especially to her betrothed. This story brought to mind how much I love my own children and how many times I have told them there is nothing they could ever do that would sever my love or close my arms to them. Poor Rivkah was cut to the core with self-incriminations that literally robbed five years of her life, causing deep rivulets of pain to her father and family. Remarkably, he never gave up hoping and trusting that one day they would be reunited. If you have a prodigal, I encourage you to maintain that same level of hope. God can fully restore them to their faith and bring them home! I didn’t think Cossette could top the second book in this series, Shelter of the Most High, but in my opinion, she did. The steady adventure and rich story line evoked complex emotions; so much so that I came away more affected than before. Until the Mountains Fall, never stop praying! I was provided a copy of this book by the publisher. All opinions in this review are my own.
amybooksy 8 hours ago
Until the Mountains Fall, book three from Connilyn Cossette's series, Cities of Refuge, is a pretty good read. I enjoyed the author's vivid details of the time period. I feel like I was right there living among the characters and being part of the story. It tells a beautiful story of God's love, forgiveness, and redemption. I give Until the Mountains Fall a well deserved five plus stars and highly recommend it for readers who enjoy Biblical fiction. This book should not be missed. I received this book from the publisher, but was not required to write a review. This review is 100% my own honest opinion.
Librarycataloger 1 days ago
Each time I read a new book by Connilyn Cossette, I believe that it is her best work yet and Until the Mountains Fall is no exception! I consider Cossette to be one of the best biblical fiction authors currently writing books and I am always amazed with her ability to tell a fictional story that has us hanging on to every word but still remain true to the biblical account that she has used as her background. This is the third book in her Cities of Refuge series and it features a strong-willed young woman who has suddenly lost her husband and is now expected to marry his younger brother to fulfill the laws concerning a Levirite marriage: the brother of a deceased man is obliged to marry his brother's widow. Rivkah rebels against this because Malakhi is two years younger than her, just sixteen, and he has teased and bullied her for years. How can she even contemplate being married to such a person? This book relates her journey as she runs from her home, away from her father who is a priest and an advocate for this marriage, away from the young man who has secretly loved her for years and is more than ready to take her as his wife. Her flight also takes her from the protection that a City of Refuge offers and she faces danger and uncertainty. Over the next five years, on their separate journeys, Rivkah and Malakhi mature into humble servants and gain the wisdom that comes with age. It is when they are once again drawn together that Rivkah realizes that she may have run from the biggest blessing of her life, the love of Malakhi. 'Somehow, over these past two months, I'd discovered that life without the man I'd once thrown away was unthinkable.' And as she prays to her Heavenly Father for Malakhi's safety, she realizes that her own earthly father has probably been praying for her and pleading for her safe return! Until the Mountains Fall is a beautifully written story that features two love stories: the breathtaking romance between a woman and the man who never gave up on her and the powerful love that God has for His children. Cossette's theme is one that we all need to remember---no matter where we go and no matter what we do, we all can experience redemption and forgiveness. All of us can enjoy a homecoming like the prodigal son that is recorded in Luke 15, or in this case, the homecoming of a prodigal daughter! I received a complimentary copy from the author and publisher and I am voluntarily sharing my thoughts in this review.
Leonas_Lines 1 days ago
Review of "Until The Mountains Fall" by Connilyn Cossette Cities of Refuge Book #3 Though this is Book #3 of a series, it can be read as a stand alone novel. However, if you have read the other two books in this series, "A Light on the Hill" and "Shelter of the Most High" you will surely enjoy getting re-acquainted with some of the previous characters you knew in those previous books, like Moriyah, Eitan, Darek, Sophea, Baz, and Raviv. "Until The Mountains Fall" is a very emotional story of love, faith and hope. It is a story of youthful rebellion and it's consequences. It is a story of broken relationships, rejection, abandonment and loss. Does it have a happy ending? I will leave that for you to read the story and find out. This story is about Rivka and Malakhi, who live in a city of refuge in Kedesh, Israel. Rivka is the head priest's youngest daughter and Malakhi is a son of Moriyah and Darek, owners of the Inn in the city. Rivka was married to Malakhi's brother, Gildal, who recently died of a snake bite. Her father who strictly follows the levitical law, has now pledged her to marry Malakhi, but Rivka is independent and rebellious, not wanting to be married again, especially to Malakhi whom she sees as too young for her, so she decides to run away planning to make a living as a scribe using the knowledge she's learned from her father. A very risky decision considering the time she is living in where women are not entrepreneurs, but seen only as property of their fathers or husbands. Malakhi has known Rivka since childhood, when he used to tease her to gain her attention, and he has secretly loved her for a long time. Now, feeling sad for his brother's