Until the Mountains Fall

Until the Mountains Fall

by Connilyn Cossette


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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?

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ISBN-13: 9780764219887
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 07/02/2019
Series: Cities of Refuge Series , #3
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 161,037
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. 69 reviews.
Homesteading More than 1 year 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.
Bookworm_Debbie 5 months ago
This is a wonderful biblical novel! The characters in this book are incredible. The author has done a fabulous job of developing them. Many times I found myself talking to Rivkah. I was desperately trying to help her make smarter choices. This book is set in Israel during the years just after Joshua died. The time period and how the Cities of Refuge were run came to life for me. I have read the Old Testament a few times. This book helped me to see more fully the slippery slope into idolatry that Israel traveled down. I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. All of the opinions expressed are my own. Disclaimer: *Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a copy of this book 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. 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.*
LydiaHowe 8 months ago
Let’s get real: When I first opened the pages of this book and started reading I felt a bit of a sinking feeling. I was concerned that it was going to be one of those trite, overly romanticized, mail-order brides type of books. (Remember, I hadn’t read the blurb.) But never fear! We’re talking about Miss Connilyn here – she writes amazing Biblical fiction, not cheesy Hallmark flicks. *cue sigh of relief* As the story progressed there were twists and turns I did not expect, keeping me reading far into the night even though I was in the midst of a busy work week. I kept waiting for a slow chapter to arrive so I could convince myself to set the book down and sleep but finally had to compromise and put it away when there was a scene/point of view shift. I’ve only read a few books with an unreliable narrator, and those books are fairly mindblowing to me. Rivkah, the main female character in this story, isn’t exactly an unreliable narrator, but she is to the point where I had vastly different opinions of her depending on who was narrating. It takes advanced skills as an author to pull that character voice off so well. Malakhi, the main male character, had far more depth than I first expected him to have. I wasn’t anticipating liking him – especially not after the first part of the book, but as his story went on I found myself cheering for him. He was thoroughly written and felt extremely real. He wasn’t perfect by any means, which of course is the mark of a good character. His character development was intense at times and was well-paced. There were a host of side characters who captured my attention and at times my heart. Seeing their story, watching the way they weren’t simply put there to progress the main character’s stories, but having an arc of their own reminded me of what a skilled author Miss Connilyn is. The plot itself wasn’t what I was expecting at all. I think I figured it would follow some of the same guidelines as the first two books in the series, but instead, this one had a few new elements. One thing that generally bothers me in books, but in this case ended up working out well, was a time jump. There’s about a five-year gap between the first part and second part of the book. I’m not a fan of this plot device, yet in Until the Mountains Fall Miss Connilyn pulls it off exceedingly well. The characters are the same but have changed as much as you’d expect during such a time period. The world is different, yet I didn’t feel jarred or like I’d missed out on life due to the missing years. The jump did exactly what it was supposed to – it made us totally skip a boring, listless middle-of-the-book-filler section – and kept the plot moving. There is some content in this book that isn’t suitable for young teens – war, violence, mention of some of the evil practices of pagan worship, mentions of inappropriate behavior, characters who are taken advantage of, etc… Everything was written in a vague way and is probably less graphic than if you’re reading some sections of the Old Testament, but still, I’d recommend parental guidance for probably anyone under 15. I came away from this book with the feeling that Miss Connilyn did it again – wrote another winner and once again made the time period of the Bible leap into life for me. I can hardly wait to read her next book! *I'm thankful for the author for providing me with a copy for review*
swimreadbreathe4JC 9 months ago
This author who has quickly become one of my favorites.  Right off the bat with her debut novel in 2016, she drew me into her world of biblical fiction, a genre I had previously not generally liked.  I’ve read every book of hers since then, and they’ve all been good reads.  This book is no exception. Rivkah is a young widow whose father is Kedesh’s high priest who wants her to follow the Torah law to marry her late husband’s brother to secure her future and his lineage.  Her late husband’s younger brother, Malakhi, always tormented her and annoyed her when they were growing up, and she despises the thought of having to marry because of a law, much less marry him. Malakhi has secretly admired Rivkah for years, and wants to do all he can to make her love him in this unexpected betrothal, but how can he win her heart when she dislikes him so greatly and is still grieving his brother? I thought this was a very interesting premise for a plot and that the author did a great job of making it “not awkward” for modern-day readers. It was a great story set during the beginning of living in the Promised Land with prodigal son vibes. I was captivated as always with the author’s descriptions of the land and laws, and I found myself cheering for the characters as well. The one thing I’m confused about is how the title relates to the story. 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 are 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.*
