Wings of the Wind (Out from Egypt #3)
Alanah, a Canaanite, is no stranger to fighting and survival. When her family is killed in battle with the Hebrews, she disguises herself and sneaks onto the battlefield to avenge her family. The one thing she never counted on was surviving.Tobiah, a Hebrew warrior, is shocked to find an unconscious, wounded woman among the Canaanite casualties. Compelled to bring her to a Hebrew healer back at their camp, he is soon confronted with a truth he can’t ignore: the only way to protect this enemy is to marry her.Unused to being weak and vulnerable, Alanah submits to the marriage—for now. As she comes to know and respect Tobiah and his people, however, she begins to second-guess her plans of escape. But when her past has painfully unanticipated consequences, the tentative peace she’s found with Tobiah, the Hebrews, and Yahweh is shaken to the core. Can Alanah’s fierce heart and strength withstand the ensuing threats to her life and all she’s come to love?

Wings of the Wind (Out from Egypt #3) Details

TitleWings of the Wind (Out from Egypt #3)
Author
FormatPaperback
ReleaseMay 2nd, 2017
PublisherBethany House Publishers
ISBN0764218220
ISBN-139780764218224
Number of pages352 pages
Rating
GenreChristian Fiction, Fiction, Romance, Historical Fiction, Christian, Historical