death, yet joyful that he could finally have the chance to claim Rivka as his wife, he is greatly hurt when she rejects him and runs away. This story will carry you through the streets of Israel in the days of the Old Testament where you will experience first hand what it was like to follow Yahweh in a worldly culture that was following self satisfaction and strange gods and you might even relate it to the present world we are living in now. You will ache with Rivka's old father as he prays and fasts daily, watching and waiting on his rooftop to see his wayward daughter return home. You will be torn emotionally as you watch Malakhi try to live out his days without Rivka, wondering whether he should honor her father's request to go search for her and what he will do if he finds her. You will mourn with Rivka as she lives the life she's been given, not a life she chose, but one she's had to accept to survive. It is a story that will capture your heart, and I highly recommend that you read it as a stand alone novel or even more so, that you read the whole series. I received this book from the author for free in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts are my own. Leona J. Atkinson
Rebecca Tellez 2 days ago
Once again Connilyn Cossette takes us on an amazing journey into the ancient land of Israel and its culture and people. The research that goes into making sure the cultural aspects, as well as staying true to the Old Testament, allow us to enter the pages of history and become part of the families that resided there. Her love of Yahweh shines through as she weaves Him and His love and faithfulness into the fabric of each book. Rivkah “There was only one choice left that gave me any sort of control over my future. Tomorrow I would meet Nessa at the boundary and determine my own path.” Rivkah is the daughter of the priest of Kadesh, Amati, and is recently widowed and according to Torah Law is betrothed to Malakai, her husband’s younger brother. Her headstrong decision to leave the protection of Kadesh and her father, and to break her betrothal, will become a journey with consequences she never anticipated. Malakai “But still she fled, leaving me battered and bleeding among the only remnants of my brother’s life, each of her parting footfalls another blow to the dream I’d not deserved, but had foolishly dared to hope for.” Malakai is the younger brother of Gidal who has known Rivkah his whole life. Through circumstances beyond his control, Malakai becomes a wounded soldier, both in body and spirit, that grows into a strong, sensitive man with integrity and a strong faith. This book is full of adventure, intrigue, romance, secondary characters that are an important part of this story, faith and hope, all the things that make a story worth reading. I loved this book and the subtle weaving of the Biblical story of the Prodigal and the forgiveness and hope that lies with Yahweh. I highly recommend this book, From time to time, I receive complimentary books from publishers, publicists, and/or authors, including Netgalley. I am not required to write a review. The thoughts and opinions I have expressed are my own.
ARS8 2 days ago
Until the Mountains Fall is another beautiful piece of Biblical fiction in the Cities of Refuge series. This is the story of Malakhi and Rivkah and delves into the law of the Levirate marriage and shows us how and what that may have looked like. First off, my words are not going to do justice to this truly lovely story. I was mesmerized from the first page and knew just from the back cover there was going to be some heartbreak. I was right there with Rivkah and understood the entrapment feelings she had. Doing her best to obey her loving father yet knowing within herself she would not be happy with Malakhi whom she still saw as her childhood tormentor. However, like the rest of us we can’t see past the nose on our own face and we tend to make more of a mess with our lives when we step out of the way we know to be right. Rivkah learns this fairly early on but believes as a true prodigal daughter, and a lot of us, that there is no hope for us. That we need to make the best of a bad situation. And then there was Malakhi who has loved Rivkah for so long and truly wants to honor his deceased brother’s family line and to love Rivkah as the wife he now has a chance with. My heart broke for him as he must endure Rivkah’s abandonment and her callous treatment toward his love and feelings for her. Both of these characters I was rooting for and knew that whatever they were going to endure, that by the end of the story their love would be all the stronger for it. If you have not given Biblical fiction a chance yet, I suggest you try this author out. Her stories consist of great characters, unbelievable odds, and takes the Mosaic laws that seem so far removed from us today and shows just how invaluable they were to the Hebrew people while also mirroring our own culture. Simply wonderful storytelling and writing. I was provided a copy of this novel from the publisher. I was not required to post a positive review and all views and opinions are my own.
Alicia Lowery 3 days ago
Excellent book!! So very well written. I LOVED the story of Rivkah and Malakhi! I feel like I’ve been transported back to Old Testament times. Connilyn Cossette brings to life the characters and setting. Malakhi's loyalty and long-time love of Rivkah is so inspiring. This story had a "Prodigal's Son" twist to it that I wasn't expecting. And the ending???? Oh soooo good!! While this book is a part of a series and it's always better to read as a part of that series.... I truly think this could be read as a stand-alone also! Great book for book clubs too! I was provided this book by the publisher, however, all opinions are my own.
