Wings of the Wind

Wings of the Wind

by Connilyn Cossette

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ISBN-13: 9780764218224
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 05/02/2017
Series: Out From Egypt Series , #3
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 366,414
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.00(d)

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.

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Wings of the Wind


By Connilyn Cossette

Baker Publishing Group

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


CHAPTER 1

ALANAH


14 Nissan 1407 BC Negev Desert


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


(Continues...)

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Wings of the Wind 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 47 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Get it. You wont regret it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Such an excellent book! Had me from beginning to end.
booklovingmomof5 More than 1 year ago
Wings of the Wind is the third book in Connilyn Cossette’s “Out From Egypt” series, and – as with her first two books – I could hardly put it down! In this installment, we meet Alanah, a Canaanite seeking revenge for the loss of her father and brothers to the Hebrews. Disguised as a male soldier, she is injured in battle and rescued by a Hebrew, Tobias. Their story together is a beautiful tale of redemption, forgiveness, and spiritual transformation that was a blessing to read. Surprises in Wings of the Wind tie it to the other books in the series, making it extra special to those who have read them. Yet even though I highly recommend all of the “Out From Egypt” books, it is not necessary to have read the first two to become immersed in this story. While enjoying Connilyn Cossette’s books, I have been amazed by the depth of research that clearly went into shaping her highly relatable characters and their surroundings. Reading the series has given me a better understanding of and renewed interest in this Old Testament period, and Cossette has become one of my very favorite authors. I highly recommend Wings of the Wind and give it a well-earned five stars. I would give it more stars if the rating system allowed it! I received a complimentary copy from the publisher, but a favorable review was not required. The opinions expressed here are entirely my own opinion.
Kathae More than 1 year ago
Author Connilyn Cossette brilliantly brings the Out From Egypt series to a close with Wings of the Wind. There were so many excellent elements to this story. First, the characterization. Alanah, the enemy, was written in such a way that I was totally on her side. The total honesty that I got from knowing her thoughts in this first person narrative drew me to her. I felt her pain, was amazed at her strength, and experienced her joy. I also loved Tobiah for his honesty and strength of character. It was also a pleasure to spend time with characters from the previous books. Secondly, the descriptive passages were excellent. Cossette makes the reader feel the pain of a viper bite, the horror of living in Jericho as the walls fell, and the majesty of Yahweh dwelling in the midst of His people in the form of a cloud. Finally, the lessons learned through the course of the story were substantive. Lessons of forgiveness, redemption, and God's sovereignty were beautifully woven throughout the book. This book is why I love biblical fiction. Doing life with the Israelites as they neared the end of their wandering really brought this portion of Scripture to life for me. I highly recommend it. 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
Loved it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The entire collection is worth the effort!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved it! Couldnt wait to see what happened next!!
CarolJo More than 1 year ago
Wings of the Wind is exciting with lots of action! This is the third book in the Wings of the Wind series and I had not read the first two books but it was fine as a stand alone! Alanah, the leading female, is a Canaanite maiden who disguises herself and goes to battle to avenge her father and brothers' deaths but also hoping to be killed rather than having to become a prostitute to support herself. Tobiah is a Hebrew warrior who finds the wounded female on the battlefield and brings her to a healer. Alanah is used to working hard in the fields to grow food ad is amazed at the delicious manna that appears each morning. Connilyn Cossette gives you a picture of what life might have been like for the Hebrews as they wandered in the wilderness but also of the wicked Canaanite life and how Rahab might have come to be saved when Jericho fell. The descriptions of some of the atrocities of Canaan are difficult to read but they show how brutal they were. I highly recommend Wings of the Wind to anyone who enjoys Biblical fiction. It will give you a new look at how life really was in that time period. I won my copy of Wings of the Wind in a Goodreads giveaway. This is my honest opinion.