Kristen_Gwen_Johnson 10 months ago
Until the Mountains Fall is the third book in Connilyn Cossette’s Cities of Refuge series. This is the first book that I’ve read from her, but I don’t think it will be my last. Rivkah’s husband has died, and according to custom, she is about to be betrothed to her husband’s younger brother; a man who tormented her their entire growing up years. Malakhi is a man in love and he cannot wait to show Rivkah the depths of his affections for her which started long ago when he heard her singing under a tree. All he’s ever wanted to do since her mother died was to make her smile. And he’s going to spend the rest of his life doing just that. Rivkah cannot stand the thought of being married to a man who tormented her so much, and when the opportunity comes along to run away, she takes it. What that one decision leads to, she never anticipated, and will long regret. Five years later, word has finally come from Rivkah. Malakhi is called on by Rivkah’s father to go an rescue her. Can he do so without losing his heart again to the woman who has caused such bitterness to him and his family? This story is loosely based on the Prodigal Son, and it held me all the way to the end. I really enjoyed how the Bible, and the cultures and customs of these long laid to rest people, came to life. I was immediately caught up in Rivkah and Malakhi’s story, and I highly recommend this book. I received a free copy of this book from the publisher for an honest review. The opinions are my own.
AmyPutney 10 months ago
One of the things I most appreciate about this series is just how much care and research Connilyn puts into crafting these beautiful stories. Especially considering that there are only a very few verses about the Cities of Refuge in the Bible. *possible spoilers* I'll admit that I wasn't a big fan of Rivkah at the beginning of this book... or for a good ways into the story. The way she behaved so selfishly and self-centeredly early on was frankly a bit frustrating. However, I appreciate a heroine who isn't perfect and has room for [a great deal of] growth throughout the story. Malakhi, however, was completely lovable from the start and it was so wonderful to see the man he grew into since the previous book in this series (where he was still a kid). I could not put this book down and absolutely love how Connilyn crafted it from start to finish. I can't wait to read Like Flames in the Night when it releases! I received a copy of this book from the publisher. All opinions are my own.
jcservantslave 10 months ago
Wow. Just...wow. I could NOT put this book down! I've just been devouring it, hanging on every word. Seriously! Every time I would closed the book to do something else, I found myself turning to whoever was nearest me and exclaiming over how much I was loving this novel! ( I had to stop this practice when I found myself repeating the sentiment over and over to the same people, who put upon themselves to assure me that I'd made as much abundantly clear the first fifteen times I'd related such to them! ) Really, though! I knew, when first picking up a copy of "A Light on the Hill", that I was going to enjoy this series. I just didn't realize to what extent! It had passed my expectations SO FAR and I am so THRILLED and ELATED to have discovered and had the privilege of reading these amazing stories! I did not expect it, but these books have risen to my "favorites" shelf quite swiftly! I loved "Until the Mountains Fall" SO much! It was definitely one of my favorites by this author and I can't wait until the next title in this series releases! Bravo, Ms. Cossette!
RaechelK 10 months ago
I have loved every one of this author’s novels, and this one was no exception! “Until the Mountains Fall” is a beautiful story representing the parable of the Prodigal Son. I will be honest, I didn’t like main character Rivkah in the beginning. She was selfish and rough, and rude. I was worried her character would alter little, and she’d still be one of those “so strong woman who doesn’t need any man at all ever. end of story.” But her story…her character arc was amazing. Truly, she grew and changed so much, it was beautiful and humbling. And happened so naturally. I’m not saying her character needed to change, but her attitude did, and wow. The result was well done. Malakhi – he was amazing. A bit gruff for a while there but he did have reason to be. His personal journey was fantastic too, and how this whole story wove together was lovely. The redemption…the sacrifice…the love. Rivkah’s father was one of my favorite characters of this story. His devotion to his daughter was just astounding, and there was a scene at the end that had me crying. It was a truly beautiful representation of Jesus welcoming us back, accepting us, forgiving us, loving us. The faith wasn’t so much spoken as it was shown in the undertones ~ the allegorical message to it was the heart of it. This book spanned over several years and covered a lot. It was all done so well. And my heart was so involved. Another captivating read by the author!