LucyMR1 4 days ago
Have you ever read a book so deeply moving that you are speechless when finished? That’s how this one is....it latches on to your heart and you want to go back to the beginning and read all Ms. Cossette’s books again. I fell in love with Biblical fiction through this author and she never disappoints. This is my favorite though. It is rich and deep and gets you emotionally involved in the story. It is so well researched and written in such detail that you feel like you have walked those dusty miles from one city to the next in these well developed characters shoes. I love that previous characters are incorporated into the books, as it feels like going home. Redemption and forgiveness are woven throughout and finding that no matter how far you stray from God...He is always there to pick you up, dust you off, and open His arms of love. We all know a prodigal and this is a perfect example of how to extend forgiveness. I wish everyone could read this, as it is that Spectacular. I received a complimentary copy from the author/publisher. The honest review and opinions are my own and were not required.
Lynns_Chronicles 4 days ago
Usually, when you have a special fondness for the first book in a series, it’s hard to be impressed by the following books. I mean, it can’t get any better than book one, right? That’s how I felt about “A Light On The Hill,” the opening book in the Cities of Refuge Series. It was such a perfect story, I couldn’t fathom how the author could keep that kind of momentum going throughout the series… But here we are, at the release of book #3 and all I can say is that it’s amazing! Not only did Cossette keep pace with building deep characters and a plot line that kept me on the edge of my seat, she wrote of themes we know so well in such a fresh way. When you open the first page, you’re introduced to Rivkah, a young widow who is being urged into a levirate marriage. (Now, if you don’t know what a levirate marriage is, no sweat. This is by far the only Biblical Fiction novel I know of that speaks of it. Basically, the Hebrew people had this law that if a man died without having children, his brother would marry her so his brothers line would have a chance at having an heir. If the woman did have a son, he would be considered the original husbands heir, not the brother who fathered the child. Weird, right? But it’s in the Bible, I promise!) So, before the marriage to her husband’s younger brother, Rivkah decides to take matters in her own hands. After all, she was a scribe who could not only write, but speak several languages. She could support herself. She runs and for five years, you walk with Rivkah and her betrothed, Malakhi, as they both bear the burdens of Rivkah’s prodigal choices. In many ways, “Until The Mountains Fall” is a prodigal story in an Old Testament setting. The author did such a great job capturing the pain, emotion and motivation behind all the characters. For me, that’s what made this book such an amazing story. You saw the way Rivkah felt, but you also got a glimpse into her father’s heart. (Who, BTW, became one of my favorite character’s by the end of the book!) You felt Malakhi’s frustration and the siblings bitterness. All the emotions in the novel felt so real. I also loved how there was a great element of suspense in the novel. No matter what part I read, it always kept me on the edge of my seat. This is a very fast, easy read! Conclusion: A wonderful, wonderful book! I could hardly keep the tears from flowing at the end. This wasn’t just a female version of the prodigal son, it was so much more than that. After reading the story from both sides - meaning, the pain of the one who left and pain of the ones left behind - the ending had such a deep resonating quality. This book is more than just a “keeper,” it’s a true story of God’s love towards every one of us. A must read for Biblical Fiction fans! You will not be disappointed!
swissgranny 5 days ago
Until the Mountains Fall is a riveting, compelling, and poignant tale of redemption, forgiveness, and mercy told in Connilyn Cossette’s inimitable way. The beauty of her prose shines through in this story reminiscent of the story of the prodigal son from the New Testament. With a richly painted setting of Israel in around 1380 B.C. and meticulously drawn, multi-layered characters, this tale drew me in and kept me enthralled and turning pages. Cossette’s exquisite writing combined with her obvious knowledge of Biblical times have made this Cities of Refuge series a favorite of mine. It’s been fascinating learning more of the customs, beliefs, heritage, and traditions of the Israelites during this time period. Cossette’s memorable and vibrant characters quickly endeared themselves to me, although I must admit that it took me a while to warm up to Rivkah. I felt she was a bit—okay, a lot—impetuous, and I wanted to smack her at a few points in the story. Of course, she had to face the consequences of her rash decisions. Malakhi was a perfect hero—courageous, patient, forgiving, kind, and loyal. A superb cast of secondary characters added much to the story. It was fun seeing many characters from previous books in the series. With a perfect balance of heart-pounding suspense, personal growth, redemption, and a side of romance, this book has a little of everything. I also loved the message of the importance of family. “The mountains will fall into dust before I will ever give up on my daughter.” This book is definitely one for the keeper shelf. I’m looking forward to the next book in the series. I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy from the publisher/NetGalley. All opinions are my own.
