My Thoughts Thursday: Wings of the Wind by Connilyn Cossette




Wings of the Wind
by Connilyn Cossette

Back Cover...

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?

Review...

Book three of the Out of Egypt series was a wonderful end to the series. With every book, Cossette delivered a better heroine than the book before. I liked Kaya from Book 1 and liked Shira, from book 2 even more. But Alanah!  Alanah is a lovable heroine, with moxy and determination and I couldn't help but love her.

And then came Tobiah. I adored Tobiah, the sweet bear of a man. He was also my favorite hero of the series, with his gentle manners yet fierce desire to please Yahweh.

Fast forward nearly forty years from book 1 and 2, Wings of the Wind takes us into final year of the Hebrews wandering the desert. I enjoyed reading the perspective of both the Hebrews and the Caananites. Cossette always amazes me when she flips a common version and spins it on its axis to give the reader a different and more in depth view. I could feel the sand. Taste the manna. See the cloud. She paints a lovely picture for her reader.

All in all I enjoyed the book immensely. So why a 4.5? Well, there is a biblical character that makes an appearance in the book. I have previously read another biblical fiction book that centers around said biblical person and was absolutely taken with that book. So that pretty much spoiled any future fictional biblical books about this person. So the bias is a personal one and shouldn't be held against the quality of writing or plot. If you enjoy biblical fiction, this a great pick-up.

Overall Rating - 4.50 Stars