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, Christian, Romance, Fiction

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

  • Beth
    January 1, 1970
    I wasn’t sure if Connilyn Cossette could top herself, but I enjoyed A Light on the Hill just as much as her previous release. She’s become one of my favorite authors, so I was eager to get my hands on her new series opener. I’ve never read any other Biblical or historical fiction novels set during the time of the book of Joshua, nor any that had anything to do with the cities of refuge. I was intrigued by this premise for sure and feel that it works on so many levels. Because it’s not been touch I wasn’t sure if Connilyn Cossette could top herself, but I enjoyed A Light on the Hill just as much as her previous release. She’s become one of my favorite authors, so I was eager to get my hands on her new series opener. I’ve never read any other Biblical or historical fiction novels set during the time of the book of Joshua, nor any that had anything to do with the cities of refuge. I was intrigued by this premise for sure and feel that it works on so many levels. Because it’s not been touched on a lot (at least not that I’ve read), it feels very fresh and new even within an ancient setting.All of the elements of this story are equally strong and combine beautifully. Strong characterization, a deep sense of place, and a slow-burning romance are all a part of this wonderful story. The characters are multifaceted, with fully realized motivations and realistic emotions. Moriyah’s character arc is wonderful to experience. Additionally, the details and descriptions of the setting are engrossing. I especially loved the descriptions of the landscape as they traveled. Their emotions are palpable. I could feel the tension between the characters and Moriyah’s fear as they tried to reach a city of refuge. The plot is full of action, as well as the perfect amount of quieter moments and introspection. The rising action is steady through the climax of the story, and the ending is bittersweet, yet satisfying in many ways.The faith element is a key part of the story and beautiful to behold. I truly feel like I learned something about ancient Israelite practices under the Mosaic law. It was especially neat because I had just finished reading Leviticus. The descriptions of the camp, the rituals of the sacrifices, and the meaning behind them took on a deeper importance as I experienced them through the eyes of the Moriyah.Readers of stories that take place during Bible times are sure to love this latest offering from Connilyn Cossette. A Light on the Hill is a triumphant story of mercy and hope. Happily, book two is already set to release for this fall, so there’s plenty of time to give this one a read and be ready for the next release. A Light on the Hill is on my favorites list for 2018, and I highly recommend it!Thank you to the publisher for a complimentary copy of this novel. This review is my honest opinion.
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  • Shantelle
    January 1, 1970
    A Light on the Hill by Connilyn Cossette is a unique and beautiful read! It is the first book to a new series called CITIES OF REFUGE, but it does connect to the debut series by this author. In fact, we meet the main character of this book, Moriyah, in Wings of the Wind!Connilyn Cossette does a masterful job with writing fiction set in Biblical times! She brings history to life, and we get a glimpse of heroic historical figures such as Moses, Miriam, and Joshua. Plus, her fictional characters ar A Light on the Hill by Connilyn Cossette is a unique and beautiful read! It is the first book to a new series called CITIES OF REFUGE, but it does connect to the debut series by this author. In fact, we meet the main character of this book, Moriyah, in Wings of the Wind!Connilyn Cossette does a masterful job with writing fiction set in Biblical times! She brings history to life, and we get a glimpse of heroic historical figures such as Moses, Miriam, and Joshua. Plus, her fictional characters are always so authentic and likable. I was so excited to get to read further about Moriyah! Though she is much older than when I last "saw" her, it was wonderful to see more of her story. It was hard, but worthwhile. And fun, at times. Moriyah has to work through a lot, but she has a sweet and spirited personality. And Darek! Oh, I quite liked him. *smiles* There were a lot of characters I really enjoyed in A Light on the Hill.For a good portion of this book, I was reading eagerly (sometimes late into the night.) Loving going on this journey with Moriyah. Watching her fall in love. Seeing the manliness, and brute skill and strength of Darek, but also the tenderness and sense of humor. Cannanites, lions, cities of refuge, travel ... excitement, tragedy, danger, mercy. Though sometimes my heart constricted at the seemingly injustice and harshness of the law, A Light on the Hill was ultimately such a beautifully and tenderly redemptive story. It was intriguing learning more about this time in history - particularly concerning the Jews' culture - and I was ultimately satisfied with how things ended.The end-ish of the book got a little heavy on the romance aspect. I would have rather it didn't focus on that so much, and I didn't approve of/appreciate some of the unmarried couple's actions toward each other, though ultimately Moriyah (view spoiler)[showed her devotion to God by making it clear she would not choose Darek over Him. She would give up her love for Darek if it meant making bad choices. (hide spoiler)]Overall, Connilyn Cossette delivers another fabulous and heartfelt story. I can't wait to read more by her!I received a copy of A Light on the Hill from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for my honest review.
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  • Hannah
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 starsA very well-written and researched book set in the early days of tribal Israel, in the first decade after the crossing of the Jordan and fall of Jericho, dealing with settling into the new land. The details are beautifully researched and engaging, never dragging despite the wealth of historical detail. Moriyah is an engaging character. While her life is very difficult, it’s easy to like her and root for her because of her tendency to put others first and her pleasant voice as a narrator 4.5 starsA very well-written and researched book set in the early days of tribal Israel, in the first decade after the crossing of the Jordan and fall of Jericho, dealing with settling into the new land. The details are beautifully researched and engaging, never dragging despite the wealth of historical detail. Moriyah is an engaging character. While her life is very difficult, it’s easy to like her and root for her because of her tendency to put others first and her pleasant voice as a narrator (the story is written in first person from Moriyah’s POV). The descriptions are lush and nearly visible from the reader’s seat. Honestly, two comparisons (robin’s-egg blue sky and “barged into”) were intrusively regional/modern, but aside from those, the narration is pretty flawlessly ancient-culture in flavor. Comparisons are to local plants or events and the cadence of the story easily evokes the feeling that the reader has stepped into the past.I’m not much of a “biblical fiction” reader because I feel like so many authors are presumptuous with their portrayal of Bible characters and I can’t turn off the argue switch and agree with their interpretations. This story, while set in Biblical times, does not attempt to reimagine Biblical figures, but instead is set as a true historical fiction in a historic culture. It’s simply older than most of my reading generally is! Shout-out to Andrea for suggesting Connilyn Cossette as a good author to try!Thanks to Bethany House Blogger review program for a review copy. A favorable opinion was not required.
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  • Roseanna White
    January 1, 1970
    Another gorgeous Biblical novel from Connilyn Cossette! This one kept me up far too late and was handily finished within 24 hours. Who needs to do housework?