Laundry_Whispers 6 days ago
I am going to tell you a story that has absolutely nothing to do with my review of this book but yet has absolutely everything to do with my review of this book. I have read every single book that Connilyn Cossette has published. I've been a huge fan hooked on her way with words from the beginning. Once upon a time I was blessed to be part of her launch team. . .and then Facebook happened. If you aren't in that loop I'll make a post about it some day but suffice it to say someone reported my name (please people, more people in my life know me as Fizzy than as my given name!) and I'm just stubborn enough to refuse to change it! With the loss of Facebook came the loss of my launch teams, my author pages, basically all the bookish circles I revolve in on a daily basis. I was devastated to say the least and floundered for a hot minute or ninety. I had to get my bookish mojo back and it's happening but then with this book coming out I had to get it, launch team or no it's Connilyn people! 'Until the Mountain Falls' is the third book in the Cities of Refuge series. Oh the lengths I'll go to ensure I don't miss a word! We get to watch as Moriyah's family grows up and expands. We get to watch as her family comes into their own. This book is all about Malakhi, sorta. It's also about Rivkah, mostly. Malakhi is a son of Moriyah and Darek, brother of Eitan. Rivkah is the daughter of the high priest of Kedesh was married to Malakhi's older brother Gidah. Shortly after their marriage he passes away from a snake bite. You can get all this and more (like the levirate marriage that was aranged between Malakhi and Rivkah and build up to the good stuff) but here's what you aren't going to read about. . .without spoilers as much as possible. The back cover doesn't tell you about the depth of Rivkah's dissatisfaction with this marriage arrangement. I mean Malakhi made her growing up years absolutely miserable with the teasing. She is so in shatters about losing her husband of four months, whom she did care for, to being tossed into a betrothal to the bane of her existence a month later that she is willing to risk everything she knows to escape. And by everything I mean that once she left and made some sketchy choices she bound herself into an indentured contract instead of going home. I mean who does that? Sells themself into slavery because they can't bear to go home? Apparently Rivkah does. Meanwhile poor Malakhi is beside himself. He's finally going to get to marry the woman he has loved since he was a mere child, the woman he has placed on a pedestal so high he can't see the real her. When she leaves he is devastated and throws himself into his carpentry and his military service. After going to try to find her of course. He refuses to consider any other marriage despite his families attempts to hook him up so to speak. Needless to say there's a lot that happens to both of them in their separateness and a lot that happens to ultimately bring them back into contact. What they do with that contact is up to them. Connilyn talks a lot about the parallels to the prodigal son in reference to this book. I totally get that. Here's something else to consider. No matter how much you think you know someone until you invest in really getting to know their motives, the essence of who they are, you only know them how you filter them into your life. There's a little Malakhi in each of us, that person who does things with the best of
LynnSonia 8 days ago
Connilyn Cossette has done it again. She has woven a new story that captured me from the first paragraph. This book drew me more deeply in than the previous books (and I loved the previous books). Connilyn weaves history, geography, love, betrayal, war, hurt, pain, relationship issues, faith, forgiveness and redemption into a compelling fiction. This book centers on Malakhi (youngest son of Darek and Moriyah, whom I met in a previous book), his life in Kedesh, (one of the Israelite Cities of Refuge) and his betrothal to Rivkah. Rivkah is unaccepting of this betrothal and flees Kedesh in reckless self-centeredness. As one can expect, Rivkah’s dream of greener pastures outside of Kedesh quickly evaporates, leaving her ashamed, penniless, and shackled with blame, regret and guilt. Rivkah enslaves herself with layers and layers of compromise. Her father does not give up on his prodigal daughter. After five years he sends Malakhi to find her. Then the story began twisting back and forth, as Connilyn takes the reader on an emotional roller coaster with me exclaiming “Oh My!” “REALLY?” as I held on for the end of this story. One of this writer’s strengths is writing one chapter from Malakhi’s experience and the next from Rivkah’s experience. By doing this the reader truly gets to know the deepness of each character. By the end of the book, I felt I knew them. As this is the next book in the series, Cities of Refuge, it’s wonderful to reconnect with characters and references to events that occurred in the previous books. I’ve enjoyed reading of four generations in these books. I highly recommend Until the Mountains Fall. It will entertain you, inspire you, challenge you, dig deep into your heart to expose areas that need growth, bring you to tears and eventually calm your beating heart as it slows into an incredible ending that puts a huge smile on your face. Connilyn knows the human experience, the struggles and the path to redemption. Bravo Connilyn for a superb new addition to Cities of Refuge!
