A Light on the Hill (Cities of Refuge, #1)
After being branded during the battle of Jericho, Moriyah has had no prospects for marriage--until now. She hopes to please the man, but things go horribly wrong and she is forced to flee for her life. Seeking safety at one of the Levitical cities of refuge, she is unprepared for the dangers she faces, and the enemies--and allies--she encounters on her way.

A Light on the Hill (Cities of Refuge, #1) Details

TitleA Light on the Hill (Cities of Refuge, #1)
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseFeb 6th, 2018
PublisherBethany House Publishers
ISBN-139780764219863
Rating
GenreChristian Fiction, Historical, Historical Fiction, Biblical Fiction, Biblical, Romance, Christian

A Light on the Hill (Cities of Refuge, #1) Review

  • Shantelle
    January 1, 1970
    EEP! A novel about Moriyah! It's just what I'd hoped for! Can't wait to read this! <3333333
  • Martha
    January 1, 1970
    Cities of Refuge. It is not a topic in the bible that I have read much about, but the history surrounding it fascinated me. This is a new series by this author, but previous characters from other books came up very briefly. This is a completely new series though. I will say that I was really impressed once again by this author's talent in her writing. So, in my reading Tessa Ashfar, Mesu Andrews, this is another one to add to the pile of must haves, must reads. She brings you into the time perio Cities of Refuge. It is not a topic in the bible that I have read much about, but the history surrounding it fascinated me. This is a new series by this author, but previous characters from other books came up very briefly. This is a completely new series though. I will say that I was really impressed once again by this author's talent in her writing. So, in my reading Tessa Ashfar, Mesu Andrews, this is another one to add to the pile of must haves, must reads. She brings you into the time period, makes you feel the people and live there among them. You will see, feel and taste with the characters as if you were experiencing it with them. As a side note, I did look up Oleander and yes, it is very poisonous. I hope I never come in contact with it... I will leave that tidbit for you to ponder as you run out and pre-order this book. This book was obtained through NetGalley and the publisher. The opinions contained herein are my own. 
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  • Mia
    January 1, 1970
    For some reason, Biblical fiction is not my go-to genre. But, since giving her first a try, I can’t read one of Connilyn Cosette’s books without fangirling. I know I need to put everything on hold because I’ll be useless until I finish them. Moriyah has been branded by shame, and in protection of her family’s honour, and her pride, she’s hidden inside her home for seven years. Still, as anyone, she has dreams, for her land, her family and her future. Dreams which include finding someone who can For some reason, Biblical fiction is not my go-to genre. But, since giving her first a try, I can’t read one of Connilyn Cosette’s books without fangirling. I know I need to put everything on hold because I’ll be useless until I finish them. Moriyah has been branded by shame, and in protection of her family’s honour, and her pride, she’s hidden inside her home for seven years. Still, as anyone, she has dreams, for her land, her family and her future. Dreams which include finding someone who can see beyond the mark and truly love her. She believes this might come true when her father announces he has found a man willing to marry her; soon, though, even this possibility is shattered when she finds out he is actually looking forward to the promise of her land despite a marred wife. In obedience to her father, Moriyah complies to his plans and works to be a dutiful wife, even if this shall prove to be more hurtful than she ever imagined. However, after a grotesque incident, Moriyah is forced to flee to a city of refuge, in a journey full of frustration, confusion, and fear.The plot was exquisitely done and the characters easily charmed there way around my heart. The law was explained in such humbling way, showing the appalling consequences of sin and its rightful condemnation, while still highlighting that merciful justice exists, even for the worst of sinners. And, truth be told, these sinners are us, who forget the law, ignore Yahweh’s voice and dive into a pool of self-pity and pride. But oh the overflowing joy when we receive favor, undeserved and unmerited, only by grace.During her flight, Moriyah will be forced to go through enemy territory, face lions and bandits, as well as trust one set out to kill her. Nevertheless, she might just learn what it means to be sought after and loved, even when our hearts have turned away from truth and holiness, and that there is no way to love anything more than the One who showed us the greatest kindness, who uses our ashes and scars to serve others and bring healing rather than being an evidence of indignity. If we only open our eyes to see and our hearts to receive this unconditional love we will discover there is no limitation if we have faith.I’m very much looking forward to the next book.*Many thanks to the publisher for providing an advanced copy. This is my honest review.