  • 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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  • 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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  • Sam B
    January 1, 1970
    This book is the first in Connilyn Cossette's new series Cities of Refuge.If you are new to this author, let me first tell you that her books are amazing! But I truly believe, to get the best experience, all her books should be read in order. This might be a new series, but I consider it a spin-off of her Out of Egypt series. This book focuses on Moriyah (a secondary character from Wings of the Wind). I really appreciate how this author truly connects all of her books together even though the ma This book is the first in Connilyn Cossette's new series Cities of Refuge.If you are new to this author, let me first tell you that her books are amazing! But I truly believe, to get the best experience, all her books should be read in order. This might be a new series, but I consider it a spin-off of her Out of Egypt series. This book focuses on Moriyah (a secondary character from Wings of the Wind). I really appreciate how this author truly connects all of her books together even though the main character in each book is different. I have never read a series quite like hers.As for this particular book, I don't want to say too much, because it would be too easy to give out spoilers. I will only say that up to the very end, I really didn't know how this book could get a happy ending. I loved the characters and the story and highly recommend the book!Thanks to the publisher for providing me a copy of the book. It did not affect my review.
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  • Kate (The Shelf Life)
    January 1, 1970
    Oh, my goodness! Where do I begin with this story?Connilyn Cossette is an author I watch new releases for. Each story grows on the next and the world just blossom.A Light on a Hill is the first of this new series, Cities of Refuge. It is a bit of spin off from her previous series, but still stands alone. If you haven't read any of the previous books, it's ok, but, you will want to read her other books.This story follows Moriyah. She is a young woman who has a very nerve racking experience as a t Oh, my goodness! Where do I begin with this story?Connilyn Cossette is an author I watch new releases for. Each story grows on the next and the world just blossom.A Light on a Hill is the first of this new series, Cities of Refuge. It is a bit of spin off from her previous series, but still stands alone. If you haven't read any of the previous books, it's ok, but, you will want to read her other books.This story follows Moriyah. She is a young woman who has a very nerve racking experience as a teenager. The experienced changed her and made her want to be reclusive, however, her father wants her to be looked after. She wants to be an obidiant daughter, but with her life, she is hesitant. You can feel what she feels as you read this story. There is so much newness she has to go through. In all of it, her faith grows and her passion for those she cares about remains strong. Following Moriyah through it all was a great journey.With the incidences that occur in this story, it kept me on the edge of my seat. Following Moriyah through these new lands of Israel was very interesting. We know about the walls of Jericho that fell down, but what happened after that? Connilyn Cossette took the information that the Bible provided and the research she did shines through. Her characters jump off the page. You want to route for certain ones, and then hope for others to do something else.The character introduced into this story were great! It offered new eyes to known Biblical stories.I honestly can't wait for the next book in this series to come out! If you are a fan of Biblical fiction, this is a book you can't miss.On a side note, I bought, in addition to the review copy I was given, the audio book. The narrator was phenomenal and kept the story moving with a wonderful reading.Thank you to the Author, I received a copy of this book for free in exchange for an honest review.This review was originally posted @ https://wordsfromabookaholic.blogspot...
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  • Becky Van Daniker
    January 1, 1970
    Oh my goodness! Where do I even begin?! A Light on the Hill is the first book that I’ve read by Connilyn Cossette and it won’t be my last! I recently found out that this is an indirect continuation of Wings of the Wind (from the Out of Eygpt series) which I have immediately added to my TBR!If you’re looking for an intense page-turner, then you’ll want to check this one out. It takes place in the Cities of Refuge as found in Joshua. I personally thought this was unique and original because I know Oh my goodness! Where do I even begin?! A Light on the Hill is the first book that I’ve read by Connilyn Cossette and it won’t be my last! I recently found out that this is an indirect continuation of Wings of the Wind (from the Out of Eygpt series) which I have immediately added to my TBR!If you’re looking for an intense page-turner, then you’ll want to check this one out. It takes place in the Cities of Refuge as found in Joshua. I personally thought this was unique and original because I know next to nothing about the Cities of Refuge. The author’s thorough research shines throughout the novel, bringing history to life.Moriyah will forever be one of my favorite characters. Actually, I don’t think there was one character found in the book that I didn’t like! Even hateful and vengeful Raviv. My heart broke for him rather than hating him. Oh and Darek. I developed a crush on that man. He is the kind of man who is compassionate and walks away from his peers to help a stranger in need. Then there’s Yuval who is like a brother to Moriyah and will do anything to protect her. They are all very real characters that readers will be able to identify with.I loved how much growth each character develops throughout the novel. We first see Moriyah as this timid and scared young woman who hides behind her veil and blossom into a confident woman who knows the Lord is on her side.What I loved most of all was how Connilyn Cossette tied in the perfect balance of mercy and justice of God. The author shows how Jesus, our great High Priest, who took our sin upon Himself and became our eternal sacrifice from the condemnation of sin and death. There are also themes of fully trusting God even when it might mean having your life taken from you.A Light on the Hill is truly mind-blowing and I cannot wait for the next novel in store! Highly recommended!Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher for my honest review, which I have given. I was not required to write a positive review and have not been compensated for it in any way. All opinions expressed are my own.
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  • Loraine
    January 1, 1970
    This book takes place right after the birth of Israel and during the wars for possession of the land by the Hebrews. Moriyah, at age 13, was captured by the Midianites during a war and taken to Jericho where she was turned over to the Temple priestess and branded as a prostitute. After rescue and before she could be used as a prostitute., she returned to her home where she kept her face covered in order to hide the shame of her branding. It is now 7 years later, and Moriyah's dad has arranged fo This book takes place right after the birth of Israel and during the wars for possession of the land by the Hebrews. Moriyah, at age 13, was captured by the Midianites during a war and taken to Jericho where she was turned over to the Temple priestess and branded as a prostitute. After rescue and before she could be used as a prostitute., she returned to her home where she kept her face covered in order to hide the shame of her branding. It is now 7 years later, and Moriyah's dad has arranged for her marriage. This book is full of action from start to finish. Cossette is a new-to-me author, and she is definitely a wonderful storyteller. Her Biblical research is evident throughout the story as well as her attention to detail, and I learned so much about the cities of refuge. Her descriptions of the land and the people brought me right into the setting. The main characters, Moriyah and Darek, both learned to rely on Yahweh and listen to his prompting. Moriyah grew more confident and self-assured even though she reels from the horrible accident that she was part of. Darek was a strong, independent, caring young man. His caring and understanding of Moriyah made a huge difference in how she felt about herself. This was a book that when I finished I wished I could pick up the next in the series right then and there.Definitely recommend to readers of Biblical historical fiction.