Stardust_Fiddle 8 days ago
As a genre, Biblical fiction is one of the most difficult to write. The author must be well-versed not only in the ancient historical setting, but also of course in the Bible itself. Crafting stories that occur during the time of the Old Testament adds to the challenge because the mindset is different. There is a shift from being under the law in the Old Testament to faith and forgiveness in Christ after the Resurrection, as exemplified in Galatians 3:24-25: “So the law was our guardian until Christ came that we might be justified by faith. Now that this faith has come, we are no longer under a guardian.” This change in the way of life distinguishes the Old and New Testaments and as such establishes a requisite precedent for any writing in the genre. Connilyn Cossette fulfills these standards with aplomb in book three of the Cities of Refuge series, “Until the Mountains Fall.” Opening in Kedesh in 1380 BC, this story employs fictional main characters to transport the reader to ancient Israel, bringing the Old Testament vividly to life and foreshadowing the coming of Christ. Despite the differences of living in a post-Resurrection world today, many themes remain the same, now embodied with even more hope in the realization of the Savior. As a result, this story resonates in a deeply intimate way, whether readers are familiar with the Bible or not. Told in a dual 1st-person narrative, “Until the Mountains Fall” follows Rivkah and Malakhi along a twisting path to discovering the unrelenting grace of Yahweh (God). Following the death of her new husband, Rivkah is subject by the Torah law to a levirate marriage, in which she will marry her husband’s brother, Malakhi. My heart ached for Rivkah from the outset. She is very independent and intelligent and has an arrogance about her that leads her to rebel against how trapped she feels. Still, rather than disliking her character, I felt empathy and pity for her. I appreciated that she was a female scribe who loved languages: “The dance of ink over finely woven plant fibers became an act of worship, a connection to the Creator of language himself, especially when the words of a new song spilled from my heart onto a sheet of papyrus.” Like so many of us, Rivkah wants to be in control of her own life, and she ends up reaping the consequences of her irresponsible choices. Her betrothed, Malakhi, also endures the costs of her decisions, the reverberations of which reach farther than she could ever have realized. Rivkah’s faith journey becomes derailed as she drifts farther from Yahweh, only to realize that no one can outrun God’s magnificent grace. Epitomizing the story of the prodigal, “Until the Mountains Fall” is an engaging story with a beautiful message of redemption. The time lapses in the narrative are at times somewhat disconcerting but contrast well with the gradual and thoughtful unveiling of the storyline. There are plenty of twists that enhance the plot and take it far beyond a simple romance, as well as tear-jerker scenes. There is some mature and violent content, but it is tastefully done, without graphic details, and these scenes are integral to the story. “Until the Mountains Fall” is a breathtaking, heartrending, and ultimately redemptive story of deliverance, highlighting the grace, mercy, and loving care of God. I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author and the publisher and was not required to post a positive review. All opinions are my own.
DixieJudy 9 days ago
If you are a reader of Biblical history you will surely love Until The Mountains Fall. Written during the time of the kings in Bible times, it is not based on any particular bible character just during that time. A time when a man died and left no children, his brother was to marry the widow and the first child born to that union would carry the name of the deceased husband. Newly widowed Rivkah balks when her father promises her in marriage to the younger brother who in her childhood she never got along with. He always tormented her and was a charmer. She could not feature her life joined with this flirtatious full of himself individual. When her father refuses to be swayed, insisting this marriage will be good for her, she flees Kedesh. Malakhi is left reeling from Rivkah’s betrayal in running away as he has always secretly loved her and was looking forward to this union. The twists and turns this story takes as Malakhi searches for her makes for a very interesting book that will keep you reading to see how it will turn out. Loved reading of the faithfulness of God and how He will make a way for His chosen people. I highly recommend this book…..I received a copy from the publisher and Netgalley and I am happy to leave this review.
Tessaboo 10 days ago
With this story, Connilyn Cossette has permanently jumped onto my list of auto buy authors! I don’t read a lot of Biblical fiction, but if Connilyn Cossette’s name is on it, I’m going to read it! She writes stories that are so lyrical and beautiful and moving. Her characters are ones that will stick with you for a long long time. This entire series is amazing! Let’s start with Malakhi. What an incredible character! He was so giving, caring, kind, and patient (especially with Rivkah!) At one point in this story, I was telling Malakhi to forget Rivkah because she was so selfish and so unlikable. But, due to incredible writing skill, by the end of the story, I loved her as much as Malakhi! She grew so much throughout this prodigal “son” story! The ending brought me to tears more than once! I loved that we got to catch up with Moriyah and Darek and Eitan and Sofea from books one and two. And, somehow, Ms. Cossette actually made me tear up when something happens to a character I have disliked from the book 1! This is a beautiful story one I highly recommend! I received a complimentary copy of this book. All thoughts are my own.