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  • Staci
    January 1, 1970
    I am so thankful Connilyn Cossette is not hiding her talent underneath a bushel and instead sharing her gift of writing with readers.Her fourth novel, A Light on the Hill, is the beginning of a new series: Cities of Refuge. A deviation from her prior series that became quickly apparent in this novel is an increased focused on Fictional characters rather than a retelling a portion of the Bible. Fans of Biblical Fiction do not despair! Connilyn has taken Joshua 20 and the description of cities of I am so thankful Connilyn Cossette is not hiding her talent underneath a bushel and instead sharing her gift of writing with readers.Her fourth novel, A Light on the Hill, is the beginning of a new series: Cities of Refuge. A deviation from her prior series that became quickly apparent in this novel is an increased focused on Fictional characters rather than a retelling a portion of the Bible. Fans of Biblical Fiction do not despair! Connilyn has taken Joshua 20 and the description of cities of refuge along with historical details and woven a lovely tale that takes readers back to 1399 BC Israel.Moriyah's story is packed with both heart and action. I was a bit surprised (and pleased) by the amount of action that occurred in the pages of A Light on the Hill.I have a guess on who will be the focus for the second book of the series. I hope I'm right! In any event, I eagerly anticipate the next in this new series.My gratitude to publisher Bethany House for a complimentary copy of A Light on the Hill. I was not required to post a review and the opinions expressed are my own.
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  • Kelly Bridgewater
    January 1, 1970
    I really enjoyed this novel!! Full review coming soon!
  • Beth Erin
    January 1, 1970
    review coming soon
  • Hannah-rose Russell
    January 1, 1970
    The years 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 plaguing her mind. Only taking her veil off when she’s alone in her house due to her fear of bringi The years 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 plaguing 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 a pagan symbol branded on her cheek or if he is only going through with the marriage to receive her father’s vineyard upon his death. 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 wits in order to save her life and those dearest to her. Will Moriyah arrive in Kedesh before her betrothed? Will Yahweh help guide her way, or has He cut all ties off with her after the events of Jericho? And what of her betrothed brother, who is escorting her, can he truly be trusted? A Light on the Hill is a story about finding out who you really 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 know 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. I sapped up every detail that was written, like a sponge in a bowl of water. I honestly couldn’t put this book down and would stay up at night trying to imagine what was going to 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 prior to its release date only added to the excitement reading this incredible book. It gives me such joy to read of people's love for Israel and culture that comes with it. I cannot wait to read what happens in the next book of this series!
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  • Meghan Lloyd
    January 1, 1970
    I am quickly becoming a huge fan of Connilyn Cossette! This is the second book I have read written by her, and it really is an amazing story. I love how she writes biblical history in such a way that can pull in any reader, no matter what religion they are. In my opinion, Christian books like this one are some of the best, because they teach us what's important in life and about values that all should hold dear, regardless of where you stand religiously. It had romance, murder, forgiveness, and I am quickly becoming a huge fan of Connilyn Cossette! This is the second book I have read written by her, and it really is an amazing story. I love how she writes biblical history in such a way that can pull in any reader, no matter what religion they are. In my opinion, Christian books like this one are some of the best, because they teach us what's important in life and about values that all should hold dear, regardless of where you stand religiously. It had romance, murder, forgiveness, and redemption, and above all, mercy.Seven years ago, when Moriyah was a young girl, she was held captive and branded as a temple slave by a Canaanite High Priestess. Marked forever as a prostitute, she has hidden her face with a veil, only showing her eyes and only leaving her home when she absolutely must. One night there is a dance held in her village and all maidens are required to wear a veil - it's the one night when Moriyah can be herself, unknown to all, able to be free if only for a few hours. What follows is a series of events that will mark her far more deeply than her physical scars. She must now rely on her allies, reluctant guardians, and the mercy of Yahweh to grant her justice and a fair opportunity to live her life until she is old and gray. This story made me so conflicted on many levels, which is what strikes me as the most important element. Life is not easy, so the story of someone's life should not be easy to read. It starts off brutally, describing the moment when Moriyah is branded, and your soul will feel like you are literally screaming with her. Then comes present day, where she is ridiculed by those who don't know any better, and her best friend is a little boy who is also an outcast due to a birth defect. It's that little boy who will become so important to the story, but the reader doesn't even know it until the end of the book. The author takes us on a journey where sacrifices must be made, bonds are tested, and faith in God is put to its limits. Moriyah was so inspiring to me, because I don't know if I could be as brave as her if I had led the life she had. Darek, the young man in the story, is also a character I had a lot of respect for. He made hard decisions and chose doing the right thing over what his emotions surely pressed him to do. This is not a book you want to skip.Connilyn Cossette has officially hooked me - I will be reading every book she writes going forward. I love her writing style, the beautiful stories she creates, and the bible history on every page. It's a magical story, every time she writes.**I received a free copy via NetGalley and this is my honest review.**