tickmenot 11 months ago
Treasure in Your Own Backyard! In a short time period, Rivkah was married, widowed and is now supposed to marry her deceased husband’s brother. That is, if she does what her father wants, and what the Torah law decrees. But Rivkah is tired of feeling like she never measures up, and not having the freedom to pick what she does with her life. Angry about the situation Rivkah finds herself in, she jumps at the chance to make a hasty decision. Little does she know, that one choice will change the course of her life, as well as, that of others around her—and it will not be for the better. Rivkah has to deal with the consequences she set in motion. Her life turns around completely, and she learns what it is really like lose her freedom. Although she misses her old life, there is no going back—or is there? Who hasn’t made a quick decision, and then lived to regret it? Rivkah understands that very well. Can she forgive herself; can others forgive her? Is it too late for her to make any changes? This is a great story set in ancient Israel that contains twists and turns, surprises, and unexpected results. Until the Mountains Fall is a standalone 5-star story in the Cities of Refuge series, and is a clean tale. This will appeal to those who like things set in earlier times, light thrillers, or romance. NetGalley has provided bookreadingtic with a complimentary review copy.
bookbloggerKB 11 months ago
Until the Mountains Fall by Connilyn Cossette This book tells the story of Rivkah and Malakhi, who were mentioned briefly in a previous book. The author continues the tale that she has told through the Cities of Refuge books. And although I have read her previous books, I think readers who jump in at this book will still follow the storyline fine. But I bet they will go back to read the books that they have missed! This book remains true to Connilyn’s trademark style of plot twists, in-depth character development and rigorously done research. I enjoyed reading more about some of her characters from previous books, seeing where their lives had taken them. I also enjoyed reading about the life in Bible times as she depicts. Her writing style is easily read. The plot twists go beyond what is expected by the reader. And her books make me more interested in reading the Bible to corroborate the story events—a bonus not easily found in fiction! I heartily recommend this book and all her other books. Readers who enjoy fiction set in Bible times will love this! I received a free copy from the publisher for this, my honest review.
IHeartReads 11 months ago
In Until the Mountains Fall, Connilyn Cossette gives us a fresh look at the account of the prodigal son, only in her book, the prodigal is a woman. We journey with Rivkah as she discovers a world outside the one that chafed her as a young woman and follow Malakhi as he matures from an impetuous teen and betrothed groom into a wise, battle-scarred warrior. Their love story is beautiful, Malakhi's heart for her an example of Christ's love for us, but just as beautiful is the love Rivkah's father carries for her as he never gives up hope that she will return to him. The characterization is jaw-dropping, and the prose so poetic, the reader can't help but be transported with each page. There are many twists and turns in the plot, each one ratcheting up the stakes and keeping the story tension above the boiling point. This is the book I'd been waiting for all year. It's been a while since a story took me so far and demanded so much of me, leaving my perspectives changed--or at least giving me a broader perspective on things I already believed to be true. I'm going to have a hard time doing the book justice with this review. Having started at the beginning of the series, re-reading the first and second titles straight through to the newest, there are no words for some of the emotions provoked by this story. Thrilled to revisit familiar characters from previous books, I'm amazed at just how interconnected these characters really are, going all the way back into the Out From Egypt Series. (Is there a chart of family trees, please!) It's been some time since I've enjoyed a series as much as I have these books. *I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher and have stated my honest opinion in this voluntary review.
KMarkovich 11 months ago
I do know that when I read one of Connilyn’s books that I will love it – this was so true with Until the Mountains Fall! Taking place in Israel after the Exodus, this book shows how quickly the Israelites fell away from following God and how there isn’t really anything new under the sun – just different ways of packaging it. Although I have read the author’s previous books and this is the 3rd in the City of Refuge series, it is from the viewpoint of different characters, Rivkah and Malakhi, so knowing the previous stories is nice (‘cause you’ll want to have read them!), it is not necessary. But what I loved about the story is it’s about prodigals – those who foolishly squander what they have for what they think might be better. Yet their parents will move heaven and earth to restore their relationship – until the mountains fall, they will not give up on their children. What a great story of love – between parents and children and man and woman. I highly recommend this book! I received a copy of this book from the publisher. I am freely writing a review - all thoughts and opinions are my own.