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  • Susan
    January 1, 1970
    Wow! A new author to add to my list of favorites. A Light on the Hill is a fantastic beginning to a new series. The setting is 1399 BC Israel centering on the beginnings of the cities of refuge mentioned in Joshua 20. I was not prepared for the immediate immersion when I as the reader was drawn into the story. The author had my interest peaked in the very first paragraph. Ms. Cossette descriptive use of prose appeals to the senses, allowing the reader to step into Moriyah's world. Moriyah is a Wow! A new author to add to my list of favorites. A Light on the Hill is a fantastic beginning to a new series. The setting is 1399 BC Israel centering on the beginnings of the cities of refuge mentioned in Joshua 20. I was not prepared for the immediate immersion when I as the reader was drawn into the story. The author had my interest peaked in the very first paragraph. Ms. Cossette descriptive use of prose appeals to the senses, allowing the reader to step into Moriyah's world. Moriyah is a memorable character, impressing me with her strength and courage. But most importantly, with her loving heart. Having been scarred at an early age, she seeks to help others that have been victims of violence or neglect. She has spent many years hiding behind her veil, but is her isolation providing her shelter or is it a self-inflicted prison? An unexpected tragedy sends Moriyah on an incredible adventure as she seeks refuge. This story has many unpredictable twists and turns. I loved the hero of the story. He had an canny way of providing a mirror for Moriyah, allowing her to see behind her scars. He is one of my favorite heroes in biblical fiction. This is an incredible story of mercy. The symbols of the veil and refuge were meaningful for this reader. One of my favorite quotes: "Mercy is not earned," I said, pulling the words from the center of my soul, where I knew Yahweh had placed them. "It is gifted."I eagerly anticipate the next book in this series. I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the author/publisher. I was not required to write a review. All opinions expressed 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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  • Kav
    January 1, 1970
    Connilyn Cossette's writing style is so lyrical it begs to be read out loud. Exquisite descriptions about life and customs in biblical times -- I swear this author must have a time machine because she gets it right every time. At least, I feel like it's right for the time period. Even the dialogue. Not being in possession of a time machine, I can't say for certain. :-) But though I'm not widely read in the biblical fiction genre, I will always find room on my TBR pile for this author's novels. T Connilyn Cossette's writing style is so lyrical it begs to be read out loud. Exquisite descriptions about life and customs in biblical times -- I swear this author must have a time machine because she gets it right every time. At least, I feel like it's right for the time period. Even the dialogue. Not being in possession of a time machine, I can't say for certain. :-) But though I'm not widely read in the biblical fiction genre, I will always find room on my TBR pile for this author's novels. They are irresistible!And interestingly enough I knew nothing about Levitical cities of refuge until a few weeks ago when my pastor mentioned them in a sermon. Totally fascinated me and then, a short while later, this book shows up on my doorstep. How cool is that? And it's the first book in the Cities of Refuge series so there's lots more good reading ahead. Oh -- and to make this even more special for fans of Cossette's Out of Egypt series, Moriyah was a secondary character in Wings of the Wind. Love that bridge between series.And what an action-packed adventure! The author constantly surprised me with a new twist, an unexpected turn. The whole story is told from Moriyah's first person point of view and it was easy to instantly relate to and root for this vulnerable young woman who has already suffered so much. Her personal faith journey is inspiring as she goes from living in the shadows because of her scars to becoming a light that transforms people -- including herself. Because it isn't until Moriyah has the courage to look beyond her scars that she can finally live up to her potential.This would make an awesome book club selection because there's such depth for discussion within these pages. I mean, don't we all have scars in some form or another? Visible or invisible -- things that hold us back and drag us down? And there are great discussion questions at the end of the book. The kind that make you really think. And stretch. I love it when I connect with my faith through fiction the way I did with this book. Makes for a life-changing read...if you dare to exercise Moriyah size courage!Book provided courtesy of Baker Publishing and Graf-Martin Communications.
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  • Clara
    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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  • Lydia Howe
    January 1, 1970
    Why I Choose This Book:Folks. Miss Connilyn's writing is amazing. Goodness, y'all. Her Biblical fiction has drawn me in from the very first page every single time. When her last trilogy ended I was really sad because I REALLY wanted there to be a fourth book that featured one of the characters from the third book in the trilogy. Therefore, when I saw she had another series going, I jumped at the chance to be one of the earlier reviewers. I decided to go into the book totally blind - not even all Why I Choose This Book:Folks. Miss Connilyn's writing is amazing. Goodness, y'all. Her Biblical fiction has drawn me in from the very first page every single time. When her last trilogy ended I was really sad because I REALLY wanted there to be a fourth book that featured one of the characters from the third book in the trilogy. Therefore, when I saw she had another series going, I jumped at the chance to be one of the earlier reviewers. I decided to go into the book totally blind - not even allowing myself to read the back cover before diving in. (And when you see the blurb floating around on the internet it's hard to resist!) What I Thought: I may or may not have squealed and grabbed the arm of the person next to me out of pure joy when I read the first paragraph and realized that ALOTH (A Light on the Hill) featured the exact character I wanted. Moriyah was just a girl of 13 in the last book of Miss Connilyn's, but now she's all grown up and a far cry from the confident person I remember from her youth.The writing is beautiful - the descriptions whisked me away into the Promise Land and plopped me there with such force I didn't want to leave. I've traveled a lot in life, but this book makes me want to travel even more. Reading about walking through the vineyards was the next best thing to actually doing it, but now that I've read the book, I want to go and experience it for myself. The details of all the Middle Eastern food were so delightful and made me so hungry for it that I made my family stuffed grape leaves, lentil soup, and za'atar bread for supper one night. It was delicious and made Moriyah's world come alive so much more to me. As far as the storyline itself goes, I enjoyed it. There were twists and turns and things I hadn't expected. (Going into the book blind really helped with that.) Previously I'd read there were some pretty great plot twists in the book, but when I asked a friend of mine who was reading the book, she just kinda shrugged the question off. Therefore, when I got to the major plot twist, I was mind-blown. As in, I went and found people who I knew wouldn't be reading the book and sat down and told them all about it because I had to share it with someone. It was amazing and unexpected, and at first, I couldn't hardly imagine it had actually really happened. For some reason, I enjoyed the first half of the book a lot more than the second. I'm not sure why that is, except there was a little more romance in the second half, and sometimes that annoys me slightly. (In all books - not just this one.) The first half of the book was a five-star read, which for me is VERY unusual, and the second half mellowed the book down to four stars. I have a feeling though that most people would enjoy the second half just as much as the first. Now I can't hardly wait for the next book in the series. Miss Connilyn's books always make the Bible feel more alive to me, and this book was no exception. Her research is fantastic and makes me want to do researching of my own. Her details are superb and craft style remarkable. Conclusion: Y'all, I have a feeling I should probably end this review before I write an entire book myself. Overall it was a clean book. At the same time though, there are mentions of the various Canaanite cities that were still around during the book of Joshua and the immorality that went on in them, temple prostitutes (never going into detail), and a small amount of violence. There's also a fair amount of time when an unmarried man and woman travel alone together - it's out of necessity and nothing happens, but I do wish that wasn't as common of an element in books like this...  