A Light on the Hill (Cities of Refuge, #1)
Seven years ago, Moriyah was taken captive in Jericho and branded with the mark of the Canaanite gods. Now the Israelites are experiencing peace in their new land, but Moriyah has yet to find her own peace. Because of the shameful mark on her face, she hides behind her veil at all times and the disdain of the townspeople keeps her from socializing. And marriage prospects were out of the question . . . until now.Her father has found someone to marry her, and she hopes to use her love of cooking to impress the man and his motherless sons. But when things go horribly wrong, Moriyah is forced to flee. Seeking safety at one of the newly-established Levitical cities of refuge, she is wildly unprepared for the dangers she will face, and the enemies--and unexpected allies--she will encounter 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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  • 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?
  • 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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  • 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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  • Joleen
    January 1, 1970
    A Light on the Hill by Connilyn CossetteGenre: Bible times, Christian fictionFormat: KindleTimeframe: 7 years after Jericho fellLocation: Israel and Canaanite landMain Characters: Moriyah: Twenty year old branded on her face at JerichoDarek: Brother to Moriyah’s betrothedRaviv: Moriyah’s betrothedYuval: Moriyah’s father’s faithful servantOra: Moriyah’s best friendEitan: Little boy Moriyah cares forAt thirteen, Moriyah had been branded on her face with the symbol of the goddess, Ashtoreth; a cres A Light on the Hill by Connilyn CossetteGenre: Bible times, Christian fictionFormat: KindleTimeframe: 7 years after Jericho fellLocation: Israel and Canaanite landMain Characters: Moriyah: Twenty year old branded on her face at JerichoDarek: Brother to Moriyah’s betrothedRaviv: Moriyah’s betrothedYuval: Moriyah’s father’s faithful servantOra: Moriyah’s best friendEitan: Little boy Moriyah cares forAt thirteen, Moriyah had been branded on her face with the symbol of the goddess, Ashtoreth; a crescent indicating she was a temple slave in Jericho. Able to escape from her captors she lived a simple life with her father on his vineyard. As a Hebrew this brand was a shameful thing. She kept her face veiled and was considered unsuitable for marriage.Seven years later, her father finds someone to marry her, but the simple life she knew would change with one huge mistake. She was on the run for her life to a city of refuge where her pursuers could not kill her. The brother of her betrothed (the accuser) and her father’s faithful servant are seeing to it she makes it to Kedesh before she's killed so she can stand trial.I learned a lot about cities of refuge which God set aside for someone involved in accidental manslaughter. Outside the gates blood vengeance of the perpetrator was allowed by law.When we read of the cities of refuge, we are reminded that God is a God of mercy as well as justice. In the provision of a place of safety within the boundaries of the promised land, we find a truth of mercy, refuge and freedom that applies to our life in Christ. Feb 13, 2016 Article by Ken SummersThere is a striking similarity between the refuge found in these cities and the refuge of our personal salvation in Jesus Christ. The book of Hebrews says "...That...we who have fled for refuge might have strong encouragement to seize the hope set before us." This letter is written mostly to Jewish Christians, and the writer is constantly quoting from the Old Testament. He's referring to cities of refuge and picturing them as our salvation in Jesus Christ. God also provided cities of refuge to be strategically located so that there would be easy access to them, and the gates were never to be locked. In our lives Jesus makes Himself totally accessible when we acknowledge our desperate need.This was such a good book. Wonderful characters and impactful lessons to be learned all the way through. Looking forward to more from Connilyn Cossette.
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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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  • Carrie Turansky
    January 1, 1970
    This was my first Connilyn Cossette novel, and I really enjoyed it. I listened to the audio version. The narrator did a great job making the characters' voices fit and bringing the story to life. Great characters, realistic issues, meaningful themes. Very well written!
