Friday, 23 December 2016

Book Review: Shadow of the Storm

From the Back:

In the darkness of the storm's shadow, only truth can light her way. 
Having escaped Egypt with the other Hebrews during the Exodus, Shira is now living in freedom at the foot of Mount Sinai. When the people rebel by worshipping a golden idol, the ensuing chaos gives Shira an unexpected opportunity to assist a midwife. When the experience awakens a new desire in her, she defies her mother's wish for her to continue in the family weaving trade and pursues her heart's calling as an apprentice midwife.

But when a delivery goes horribly wrong, Shira finds herself in an impossible situation and bound to a man who betrayed her. As contention between the Hebrew tribes and the foreigners fans the flames of another dangerous rebellion, Shira comes face to face with the long-hidden pain of her past. Can she let go of all that has defined her to embrace who she truly is and believe in a hopeful future?

My Refections:

Connilyn Cossette does not disappoint with her second novel in her series Out From Egypt. Shadow of the Storm was such a joy to read. Multi-Layered plot lines and real to life themes make this novel stand out among the many that I have read. Due in part to the sheer depth and drama played out within the pages, you just cannot put it down. 

Shira continues to shine from within, her strength and determination despite her circumstances make this book really resonate with your soul. This character has braved slavery, lived through an attack that took her innocence and changed the very shape of her future. Through all this, she continues to have a yeilding and beautiful compassion for others. Her willingness to put others before herself and her own comfort, make her one special character. 
These traits would be shallow without the real to life struggle, though, and we see her humanness as she continues to struggle with the past and things she has no control over. Her calling to be a midwife rips off old wounds, but at the same time heals her and makes her realize her future. 

It was wonderful to be reunited with characters from book one (Counted with the Stars). Kiya, Eben and Jumo were such well-rounded additions to this story, and gleaning more details about their lives and pasts made this story just that much better.

I also enjoyed the kinship between Shira and Kiya, this brought depth to the story and was one of my highlights. The antagonist Dvora, made me so angry and at times I wanted to reach through the book and throttle her, but her perspective is key and I completely understood why she was such an important part of the story, besides that we always need a good antagonist, right?

Speaking of love-hate relationships I found that I was experiencing just that with Ayal, this hero was a complete jerk for so much of the novel. His actions caused such heartache for Shira. Can she overcome his heartless actions and move into the future? Will his word and actions of change be enough to soften her heart towards him?

Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc

THE AUTHOR


  1. Connilyn Cossette

    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...
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