Biblical Fiction Book Review: A Light on the Hill

Publisher's Description

"Seven years ago, Moriyah was taken captive in Jericho and branded with the mark of the Canaanite gods. Now the Israelites are experiencing peace in their new land, but Moriyah has yet to find her own peace. Because of the shameful mark on her face, she hides behind her veil at all times and the disdain of the townspeople keeps her from socializing. And marriage prospects were out of the question . . . until now.

Her father has found someone to marry her, and she hopes to use her love of cooking to impress the man and his motherless sons. But when things go horribly wrong, Moriyah is forced to flee. Seeking safety at one of the newly-established Levitical cities of refuge, she is wildly unprepared for the dangers she will face, and the enemies--and unexpected allies--she will encounter on her way."

My Review

A Light on the Hill is the first book in Connilyn Cossette’s new Cities of Refuge series. Adventurous and compelling, this book is rich in depth and meaning. As the story unfolds, the main characters find it necessary to embark on a perilous journey. This journey not only tests them physically, but also provides ample opportunities for self-discovery, healing, and redemption. More than simply leading them from one place to another, this journey profoundly shapes their hearts and defines their futures. A Light on the Hill is a well-crafted story of faith, perseverance, courage, and love that abounds with thoughtful descriptions that provide a fresh perspective on ancient settings and themes.
Within A Light on the Hill, Ms. Cossette shows once again the phenomenal nature of her writing talent as she draws the reader fully into the story with her incredibly immersive style of writing. Her attention to sensory details makes sights, sounds, smells, tastes, and textures vivid and real. A Light on the Hill invites the reader to savor paragraphs, linger over phrases, and delight in words, proving once again that a novel by Ms. Cossette is not merely read; it is experienced. 

A Light on the Hill is an engaging work of Biblical fiction that shines brightly with creativity inspired by thorough research and a sincere respect for both history and the Bible. It is an enthralling novel that captivates, entertains, and inspires. I recommend it wholeheartedly. 

My Reflection

In this novel, Ms. Cossette shows how difficult it can be to live under the heavy weight of shame. Yet, when overshadowed by the grace, mercy, and unconditional love of God, shame’s stronghold is shattered. Healing from shame’s brokenness is made possible through the transforming power of the love of God. 
Throughout this novel, when the characters encounter the unconditional love of God and the freedom he offers from shame, they cannot help but be altered heart and soul. A Light on the Hill is a powerful novel that illuminates the truth about the restorative and redemptive nature of God’s love and grace. 

About the Author

" Connilyn Cossette is the Christy Award Nominated and CBA-Bestselling author of the Out from Egypt Series from Bethany House Publishers. There's not much she enjoys more than digging into the rich, ancient world of the Bible, discovering new gems of grace that point to Jesus, and weaving them into an immersive fiction experience. Connect with her at" -- Biography from Connilyn Cossette's author page on

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*I was given a copy of this book from the publisher. A review was not required. The review I have written contains opinions that are entirely my own.


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