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  • Debbie
    January 1, 1970
    "A Light on the Hill" is biblical fiction with romance and suspense. This novel was set 7 years after "Wings of the Wind" and followed what happens to Moriyah, a character from that story. The Israelites have taken much of Canaan and the first cities of refuge have been established. Moriyah has isolated herself out of shame for the brand on her face and feels no one can see past the rumors to see and love her. After an accident results in the deaths of the twin 13-year-old sons of a man who migh "A Light on the Hill" is biblical fiction with romance and suspense. This novel was set 7 years after "Wings of the Wind" and followed what happens to Moriyah, a character from that story. The Israelites have taken much of Canaan and the first cities of refuge have been established. Moriyah has isolated herself out of shame for the brand on her face and feels no one can see past the rumors to see and love her. After an accident results in the deaths of the twin 13-year-old sons of a man who might have married her, Moriyah flees into a hostile land in disguise as she tries to survive until she can reach a city of refuge.Moriyah was often guided by her emotions. For example, when a faithful friend was injured, she didn't want to leave him in someone's care even though doing so would be the one chance for everyone to survive. However, she started hearing God's guiding voice again and decided to follow His instructions and laws, no matter the cost. She falls in love with someone who helps her as he admires her courage and can see both her inner and outer beauty. They agonize that, no matter what happens, they could never marry. (After building these obstacles up so high, I would have liked it if the author had taken a little more time to resolve them rather than basically dismissing them at the very end.)Overall, I enjoyed the story, but the characters did some things that I don't think would have been allowed in that culture. For example, Moriyah's Egyptian father married a woman from Judah but was given some land in Ephraim for a special reason. Then a man from Naphtali was told he'd inherit this land when her father died if he would marry Moriyah. The Bible makes a strong point that the land should remain with (owned by someone of) the tribe that inherited that territory, so I can't imagine the elders allowing this. Also, since her potential husband will live on and eventually inherit land several days journey away, this isn't a very desirable deal for him (though they act like it is). I can't understand why the author didn't just make the man from Ephraim! I had similar doubts about several aspects of the trial and what happened after it. Unfortunately, I found this distracting from the good insights (mercy, atonement) the author brought out.There was no bad language or sex scenes. Overall, I'd recommend this exciting novel.I received a free ebook review copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley.
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  • Anne Rightler
    January 1, 1970
    A Light on the Hill is author Connilyn Cossette's first book in her new series, Cities of Refuge. It is an amazingly remarkable story. Biblical fiction is one of my favorite genres to read and this book did not disappoint. Cossette is an expert storyteller and she has woven a wonderful tale of a young girl who because of a scarred face finds contentment and peace behind the confining door of her home--her self-imposed prison. Unexpectedly, Moriyah finds herself fleeing from those who would seek A Light on the Hill is author Connilyn Cossette's first book in her new series, Cities of Refuge. It is an amazingly remarkable story. Biblical fiction is one of my favorite genres to read and this book did not disappoint. Cossette is an expert storyteller and she has woven a wonderful tale of a young girl who because of a scarred face finds contentment and peace behind the confining door of her home--her self-imposed prison. Unexpectedly, Moriyah finds herself fleeing from those who would seek justice by taking her life. Would she be a survivor? Could she reach safety before being caught and killed? And what really is ahead--death or life imprisoned yet again in the city of refuge? Would anyone see beyond the scarred face to see who she really is? Could Moriyah herself see beyond the scar? If her face was whole again would Yahweh accept her and once again speak to her? The suspense of this story is intense as Moriyah faces bandits, a blood-thirsty lion, a lust-filled king and a trial before the nation's elders. The characters have depth and reality and their emotions and strengths resonate well with readers. The remarkable descriptive scenes put the reader right in the midst of the story, in the vineyard of the Shiloh countryside sampling the warm, silky grapes ready for harvest or perhaps in a valley dominated by snowcapped mountain magnificence. Cossette's word pictures are wonderful. A Light on the Hill is a captivating glimpse into the everyday life and the festivals and rituals of the nation of Israel. It is a story of fear, of unconditional love and one of mercy, a gift that is not earned--it is given. I received a complimentary copy of the book and a favorable review was not required. The opinions are my own.
