Until the Mountains Fall by Connilyn Cossette
Today I want to tell you about this wonderful story, the newest release by Connilyn Cossette.
I’ve been a huge fan of her biblical fiction since I read her very first one! This book is the third in her Cities of Refuge series. And, as each book prior, it’s my new favorite!!
(I’ve actually had this book laying here, on top of my reading pile…waiting to be read…but because life has been crazy recently, and then there were other books demanding to be read, I kinda kept putting this one to the side. 😦 )
Now, this week I decided I just HAD to read it, and once I started, I didn’t want to stop!!
Ms. Cossette’s writing has a way of drawing me right into those long-ago days, makes me feel as if I’m there.
I had a love/hate relationship with Rivkah. She’s a great main character, because she’s so complex. I say love/hate…well, because. I’ll see if I can put it into words. You’ll just have to read the book though, to really get it.
I loved her because…well, she’s so great. She’s just gorgeous (I mean, look at that cover!). She’s smart, one of the very few women scribes in her day, she’s a strong woman.
I hated her because…well, she was a jerk. Her actions brought much sadness to her family, and all of those closest to her.
Her husband Gidal dies only a few short months after they were wed. Then her father expects her to marry his brother, Malachi, in tradition with their Levite law. Malachi, though he’s been her friend ever since those early childhood days, is not acceptable as a husband in Rivkah’s eyes. In short, she considers him only but a boy. So she does everything she can to make him hate her, in hopes that he will break their betrothal. When this doesn’t work, she runs away.
I don’t want to say more about this story, because I don’t want to give any spoilers.
It’s a lovely, lovely story. Full of depth, layered characters, all placed in a setting that’s so well written you can see it.
I loved seeing the characters developing as the story progresses. And the many truths that this author wove seamlessly into this hauntingly beautiful tale. This is a story that will linger long after you finish the last page.
After reading this newest installment, Connilyn Cossette remains on my list of must-read authors! (probably the only biblical fiction author on my list, if that tells you anything! 🙂 )
Another thing I wanted to add…This book also got one of my daughters hooked. She saw the cover, but hadn’t read any biblical fiction before…then she picked it up and started reading…and absolutely loved it! 🙂 Now she also wants to read all the rest!
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