annelr 11 days ago
Until the Mountains Fall is author Connilyn Cossette's third book in the Cities of Refuge series. It is an amazing and remarkable story. Biblical fiction is one of my favorite genres to read and this book went way above my expectations. Cossette is an expert storyteller and has woven a wonderful tale of a young widow being compelled into marriage to her brother-in-law. Impulsively Rivkah flees from all she has ever known to a city that stood in direct opposition to everything she loved about the city of her family. Would she find the peace of mind and spirit that she seeks? She knew she could never go home again but would she survive on her own? The suspense of this story is intense as Rivkah faces men who mean her evil, a life of being indentured, a life away from her family and those who truly care about her. The characters have depth and reality and their emotions and strengths and failures resonate well with readers. A father who would stop looking for his daughter only when the mountains fell; a betrothed husband who never stops loving her and yet grieves what should have been; a woman on her own in an unfamiliar world. The descriptive scenes take readers right back to the ancient days and places and put them right into the story. Cossette skillfully wields her pen into the creation of beautiful imagery—“The notes of her laughter twirled through the air like butterflies alight on the breeze.” "The sound of your voice beneath the terebinth tree followed me everywhere I went, even into battle." Until the Mountains Fall is a captivating glimpse into the life of the nation of Israel as it faces the consequences of choosing to serve gods other than the One Who Sees and yet it is also a glimpse into the life of a young woman full of grief and misperceptions. It is a story of each of our lives as we have hopes and dreams that may be shattered and as we make choices that bring severe consequences. And yet at the end of the road there He is--the Almighty God--who is waiting and working in our lives all along for our return to Him. It is a story of fears, of unconditional love and one of mercy, a gift that is not earned--it is given. Don't miss this marvelous book, it will hold you spellbound until the end and then leave you wanting more. I received a copy of the book from the publisher, Bethany House, and a favorable review was not required. The opinions are my own.
Virginiaw 11 days ago
I love biblical fiction and Connilyn Cossette writes some of the best. This is one of my favorite series. It is so neat to be able to learn a little bit about what might have really happened in a City Of Refuge. This book has fantastic characters. Rivkah and Malachi were both very young when this story starts and they both needed to grow up and learn to trust in God so that they could come together. I received a copy of this book from the author for a fair and honest opinion that I gave of my own free will.
SunnieReviews 12 days ago
Honestly, I never thought I would want to read Biblical fiction, but this author has it down! The research that goes into this series is phenomenal. I have loved this series and this book just added on to the already fantastic books of The Cities of Refuge Series. Rivkah is a recent widow whose father has arranged a marriage to her deceased husband's brother. A type of arrangement known as a Levirate marriage where she is to marry the brother of her husband. She is not happy... And she flees the city of Kedesh where she lives. Eventually her heart changes and .... well, you will need to read it! Can't give it all away. The book is so fascinating it will be impossible to lay down. You'll love reading this book! It brings Biblical times to life. It's so interesting to find yourself there in those days and the different culture and lives that these people lived. It was a well-crafted book you will want to share with all your friends! I received a copy of this book from the publisher and NetGalley. All thoughts are my own.
MaryRManey 12 days ago
4.5 stars "The mountains will fall into dust before I will ever give up on my daughter." Recently widowed, Rivkah defiantly turns her back on an arranged betrothal, assuming it would shackle her to a man that she could not love; the brother of her deceased husband. Only life has a way of teaching lessons that cannot be learned except from the heights of disappointment and the depths of despair, for Rivkah's impulsive decision severs any ties that might have been restored should she ever return to her beautiful home in Kedesh. "I could never, ever go home again", were the words of her lament. Malakhi has spent endless hours honing his skills as a warrior. Having lost what was dear to him five years earlier, he struggles to realign his future after Rivkah dashed his dreams into a thousand pieces. Just as he decides to put his past behind him, reluctantly entertaining thoughts of happiness with a lovely young woman who graciously accepts his attention, an impossible entreaty is laid at his feet. "No matter what I did to squelch it (the sound of your voice beneath the terebinth tree), I could not help but hope." You will never read a lovelier story; bask in the power of mercy facing mutiny; revel in the certainty of grace granting rebellion a second chance. I received a copy of this book from the publisher, the opinions stated above are entirely my own.
