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 ReviewBeautifully 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.