ABOUT THE BOOK
Book: To Dwell among Cedars
Author: Connilyn Cossette
Series: The Covenant House #1
Release Date: December 1, 2020
Genre: Biblical Literature, Historical Fiction
Eight years ago, when the Philistines stole and then surrendered the ark of the covenant back to the Israelites, Eliora left her Philistine homeland to follow the ark to the community of Kiryat Yearim. There, the family she was adopted into has guarded the ark at the top of a mountain in seclusion.
Ronen is a Levite musician determined to secret away the ark to a more fitting resting place, watched over by priests who would restore the Holy of Holies. He never expected that the Philistine girl he rescued years ago would now be part of the very family he’s tasked to deceive.
As Ronen’s attempts to charm Eliora lead them in unexpected directions, betrayal leaves Eliora with strained family ties and Ronen questioning his own loyalties. Ultimately, Eliora and Ronen are caught up in the battle for the soul of Israel and its future under the leadership of Samuel, the last judge before the era of the kings begins.
This book took my emotions in different directions and safely returned it to one place in peace and awe.
A wonder this book is. The story was unpredictable, captivating and intriguing. I can only imagine the kind of research that went into writing this book because characters and accounts were so vivid and up close.
The plot was so amazing, captivating and refreshing. I saw mercy, love and acceptance in a marvelous new light. The twist and turns were so unpredictable. I could never imagine or predict what would happen until it did. And that kept me reading and reading because all my predictions just came up short. But the outcome of the book is one I will always remember.
The characters stellar. Relatable and charming. Even the not so pleasant ones were enjoyable to read about. I loved the journeys the main characters took to accepting and enjoying God’s marvelous love for them. Their struggles were real and their victories ecstatic.
Connilyn Cossette did a marvellous job here.
I received a copy of this book and this is my honest opinion.
Connilyn Cossette is the CBA bestselling author of the Out From Egypt series. Her debut novel, Counted with the Stars, was a finalist for the Christy Award, the INSPY Award, and the Christian Retailing’s Best Award. She lives in North Carolina with her husband of twenty years and a son and a daughter who fill her days with joy, inspiration, and laughter.