Until the Mountains Fall, by Connilyn Cossette

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Recently widowed, Rivkah refuses to submit to the Torah law compelling her to marry her husband’s brother and instead flees Kedesh, hoping to use her talents as a scribe to support herself. Without the protection of her father, Kedesh’s head priest, and the safety of the city of refuge, Rivkah soon discovers that the cost of recklessness is her own freedom.

Malakhi has secretly loved Rivkah for years, but he never imagined his older brother’s death would mean wedding her. After her disappearance, he throws himself into the ongoing fight against the Canaanites instead of dwelling on all he has lost. But with war looming over Israel, Rivkah’s father comes to Malakhi with an impossible request.

As the enemies that Rivkah and Malakhi face from within and without Israel grow more threatening each day, is it too late for the restoration their wounded souls seek?

The Formal Stuff: 

Thank you to Bethany House and the author for my complimentary copy of Until the Mountains Fall.

First Thoughts:

I’m grateful to have been selected for the launch team for Until the Mountains Fall, especially since I’ve read and enjoyed Connilyn’s previous books. Family matters prevented me from doing as much as I’d like for the team, but I’m happy to present my review. Continue reading

Shadow among Sheaves, by Naomi Stephens

Publisher’s Overview:

A Timeless, Beautiful Allegory of the Biblical Love Story of Ruth and Boaz

The Great Rebellion of 1857 was a remarkably bloody business. At a time when Britain’s imperial influence in India was sparking brutal clashes on both sides, no one could have expected Rena, an Indian woman, to marry a British officer—nor do they understand her decision to follow her mother-in-law to England after her husband’s tragic death.

Once the two widows are in Abbotsville, the stern yet compassionate Lord Barric attempts to help them despite his better judgment. Soon he is torn between the demands of reputation and his increasing desire to capture Rena’s heart for his own.

The Formal Stuff: 

Thank you to the publisher for my complimentary electronic Advance Reader Copy of Shadow among Sheaves.

First Thoughts:

I’m always looking for new Bible-based fiction to read. I was drawn to this debut title because of its setting. Continue reading

The Crossing at Cypress Creek, by Pam Hillman

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Sailing and soldiering around the world has taken Caleb O’Shea far from his native Ireland, so he never imagined that a promise to see a fellow crewman safely home would practically land him on his brother’s doorstep. After spending years away from his family, Caleb isn’t certain what kind of reception he will receive when he steps foot in Natchez, Mississippi. The one thing he knows for sure is that he won’t stay long.

Since her sister was kidnapped by river pirates six months ago, Alanah Adams has taken special care to avoid drawing attention to herself. Those living in the rough-and-tumble settlement of Cypress Creek might even think she’s addled. But when she stumbles into Caleb and his friends in Natchez, she appears to be the picture-perfect lady.

Caleb only catches glimpses of the mysterious and beautiful Alanah before she disappears. But a chance encounter with her at his brother’s logging camp near Cypress Creek leaves him uncomfortable at the thought of the young woman traversing the dangerous area alone. At a crossroads in his life, Caleb must decide whether he wants to give up the worldly adventures he’s been seeking for one closer to home.

The Formal Stuff:

Thank you to the publisher and JustRead Publicity Tours for my complimentary copy of The Crossing at Cypress Creek.

First Thoughts:

I’m part of a JustRead Reviewer Tour for this novel. I’ve previously read and reviewed the first two titles in the Natchez Trace series. Continue reading