Stay tuned, y'all, for an author interview coming up later on this month! Rating: I’m giving The Light On the Hill 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it to anyone who has ever read Biblical fiction - or if you haven't read it and have thought about giving it a try.*The author gave me a book so I could review it, but I would have found or bought a copy somewhere if she hadn't ;) 
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  • Kelly Bridgewater
    January 1, 1970
    A Light on the Hill by Connilyn Cossette is an interesting Biblical fiction story. Even though Biblical fiction is not my chosen choice of genre, I have heard wonderful things about Cossette's writing. While I haven't sampled any of her writing yet, I thoroughly enjoyed my introduction to her writing. With Biblical fiction, I imagined a story set in a world that I'm unfamiliar with and characters relating to a world with the hope of God deeply ingrained in their every choice.The writing was clea A Light on the Hill by Connilyn Cossette is an interesting Biblical fiction story. Even though Biblical fiction is not my chosen choice of genre, I have heard wonderful things about Cossette's writing. While I haven't sampled any of her writing yet, I thoroughly enjoyed my introduction to her writing. With Biblical fiction, I imagined a story set in a world that I'm unfamiliar with and characters relating to a world with the hope of God deeply ingrained in their every choice.The writing was clear and concise. I really enjoyed that A Light on the Hill explored the city of refuges mentioned in the Bible. I didn't know anything about this topic from the Bible before Cossette wrote about it. This story is told in first person. Since I haven't read any of her other three books, I don't know if she does this in all of her books or if this is the first time. But it works well for this Biblical story. I saw the story from Moriyah's perspective, and it made the story shine more than usual. Most Biblical fiction authors, in my humble opinion, like to create dry, boring stories, but Cossette created a story rich with memorable characters and an intriguing plot.Moriyah is an unique character. From the moment she entered the story, I empathized with her plight. What eleven year old could handled that type of branding and be able to tell the tale. Cossette does a great job at showing a strong woman who honors her family and depends on Yahweh even though she has been scared from a young age. Then enters Darek. The mysterious, yet handsome man who sees beyond Moriyah's disfigurement and sees her internal beauty. I admired him as the hero and wanted to see more of him.The plot flowed like a modern day chase scene. Someone running from the law and trying to blend in with another society. This story moved fast and kept my attention from the beginning. I finished the novel in a little over one day and really enjoyed it. Even I was surprised.Overall, A Light on the Hill by Connilyn Cossette is an interesting look into the world of Biblical time period and explored deeper than the Bible allows me to know. I enjoyed the characters and spending time in their harrowing chase through the wilderness. I highly recommend this book to fans of Biblical Fiction or fans of high speed chases. It truly captured my imagination. Now I'm anxious to return to her first three books and read those.I received a complimentary copy of A Light on the Hill by Connilyn Cossette from Bethany House Publishers, but the opinions stated are all my own.
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  • Kathleen (Kat) Smith
    January 1, 1970
    One of my favorite new genres is biblical fiction. It is taking factual events from the Bible, and creating a bit of a backstory to the characters we know about, but not everything about. It might even use a major biblical event as the setting for the novel, such as Connilyn Cossette has done brilliantly in her series, Cities of Refuge. The first novel in the series is A Light on The Hill, and takes the readers back just after the fall of the walls of Jericho. Back to the lands filled with the i One of my favorite new genres is biblical fiction. It is taking factual events from the Bible, and creating a bit of a backstory to the characters we know about, but not everything about. It might even use a major biblical event as the setting for the novel, such as Connilyn Cossette has done brilliantly in her series, Cities of Refuge. The first novel in the series is A Light on The Hill, and takes the readers back just after the fall of the walls of Jericho. Back to the lands filled with the idol worship of false gods, where temples were built to commemorate and worship those idol images. Moriyah was a young girl when she was kidnapped and branded on her face as a temple prostitute even though she never was violated in that manner. It would be a brand she would forever face discrimination and rumors about what those who knew of her perceived her to be. It would also make finding a suitable husband for her, almost an impossibility. What man would want to deal with a wife who had to remain covered by a veil whenever she went out in public. Yet even that did nothing to prevent the stares or public shame she had to endure. When Moriyah learns that her father has found a suitable match for her, she believes God has finally heard her prayer. She believes the young man she meets on the night of a festival is the same man promised to marry her. However she soon learns that he is simply the youngest of the brothers, her father has arranged to marry her. He is not the one. The man she is forced to marry is the oldest brother and the only desire he has for her, is her dowry that her father has promised to any man who will marry her, vineyards beyond riches. She faces her own challenges dealing with not only her potential future husband, but he has vowed she will remain forever veiled so no one will ever look at her and see who she really is. I received A Light on The Hill by Connilyn Cossette compliments of Bethany House Publishers. This is such a wonderful novel in that during my own Bible reading, I have read about the horror stories of the people who lived behind the walls of Jericho and the things they did they flew in the face of the God of the Bible. We see glimpses of that with Joshua and how he brought down the walls, and of the prostitute Rahab that hid the men of God who would have been killed had they been discovered. It was the same favor that saved the life of not only her but her family as well. This picks up after that has occurred and shows the fall out of the life of those trapped behind those walls that now have to deal with the repercussions of that lifestyle, even if they didn't agree with it. A wonderful discussion guide is included at the conclusion of this novel that makes for a great book club selection. For me, I can't wait to read the remaining novels that will follow this one, and thus the reason for giving this one a well deserved 5 out of 5 stars in my opinion.
