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Really enjoyed this book. Love books set in old testament times, that are true to it. This story is so true for lots of us. We are all prodigals in some way. It is so redeeming to realise the love that never gives up on us! Lovely book with great messages.
Connilyn Cossette was firmly established as one of my must-read authors by the time her second book released, but it says something for the quality of both her writing and her stories that this book is her sixth and I’m still saying that. Her stories don’t just bring biblical history to life; they do so through characters and struggles that are wholly relevant to the modern reader. At the same time, they often shed the light of understanding on laws and traditions that can otherwise seem incomprehensible, even harsh, to our twenty-first century ears.
I especially love that this series is based around the cities of refuge and has continued to follow the lives of Moriyah and Darek, from A Light on the Hill, through their children. Although you definitely don’t need to have read the previous books in the series to read this one, there are some ties, particularly to A Light on the Hill, that will be better appreciated if the series is read in order.
As for this book in particular, it is a riveting “prodigal daughter” story. The Rivkah we first meet is bitter and selfish—well characterised, but tempting the reader to whisper, “It serves you right.” But through both Rivkah’s father and Malakhi, we have the opportunity to witness the kind of love that perseveres in spite of everything. Even as Malakhi works through his own bitterness at Rivkah’s betrayal, he is prepared to do whatever it takes to see Rivkah restored to her family. That’s the kind of hero I love to see!
But there are consequences to Rivkah’s earlier choices, no matter how she has matured and no matter how much her family wishes to see her restored to them, and once again Connilyn Cossette uses this to weave a story that only becomes more engrossing the longer you read. Needless to say, I’m thrilled there’s going to be a fourth book in this series!
I received a copy of this novel from the publisher. This has not influenced the content of my review, which is my honest and unbiased opinion.
Since I've started with The Cities of Refuge series I could not wait for the next book to come out. I live in the history and footsteps of the ancient world ciming to light. Each book is full of life, grace and forgiveness. Our own faults in a way is shown through these stories and how God is present then and even now. I recommend this read to all. After each book I will r3ad up on the ancient cities to get a better unde4standing, even finding photos to have a visual. I love these books. Can't wait for the next one.
The novel is brilliant and once you start reading you can’t stop. However I find that the author seems t o believe that the use of alcohol was the norm in the bible which I do not subscribe to, As a result this spoiled the novel for me.
What a wonderful third episode in the cities of refuge series. A great story of unrequited love and then reconciliation. Finally the return to a loving father whose heart was full of forgiveness, just as out wonderful Heavenly Father is. Superb !!!
This is a brilliant read.. all 3 books in the series gave an excellent account of the refuge cities in biblical times and heart warming stories that makes u not want to put the book down ... can't wait for the next one ...
it was such a hard journey with a beautiful ending, with characters to love and chide and cheer for.
i struggled with the first bit, not because i couldn’t get into it but because reading the bitterness and rebellion and selfishness is tough.
but the forgiveness and mercy and humility at the end— it made it worth it. it was real and tangible, and there was such beautiful moments scattered within this book...
i would’ve personally fleshed out the mercy found in Yahweh and expounded on His attributes, but the parallel she drew between the father-daughter relationship (the tribute to a parable of Jesus), was really well done!
at 1am, once again, i turn the pages to the next book, and hope i get some sleep in.
SHUT THE FRONT DOOR!!! Connilyn Cossette delivers again. I genuinely thought that book two in this outstanding series was my favorite, but yet again, here I am rendered speechless by this powerful and inspiring book on mercy, redemption, grace, and love. Since being introduced to Miss Cossette's works with the "Out from Egypt" series, I have come to appreciate her detailed and researched characters, her realistic depictions of human struggles, and her constant reminders of the unfailling, unfathomable, and humbling grace of our God. And, Rivkah and Malakhi's story was no different. I related so much to Rivkah's initial reservations and desires to escape and taste freedom only to realize that she would only find that freedom within the loving hands of her heavenly Abba. Such a powerful biblical fiction with a love story that will tug at your hearts and keep you turning the pages until the end. I mean who needs to do chores when a Connilyn Cossette novel just comes out!
I have finished Until the mountains fall, it is an awesome story, I have read several book of Connilyn Cossette and she never disappoints. She is very talented.
Rivkah is a young widow and she has to submit to the Torah Law and marry Malakhi her husband brother. Malakhi has always secretely loved Rivkah and he wants to honor his brother and built a strong relationship with her but she sees Malakkhi as young immature teenager and she can’t forget how he used to bully her when she was a child.
Rivkah decide to leave the city of Kedesh where she grew up to avoid the marriage. Malakhi through himself into his training as a future soldier to burry his pain after her departure. But the threat of war and the request of Rivkah’s father to find her will bring their path together again and reveal all the wounds Rivkah has carried in her heart and she will be able to realize the love Malakhi has for her despite her failures.
Rivkah’s story is inspired by the story of the Prodigal son. She ran from her father’s will for her, she was not able to understand that her father had the best in store until she found herself in a predicament. She then realize how much she was loved, how her life will have turn out differently if she had been obedient. But her father’s love is to deep to give up on her, he sent Malakkhi to rescue her and bring her back home. The Father is full of compassion toward his daughter and it’s how God acts with us he does not abandon us.
"The mountains will fall into dust before I will ever give up on my daughter.”