Inspire-Truth 12 days ago
Tear-jerking, action-packed, and suspenseful! Connilyn Cossette exceeds expectation with her latest novel, Until the Mountains Fall! Recently widowed, Rivkah is looking to escape her impending marriage with her late husband’s brother, Malakhi, a boy who has tormented her since childhood. Denying to obey the Torah and fulfill her duty, Rivkah wastes no time in running away when the opportunity arises. Fleeing Kedesh, a city of refuge, for a life of freedom, Rivkah believes that her life will finally be her own; but, will her disobedience be worth the future that is waiting for her outside the city’s walls? Back in Kedesh, Malakhi has become bitter after the betrayal of his betrothed. From falling in love with her as a child, forced to watch his older brother marry her, to her rejection, the once care-free young boy has become a man with a heart of stone. Turning his attention to war against the Canaanites and other enemies closing in on the Israelites, Malakhi becomes a warrior; however, after being wounded in battle his life is once again put on hold, the hurt of Rivkah’s decision returning to the surface. Will Malakhi be able to move on, or will the pain drive him to find look for the woman he can’t forget about? Until the Mountains Fall might be my favorite book in this series! It’s raw, emotional, and even though it takes place thousands of years ago, the message is something that will impact the lives of its readers. I connected with Rivkah and Malakhi through events that were similar in my own experiences and loved that there was no sugar-coating in their journey to forgiveness and redemption. Connilyn’s writing keeps getting better, and her ability to bring the Bible to life is truly extraordinary. I am so thankful to be a part of her launch team and am already counting down the days until the final book in the Cities of Refuge series, Like Flames in the Night, is in my hands! I can’t get enough of Connilyn Cossette’s books, and I hope you will enjoy Until the Mountains Fall as much as I did. So get out your box of tissues to prepare for an adventure that will keep you on your toes until the very end! * I was provided a copy of this book by the publisher. All opinions in this review are my own.
Sprinkle23 12 days ago
Until the Mountains Fall by Connilyn Cossette is one of the best books I've read this year. The author combined a captivating plot, steady romantic tension, and deep character development to create a tale that made me laugh, cry, and stay up way too late. Despite her immaturity and poor choices, Rivkah is my favorite character in this novel. I liked her even when she was making her mistakes as the prodigal daughter of a priest. I thoroughly enjoyed watching Rivkah and Malakhi grow individually and together. Many difficulties, some self-inflicted, trouble their lives and relationship. Brokenness, consequences, and scars made their journeys realistic. However, like the other novels in the series, Until the Mountains Fall presents a theme of something beautiful rising out of tragedy. Until the Mountains Fall is the third installment in Connilyn Cossette's Cities of Refuge series. I think the novel could be read as a stand-alone, but I recommend reading the series in order to get the vibrant, full experience. Until the Mountains Fall is tied with A Light on the Hill for my favorite book by Connilyn Cossette. Five stars! Disclosure of Material Connection: I was provided a copy of this book by the publisher. All opinions in this review are my own. 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."
SusanKC 14 days ago
Until the Mountains Fall is probably my favorite book by Ms. Cossette. The Cities of Refuge books touch on a little known period of history following the Israelites return to the Promised Land of Israel, before the book of Judges. Cossette's attention to historical detail and vivid descriptions combine with elegant prose in an enthralling story that transcends historical settings and is relevant even today. The compelling theme of forgiveness is interwoven in this re-telling of the prodigal son, in this case a daughter, in a way that convicts the reader. One scene in particular had me hiding my tears as I was reading on a airplane. Recently widowed, Rivkah rebels against her father's wishes to marry her to her husband's brother and runs away. In her search for freedom, she finds herself shackled both physically and spiritually. I loved Malakhi. Cossette gives the reader a noble hero, one filled with integrity. His love for Rivkah was kept hidden while she was married to his brother. But how can he convince Rivkah that his love is real? Can he forgive her betrayal? As the threat of war between the Israelites and the neighboring countries becomes a reality, can Rivkah find a way to return home? While this book can be read as a standalone, well-loved characters from the first two books in this series, while not the principal characters, have important roles. The spiritual themes of mercy and the healing of the brokenhearted are woven throughout the series. A couple of my favorite quotes: "Our family was built atop the ruins of tragedy, each brick fashioned by mercy." "There is nothing you have done or will do that will ever erase the love I have for you." "It is time for us to move forward -together- and stop flogging ourselves for whatever lays behind." Connilyn Cossette is one of my go-to authors for biblical fiction. I look forward to reading the next book in this series. I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book from the author/publisher. I was not required to write a review. All opinions expressed are my own.