BrendaLee 11 months ago
The notes of her laughter twirled through the air like butterflies alight on the breeze. (Page 54) I could just hear this laughter as I read. I loved the way Malakhi could see the beauty of Rivkah’s laughter and his undying love for her even though she didn’t like him and treated him bad. The characters were complex, well developed and strong. I love Biblical stories because I learn so much history. I can tell the research has been done because it made me feel as if I were there in that place and time. The Cities of Refuge that God told His leaders to put in place always fascinated me. I thought of the people that would need a place of refuge and if they would just stay in that place of safety. God does that for us too. Only in Him are we safe. This author brought this story to life for me and showed love, forgiveness and redemption in ways that certainly will stick with you. I do want to mention I really liked Rivkah’s father Amitai. He always seemed so humble and prayed and consulted God on what to do about situations. I don’t think I will ever forget the story of Rivkah and Malakhi. If you like Biblical Fiction try this author. It’s a little different than just a Bible story and you don’t want to miss it. I received a copy of this book from the publisher/author. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
BBulow 11 months ago
Until the Mountains Fall is a beautiful addition to the Cities of Refuge series. The setting, characters, and story are so fully realized that I was hard pressed to put the book down. Rivkah is not the easiest character to love, however, her growth throughout the story is a thing of beauty. Nursing some deep hurts, she makes a selfish decision that ultimately alters the very course of her life. Time passes, and we see her again, a much more careful and guilt-laden woman. Malakhi has loved Rivkah for years but determined to set aside his feelings for her once she was betrothed to his brother. After his brother's death, he is to marry her. Both ecstatic and guilty over this, he determines to win her over. Years later, he's been abandoned, and has thrown himself into pursuits of war and fighting. Their meeting after some time has passed is fraught with tension and realistic emotions for both characters. It's an appropriate amount of feeling that accurately brings across the conflict and hurt they experience. It's messy, complicated, and oh so compelling. I just adored their growth as people and the tremendous journey that they undergo. The story of the prodigal son definitely comes to mind, though in this case, it is Rivkah, the prodigal daughter. I was moved to tears by certain scenes in this novel; this story of forgiveness is beautiful and one I won't soon forget. I was enthralled by the details of the settings; history is truly brought to life! Compelling characters and a heart-tugging story makes Until the Mountains Fall one of my favorite books of 2019. While this novel could be enjoyed as a standalone, I would recommend starting at the beginning of the series, as books one and two are wonderful stories as well. Plus, it's fun to see characters that you've "met" in the previous books. I received an advanced copy of this novel from the publisher. This review is my honest opinion.
swanphillips 11 months ago
What a story! A story of healing, a story of redemption, a story of hope and so much more! Connilyn Cossette has a way of drawing the reader in from the very first page and keeps you wanting for more. This is one of my favorites of hers and even if you're not a big biblical fiction fan, and I wasn't until I read her, you will love this story. It has it all and the deeper meanings are so powerful! A sure fire hit for all and a must read for those that read christian fiction!
LavenderLove 11 months ago
I would give this book 10 stars if I could.... Rivkah is a grieving widow, with rebellion in her heart. I love her oh-so real and flawed character that spoke to my heart. Malakhi has loved her from afar for many years, and then when he has the opportunity to have her as his wife, he has to wait even longer - under excruciating circumstances. They both go through situations that cause them to have changes of heart - and ultimately a humbled obedience to God. This story is a loosely adapted, but well told, version of the Biblical prodigal son. This story is suspenseful and has beautiful sweet clean romance. I love the element of unconditional forgiveness and the use of several Hebrew words to describe people, (like Yahweh for God) etc, as well as places, and items, which help give a realistic element to the book overall. This is only the second book by Connilyn Cossete that I have read. The first one (which was from one of her other series, and that I will not name) was just ok and did not inspire me to want to read more of her work. However... this book - 'Until The Mountains Fall' is SO good, it is now on my favorites list. It is the 3rd installment in the series 'Cities of Refuge'. I will be purchasing the first two in this series as well! I'm sure if they are read in order you will understand a few things better, but really, it could be read as a stand alone book as well. I did not struggle at all. The author did an excellent job of historical research, which just makes the story come alive. I was riveted and fully engaged (no exaggeration!) till the very end, and felt a variety of different emotions throughout. The story flowed effortlessly and at a good pace. I am completely impressed with this author's ability to create a story that used historical facts, and also provided me with a vivid imagining of what is was possibly like in ancient times before the birth of Jesus. I received an advance review copy from the publisher. All opinions in this review are my own. This book is definitely on my 'will read again' list!!
luvnjesus 11 months ago
Once again Connilyn brings the setting and characters to life. The ability for the author to paint a picture of history, war, pain, faith, mercy, love, forgiveness and redemption. That His love withstands everything regardless of what we go through. Have you ever read a book that pulls you in from page one? Each page I heard people in the market place, the conversations that Rivkah had as a scribe. Rivkah, a strong woman who has recently been widowed agrees to marry her dead husband’s, younger brother, Malakhi. Through the encouragement of a friend, they both away to find freedom but instead finds oppression. Malakhi who is forced grow up while at the same time learning to deal with rejection, injuries that he sustained during war time, and lost love. The two of them question God’s faithfulness. Will their faith be restored? Where will God lead them? Another well written book that will transport you back to Old Testament Times. The ending did not disappoint and book four will be released in 2020. 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.