E_Espinoza More than 1 year ago
Wings of the Wind, by Connilyn Cossette, may be the final novel in the Out from Egypt Series, but even if you have not yet read the first two books, don’t let that stop you from enjoying this book immediately, because it performs quite well as a stand-alone story. Simply stated, everything Ms. Cossette writes is phenomenal and undoubtedly worthy of your reading time. With a remarkable talent for descriptive, first-person narration, Ms. Cossette, takes the vibrant threads of revenge, tradition, adventure, sacrifice, peril, courage, love, and redemption then skillfully weaves them into a tapestry of storytelling that demands to be admired, enjoyed, and contemplated. Wings of the Wind is epic in its scope moving effortlessly from ancient battle fields strewn with arrows, to campsites full of life and laughter, and to cities rampant with peril and intrigue. The swiftly moving plot is well-paced, irresistible, and thrilling. The characters are expressive, multi-dimensional, and unforgettable. The settings are artfully detailed bringing a fresh perspective to antiquated lands. From a small, blue-green stone, to swaying, red wildflowers, every descriptive element is essential and significant. Wings of the Wind is a compelling work of Biblical fiction that sparkles with creativity strengthened with thorough research and an obvious respect for both history and the Bible. It is a completely captivating, thoroughly entertaining, and extremely enjoyable novel that I wholeheartedly recommend. I was given a copy of this book by the author. Whether positive or negative, all opinions and thoughts expressed in this review are entirely my own.
SavannaKaiser More than 1 year ago
This is probably my favorite of the entire Out From Egypt series. While each heroine was unique and inspiring, Alanah’s strength and bravery kept me glued to the page. She’s a survivor and she’s a fighter. Her journey throughout the story builds like a piece of music that sweeps you away. By the end, I was out of breath as she faced incredible danger and lived out her newly-found faith. Tobiah was equally as gripping and real to me. His story complimented Alanah’s and his strengths matched hers. I loved watching the two of them work through their unique circumstances and how their relationship depicted the beauty of God’s grace. I learned some historical details too. The way the author weaves her fiction into Biblical tales we all know is downright fascinating. I couldn’t read fast enough when I neared the end and things were happening so fast. This story really brought the Bible story to life! This book can stand alone easily, but if you’ve read the previous two in the series you will notice some familiar characters in a few places. It’s definitely a series I recommend. It’s really made me a fan of Biblical fiction. I received a free copy from the publisher. No review, positive or otherwise, was required—all opinions are my own.
swanphillips More than 1 year ago
WOW! What an Awesome read! I was blessed to receive a free copy of this book in return for my honest review. I'm sorry to say, that "Life" kept me busy (graduations and so forth) and I was unable to find time to truly devote to how much I LOVED this story. This is not only the 2nd book I've read by Connilyn Cossette, but it's also my 2nd time reading Biblical Fiction - if every Biblical Fiction book is written as well as Connilyn's books - I am now an Avid Fan! She has a way of capturing her story that holds you and entices you from the opening sentence. I was beyond captivated by the characters and their stories, I was unable to put this down. I read the entire book in less than a day and it's not a small book. The beginning reminded me of our family's favorite Disney movie - Mulan. It opens with our heroine going into battle disguised as a man. This story had a wonderful message of not only letting go of passed hurts but also of forgiveness. Truly an inspiring read, and worth reading! If you were like me, and love Christian Fiction, but stayed away from Biblical Fiction, thinking it would be dry, boring or too hard to follow along - but those feelings aside and read this wonderful series - I guarantee you will not be sorry!
Laundry_Whispers More than 1 year ago