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  • Halee
    January 1, 1970
    “I do not know the mind of the Eternal One, Moriyah. But neither do you. He has preserved your life this far, in the most unlikely of situations. Perhaps He has a unique purpose for you, in spite of what you endured. Or perhaps because of it.” He took my face in his hands, his brown eyes intent on mine. “But I do know this, if he commands you to speak truth, you must do so. No matter the cost.”Connilyn Cossette has been a favorite of mine since her first book came out, and I am surprised at how “I do not know the mind of the Eternal One, Moriyah. But neither do you. He has preserved your life this far, in the most unlikely of situations. Perhaps He has a unique purpose for you, in spite of what you endured. Or perhaps because of it.” He took my face in his hands, his brown eyes intent on mine. “But I do know this, if he commands you to speak truth, you must do so. No matter the cost.”Connilyn Cossette has been a favorite of mine since her first book came out, and I am surprised at how she tops herself each time she writes a new one!! I didn’t like biblical fiction until I tried her Out Of Egypt series….Then, wow!!! All of her writing delivers like a wonderful fiction book, but also makes me want to read the Bible and just worship Him more.A Light On The Hill is the first installment in the Cities Of Refuge series, documenting the events following after the Israelites captured Jericho in the book of Joshua. The story was amazing, and it felt intricately woven….Like she truly poured all her heart, soul, and energy into crafting the perfect plot twists and characters for Moriyah.The romance felt natural, the action was perfection, and I honestly couldn’t put it down for very long without starting to think about what happened next!I also loved the travel aspect of this book. I don’t normally read that type of story, but it was refreshing and exciting to follow her along, especially with so much detail to the landscaping.Overall, it was just a solid book. I loved it! I can’t wait for the next one coming out in October of this year.ALSO! I met her at a book signing in February to celebrate the launch of A Light On The Hill….And yes, she is just as amazing and sweet in person as she is on social media!
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  • Amy
    January 1, 1970
    A Light on the Hill is the first book to Connilyn Cossette’s new series, Cities of Refuge. I loved this book! This is by far my new favorite by this author. Her talent really shines through in this one. The details are so vivid, the characters seem to come alive. I just love Moriyah. She is such a strong, faithful, inspiring, and admirable woman. I am honored to have spent my time with her.I cannot wait to read the next book in the Cities of Refuge series. I give A Light on the Hill 5+ stars.I r A Light on the Hill is the first book to Connilyn Cossette’s new series, Cities of Refuge. I loved this book! This is by far my new favorite by this author. Her talent really shines through in this one. The details are so vivid, the characters seem to come alive. I just love Moriyah. She is such a strong, faithful, inspiring, and admirable woman. I am honored to have spent my time with her.I cannot wait to read the next book in the Cities of Refuge series. I give A Light on the Hill 5+ stars.I received this book from the author, but was not required to write a review. This review was 100% my own honest opinion.
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  • Faye
    January 1, 1970
    Moriyah is the only unmarried daughter of a successful vineyard owner, but she hides the scar on her face with a veil, the reminder of when she was kidnapped and taken to a pagan temple before the walls of Jericho fell granting her, Alanah, and Rahab freedom. The brand burned into her skin is like that of the temple prostitutes, and though she was never defiled she lives with the shame of the mark on her face. When her father makes a match for her, she agrees to the marriage to please her father Moriyah is the only unmarried daughter of a successful vineyard owner, but she hides the scar on her face with a veil, the reminder of when she was kidnapped and taken to a pagan temple before the walls of Jericho fell granting her, Alanah, and Rahab freedom. The brand burned into her skin is like that of the temple prostitutes, and though she was never defiled she lives with the shame of the mark on her face. When her father makes a match for her, she agrees to the marriage to please her father and put his heart at ease. But then tragedy strikes, sending her fleeing for her life to one of the refuge cities with her father's most trusted men at her side, but as they face those who would claim their right of blood she finds herself trusting her life to Darek, the brother of the man whom she has wronged.A beautiful novel of retribution, forgiveness, and love, set a few years after the fall of Jericho as the Israelites have divided and begun to take possession of the land promised to them. The descriptions are rich adjectives that paint a picture in the mind with vivid evocative imagery, that add depth to the story and set the scene. Riveting storytelling, and compelling characters bring this story of the refuge cities to life. I was intrigued by the use of the refuge cities in this book, as the Bible doesn't contain any histories of anyone who took refuge in such a city, despite their designations and rules being well outlined in the Old Testament. I was completely blown away by how Ms. Cosette brought the refuge cities--which is a part of the Bible that I admittedly don't linger over--to life, I was captivated by Moriyah's plight, as well as her courage.The characters were well developed, and even characters that were featured only briefly like Eitan, Ora, and Rimona, were crafted with care and had me wondering about their stories. I thought that this book was well done, I had a tough time putting it down, and I am a huge fan of the original concept of the refuge cities.Moriyah is brave, yet vulnerable, my heart went out to her, yet I admired how instead of becoming bitter over her circumstances and scars, her scars allowed her to see invisible people like Ora and Eitan, befriending outcasts. She grows a lot over the course of the book, and I like how she takes responsibility for her actions, even though she could easily have been indignant and in denial, but bravely faced her trials.Darek has scouted out the promised land and seen many beautiful things, he believes in justice and mercy, and despite his doubts and misgivings is always respectful to everyone. I liked his willingness to listen, and quick thinking in moments of crisis.Overall, a thoroughly engrossing read from beginning to end. I loved the originality of writing about the refuge cities, as well as the vivid and lush descriptions. I loved Moriyah, and admired her strengths and vulnerabilities, and how she grew over the course of the book. One of the best Biblical fiction books I have ever read. Highly recommend.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 it on my blog. Regardless, 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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  • Fizzy
    January 1, 1970
