About the Book:
Alanah, a Canaanite, is no stranger to fighting and survival. When her family is killed in battle with the Hebrews, she disguises herself and sneaks onto the battlefield to avenge her family. The one thing she never counted on was surviving.
Tobiah, a Hebrew warrior, is shocked to find an unconscious, wounded woman among the Canaanite casualties. Compelled to bring her to a Hebrew healer back at their camp, he is soon confronted with a truth he can't ignore: the only way to protect this enemy is to marry her.
Unused to being weak and vulnerable, Alanah submits to the marriage--for now. As she comes to know and respect Tobiah and his people, however, she begins to second-guess her plans of escape. But when her past has painfully unanticipated consequences, the tentative peace she's found with Tobiah, the Hebrews, and Yahweh is shaken to the core. Can Alanah's fierce heart and strength withstand the ensuing threats to her life and all she's come to love?
There are a few things I love about this story. First, I'm a sucker for a good "arranged marriage" romance. Tobiah's immediate draw to Alanah on the battlefield develops into deep roots of love and commitment to her and their marriage even though her devotion to the relationship isn't quite as stout at first. Second, I like that Alanah is a strong heroine. Her bravery, quick wit, and fierce protection of Moriyah gained my indelible respect. Lastly, I was fascinated at how Cossette seamlessly wove the mysteries of God into the daily lives of the Hebrew people. It really drew me into the context and setting of the story breathing life into the Old Testament stories I've known since childhood!
This review contains my own thoughts and opinions regarding this literary work. I have not been compensated in any way by the author or publisher.
Connilyn Cossette is the Christy Award Nominated and CBA-Bestselling author of the Out from Egypt Series from Bethany House Publishers. There's not much she enjoys more than digging into the rich, ancient world of the Bible, discovering new gems of grace that point to Jesus, and weaving them into an immersive fiction experience. Connect with her at ConnilynCossette.com.
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