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Book Review: Wings of the Wind

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.

 

The publisher’s blurb:

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?

What I thought of it:

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.**
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Author:

Syd is a Midwestern girl who doesn’t think the term “girl” is sexist in the least – especially after she left her 20s. She holds a huge love for history (from WWI through the end of WWII, Victorian, Regency, and Elizabethan eras), some science fiction, and likes to pass the time reading, working with photography and needlework, and writing things. Lots of things. Syd likes to dance, too, but she looks like an utter goob doing so!

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