    This book is my 20th book of the year. That is a mini milestone on the quest to the larger goal. It wasn’t meant to be my 20th book. Life went sideways and got really messy. I’m still in sideways messy mode and will be for a while but I’m also working hard at finding a new balance, a new normal if you will. I had every intention of review this book on it’s release day (February 6th). Feel free to re-read above as to why it wasn’t reviewed then. Here’s the thing, I don’t feel like this book has a This book is my 20th book of the year. That is a mini milestone on the quest to the larger goal. It wasn’t meant to be my 20th book. Life went sideways and got really messy. I’m still in sideways messy mode and will be for a while but I’m also working hard at finding a new balance, a new normal if you will. I had every intention of review this book on it’s release day (February 6th). Feel free to re-read above as to why it wasn’t reviewed then. Here’s the thing, I don’t feel like this book has anything to do with sideways messy but I think it was meant for it to have to be postponed. It needed to be my 20th book this year. It needed to be a mini milestone.We first met Moriyah in ‘Wings of the Wind‘, the final installment on the Out of Egypt series. Moriyah was kidnapped to the temple of Ba’al and Ashtoreth and branded (on her face), by a vicious Priestess, as a temple prostitute. Moriyah escaped from that unscathed, except for the brand. And her view of herself. Moriyah grew up from that 13 year old girl and we meet back with her in ‘A Light on the Hill’ as a woman of 20. A woman who never even answers her door without her veil in place to cover her brand. A woman who never even lets those she loves see her face because of her brand. A woman of compassion and talents. A woman who may have accidentally killed the children of the only man who will agree to marry her – to gain her father’s vineyard. A woman on the run for her life to find sanctuary in a City of Refuge.What I keep going back to as I think over this book, besides the fact that Cossette has yet to write something I am not head over hills for, is Moriyah’s veil. I might accidentally give you spoilers so don’t hold that against me. There’s so much more to this book than her veil however. There’s adventure on her journey. There’s romance with a character that I might have a ginormous crush on. There’s action throughout. But I keep going back to the veil. As a child, Moriyah heard the voice of God. As an adult she is convinced He has left her, abandoned her, due to her brand. While she follows His laws and love’s Him as the Father she feels as though He has left her. She feels as though He no longer hears her. When her intended husband requires she show him the brand on the day they meet she is broken further at his reaction. When she must remove the veil to save the life of another she is humiliated. However, she finds she is also accepted.Her brand provides her a small measure of safety in the territory of the enemy on her journey. Here’s the thing though. When she removes the veil, keeps it removed, and calls out to God? She hears Him. Her clinging to the veil as her protection was what was dividing her from Him. Her using the veil as safety instead of God kept her from Him. Her belief that the veil would cover her shame and not her trust that God could cover her shame kept her from Him. And all I could think of was all the things we all put between us and Him to keep us apart. We try to cover our shame, our embarrassment, our insecurities with material (hello veil) instead of with Him. We find our security, our comfort, in our jobs or our friends or our talents or even our possessions. I was drawn to Moriyah and her veil. I mean, I was drawn to the whole entire book but her veil spoke to me.I was provided a complimentary copy of this book by Baker Books, NetGalley. I was not compensated for this review and all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own. I was not required to write a positive review. Originally posted at https://fizzypopcollection.com/a-ligh....
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  • V. Palmer
    January 1, 1970
    I just...I can't...I can't even BEGIN to tell you how much I absolutely, utterly, completely ADORED A Light on the Hill! Prepare for a gushfest!A Light on the Hill tells Moriyah's journey after the events of Wings of the Wind, the third book in the Out From Egypt Series. I squealed, shrieked, and did a little dance when I found out Moriyah was going to have her own story! Seriously. No shame. Her story could just not be over, and now, after finally getting the rest of her story, I'm having a har I just...I can't...I can't even BEGIN to tell you how much I absolutely, utterly, completely ADORED A Light on the Hill! Prepare for a gushfest!A Light on the Hill tells Moriyah's journey after the events of Wings of the Wind, the third book in the Out From Egypt Series. I squealed, shrieked, and did a little dance when I found out Moriyah was going to have her own story! Seriously. No shame. Her story could just not be over, and now, after finally getting the rest of her story, I'm having a hard time accepting it because I want more! *silently screams**regains composure*Anyways, the twists and turns (no spoilers here!) of this girl-on-the-run story will have the pages flying by you faster than you can drink your coffee. A Light on the Hill is told entirely from Moriyah's perspective, and my heart just wants to hug her. Many a heart will relate to her struggles with being in a prison of her own making, only to find spiritual freedom in what so many consider a physical prison. Your soul will rejoice as Moryiah looks past the mark on her face, finally seeing the woman God sees.AND THE ROMANCE! OH. MY! *SWOONS* And yes, it was necessary to capitalize all that. The romance was one of the most beautiful, breathtaking, swoony romances that I've ever read! And I know romance, my friends. <3One of the unique aspects of Connilyn Cossette's Biblical Fiction stories is that they are not retellings (which I also love!), but they are stories with relatable characters set in Bible days. The author does a lot of research so that her stories are Biblically accurate and true to the culture. In her Author's Note, she shares some of her research and places where she may have had to take artistic license. Five Stars ~ A stunning start to what I'm sure will be a stunning series! A Light on the Hill is the first book in Connilyn Cossette's new Cities of Refuge Series! Waiting for the next book, Shelter of the Most High, is going to be very hard! *impatient squealing* If you are new to Connilyn Cossette's novels, then you can/should check out my review for Shadow of the Storm, the second book in her Out From Egypt Series. While A Light on the Hill builds on what happened in the third book, Wings of the Wind, it is not necessary to read the Out From Egypt Series first. I think it's more fun if you do, but to each their own... ;-) I received a copy of A Light on the Hill by Connilyn Cossette from Bethany House Publishers, a division of Baker Publishing Group. All opinions expressed are my own.
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  • Christian Fiction Addiction
    January 1, 1970
    Having read Connilyn Cossette's prior series, "Out From Egypt", I expected her latest novel "A Light on the Hill" to be equally well written. But not only is this novel just as good as her prior books, it even surpasses them and in my estimation is her finest one to date.The story of Moriyah and the shocking events that lead to her fleeing for her life to a city of refuge is utterly absorbing, one I just couldn't step away from. Cossette has created an action-packed Biblical tale like no other, Having read Connilyn Cossette's prior series, "Out From Egypt", I expected her latest novel "A Light on the Hill" to be equally well written. But not only is this novel just as good as her prior books, it even surpasses them and in my estimation is her finest one to date.The story of Moriyah and the shocking events that lead to her fleeing for her life to a city of refuge is utterly absorbing, one I just couldn't step away from. Cossette has created an action-packed Biblical tale like no other, bringing to life ancient Israel only a few years after the fall of Jericho. The novel breathes with authenticity and you will feel transported back to a time when Israel was just a fledgling nation struggling to establish itself and implement the laws handed down by Moses. Moriyah's tragic past and the shame she struggles with will quickly endear readers to her situation. As she flees for her life, you cannot help but cheer her on for her courage, and the way that she finds the strength to face up to danger on every side. The love that grows between Moriyah and her unexpected ally is one that will truly delight even those readers who aren't normally drawn to the romantic side of stories. But the love Moriyah discovers, one that is like a healing balm to her soul, is the perfect picture of how God reaches into our own lives and sees past the guilt and the shame and loves us anyway. The mercy of God is a wonderful theme that shines in this tale, and I came to the final pages feeling utterly moved by God and the picture of his love that comes to life in "A Light on the Hill". I simply cannot say enough about this incredible novel, as it has everything you would hope for in a historical-themed story. I award it 5 out of 5 stars, and I am certain you are going to love it too! I am most thankful for the fact that this book is only the first in the "Cities of Refuge" series, because I can't wait to see what lies in store for these incredible characters!Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.