KimPotter 11 months ago
Until the Mountains Fall by Connilyn Cossette is the third book in her Cities of Refuge series. This story centers around the refuge cities of Kadesh and Edrei. Rivkah is a recent widow and according to Torah law she must marry her husband’s brother, Malakhi. Still grieving for her husband, she flees Kadesh and becomes a scribe for a wealthy man in Edrei. Malakhi has loved Rivkah since he was a young boy. He is heartbroken when she runs away. His family tries to get him to find someone else but nobody measures up to her. Will they ever find a common ground? This story started out very slowly. To me both Rivkah and Malakhi were too self-centered and childish. You wanted to reach out and shake some sense into them and tell them to grow up. About half-way through it started picking up and by the end I couldn’t put it down. Rivkah owned up to her sins and was willing to pay the consequences for her actions. Thankfully she had a forgiving heavenly Father and earthly father as well. What a story of forgiveness and reconciliation! I received this book from the author in exchange for my honest review.
Kathae 11 months ago
How does she do that? Author Connilyn Cossette amazes me with her ability to put me in the story and make me feel the emotions that the characters are experiencing: Rivkah's rebellion, loss, and love, her sister's angst, Malachi's abiding love, the unrest because of what their enemies might be planning. There was much to love about this book. I loved being seeing how Biblical traditions were put into practice. I loved how the elders were a source of wisdom, and how Malakhi respected and obeyed them. It was difficult to read about the consequences of pridefully straying from God and ignoring His precepts. The consequences for individuals and leaders of the people were severe, but there was a strong lesson to be learned from their actions. This was the third installment of the Cities of Refuge series, but I think it stands alone well. Those who enjoy Biblical and historical fiction will certainly enjoy this book. I received a copy of this book from the publisher, Bethany House, for review purposes. The thoughts expressed here are my own.
jennavanmourik 11 months ago
One of the things that I love about Biblical fiction is the hopeful thread of God’s faithfulness which is almost always woven throughout the story. If hope is a thread, then this book is a magnificent tapestry. This is by far one of the most redemptive, uplifting, powerful Biblical fiction novels I have ever read. If not the most. This book really showcased the power of love; familial love, a father’s love, romantic love, and the love of God. I so enjoyed watching Malakhi mature from boy, to young man, and to hero. His maturity and honor, even when his honor and respect were not deserved, was refreshing in a main male character. Although it took me a while to grow to love Rivkah, a few chapters in I was fully invested in her character and in her plight. Her struggle with submitting to God’s will even when His plans were unknown, and later, her struggle with guilt and resentment towards herself when she realized all she had lost by relying solely on herself and not on trusting others and having faith were incredibly relatable. AND YOU GUYS. THAT TWIST ON THE VERY LAST PAGE THOUGH!!! *I would highly, highly, HIGHLY suggest that you read the rest of the series or at least A Light on the Hill BEFORE picking this book up if you don’t want a major spoiler. Just saying.* Finally, the story and plot of this book showcased redemption and healing like none other. I enjoyed how this book was a loose re-inventing of the Prodigal Son parable, a story which I have often related with and in different times of my life, have identified both with the son himself and with the jealous brother. While this book is not a Biblical fiction retelling of that story, the parable remains an influence on the plot and I thoroughly enjoyed it. This series gets better and better with the more books that are released. I was provided a copy of this book by the publisher. All opinions in this review are my own.