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  • Ariel Masters
    January 1, 1970
    I wasn't supposed to actually read this book right now, much less finish it within twenty-four hours. I don't have time for that! I shouldn't have had time. Oh, I MADE time! I love to browse books almost more than I enjoy reading them. It's weird, I know. I think it's because I have a thing for book covers. This one is so pretty! So, I opened to the prologue without reading the blurb, my intention being to add it to my Amazon Kindle Unlimited book list, IF I enjoyed or it stirred interest.Ha. Ha I wasn't supposed to actually read this book right now, much less finish it within twenty-four hours. I don't have time for that! I shouldn't have had time. Oh, I MADE time! I love to browse books almost more than I enjoy reading them. It's weird, I know. I think it's because I have a thing for book covers. This one is so pretty! So, I opened to the prologue without reading the blurb, my intention being to add it to my Amazon Kindle Unlimited book list, IF I enjoyed or it stirred interest.Ha. Ha. Ha. I became enthralled before the prologue's end and remained that way through the entire book! I couldn't believe it as I get bored easily. There is no such thing as boredom in this story. I think I had more fun than some because I hadn't even read the blurb or comments. Everything was an adventure!Connilyn's characters were so vivid and real, all with problems relatable to that era. I learned a lot too; obviously there was much research put into this story, but I also appreciated the author's note at the end explaining what was added or what was preconceived due to lack of information. The romance was right up my alley. So many times, it feels like authors are scared to write romance for what it can be: Passionate along with the self-sacrificing that we know love is. It was refreshing to see sparks fly, but depth layered within it, too. It wasn't solely attraction, but it wasn't solely love. I liked that she didn't shy from either.I did feel there were some missing emotions concerning having accidentally killed … someone..., but it wasn't enough that I was dissatisfied. I think some emotions can't be fully put into words. Grief is the hardest thing to write, in my opinion, and she did a pretty darn good job. I'll be reading more of this author and adding her to my list of favorites. Thank you for such a wonderful story!~ Ariel~
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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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  • Emilee
    January 1, 1970
    Cossette has an extraordinary way of bringing Canaan 1406 BC to life. She paints a vivid canvas of the people, places and landscapes. I enjoyed the plot twist, romance and adventures. I did feel like Moriyah was not remorseful by what happened to Raviv’s sons. I understood her desperate flight but I think if I had done that I really couldn’t live with myself. A Light on the Hill is the second book I've read by Cossette. If you like biblical fiction, check this one out!
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  • Iola
    January 1, 1970
    A Light on the Hill is the first book in Connilyn Cossette’s new Cities of Refuge series. I think some of the characters featured in her previous Out from Egypt series, Counted with the Stars, Shadow of the Storm, and Wings of the Wind. I haven’t read any of the Out of Egypt series, but didn’t feel I missed anything.A Light on the Hill is an insight into the life and culture of the times of the Old Testament—in this case, the years after the nation of Israel first arrived in the Promised Land un A Light on the Hill is the first book in Connilyn Cossette’s new Cities of Refuge series. I think some of the characters featured in her previous Out from Egypt series, Counted with the Stars, Shadow of the Storm, and Wings of the Wind. I haven’t read any of the Out of Egypt series, but didn’t feel I missed anything.A Light on the Hill is an insight into the life and culture of the times of the Old Testament—in this case, the years after the nation of Israel first arrived in the Promised Land under the leadership of Joshua. And it does point to Jesus. The cities of refuge represented a revolutionary idea. An accused criminal could seek and gain mercy, instead of being subject to the cultural retribution of an eye for an eye, a life for a life. But the theme of A Light on the Hill is definitely Christian. Justice, or mercy? Love, or hate? Forgiveness, or retribution? While Biblical fiction isn't Christian fiction per se, good Biblical fiction reinforces the fact the Bible is one story, with the Old Testament foreshadowing the New Testament. This is additionally reinforced by the main characters, most of whom have chosen to follow Yahweh rather than being born Hebrew.I don’t read a lot of Biblical fiction. It seemed to fall out of favour for a while, and my interest got pulled in other genre directions. But A Light on the Hill easily equals those early Biblical fiction stories I read from authors like Francine Rivers and Angela Hunt. The story does take a while to get going—the first quarter is background, introducing the characters and setting up the situation that will force Moriyah to flee for her life. However, even this background is an interesting and necessary introduction to life in Shiloh in the early days of Israel.The writing is strong. It’s an unusual choice to write historical fiction in first person, but it works because it takes us deep into Moriyah’s mind, and that enables us to relate to her. After all, we all have hidden scars of one sort or another. The characters are well-drawn, and the plot is full of suspense as we journey with Moriyah, hoping she’ll reach her objective, yet worried she won’t. A Light on the Hill a story of judgement as the people of Shiloh judge Moriyah based on her external appearance to the point she hides away from people and from life. It’s also the story of mercy, as Yahweh has already established the means for Morihay to be accepted and saved. Recommended for fans of Biblical fiction, or for those who would like to better understand the times of the Bible. Thanks to Bethany House and NetGalley for providing a free ebook for review.