I've been flying through the books in this series, I'm so invested in the characters and the way that the author has the talent to take this period of Biblical history and made it so real and alive. I was ready to jump into the lives of these people I have fallen in love with. I realized that the names for the synopsis were not one's I'd seen before. Perhaps children or grandchildren? Perhaps a continuation of Jumo or Dvorah's story a generation later? Perhaps? Well, I made myself stop perhaps-ing and jumped into the book with glee. And pulled up on the excitement. I was jumping back in 40 years later, just as the Israelites were on the cusp of taking the promised land. Shira was there, Kiya was there but what about Ayal and Jumo and Ebon? I was sorta kinda maybe perhaps becoming interested in Dvorah and where her life might lead. I pulled it together, fought off my disappointment and kept on reading. And fell in love all over again with new characters, new romances, and a new period of time. Tobiah may be my favorite male lead in this series. He has a tenderness that is hidden behind his warrior facade. He finds himself in a difficult situation that he never anticipated and didn't really even think through when he rescues the hard headed Alanah on the battlefield. He just new that it was right. There was no thought about it, just a doing. A moment decision that want so much a decision as a God Moment. And all those pages later what a God Moment it was. Alanah was hurt, emotionally broken, and at the battle incognito only to avenge her father and brothers' deaths at the hands of the Hebrews. She never expected to survive and was angry that she had. However, through the 'God Moment' she found herself in a journey that could have only been designed by God. A moment that would play itself into the future of all the Israelites. Oh, there were bumps and bruises along the way. But God even used her hard hardheadedness for the benefit of an entire civilization. Despite the rocky start and my abject disappointment in losing out on beloved characters I was drawn into this new story. I fell in love more slowly than before but at the end of the day this author has the ability to overcome my disappointment, draw me back in, and make me fall in love within the first quarter of the book. I appreciated the tie-ins to the previous characters with an elder Shira and Kyia. They gave me continuity. I'm saddened that Tobiah is not of their family but he brings a freshness and a different perspective from the twelve tribes (he was even of a different tribe). Alanah brings an awakening to the spirit, much like Kiya did previously. The importance of finding a way to cast off the old things (her idols, our pride or money or anything that anyone - then or now has that keeps them separated) that didn't work and seeking God even when it's hard and you don't understand why. I was blessed to receive a complimentary copy of this book by NetGalley. Without that I may have never discovered this amazing series. I was not compensated for this review and all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own. I was not required to write a positive review.
Karen Salazar More than 1 year ago
The story centers on Alanah, who is a Canaanite woman, and Tobiah, a Hebrew soldier. As you might have guessed, yes this is a historical fiction book where the action plays on Biblical events. Alanah, in a moment of desperate desire to avenge the death of her brothers and father, decides to impersonate herself as a Canaanite soldier and fight in the battle against the Hebrews. She hopes to kill as many Hebrew soldiers as she can and in that way feel a sense of retribution for the death of her family. In the midst of the battle, Alanah picks the last arrow left in her quiver and aims it at a Hebrew soldier. In the aftermath of the battle, Tobiah finds her alive, but badly hurt, amid the dead. Tobiah’s actions lead him to take responsibility for Alanah’s life, even though; she is an enemy of his people. This event marks her story and it will ultimately lead her to the walls of Jericho as the Hebrew’s fight to enter the Promised Land. My impressions are many but I will be as careful as possible not to spoil any details. I will touch on the many themes that this book brought to light. This book, although a fiction story, really made me want to read my Bible and verify the events and figure out where the story of Alanah and Tobiah might of taken place. This was a really pleasant surprise because I love the Old Testament to begin with and it really made me want to re-read the story of the Hebrew exile. That being said, this is a story about redemption and love. I really felt that Alanah’s voice, I might also add that the book is written in the first person and it switches from Alanah’s perspective to Tobiah’s perspective. So as a reader we get to see both sides of the story and how each of the events that take place are perceived through the eyes of the main characters. Through Alanah, the reader gets to feel the uncertainty of her future as a Canaanite woman among an unknown people. The reader also gets to see the healing process she goes through as she faces her fears and her past. Slowly, love changes her and that is a very beautiful thing that the author allowed us to be a part of. Through Tobiah’s eyes, the reader gets to know him and really see his loyalty to Yahweh. Tobiah is a man with a sensible heart, patient, loving, courageous, strong, and a warrior. I really appreciated Cossette’s ability to integrate both strength and tenderness into Tobiah’s character and although both characters are flawed they both are beautiful representations of how God works even through our faults.