OntoHerBookshelf 11 months ago
Until the Mountains Fall is another stellar novel from Connilyn Cossette. I love how she brings the Bible times to life, sticking as close as she can to what we know of that time period. Rivkah is a rebel at heart, and that displays itself in different ways throughout the book. It really reminded me that all of us have rebel hearts. None of us want to submit, and show it in our own subtle or not so subtle ways. Reading this novel challenged me to look at my own life and consider my own heart. I love how Connilyn tied this story with that of the prodigal son. She uses subtle undertones, but it painted such a beautiful picture, and astounded me again at God’s love and grace for us, and His heart to have us home with Him. Rivkah and Malakhi are both deeply flawed and broken people, but as they give that brokenness to God, they see how He works out their lives for good, even those parts they are deeply ashamed of. Yet again, Connilyn delivered a novel that pulled me in and wouldn’t let me go. It touched my heart, challenged me, and certainly left me entertained. I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are mine alone.
cristal6 11 months ago
I truly enjoyed this book. The only reason I put this down to a 4-star is because when I got about 75% through, I got mad and didn’t want to continue, but knew I had to. I did get into the story of Rivkah and Malakhi, but I also got quite upset with her slave master. This is about a young gal, Rivkah, who is recently widowed. According to the Levitical law, she is to marry her deceased husband’s brother, Malakhi. He has been smitten with her since age 14, but she still sees him as that boy who teased her throughout childhood. She is a woman, having been married. Her father is the head priest of the city, which is a refuge city. The timing of this book is at the death of Joshua. Rivkah and Malakhi’s cousin decide they are going to run away from their pre-arranged marriages that their fathers had made upon them. Rivkah, through wrong decisions, ends up a slave for 5 years. In that time, she gives birth to her husband’s son. Having been a scribe at the temple for her father, her talents are widely sought. In time Malakhi does find her, but will love ever blossom for her? While she was gone had she done things she should not have done? In the meantime, the Arameans are on their way to burn the city down. What will happen to Rivkah? Will she let Malakhi save her and her son? The answers will be revealed when you read this book. Until Mountains Fall became available for sale July 2, 2019. It is the 3rd book in the Cities of Refuge series. I received a complimentary copy of this ebook from NetGalley for this review.
Faye_reviews 12 months ago
Recently widowed Rivkah rebels against the Levitical marriage arranged by her father to her late husband's younger brother, Malakhi. Malakhi teased her tirelessly when they were children, and she cannot imagine a marriage to him, so she flees with her newfound friend away from Kedesh. Malakhi has loved Rivkah since they were children, teasing her to get her attention, but when a marriage was arranged between her and his brother, Gidal, he stepped back. Malakhi is please to be betrothed to Rivkah, and hopes that she can see the man he has become, but when she runs away, and he is injured in battle not long after, he wonders if he should give up on the woman he had hoped to call his own. Rivkah is headstrong and hurting, rash and quick tempered, a series of choices leave her shamed and destitute. At first I struggled to like her, but as she matured and the story progressed it was clear that she had become a courageous woman, willing to sacrifice everything for her family. Malakhi is no longer a boy, playing childish games to get Rivkah's attention. He never stopped caring for her, despite her marriage to his brother. So when he gets the chance to honor his brother and marry the woman he loves, he accepts. He tries patiently to win her love, growing into a natural leader of men, carpenter and warrior. I admired his steadfast patience, throughout the entire story he is honorable and loves fiercely. A powerful tale of forgiveness and unconditional love, set the days after the Israelites took possession of the Promised Land. I loved revisiting Kedesh and Moriyah's family. Connilyn Cossette expertly weaves a poignant prodigal love story against a realistic Biblical setting. She does an excellent job of showing the struggles that the Hebrews likely faced living among pagan neighbors in the Promised Land. A riveting read, with verdant descriptions, and lush adjectives. You won't want to miss this memorable story of love and God's grace. I received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
KellieW 12 months ago
Conni really hit this one out of the park!!! WOW is all I can say! I ended the book with my chin dropped to the floor! She beautifully, creatively, passionately brought in the story of the prodigal in a whole new way! You can really only say WOW! I can't wait until the next one!!!
BethErin 12 months ago
With a gentle nod to the story of the prodigal son, Until the Mountains Fall is a breathtaking addition to the Cities of Refuge series. Cossette masterfully brings the diverse cultures of biblical times to life with vivid authenticity. The story of Rivkah and Malaki presents a complex combination of childhood frienemies, sibling linked relationship, and marriage of convenience. I was enthralled by each subtle emotion, motivation, and reaction. Each installment in the Cities of Refuge series occupies its own piece of the timeline and the periods of silence between each story allows them to shine all the brighter individually. I cannot stress enough how highly I recommend it and every previous work by this author. I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher and was under no obligation to post a review. The opinions expressed are my own.