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  • Joyce
    January 1, 1970
    This book is a must-read for lovers of biblical fiction. You will walk in time and place with the young woman Moriyah, hearing her heart, feeling her fear, knowing her Yaweh. This book is full of action, faith and fear. It will leave you with much to ponder in its wake. This book grows on you after you finish reading it. I consider that a mark of a good book. It is beyond understanding how this author can transport her readers to a long ago time in a far away place, which she does so well. Point This book is a must-read for lovers of biblical fiction. You will walk in time and place with the young woman Moriyah, hearing her heart, feeling her fear, knowing her Yaweh. This book is full of action, faith and fear. It will leave you with much to ponder in its wake. This book grows on you after you finish reading it. I consider that a mark of a good book. It is beyond understanding how this author can transport her readers to a long ago time in a far away place, which she does so well. Point of view being singular lends the story strength. Continuous action and wonderful description of place and strong characters which share a part in the story which revolves around the people who worship Yaweh and their dealings with those who do not. The thing which most impacted me is how this relates to my life today. People are people in any era of history.I loved reading about the sacrifices. Somehow made it more real, meant more. And the Mosaic law and cities of refuge came alive in the story. Thank you Connie for your magnificent work!I highly recommend this book to any reader interested in biblical fiction. I am not a huge fan of biblical fiction, but the two books I have read by this author may change my mind. I love how close to Scripture she keeps the story.I received an advanced copy of this book from Bethany House on Net Galley in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.
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  • Rosevine Cottage Girls
    January 1, 1970
    I related to this book in a way I didn't expect...This book plants us in the promised land of Abraham. It has been 50 years since their exodus from slavery in Egypt. Joshua and Caleb are still in control and the dividing of the land has begun to the tribes and we are dropped into Shiloh in the middle of a lush vineyard once charred by the Canaanites that lived there before and nurtured back to life by the hands of an Egyptian man who fell in love with a Israelite girl and her God and was given l I related to this book in a way I didn't expect...This book plants us in the promised land of Abraham. It has been 50 years since their exodus from slavery in Egypt. Joshua and Caleb are still in control and the dividing of the land has begun to the tribes and we are dropped into Shiloh in the middle of a lush vineyard once charred by the Canaanites that lived there before and nurtured back to life by the hands of an Egyptian man who fell in love with a Israelite girl and her God and was given land by Joshua to thank him for his service to he and Caleb. From there the story unfolds like the petals of a flower. Enter the vinters daughter Moriyah, a beautiful raven-haired girl and the life-threatening trials she must bear captured and enslaved in Jericho. Even after she gets free she must live with the gossip the isolation and shame. Follow this brave lady's story, her tenderness and embarrassment, her dreams and pride and how it shapes and controls her life and chance at happiness. How a simple act she's done a million times before changes her life - maybe forever as she faces a struggle for her life. The story is great the characters believable and dialogue is enjoyable. I truly did enjoy this book and recommend it highly.Received this book from Netgalley for our honest review.
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  • Adrienne
    January 1, 1970
    Ever since she was captured and taken to Jericho, where she was branded before being rescued, Moriyah has kept her face veiled and stayed close to home, not wanting to bring further shame to her family as those who see her gossip and speculate about what happened to her. When her father tells her he has found a match for her, Moriyah is surprised and nervous, especially since her betrothed, Raviv, does not seem particularly kind and obviously only wants her dowry. Still, she wants to honor her f Ever since she was captured and taken to Jericho, where she was branded before being rescued, Moriyah has kept her face veiled and stayed close to home, not wanting to bring further shame to her family as those who see her gossip and speculate about what happened to her. When her father tells her he has found a match for her, Moriyah is surprised and nervous, especially since her betrothed, Raviv, does not seem particularly kind and obviously only wants her dowry. Still, she wants to honor her father, but when she tries to prepare a special meal for Raviv and his sons, the unthinkable happens, and Moriyah must flee, heading for a sanctuary city in an attempt to save her life long enough to receive a fair trial. Along her perilous journey, she finds unexpected allies--including the God she thought had abandoned her years before.I was hooked from the very beginning of this book. I absolutely loved Moriyah's story. She was such a compelling character. The plot was so interesting--it was so fascinating to see what it might have been like for someone who needed to seek refuge in these cities. I absolutely loved seeing Moriyah's developing romance, too. All around great read! I loved it!I received a complimentary copy from the publisher. All opinions are my own.