itsraymarie More than 1 year ago
I loved this one. I'm not sure if it replaced the second book as my favorite of the series, but it sure came close. This one takes place quite a bit after the first two (I thought I saw 40 years later somewhere but I could be making that up). I said this with book 1, but one thing I enjoyed about this series is seeing the events from the perspective of other nations. I think we focus so much on the Israelites, and forget that they slaughtered whole nations. What did that feel like? So I did appreciate seeing the story from the perspective of a Cannanite. Alanah wants revenge on the Hebrews, so she disguises herself and goes to fight. Tobiah finds her among the wounded, and brings her back to camp, with unintended consequences. Dislike-to-love tropes are one of my favorites (I freely admit) so it is probably no surprise that I loved this one. I loved Alanah and Tobiah. She was sassy and strong, but Tobiah wasn't intimidated by her. I loved their banter, as it was fun. I won't say much about the plot, because #spoilers. I wasn't expecting the Bible story that the author brought in, but I liked it. It was an interesting perspective and a creative way to tie it all together. I enjoyed the story, flying through the book just to find out what happens to these characters I very much enjoyed. Definitely a series I would recommend to those who love Biblical/historical fiction.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I may have said this in my reviews of the first two books in Cossette's Out of Egypt series, but I'll say it again because it bears repeating: I don't typically read Biblical fiction. Can't say I ever really enjoyed it before. And I say this to emphasize the fact that I don't take these reviews lightly. I'm not just blowing smoke because the publisher was kind enough to send me a complimentary copy of the book. These three books, the last being Wings of the Wind... ... ... ... let's just say I will read anything/everything Cossette writes from here on out. I was sold after the first (Counted With the Stars), hooked after the second (Shadow of the Storm), and now, following the third and final book in the series? Friends.... I'm a believer! First of all... the author doesn't skimp on Biblical history and you can tell. These books are riddled with details (some of them hard to read at times, as in WOTW) ...but you wouldn't otherwise find them if an author hadn't done her research. Cossette's knowledge bleeds off of these pages and it is nothing short of fascinating. Several times I caught myself with my mental jaws hanging open because the same old stories I've heard before (like Joshua & the Battle of Jericho) came to life as if playing out on a stage or a screen in front of me and I was blown away by all of the little things I could see and hear and feel that weren't necessarily written in the Bible. Sure, there are gaps in the Bible stories that afforded Cossette some creative liberties, but I am both awed and amazed at the sheer amount of cultural of studies she had to have done for that time period to have been able to paint these pictures so vividly--and accurately--through her words. Did you hear me? I said I was blown away. Second... let's talk gentlemen. Specifically, Hebrew gentlemen. These guys aren't wimps. They're hairy, brawny, sun-painted, "manly men" that know how to treat their women. They are charming, kind and mannerly, and downright--refreshingly--respectful in their appreciation of the women they love and of the female form. Ladies--you don't need to read lewd novels to get the tingles from head to toe we all appreciate when reading a romance. These men, or in this specific story, Tobiah, put the gentle in gentlemen. And I'm tellin' ya--it's delightful. Third... Cossette's stories weave a tale of forgiveness and redemption that breathe life and hope and love into the reader. We can choose to love our enemies. We can choose to forgive those that have wronged us. We can choose to overlook those flaws, those mistakes. All of this was especially evident in Wings of the Wind. Now that I am a Biblical fiction reader... I'm really looking forward to Connilyn Cossette's next series! And after you read Out from Egypt, you will be too.
Sydney More than 1 year ago
