The daughter of a pagan high priest, Sofea finds solace from her troubles in the freedom of the ocean. But when marauders attack her village on the island of Sicily, she and her cousin are taken across the sea to the shores of Canaan.
Eitan has lived in Kedesh, a City of Refuge, for the last eleven years, haunted by a tragedy in his childhood and chafing at the boundaries placed on him. He is immediately captivated by Sofea, but revealing his most guarded secret could mean drawing her into the danger of his past.
As threats from outside the walls loom and traitors are uncovered within, Sofea and Eitan are plunged into the midst of a murder plot. Will they break free from the shackles of the past in time to uncover the betrayal and save their lives and the lives of those they love?
This is an incredible biblical romance novel!
The characters were extremely well developed. I felt like I connected with many of them. I have read about the cities of refuge in the bible. I never took the time to really think about what it would have been like for a manslayer who was stuck living inside one city with no possibility of leaving. I felt like I was able to really step into their sandals and feel some of the frustration.
I have never read any books by this author before. She did a marvelous job of describing life in the early years in the Promised Land. I really enjoyed seeing how Moriyah ran her household and welcomed outsiders into her home. I will be reading more of her books.
The development of the plot and the danger that Sofea and Prezi are put in more than once is great. I was able to fell their fear right along with them.
The journey that Eitan goes on to mature and work through his past is fantastic. He definitely has some struggles that he faces and personal faults to overcome.
I loved seeing how she wove actual Biblical figures into her fictional story. It made everything feel even more real.
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Biblical Historical Fiction
Shelter of the Most High (Cities of Refuge Book #2) by Connilyn Cossette is historical fiction based on the Bible. I have loved every book by this author from her first with each a new thrilling story. Her characters are realistic and each book interwoven with Biblical and historical truths. I was blessed by the author showing how God loves, draws and plans for us before we know or love him.