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  • Kim
    January 1, 1970
    Wow. This book is incredible. Connilyn swept me up into Moriyah's story from the first page. I started this book in the evening before bed. Just one chapter, I said to myself. Well, a few hours later I was flipping the last page of the book with a sigh of satisfaction. As much as it is an over-used description of great books, I truly couldn't put this book down. Connilyn is a masterful storyteller, weaving history and spiritual themes through the pages in rich and engaging ways. The action in th Wow. This book is incredible. Connilyn swept me up into Moriyah's story from the first page. I started this book in the evening before bed. Just one chapter, I said to myself. Well, a few hours later I was flipping the last page of the book with a sigh of satisfaction. As much as it is an over-used description of great books, I truly couldn't put this book down. Connilyn is a masterful storyteller, weaving history and spiritual themes through the pages in rich and engaging ways. The action in the book is gripping and her characters are so genuine and real, they burrow into your heart. This is a must-read and I can't wait for the next book in the Cities of Refuge series!
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  • Nicole
    January 1, 1970
    Amazing as usual! Connilyn has done it again. It's an amazing book, I'm not giving away any spoilers. Just read it. It's a good read!
  • ShiraDaTimelord
    January 1, 1970
    ok shoot HOW DO I REMOVE THIS I DID NOT READ THIS.ALSO DOST THIS BE AN IR MIKLAT??IR NIDACHAS- A CITY (GO ALEX!)also the character in another book has my namei do not want my name to be in some christian bookDid she murder someone
  • Sheila {ShesGoingBookCrazy.com}
    January 1, 1970
    I received a copy of this book via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!
  • Felicia Allen
    January 1, 1970
    I loved this book. You could tell that a lot of Bible research was done to write it. Morgan was accused of poisoning two young boys and girls on the run so she can have a fair trial instead of vengance. On the run, she meets a variety of characters the help her, ventures into enemy territory, and has encounters with the king. Constantly fearful of the outcome of her trial, she learns to rely on God and gains an understanding that only He is in control. The ending was completely unexpected.
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  • Erin Laramore
    January 1, 1970
    This book was such a fantastic story of grace and mercy - and how God works all things together for the good of those who love Him and are called according to His purpose. Though that quote is from Romans in the New Testament, this Old Testament tale bore witness to it. This is the 4th book that Connilyn Cossette has released, the first in the "Cities of Refuge" series, though it does carry over from her first "Out of Egypt" series. So, good news for fans of Cossette's first series - we do get t This book was such a fantastic story of grace and mercy - and how God works all things together for the good of those who love Him and are called according to His purpose. Though that quote is from Romans in the New Testament, this Old Testament tale bore witness to it. This is the 4th book that Connilyn Cossette has released, the first in the "Cities of Refuge" series, though it does carry over from her first "Out of Egypt" series. So, good news for fans of Cossette's first series - we do get to see more of the story! For those who have not read the prior books, this book does stand alone and makes a great "first book of a series" book; however, if you've read the "Out of Egypt" series, you have some of the richer and deeper history. Though I would recommend reading all of them (because they are all SO good), I would strongly recommend reading "Wings of the Wind" if you want to see the beginning of Moriyah's story and her time in Jericho. This book picks up 7 years after "Wings of the Wind". Moriyah, who is the main character of the story, lives a quiet life at home in her father's vineyard. The brand she received while a prisoner in Jericho 7 years prior has stirred rumors and kept Moriyah fearful of bringing shame to her family. So, she covers herself with a veil and does not venture away from home very often. Her world is turned on end one day when her father advises that he has found a husband for her. Through a series of events, the meeting of his family does not go according to plan and Moriyah has to flee for her life to one of the newly set cities of refuge. Her journey takes her through physical and emotional dangers. She forges new friendships and finds love along the way, including renewing her love of Yahweh, her Creator. Through the time, Moriyah discovers the true meanings of mercy, justice, love and sacrifice, as well as what it means to give up everything you know and love for the will of your God and how He brings it back as a blessing. There were a lot of twists and turns -some I didn't see coming, but the main one I did - though that was a relief, not a disappointment. Very well written to keep me engaged. Well developed characters and excellent dialogue kept the flow going. I got this one read in less than 3 days (and those were work days!). This book had many quote-able moments, but the redemption towards the end was my favorite: "Just as the vineyard had been reborn after being burned by the Canaanites and made to flourish again beneath my father's tender care, my own charred years would be redeemed by the graceful hand of the One who created me". I look forward to the next book where we will see a minor character in this book as the major character - I'm anxious to see the growth and development, and also to see how Moriyah becomes "a light in the dark places". Another amazing, well researched, enjoyable, challenging and uplifting read by Ms. Cossette. I highly recommend!I received a complimentary copy of the book and a favorable review was not required. The opinions are my own.
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