by Connilyn Cossette
Strong-willed Tirzah wants to join her people in driving the enemy from the land of Israel and undergoes training for a secret mission inside the stronghold of Shechem. But soon after she has infiltrated the ruthless Aramean commander’s kitchen, she makes a reckless decision that puts her and her allies in grave danger.
Fresh off the battlefield, Liyam returns home to discover his beloved daughter is dead. After his vow to hunt down her killer leads to months of fruitless pursuit, his last hope is in a family connection that comes with strings attached. Strings that force him to pose as a mercenary and rescue an infuriating woman who refuses to leave her mission uncompleted.
When an opportunity to pave a path to a Hebrew victory arises, can Tirzah convince Liyam to fight alongside her in the refuge city of her birth? Or will Liyam’s thirst for vengeance outweigh his duty to his people, his God, and the woman he’s come to love?
This is the incredible 4th book in the Cities of Refuge series. I absolutely loved it. I think it’s my new favorite Connilyn Cossette book.
Tirzah is an amazing heroine. Strong, determined, feisty. I enjoy reading about people who are real. Not necessarily perfect, but portrayed in a way that they are very relatable and easy to understand. Tirzah is one that I would like to have known, and have as a friend.
She’s come through some hard things. She wants to do things that are not normally allowed for ladies, especially in that day and age. Things like…going on missions to defend her people, even doing some spying.
She placed herself in danger more than once. I found it quite intriguing to see how this all played out. I found myself sitting on the edge of my chair more than once.
Ms. Cossette once again wove a masterful tale. Bringing to life right before my eyes, those long ago Old Testament days in Israel. Ever since I’ve been to the land of Israel, I can picture the setting even more vividly, and I just loved seeing this story on those landscapes.
Liyam is also a worthy hero. I enjoyed seeing his story, watching him grow as a person. Seeing the relationship between him and Tirzah as it grew into something beautiful.
This story has so many threads running through it. Strands of self acceptance, forgiveness, love, family ties, loyalty, love for Yahweh, and much more.
If you enjoy biblical fiction, make sure and read this one!!
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