EstherF 15 days ago
I delighted in the first two books in the Cities of Refuge series. Though there were portions in each one I didn’t necessarily appreciate, I loved the overall setting and story, and couldn’t wait until the next one finally arrived. For me, that happened just a few weeks ago, when I was able to download Until the Mountains Fall! What an absolutely amazing book! One of my most favorite aspects of Cossette’s writing is that not only is it Biblically sound for the most part, but I also feel immersed in the culture when I read her books. Unlike other books I’ve read, even the little details are accounted for here—and I love that! One little example would be the fact that one of the characters mentioned the Mosaic stipulation that any recently-married man cannot go to war for a year. It wasn’t a big thing—only mentioned once in the Torah, I think, but I loved that it was in there at all! The story itself was special too, in so many ways. I loved the main characters AND understood why they did things the way they did. The things they faced were so difficult, but I loved the love and courage here. I also appreciated the glimpse into the Canaanite world here; it wasn’t too overt most of the time; you found out what was happening, but only enough to know. While remaining as discrete as possible, we still got a sense for why the Lord hated some of the religious actions of the Canaanites—and why He told the Israelites to kill them. The whole theme of the prodigal son was beautiful as well. As a continuation of the series, I feel like Cossette outdid herself. It’s definitely my favorite so far! There were a few scenes I would have preferred to be a bit less graphic, but I completely understand why they had to be the way they are, too. Some of the romance and kissing was again a bit on the detailed side for me, although I didn’t notice it as much in this book as in the two previous ones. Recommended if you love good Biblical fiction. I requested a free copy of this book from NetGalley, and this is my honest opinion of it.
Patricia Hinojosa 16 days ago
I’m a great fan of Biblical fiction and this is truly at its best! Connylin Cossette is one of my favorite authors in this genre. I haven’t read al of her books, I just started reading “The Cities of Refuge” Series and I just fell in love with her stories. They always touch real and hard issues, but there’s always hope and light at the end of the tunnel when the people open up their hearts to the Lord. And this is the case too. Rivkah is a recent widow and she’s still grieving when she’s told that by the Torah, which is the Law of Moses, she must marry her husband’s brother to guarantee a heir in the family. Rivkah know Malakhi since her childhood and he’s always been the pestering kid that tormented her. She’s too blinded to see that Malakhi has matured and has always had feelings for her, but kept it to himself. So when things get tense and forceful, she decides to flee from Kedesh, hoping to survive working as a scribe, something she can do well. But she never expects that life away from the safe environment in which she lived (that’s why the cities are called of refuge) and from her father’s protective figure, is full of dangers and it’s difficult to know who to trust. Malakhi is left to lick his wounds of Rivkah’s betrayals and he centers in preparing for war again the Canaanites, until he is injured and begins to question his purpose in life. When Rivkah’s father asks him to look for her, he wants to resist, but he finally accepts he needs to know if she’s doing okay. When Malakhi and Rivkah encounter again, things seem different. They have both changed... Can they manage to start a relationship and get to know each other better and open their hearts to a second chance love? I loved the characters! Rivkah was a bit prideful at first, but I loved how she grew along the stories until she comes to see Malakhi as he really is. She’s kind and generous too. And Malakhi was a true gentleman, kind compassionate and understanding. He’s truly pacient in his relationship with Rivkah and slowly, And he manages to get her feel at ease and to trust him with her struggles. will they make a great team while enemies lurk around and danger is always near. can Malakhi really protect her. I loved seeing other characters from the previous books, but it still can be read as a standalone. But I definitely recommend to read the whole series in order. The setting was my favorite. I love getting to more about the place where Jesus lived and died, and how the people from this era lived and acted. It’s easier to put my imagination to work. I really enjoyed this book and it left me inspired. It also touches issues of forgiveness, patience and lots of love and a great dosis of humbleness. I loved both main characters, but I especially fell in love with Malakhi and his big and compassionate heart. This is definitely a recommended read. I think the plot was done masterfully and the danger and intrigue made it all the more interesting. I was always rooting for them to find each other. A courageous story, while sweet, clean, and full of hope. I loved how Rivkah slowly returns to God again. a must read! Thank you Connilyn. Can’t wait for the next one! I received a copy from the author and the publisher and this is my honest and unbiased review.
Peanut977 18 days ago
This is another amazing story by Connilyn Cossette. This book continues the story of Derek and Moriya's family, this time focusing on one of their sons and his betrothed. It's a story of heartbreak and forgiveness. Who among us hasn't at least taken a break from our family, whether earthly or heavenly, and needed grace and forgiveness as we realize the error of our ways.