Wings of the Wind (Out from Egypt #3) Review

  • Tina at Mommynificent
    March 16, 2017
    I find myself a little bit speechless at how much I loved this book. It is superbly written, with complex, flawed but absolutely relatable characters. The plot is intricately designed, remaining completely true to what is revealed in Scripture while flawlessly weaving in fictional events and conversations. While I loved Alanah and Tobiah's story, what I loved most about this book was how it brought out again and again the love and protective care Yahweh showed in the Torah or laws He gave to gov I find myself a little bit speechless at how much I loved this book. It is superbly written, with complex, flawed but absolutely relatable characters. The plot is intricately designed, remaining completely true to what is revealed in Scripture while flawlessly weaving in fictional events and conversations. While I loved Alanah and Tobiah's story, what I loved most about this book was how it brought out again and again the love and protective care Yahweh showed in the Torah or laws He gave to govern His people. This book, like the previous ones in this series, showed me what a gift Torah is! I do have two "complaints" about this book. One is the emotional angst it caused me to be reading an un-put-downable-story that kept making me want to go and read my Bible! I wanted to check out every detail and law mentioned because the beautiful perspective on them was so profound, I wanted to note it. But I didn't want to stop reading!!! Ah, the turmoil! And secondly, it ended. Not only the book ended, but the series ended. I wanted to cry!Please write more books, Mrs. Cossette! You have such a gift, and you have increased my love and awe for Scripture in ways I may never be able to articulate.And to all the rest of you, please read this book as well as the ones before it. I loved them so much and recommend them without hesitation or qualification! Even if you do not currently believe in God, I think you will enjoy the fresh perspective this author brings to a brutal time in ancient history, and I feel certain you will find the story engaging!I received an ARC of this book from NetGalley.
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  • Sasha (whispersofthesilentwind)
    March 25, 2017
    4.5 starsNote: NetGalley Arc(view spoiler)[ "I could not leave. I would not leave. I did not want to leave Tobiah. My Husband (hide spoiler)]I requested Wings of the Wind on a whim and wow... It gave me so many feels. Cossette does such a great job with making these people come alive. You know an author has done a great job when you want to check out their other books. The plot line was what drew me into Wings of the Wind . I love how we get duel (Alanah & Tobiah's) POV in this book. The 4.5 starsNote: NetGalley Arc(view spoiler)[ "I could not leave. I would not leave. I did not want to leave Tobiah. My Husband (hide spoiler)]I requested Wings of the Wind on a whim and wow... It gave me so many feels. Cossette does such a great job with making these people come alive. You know an author has done a great job when you want to check out their other books. The plot line was what drew me into Wings of the Wind . I love how we get duel (Alanah & Tobiah's) POV in this book. The first few chapters weren't doing it for me but once the plot started moving along we were moving. All the characters were superb. By far my favorite was Moriyah but I loved the two main characters as well. I love seeing the Bible come to life. Sometimes we read it but it isn't connecting that these people (in the Bible) were flesh and blood; and they lived and loved just as we do now. It was also wonderful to see Tobiah struggle with killing the Canaanites, even though he knows it was the right thing to do. Truly a person with any morals will struggle with killing people. I liked seeing the Torah (laws) in use. Tears were coming out of my eyes at the end of this book. I might have been bawling, if I wasn't in a plane. I DIDN'T want it to end! This was a fantastic book! Some of the best Christian/Historical fiction I've read in a little while.
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  • Callie
    March 20, 2017
    Wings of the Wind by Connilyn Cossette is the third and final book in the “Out From Egypt” series published by Bethany House. I have absolutely loved this series and the creativity of the author! This series is such wonderful Biblical fiction, full of both the Biblical account and of realistic, life-like characters that the author has created herself. This book ends the series with a bang, connecting fictional characters in intricate plots with those whom we would recognize from the Bible. I cou Wings of the Wind by Connilyn Cossette is the third and final book in the “Out From Egypt” series published by Bethany House. I have absolutely loved this series and the creativity of the author! This series is such wonderful Biblical fiction, full of both the Biblical account and of realistic, life-like characters that the author has created herself. This book ends the series with a bang, connecting fictional characters in intricate plots with those whom we would recognize from the Bible. I could not put this book down from the first page to the last, and I would highly recommend it to those who are looking for a great read.This book starts out a little later, chronologically, than did the first two, as it closes out both the series and the Israelites’ journey in the wilderness. We still come across several characters from the previous books, but they are much older and play a lesser part (although are still important!). I loved both characters this time around, and was rooting for both of them even though they were enemies to start out with. The plot was so unpredictable and I loved it! The author wove in more Biblical plots than I could have hoped for, and she did so very well, not rushing or pushing the characters into anything, but letting them live their stories in the Biblical world. Very well done!Thank you so much to Bethany House for providing me with an electronic copy of this book to read and review through Net Galley. All opinions are my own and were not required to be positive.*Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention/review it on my blog. I was not required to give a positive review, only my honest opinion – which I’ve done. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own and I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.*
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  • Debbie
    April 7, 2017
    "Wings of the Wind" is biblical fiction (with a romance) set when the Israelites were at the end of their 40 years of wandering in the desert and ends after the attack on Jericho. This is the third book in the series, but it's basically a stand-alone novel. The author stayed true to the description of events given in the Bible. She wove interesting cultural details into the story, and we get a glimpse of what the land was like just before the Israelite incursion.The characters acted realisticall "Wings of the Wind" is biblical fiction (with a romance) set when the Israelites were at the end of their 40 years of wandering in the desert and ends after the attack on Jericho. This is the third book in the series, but it's basically a stand-alone novel. The author stayed true to the description of events given in the Bible. She wove interesting cultural details into the story, and we get a glimpse of what the land was like just before the Israelite incursion.The characters acted realistically and were complex. Alanah is a Canaanite that has lost everything due to her family joining in a recent battle against the Israelites. She joins the next battle, only she's captured by Tobiah. He reluctantly marries Alanah following the Deut. 21:10-14 law to keep her safe while she heals. They come to respect and love each other, and they make a good pair (though obviously that took time and their relationship was rocky during the story).Alanah saw the difference in how women and children were treated under God's law compared to the Canaanite culture. The Christian theme was how God was in control and working things out for good even when everything seemed to have gone wrong. There was no bad language or sex scenes. Overall, I'd highly recommend this novel.I received an ebook review copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley.
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  • Meghan Lloyd
    April 13, 2017
    This is perhaps one of the most enlightening books I have read as a Christian! I should start by telling you, I am what I call a "skeptical Christian." (I digress here, so if you want to skip to more about the book, scroll down) I question a lot of what is preached in churches and what is stated in the Bible. Not to say that I disagree, but that I don't take everything that is said as right and better left untested. For instance, I am not a fan of the story of Abraham and his son Isaac. I have a This is perhaps one of the most enlightening books I have read as a Christian! I should start by telling you, I am what I call a "skeptical Christian." (I digress here, so if you want to skip to more about the book, scroll down) I question a lot of what is preached in churches and what is stated in the Bible. Not to say that I disagree, but that I don't take everything that is said as right and better left untested. For instance, I am not a fan of the story of Abraham and his son Isaac. I have asked several people of the cloth - ministers, pastors, priests...some nuns - and all are exasperated at my frustration with this story. So here we have a guy who loves his son and worships faithfully. But he has to prove his total devotion to God by sacrificing his son. The guy goes so far as to take his son up a hill and is about to kill him, and then God says never mind, this was all a test and you passed. I'm exaggerating quite a bit, but you get the gist of the story. This is supposed to be a lesson, to have complete and utter faith in God. But I look at this from Isaac's perspective - his father was about to kill him! What kind of father is that? I really despise this story. It's part of the Old Testament though, so at the same time, I understand why it's so dark. I also understand the moral of the story and its importance. (end of digression here) So anyway, as you can see, I am not your typical Christian. But I love Christian romance, and I particularly loved this story. It taught me a side of the Bible that I am not overly familiar with. I thought it was so cool that when I got to the end, and the author tells us that the characters were all very real. I had no idea, and it made their stories all the more poignant!Alanah is a Canaanite, the enemy of the invading Hebrews brought to the land by their God and guided by a mysterious cloud which provides them all they need. In the battles between her people and the Hebrews, all three of her brothers and her father are killed, and she joins the fight disguised as a man to get her revenge. However, in her first battle, she is taken aback by the violence, and when one of her arrows meets flesh, she flees in terror and is struck by an arrow herself. Given up for dead, she is found by a Hebrew soldier, Tobiah, who saves her upon discovering she is a woman. Knowing that she would be in danger if left unprotected, he makes the decision to marry her. Tobiah and Alanah struggle to overcome the deep-seated distrust between their two peoples, but as Tobiah shows Alanah the ways of the Hebrews, Alanah begins to realize that their God, Yahweh, has a plan for her. All she has to do is listen to Him and believe.Both Alanah and Tobiah are complex and intriguing characters. Alanah was instantly a draw for me, because I understood her pain and wanting to get revenge. The author did an amazing job of describing her upbringing, showing her point-of-view, and allowing her character to grow with the story as opposed to having her automatically accept her fate without any challenges. Instead, she had many challenges, and she was forced to confront the horrors her people have committed, that she has become used to but the Hebrews find appalling. She, too, sees the darkness in her people, and as she becomes closer to her Hebrew neighbors, she sees the light in their way of life. Tobiah is an amazing hero, one that both inspires me as a person and encourages me to find a patient, understanding man like him as a partner in life. He accepts that Alanah is different and that she is afraid to live with him. Instead of taking advantage of her fear and using it to ensure she does as she is told, he teachers her the ways of the Hebrews and the past of his people. Both learned to accept their differences and see the good in each other. Even when faced with temptation later in the book, Tobiah proves honorable and Alanah sacrifices much out of love for him.I was disappointed that this was the last book in the series, but also giddy that I can now go back and read previous books which feature some of my favorite secondary characters. Connilyn Cossette is an amazing writer and one I hope to recommend to many people going forward. This book is one of my favorites this year, and I hope to read many more books by her in the future.**I received a free copy via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.**
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