When I first read one of Connilyn Cossette’s books, I was very happily surprised at how well-written it was. (Not that I was thinking it would be bad – it just far surpassed my expectations!) You can imagine how happy I was to see the third of her “Out From Egypt” series. This is one of those wonderful books that falls under the mantle of “Christian fiction”, but to me, it’s not that at all. It’s an amazing trip back in time to the events of the Hebrews’ escape from slavery in Egypt through their years of wandering in the desert to the fall of the city of Jericho. The characters are so very human and relatable. We see the story through the eyes of both Tobiah, the Hebrew, and Alanah, the Canaanite. Cossette is able to give us a deeper understanding of the two cultures this way, and how those cultural traditions affected those brought up with them, and how they are seen by someone from a completely different culture. The story isn’t just one of how Alanah overcomes things in her past – this has adventure, real danger, and a few twists you really don’t see coming until you’re almost on top of them (if then!). Lastly, this book isn’t filled with platitudes or “lessons”. This is a wonderful work of historical fiction, and a novel nearly anyone would enjoy. **I was sent this copy from Bethany House in exchange for my fair and honest opinion.**
2boyzmommy More than 1 year ago
Wings of the Wind is the 3rd and final book in Connilyn Cossette's Out of Egypt series. The story opens with a battle fought between the Israelites and the Canaanites, as commanded by Yahweh, to drive the invaders out of the land that God had promised to the Israelites. The detailed research done by the author is quite evident in this story. It is a beautiful picture of God's love, mercy, grace and forgiveness. I highly recommend this book. It is beneficial to read the books in order, but is not necessary in order to enjoy this story. Here is a quote from the book that I liked. "After seeing the swirling Cloud with my own eyes and comprehending Yahweh's power, the idea that Ba'al was the god of storms was almost laughable. There was only one God who had commanded the sea to split in two and one God who had crippled Egypt with hail and fire. And that God was no deaf and mute idol of wood and stone. He spoke to me. He heard me in the river. He was alive." Alanah I received a copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers and the author in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own and I was not required to leave a positive review.
TheBookUniverse More than 1 year ago
"Hypeness" Rating: 5.0 Book received through Bethany House in exchange of an honest review. Summary: Alanah, a Canaanite, is no stranger to fighting and survival. When her family is killed in battle with the Hebrews, she disguises herself and sneaks onto the battlefield to avenge her family. The one thing she never counted on was surviving. Tobiah, a Hebrew warrior, is shocked to find an unconscious, wounded woman among the Canaanite casualties. Compelled to bring her to a Hebrew healer back at their camp, he is soon confronted with a truth he can’t ignore: the only way to protect this enemy is to marry her. Unused to being weak and vulnerable, Alanah submits to the marriage—for now. As she comes to know and respect Tobiah and his people, however, she begins to second-guess her plans of escape. But when her past has painfully unanticipated consequences, the tentative peace she’s found with Tobiah, the Hebrews, and Yahweh is shaken to the core. Can Alanah’s fierce heart and strength withstand the ensuing threats to her life and all she’s come to love? My Review: I was very pleased with the rich "history" the author used/created and how real the world felt. This was the first book I have read by this author (and the first Biblical fiction as well), and I am positive I will be reading Ms.Cossette's other books. This is the third book in the series. The first thing that caught my eye was the beautiful cover. It's very inviting and appealing to the eye. Most importantly, the story was very enticing and the characters were developed quite well. Upon doing some research, it is said that Wings of the Wind takes place forty years before the first and second book in this series. The female protagonist, Alanah, is a Canaanite woman who is a fierce and stubborn red head. The story starts off with her father and brothers were killed by the Hebrews in a battle, she disguises herself as a male to get her revenge.At this point I felt like this book was going to be a fairy tale re-telling of Mulan. I was quite surprised how inviting the story was. The other characters (Tobiah, Moriyah, Shira) played strong roles in helping Alanah become a mature and strong woman she is towards the end of the book. Who knows, there may be a book for Moriyah in the near future??? The role of God/Yahweh was definitely a motivational one. The "power" He had brought Alanah out of the darkness and discover who she really is and what her purpose is. All in all, will I be reading the author's other books soon? Definite yes! Thank you once again to Bethany House for providing me a copy of this splendid book. Extra Information: Wings of the Wind by Connilyn Cossette Third book of the Out from Egypt Series Publisher: Bethany House Publishers
