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?
This is the second book in Connilyn Cossette’s Out From Egypt series. I hoped it would be as good as the first.
The Israelites are four months into their exodus from Egypt and they are camped in the wilderness. Moses went up Mount Sinai forty days previously and some of them now believe he isn’t coming back. They’ve constructed a golden calf to worship and are carrying out pagan rituals. As Shira and Kiya sit in their tent, they can hear the sounds of false worship but don’t go outside. It’s just as well because, in a moment, the partying turns to death. Moses has returned and has ordered the Levites to kill anyone partaking in the rituals. It’s a powerful start to the second book of Connilyn Cossette’s Out From Egypt series.
This book focuses specifically on Shira, the kindly Hebrew slave from Counted With the Stars. She appears to have a talent for midwifery, but her unmarried status means that many women are reluctant to trust her. She’s paired up with Dvorah, who’s from a different tribe and also has a son. Their stories could not be more different, and the rivalry between them is representative of the tension and divisions existing within the multitude. This is also the time when the Tabernacle (or ‘Mishkan’ as it’s referred to throughout the book) is being built and just before spies from each tribe are sent to scout out the land of Canaan.
Shadow of the Storm is an engaging mix of romance and drama. There’s plenty of tension and horror as the Lord punishes the disobedient. We know the story of the Exodus, but Cossette’s writing enables us to see it through the eyes of those who experienced it. I didn’t find this book as powerful as its predecessor, but I enjoyed it and I’m looking forward to the final book in the trilogy.
Thank you to Bethany House for my complimentary copy of Shadow of the Storm.
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Publisher: Bethany House (a division of Baker Publishing)
Publication Date: 18 October 2016
Page Count: 352