Every so often you come across a book that is so well-written you just want to savor it. Curl up on the divan and sip some coffee or tea, tune out the world, and immerse yourself in its story.
Shadow of the Storm by Connilyn Cossette was like that for me.
The publisher’s blurb:
In the Depth of the Storm’s Shadow, Only Truth Can Light Her Way
Having escaped Egypt with the other Hebrews during the Exodus, Shira is now living in freedom at the foot of Mt. Sinai, upon which rests the fiery glowing Cloud containing the shekinah glory of God. When the people disobey Yahweh and build a golden idol, the ensuing chaos gives Shira an unexpected opportunity to learn the arts of midwifery. Although her mother wishes for her to continue in the family weaving trade, Shira’s gifts shine brightest when she assists with deliveries. In defiance of her mother, Shira pursues her heart’s calling to become an apprentice midwife.
When a delivery goes horribly wrong, Shira finds herself bound to a man who betrayed her, the caretaker of three young children, and the target of a vengeful woman whose husband was killed by Shira’s people, the Levites. As contention between the Hebrew tribes and the foreigners fans the flames of another dangerous rebellion, Shira will come face-to-face with the heartbreak of her past that she has kept hidden for so long. How can she let go of all that has defined her to accept the love she’s denied herself and embrace who she truly is?
What I thought of the book:
This is a book that will appeal to someone looking for a good historical book as well as those wanting an inspirational tale. Set in the time of the Biblical Exodus (around 1446 B.C., during the reign of Thutmoses III) this book follows the story of Shira, a Levite, and those around her. Escaping Egypt in the Exodus with her family, Shira finds her calling as a midwife – something that is desperately needed in the Hebrew camps.
Dvorah is the daughter of a Danite prostitute and an Egyptian man who sees midwifery as the opportunity she needs to get out of the tent of her brother-in-law and his two wives. Her husband was killed by the Levites at Mosheh’s command after he was with those discovered drunk, drugged, and worshipping the golden calf. Dvorah has no love lost for the Levites, but hates subjecting her son to life with her brother-in-law more.
Ayal is a shepherd, a Levite, who has captured the imagination of Shira, and is well on his way to capturing her heart. Though at first it seems to be a perfect match, something stands in the way…
This is the second in the series Out From Egypt yet is definitely a stand-alone book if you read it first. Though this story is firmly rooted in the Old Testament, it is something anyone would enjoy reading – meaning there’s nothing “preachy”, nothing that would interrupt the flow of the story to remind you that you are reading a book instead of immersing yourself in the lives of these people. Very well written, and very enjoyable.
**I was sent this copy by Bethany House Publishers in exchange for my fair and honest opinion.**