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wings of the Wind is the first book I have read by Connilyn Cossette and I liked it. Tobiah, a Hebrew, discovers a solitary woman wounded on the battlefield. In an attempt to save her life Tobiah finds himself drawn to this woman despite her Canaanite heritage. Full of intrigue, emotions, and striking historical detail, Cossette creates a story that takes us into the Hebrew camp after they have wandered 40 years in the wilderness and are preparing to enter the land of Canaan. As a reader of the Bible, I was impressed by Cossette’s attention to historical detail and her ability to use that detail to create an intriguing story that is full of life and historical authenticity. I loved her array of strong characters and how they bring to life all the different aspects of life and struggle in this time period. Bethany House gave me a complimentary copy of Wings of the Wind by Connilyn Cossette for my candid review.
bookbloggerKB More than 1 year ago
InWings of the Wind by Connilyn Cossette Alanah, a Canaanite, in the ancient near east decides it is better to join the fight against the Hebrews and die rather than live and be made a slave. She joins the battle disguised as a man and miraculously survives. She joins her enemy, the Israelites, as they prepare to enter the Promised Land, her home. Tobiah, her protector, marries her to obey the torah and keep her safe. Has she made a grave mistake? Will she be able to survive among her enemies? This book is the third in the Out of Canaan series by Connilyn Cossette. I read the first book and loved it, but somehow missed the second one, but could still follow the plot in the third. This book was meticulously researched and answered most questions that readers might have regarding God’s command to take over Canaan. Because of Alanah’s background as a Canaanite, her husband Tobiah carefully instructed her in the ways of the Israelites. I also found very interesting how the author dealt with the subject of Kora’s rebellion and the consequences that fell upon the people. I enjoyed the characters and how they grew and changed during the length of the novel. They were so realistically drawn and I grew to love them, despite their faults. I was delighted to meet again Shira and Kiya and see how they had changed since the first book. This book was so interesting and I could hardly put it down. I think other readers who enjoy Biblical historical fiction will love it, too. I received a free copy from the publisher for my honest review.
joyful334209 More than 1 year ago
Wings of the Wind is a touching tale that uses the stories of Moses, Joshua, and Rahab through the story of Alanah, a Canaanite woman. She has had what she feels as everything taken from her and that she needs to make the Hebrews pay for it, but as you all know our plans, GOD deems for something else. She is found on the battlefield by a Hebrew and guess what happens when he finds her? I cant tell you and ruin the whole story - but I can tell you that she is amazing - and this book is a book of anger, retaliation, heartbreak, redemption, forgiveness, truth, Holiness, love, honor and the everlasting love of our LORD JESUS CHRIST. I received a copy of this book from Bethany House. I have this book and all the opinions are all my own.
ARS8 More than 1 year ago
Wings of the Wind was another WOW book for me. The romance, danger, spiritual truths sprinkled throughout just got to me. This story grabbed me from page one and through all the twists and turns it took, kept me riveted till the very last page. Alanah is a Canaanite who has been brought into the Hebrew nation and has been saved from the destruction of her people. She has no family and the man who finds her, Tobiah, will now be her family. As she begins to assimilate into the Israelite’s culture she sees the startling difference between the rules of their God versus the rules and cruelty of her people’s gods. I also really enjoyed seeing everything the Israelites were privileged to, like manna every morning and fresh water, through the fresh eyes of a Canaanite whose eyes are being opened by the kindness of their God. Not only that but there was a startling reminder of how we can take those precious gifts that we have grown accustomed to and become callous about them. What a lesson that was for me. This story takes place around key stories of the Old Testament: battles became more vivid, the plague of snakes and the copper snake on the pole was told brilliantly, all the way up to and after the fall of the walls of Jericho. Author Cossette has proven again she knows her history and this story is her best yet. She has also moved up to my favorite author for Biblical fiction. This was such a beautiful tale full of layers of faithfulness and love, not only between husband and wife, but of a caring Father toward his children. This is a well-crafted story. I received a copy of this book for free from Bethany House Publishers. I was not required to post a positive review and the views and opinions expressed are my own. If you have not read any Biblical fiction before, you really ought to give this series, Out From Egypt, a chance.