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  • Amy
    January 1, 1970
    I really enjoy what author Connilyn Cossette does with Biblical fiction. She takes fictional characters and places them in the timeline of the events or the characters get to experience the laws that were provided for the Israelites. In A Light on the Hill, we get to see a first-hand account of what fleeing to one of the refuge cities God had provided for instances of manslaughter may have been like. We again are reacquainted with Moriyah, who did play an important part in the last book of the l I really enjoy what author Connilyn Cossette does with Biblical fiction. She takes fictional characters and places them in the timeline of the events or the characters get to experience the laws that were provided for the Israelites. In A Light on the Hill, we get to see a first-hand account of what fleeing to one of the refuge cities God had provided for instances of manslaughter may have been like. We again are reacquainted with Moriyah, who did play an important part in the last book of the last series. She has walked away from her captivity and seven years later has hid herself away due to the outward scars she was dealt. The people of God have been conquering the Canaanites in the Promised Land and many men are ready to settle down and become farmers and raise families. Moriyah’s widowed father has made such a match for her. Without giving too much away, Moriyah is at first pleased and then devastated at her father’s match. A terrible accident happens which sends Moriyah on the run for her life to reach one of the refuge cities so that she may receive a fair trial and have her fate sealed by those whose right it is to decide such cases.And so begins an adventure that takes us through the Holy Land in a time of new beginnings for the nation of Israel and yet still a dangerous time for them. There is adventure, action, and romance a plenty to keep you turning the pages. The storyline was hard to comprehend at times as the crime was great and understandably there needed to be some restitution. I felt for Moriyah as there was a clear dividing line of what her life was before and after the nightmare.I have always been intrigued by the provision of the refuge cities. The author’s notes were very enlightening and interesting at how even those cities pointed to a Savior.I received a complimentary copy of this novel. I was not required to post a positive review and all views and opinions are my own.https://pausefortales.blogspot.com/20...
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  • Tiffany Jones
    January 1, 1970
    Seven years ago, Moriyah was captured and taken to the the city of Jericho and her cheek was branded with the mark of the Canaanite gods. Now, even though the Israelites are experiencing a time of peace in their new land, Moriyah hasn’t been able to find any peace of her own. Because of the shameful mark on her cheek, she hides behind a veil and her fear of disdain from the local townspeople, she mostly refrains from socializing. And marriage prospects have been out of the question, until now. H Seven years ago, Moriyah was captured and taken to the the city of Jericho and her cheek was branded with the mark of the Canaanite gods. Now, even though the Israelites are experiencing a time of peace in their new land, Moriyah hasn’t been able to find any peace of her own. Because of the shameful mark on her cheek, she hides behind a veil and her fear of disdain from the local townspeople, she mostly refrains from socializing. And marriage prospects have been out of the question, until now. Her father has found someone willing to marry her, and Moriyah hopes to use her cooking skills to impress him and his two motherless sons. But, things go horribly wrong and she is forced to flee from her home to seek safety in one of the newly established Levitical cities of refuge. Though, after hiding away in her father’s home for so long, she has no idea the dangers she’ll face, or the enemies—and unexpected allies—that she’ll encounter on her journey to reach her refuge.This was such a powerful story on the power of faith and forgiveness, of mercy and justice. You can tell how much research Connilyn did into tribal Israel, and the first decades after the crossing of the Jordan River and the fall of Jericho. I really found this story to be so incredibly interesting and well written. The characters are all amazing and you really find yourself relating to most of them, even the “bad guys” and enemies. The descriptions were all so clear that it’s like you’re actually seeing the scenes unfold before your very eyes. There were a couple of descriptions that seemed a bit modern, but for the most part, Connilyn managed to keep her portrayal to at least seem as if it could be from the era her book is set in. Really, there’s little, if anything truly negative that I can think of in describing this amazing story. I’m dearly looking forward to reading book two of the series so I can see what happens next!I’d like to thank Connilyn Cossette, Bethany House Publishing, and Netgalley for providing me with an electronic copy of this book. I understand that receiving the book in this manner does not obligate me to leave a positive review. All opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.
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  • Christine Bierma
    January 1, 1970
    A beautiful story, told brilliantly. Cossette weaves history and fiction together so seamlessly that the reader is afforded the opportunity to just enjoy the story and fall in love with the characters. I find in this book and in her other books that the author has an uncanny ability to reveal how God uses the broken pieces of our past and the frightening circumstances of our present to move us into a future reality that we could not have even imagined without taking on any kind of preachy tone. A beautiful story, told brilliantly. Cossette weaves history and fiction together so seamlessly that the reader is afforded the opportunity to just enjoy the story and fall in love with the characters. I find in this book and in her other books that the author has an uncanny ability to reveal how God uses the broken pieces of our past and the frightening circumstances of our present to move us into a future reality that we could not have even imagined without taking on any kind of preachy tone. It's a gift! I find she trusts her reader enough to allow the reader's imagination to connect the dots of the story and draw their own conclusions because of Cossette's masterful story telling. In a world of preachy CF it is refreshing not to be lectured or given simple pollyanna characters but rather to spend time with characters with real struggles and who have real questions and doubts...and the answers aren't always wrapped up by the end of the story. Life is messy and it is clear the author understands and respects that. Set in ancient Israel between the time of the fall of Jericho and the distribution of land to all the tribes, Cossette introduces us to a Jewish community of believers who love God and seek to live their lives according to his precepts. There is a love story written throughout the book, however, I would not say this is a romance. This book tells a much bigger story full of action, intrigue, mystery and finally love. I highly recommend A Light on the Hill as well as Cossette's other books. I am excited to know that this is just book one in a series that is just beginning to unfold.
