A Light on the Hill (Cities of Refuge: Book One)

“If there’s one thing I’ve learned in my life, it’s that one can either endure hardship or thrive within it.” ― Connilyn Cossette

The year is 1399 BC, the walls of Jericho have crumbled, and the Dwelling Place is being prepared as the Israelites settle in the land of Canaan after spending forty years in the wilderness. It’s been seven years since the events of Wings of the Wind (the third book of the Out of Egypt series), and Moriyah has returned to her home in Shiloh with the haunting memories of her time in Jericho still plague her mind. Only taking her veil off when she’s alone in her house, due to her fear of bringing more shame upon her parents, Moriyah’s father surprises her with an announcement that he has found her a man to marry. Questions flood her mind about whether or not this stranger will accept her with the pagan symbol branded on her cheek or if he is only going through with the marriage to receive her father’s vineyard as an inheritance.

However, things go horribly wrong as Moriyah was making preparations to impress her betrothed with her remarkable cooking skills. Forced to flee for her life, Moriyah must race her assailant to one of the Levitical cities of refuge before he has the chance to take justice into his own hands.

The journey is anything but easy. Moriyah comes across danger after danger and has to use her quick wit to save her life and the lives of those dearest to her. Will Moriyah arrive in Kedesh before she is caught? Will Yahweh help guide her way, or has He cut all ties off with her after the events of Jericho? Moreover, what of her betrothed’s brother, who is escorting her, can he truly be trusted?

A Light on the Hill is a story about finding out who you are, trusting in Yahweh no matter the consequences, and refusing to live a life of fear. Moriyah, one of the strongest protagonists I’ve ever read about, proves that even when destruction seems to be her only future, Yahweh can bring forth blessings and reveal His presence to us in the midst of our struggles.

I write this a lot, but A Light on the Hill is seriously my new favorite book! The way Connilyn Cossette wrote the characters and described the journey made it all seem real and relatable. I instantly connected with Moriyah and could understand everything she was going through throughout this book.

Like a sponge in a bowl of water, I sapped up every detail that was written. I honestly couldn’t put this book down and would stay up until late into the night trying to imagine what would happen next.

Everything about this book was exceptional. I can’t say one bad thing about it and am genuinely at a loss for words to describe how I feel about this novel. There is no doubt about it; I will re-read this book a hundred times and tell everyone I know to read it!

Thank you, Connilyn, for giving me the honor to pre-read your book before it is released. The thrill of receiving a book before its release date only added to the excitement of reading this incredible book. It gives me such joy to read about people’s love for Israel and the culture that comes with it. I cannot wait to read what happens in the next book of this series!

Book Rating:

My Rating
Positive Content
Swearing
Sexual Content
Violence
Ages: 14+

*Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for providing me with a pre-release copy of this book. My thoughts and opinions are entirely my own!*

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