BookwormMama2014 More than 1 year ago
Connilyn Cossette has a true gift, weaving the history and truth of the Bible with imagination. Enhancing the stories to the point that I feel like I can TASTE the manna, I can SEE the cloud, I can HEAR the shofar blow, and I can FEEL the agony of the Canaanites. A people who have been led to live life a certain way, and they know nothing else. Allanah and Tobiah have found a place in my heart. A "Culture Clash" of massive proportions and a romance that is so sweet and tender. A Canaanite by birth, will Allanah be able to open her heart to the people who have embraced her as their own? Tobiah is full of compassion and love for his family, but when his path leads him to Allanah, his life ends up going in a direction he didn't expect. Although Allanah and Tobiah are fictional, there are plenty of REAL people, places, and events in this story. And the truth of God's love, forgiveness, salvation, is very real. There are many challenging issues that come up, but you know what? They really happened, and are still happening today. We can not just brush these uncomfortable things under the rug. I commend Connilyn for bringing these issues to light in a heart wrenching yet very real way. From beginning to end, Wings of the Wind had me utterly captivated. It is a rare thing for me to read a book this fast. And if it wasn't for sleep and feeding my family, I would have completed this in one sitting. Now I can't wait to go back and read the first two books in the series. I think it is safe to say that all of Connilyn's books, both past and future, will make it to my reading list. Brava Connilyn! I am officially hooked! I received a complimentary copy of Wings of the Wind from Bethany House Publishers. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are mine alone.
KMarkovich More than 1 year ago
This is the first novel from this author I have read and I absolutely love her! What a fabulous book – I loved how Connilyn, the author, increased my understanding and knowledge of the ancient Hebrews in a fascinating, can’t-put-it-down way! I have read the story from Exodus of the Hebrews leaving Egypt, wandering 40 years before arriving in the Promised Land – but never from a Canaanite view. Alanah is a Canaanite, who, after fighting the Hebrews and being left for dead is rescued by Tobiah, a Hebrew warrior. To save her he must marry her – but does she want to be saved by her enemy? This is Alanah’s story as an alien among the Hebrews. I found this novel fascinating as it tells of a foreigner coming among the Hebrews and learning their rules and seeing everything for the first time from a new perspective. Alanah learns of the creator – she sees the giant cloud above the encampment. She is not jaded to the taste of manna – “The manna lay thick on the ground like a heavy snowfall, almost to my ankles. I scooped up a handful and tasted it. It exploded against my tongue like the most exquisite honey-spiced wine.” Her mentor, a Hebrew, had a different take on the manna, “She shrugged, indifferent. ‘I’ve been eating it since I was a babe. It’s the same today as it was yesterday and the day before that.’” Alanah “blinked at the dichotomy. These Hebrews ate the most mouthwatering food every single day and yet it had become mundane to them. They had forgotten the pleasure of its taste and texture. Bread was supplied from the heavens each day, but they were blind to the amazing miracle of it.” I think I found a new favorite author in reading this book. I can’t wait to read more of hers! I received a copy of this book from the publisher. I am freely writing a review - all thoughts and opinions are my own.
Bibliophile-Reviews More than 1 year ago
To read a book by Connilyn Cossette is to travel back in time. To a time of struggles, fresh faith and pure inspiration. This is a book that has left me with wordless feelings, and yet I am beyond full. This book gave me chills, Alanah was an epic character. Her story is such a powerful message, I was drawn to her instantly. Her willingness to be brave, yet she has this beauty that attracts the reader to her more. I felt like it held a suspense and question throughout the story that, if the reader wasn’t hooked by the first line, they were hooked by this feeling. A female that is a warrior in heart and mind, possibly meets her match in this story. Yet, Tobiah (swooning at the name) is one that makes her second guess, stand alert and melt all in the same moments. I adore this male character. Every time I read a book by Cossette, I know that she has done superior research and crafty with the history. This was certainly shining in this book. I felt the battle fields, and the cities. The people were alive on the pages standing above their names, acting out their stories. I adore this author more and more, and pray for more to come.