Biblical Fiction Book Review: Shelter of the Most High

Publisher's Description

"The daughter of a pagan high priest, Sofea finds solace from her troubles in the freedom of the ocean. But when marauders attack her village on the island of Sicily, she and her cousin are taken across the sea to the shores of Canaan.

Eitan has lived in Kedesh, a City of Refuge, for the last eleven years, haunted by a tragedy in his childhood and chafing at the boundaries placed on him. He is immediately captivated by Sofea, but revealing his most guarded secret could mean drawing her into the danger of his past.

As threats from outside the walls loom and traitors are uncovered within, Sofea and Eitan are plunged into the midst of a murder plot. Will they break free from the shackles of the past in time to uncover the betrayal and save their lives and the lives of those they love?"

My Review

Beautifully written and unique, Shelter of the Most High, by Connilyn Cossette, is the second book in the Cities of Refuge series. This novel may be set thousands of years in the past, but this story is incredibly fresh and relevant, full of romance, drama, and suspense. Shelter of the Most High is a well-researched and engaging story of perseverance, courage, and redemption that teems significantly with thoughtful descriptions that offer a new outlook on ancient settings and themes.
 
Perhaps better than any other author I have read, Ms. Cossette is profoundly talented at writing her novels in the first person point of view. Her skillful use of this narrative style ensures that all of her books are extremely engrossing. Seeing, feeling, and wholly experiencing the story through the perspectives of the characters themselves is utterly compelling. I did not simply read Shelter of the Most High. Rather, I stepped into the sandals of the main characters, I felt the heat of the cooking fires, I heard the wind blowing past the walls of the city, and I was swiftly transported back into an ancient world of loss, love, faith, adventure, and mystery.   

Shelter of the Most High is an utterly captivating work of fiction that finds meaning and purpose in an obvious respect for both history and the Bible. It is truly an enthralling novel that entertains, uplifts, and inspires. I will certainly re-read this book in the future. I will eagerly share this book with my friends. And I will repeatedly recommend it earnestly and sincerely to all readers.

My Reflection

Woven within the thrilling story and rich historical settings are shimmering threads of a sincere faith that reveal the grace and goodness of a loving and compassionate God. On a deeply personal level, I found this book to be a beautiful reminder of the mercy and kindness of God as he offers redemption and restoration to all who believe in him. Even in the midst of the most tragic of circumstances, it is God’s generous compassion that makes it possible for hope and healing to flourish. More than a mere story, Shelter of the Most High is a novel that encourages and uplifts as it unreservedly affirms the thoughtful, benevolent nature of God.


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 www.ConnilynCossette.com." -- Biography from Connilyn Cossette's author page on Amazon.com.

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

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