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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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  • 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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  • Ruth
    January 1, 1970
    A Light on the Hill is a captivating story of redemption and second chances set against the dramatic backdrop of the Israelite settling the Promised Land post-Exodus. I'm a bit behind on Cossette's novels, as this is the first I've read since her debut, Counted With the Stars. While I thoroughly enjoyed Cossette's debut, in this, her fourth novel, one can fully appreciate her growth as a storyteller. Her debut was outstanding, but this story captivated my heart and imagination from start to fini A Light on the Hill is a captivating story of redemption and second chances set against the dramatic backdrop of the Israelite settling the Promised Land post-Exodus. I'm a bit behind on Cossette's novels, as this is the first I've read since her debut, Counted With the Stars. While I thoroughly enjoyed Cossette's debut, in this, her fourth novel, one can fully appreciate her growth as a storyteller. Her debut was outstanding, but this story captivated my heart and imagination from start to finish.I have been an aficionado of biblical fiction for decades now, and Cossette is a welcome and fresh voice in the genre. Rather than "limit" herself to retellings of well-known characters (which have their place, and which I love), Cossette sets her novels within an established biblical framework but creates her own characters, breathing fresh life and perspective into classic biblical tales. And perhaps most refreshing, she brings characters into the biblical narrative that are not of Jewish descent, making the faith arc within all the more accessible to any reader not familiar with the Judeo-Christian tradition of the faith.I confess in my reading of Old Testament texts I never gave much thought to the cities of refuge -- what they were and more importantly, why they were established. But as Moriyah's story unfolds, I was so impressed at how Cossette wove the Levitical history and principles into the narrative in such a way that it reveals how the existence of these cities foreshadows the redemptive work of Christ. Taken at face value, the law of the Old Testament can seem unbearably harsh and unforgiving by modern day standards. But what Cossette reminds one of within these pages is that everything in the Old Testament foreshadowed the grace, provision, and redemption within the New. And lest I forget, the romance! Cossette has outdone herself here and I NEED A DAREK. Can someone tell me how to find one, ASAP?! The romance Cossette has penned between Moriyah and Darek is absolutely breathtaking. That alone would make this novel outstanding, as their relationship is beautifully, heartstoppingly realized on the page. But coupled with a deft, thought-provoking examination of the law and mercy, the resulting alchemy on the page makes A Light on the Hill unforgettable. This is a story I want to revisit, and often.
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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Rachel
    January 1, 1970
    This was another well written and compelling example of Biblical fiction by Connilyn Cossette who is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors (This is the second book I've read by her). [Sidenote: My only issue with this book is that I came across a small spoiler from her other series, Out of Egypt, and not from the first book that I read right before this one; if I had realized that there were connections between the two series, I would have held off starting this one, but as this was my fau This was another well written and compelling example of Biblical fiction by Connilyn Cossette who is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors (This is the second book I've read by her). [Sidenote: My only issue with this book is that I came across a small spoiler from her other series, Out of Egypt, and not from the first book that I read right before this one; if I had realized that there were connections between the two series, I would have held off starting this one, but as this was my fault, I'm not letting the spoiler I saw, which I have now forgotten anyway, effect my review.] I fell in love with the main characters, and I was so intrigued by the action-packed plot based on how the justice system in place for those who have unintentionally killed someone worked at that time. It was really interesting to learn about justice and vengeance in early Israel and how the cities of refuge served a really important role. This book has earned its place on my favorites list, and I look forward to reading the rest of this series (after I have actually finished her Out of Egypt series however).
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  • Soleil
    January 1, 1970
    This book was SO good ans just what I needed. I took this with me to Israel, and reading this book there made the story even more real and vivid. Connilyn’s characters and setting and so detailed and realistic, it’s like you’re right there. I especially loved Moriyah and her story. Just so precious. Definitely a must read
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  • Susan
    January 1, 1970
    My first book by this author and looking forward to many more to come. Such a beautiful story which had me on the edge of my seat with heart pounding. I enjoy stories of this nature as it also gives me further insight into life in Biblical times. Outstanding narrator.
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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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  • Beth Erin
    January 1, 1970
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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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  • Audrey
    January 1, 1970
    Moriyah was once a captive in Jericho branded as a harlot. Now years later she lives in shame in her father's house with no hope of marriage. One day a horrible accident occurs and Moriyah has to flee for her life to one of the cities of refuge. Can she trust that Yahweh has a plan for her life including a loving husband?
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  • Lady Alexandrine
    January 1, 1970
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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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