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  • Laura
    January 1, 1970
    You wouldn't think that fiction could speak to you in such a way that it would end up changing your life, but A Light on the Hill by Connilyn Cossette has done exactly that for me.Our main character Moriyah has been carrying a burden her whole life. After being taken captive by Canaanites in Jericho and then branded with the mark of their gods, Moriyah is safe and home again with her father, but has been living a life of exile from the rest of her fellow Israelites. It is an exile of her own cho You wouldn't think that fiction could speak to you in such a way that it would end up changing your life, but A Light on the Hill by Connilyn Cossette has done exactly that for me.Our main character Moriyah has been carrying a burden her whole life. After being taken captive by Canaanites in Jericho and then branded with the mark of their gods, Moriyah is safe and home again with her father, but has been living a life of exile from the rest of her fellow Israelites. It is an exile of her own choosing brought on by malicious people who saw the brand and believed she was a prostitute and follower of the Canaanite gods. So she hides away in her home, covering her face with a veil so that no one can see her shame.But not everyone judges her by the blasphemous brand on her face and through a series of horrific events, Moriyah begins to realize that her self-imposed exile was not something God wanted for her. And her life changes in ways she could never imagine. Even finding someone to love her for who she is, not for her looks.I was feeling Moriyah's pain all the way through this book. Not because I've experience being branded as something I'm not, but because I have done the same thing she has done - imposed an exile on myself because of the way I look. While my disfigurement comes from a disease, Moriyah's was caused by someone else. Yet the realization of how God can use something as horrific as what Moriyah went through gives me hope for my future.If you have ever felt ostracized by society because of how you look, this book will give you a whole new perspective on how God sees you. I highly recommend it!
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  • Michelle
    January 1, 1970
    I couldn't put this book down!!! I am a huge fan of Connilyn Cossette's "Out from Egypt" series, so I was elated to hear she was writing a new series! Biblical Fiction is one of my favorite genres. This book did not disappoint…it exceeded my hopes and expectations by far! It was so easy to slip into Moriyah's shoes. I felt like I lived and breathed her story. The personal narrative made it feel like I experienced her trauma, shame, and heart stopping journey every step of the way. The characters I couldn't put this book down!!! I am a huge fan of Connilyn Cossette's "Out from Egypt" series, so I was elated to hear she was writing a new series! Biblical Fiction is one of my favorite genres. This book did not disappoint…it exceeded my hopes and expectations by far! It was so easy to slip into Moriyah's shoes. I felt like I lived and breathed her story. The personal narrative made it feel like I experienced her trauma, shame, and heart stopping journey every step of the way. The characters in the story were so personable and real that I could see them in my mind's eye. Something I love about Connilyn Cossette's books is that a piece from each of her stories always stays with me after reading them. "A Light on the Hill" reminded me that God is able to work all things together for our good and His glory. Even the worst of situations, our worst nightmares, trials, and fears are molded by His hands into a testament to His love and grace. "A Light on the Hill" is a wonderful read and I absolutely loved it. Every one of Connilyn Cossette's books do more than keep me on the edge of my seat. Her writing blossoms in me a joy and wonder for our Creator's unending and unfailing love. The history, geography, and culture of the Old Testament comes alive through Connilyn Cossette's books. "A Light on the Hill" will transport you to another time and place…I promise you won't want it to end.*I received an advance copy from the publisher; the opinions in this review are my own.
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  • Rebecca
    January 1, 1970
    " . . . a light in a dark place to those who are weary and in need of rest."Moriyah has suffered unspeakable tragedies in her young life; kidnapped by Midianite traders, taken to Jericho and forced to serve a pagan goddess, brutally branded as a temple priestess; finally being rescued and returned to her father in Shiloh. Shame and humiliation prompt Moriyah to hide her marred face beneath a veil, in an attempt to hide her scar. Taken by surprise when her father announces that he has arranged a " . . . a light in a dark place to those who are weary and in need of rest."Moriyah has suffered unspeakable tragedies in her young life; kidnapped by Midianite traders, taken to Jericho and forced to serve a pagan goddess, brutally branded as a temple priestess; finally being rescued and returned to her father in Shiloh. Shame and humiliation prompt Moriyah to hide her marred face beneath a veil, in an attempt to hide her scar. Taken by surprise when her father announces that he has arranged a betrothal, she dares to hope for her future. Unfortunately, tragedy strikes and Moriyah must test the new Hebrew justice system in ways that she never could have imagined."Then the Lord spoke to Joshua, saying, 'Speak to the sons of Israel, saying, Designate the cities of refuge, . . . . .that the manslayer who kills any person unintentionally, without premeditation, may flee there' . . . . " Joshua 20: 1-3 Forced to flee her beloved home, Moriyah is eventually accompanied by an unlikely ally, whose strength and courage mirror her own while they run for their lives to Kedesh, a city of refuge. This fascinating story takes its readers on an extraordinary journey to little known places, revealing the early application of God's laws through His chosen leaders, whose own lives were a human reflection of his eternal glory, justice and mercy. I was provided a copy of this book from the publisher. The opinions stated above are entirely my own.
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  • Rachael
    January 1, 1970
    I really liked how the author brings out one of the more obscure parts of the old testament: the cities of refuge, a refuge for manslayers who have killed accidentally. Since there aren't any specific accounts of the cities in the bible--just the rules regarding them--it gives the author free reign to focus on the story without worrying about getting the biblical account wrong (something I'm generally keen to notice). And even so, the author surprised me with how adventurous this story managed t I really liked how the author brings out one of the more obscure parts of the old testament: the cities of refuge, a refuge for manslayers who have killed accidentally. Since there aren't any specific accounts of the cities in the bible--just the rules regarding them--it gives the author free reign to focus on the story without worrying about getting the biblical account wrong (something I'm generally keen to notice). And even so, the author surprised me with how adventurous this story managed to be; it wasn't what I expected, yet I liked it more, and it was fun to catch the connection to her previous series. And I can see how it is setting up the next book in the series.I liked how the author was able to work new testament symbolism into an old testament-time story. Even though Jesus won't be born for another couple thousand years or so, the author brings out how the death of the high priest will atone for the guilt of the manslayers--implying that just as Jesus, also described as a high priest, atoned for the guilt of all in his death.This is the kind of biblical fiction I like--fiction taking place in biblical times without trying to retell the bible. Adventurous, romantic, and full of hope. Thank you Bethany House and NetGalley for providing a free e-book. I was not required to write a positive review, and all opinions are my own.
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