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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 p 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?


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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 p 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?

30 review for Shelter of the Most High

  1. 5 out of 5

    Jessica

    I received this book for free from the publisher (Bethany House) in exchange for an honest review. This book is the second in a series and I did not read the first book. Like a lot of Christian fiction series, the first book centers on one of the characters in this book. The fact that I did not read it did not hinder my comprehension of the story. Anything that happened in the previous book was explained fully in this one, so it it totally possible to read this as a stand-alone. This was also my I received this book for free from the publisher (Bethany House) in exchange for an honest review. This book is the second in a series and I did not read the first book. Like a lot of Christian fiction series, the first book centers on one of the characters in this book. The fact that I did not read it did not hinder my comprehension of the story. Anything that happened in the previous book was explained fully in this one, so it it totally possible to read this as a stand-alone. This was also my first time reading biblical fiction so I had no idea what to expect or if I would even like it. Luckily, I ended up really enjoying it. The book captured my interest from the very first page. We are immediately thrown into the action of when Sofea and her cousin are kidnapped by pirates. Sometimes books can take too long to get the actual storyline, so I was happy to see this book get right to it. As a whole, this book had quite a bit of action and excitement which I wasn’t expecting (but loved). There was a really good balance of the religious elements. I never felt like it was too much or too preachy. It was woven into the story beautifully. The only thing that prevented me from giving this 5 stars was that I didn’t connect much with Sofea. I wanted a little bit more from her. I connected with Eitan no problem, but Sofea not so much. All in all, this was an exciting tale and if you are looking to get into biblical fiction, consider picking up this book/series.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Deanne Patterson

    If you've never read biblical fiction and think it may be boring and preachy let me assure you this author will fascinate you as you read. I was swept back to 1388 BC as the author's talented pen wove a haunting tale of capture,betrayal and a murderous plot. Yet through all this love blossoms. This is the second book in the Cities of Refuge series and the first I am reading but yet don't feel as if I am missing parts of the story as the author does an excellent job of bringing us up to date on t If you've never read biblical fiction and think it may be boring and preachy let me assure you this author will fascinate you as you read. I was swept back to 1388 BC as the author's talented pen wove a haunting tale of capture,betrayal and a murderous plot. Yet through all this love blossoms. This is the second book in the Cities of Refuge series and the first I am reading but yet don't feel as if I am missing parts of the story as the author does an excellent job of bringing us up to date on the past story. I can't give enough praise to this author for how she writes her books. She takes a time period and biblical events not many know about and weaves them into historically informative and fascinating to read books. I enjoyed reading the author's note at the back of the book describing the writing of and her historical research of the book. Fascinating Questions for Conversation round out the book. I can't wait to see what Connilyn Cossette puts out next. Pub Date 02 Oct 2018. I was given a review copy by the author. Thank you. All opinions expressed are my own.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Beth

    Even with the ancient setting, Cossette’s novels have such a freshness to them. I’ve never read any novels with the setting of refuge cities for those guilty of manslaughter in Israel, nor had I thought of the implications that fleeing there means a permanent life within those walls. Shelter of the Most High brings this ancient time to life in Kedesh, one such city of refuge, brining readers back into contact with beloved characters from the first book, while meeting new ones to love just as muc Even with the ancient setting, Cossette’s novels have such a freshness to them. I’ve never read any novels with the setting of refuge cities for those guilty of manslaughter in Israel, nor had I thought of the implications that fleeing there means a permanent life within those walls. Shelter of the Most High brings this ancient time to life in Kedesh, one such city of refuge, brining readers back into contact with beloved characters from the first book, while meeting new ones to love just as much. The opening scenes of Shelter of the Most High are so intense that it was hard for me to put the book down – fair warning that when you start this novel, you do it when you can have a really good reading session. From the first appearance Sofea makes on the page, you can’t help but admire her, Sofea and her deep love for the salty sea, and the solace it provides when her father, a cruel high priest, inflicts pain upon the people she loves. Her beloved ocean turns deadly when she and her cousin are taken by marauders to Canaan, a strange place for her and away from the shores she loves. Eitan, a little boy in the previous novel, is now grown and still living in Kedesh. Though his past haunts him still, he finds Sofea captivating and hopes for a way out of the secrets that keep him within the city walls. I loved reading of their blossoming friendship, as well as watching Sofea find her place within the family. The continuity of characters from A Light on the Hill is also a huge draw of this novel. All returning characters seem to have grown and changed as if those years really have passed, and I think it takes talent to do that. The plot itself is steady, providing readers with time to catch their breath, while still staying true to the overall intensity of the story. The faith element is lovely, both on Sofea’s part as a non-believer, and Eitan’s as a believer who has held onto a lot of shame from his childhood. The romance is both tender and timely to the story, never feeling out of place or usurping the plot. This story is just a delight to read, and if you enjoy fiction set during this time period, make it a point to read Cossette’s novels. I would start with her first series, then move to this one, because of the neat connections in the story line. However, if you want to start with this series, just make sure to read A Light on the Hill first. I received a complimentary copy of this novel from the publisher. I was not required to post a positive review, and the opinions expressed here are my own.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Carrie Schmidt (Reading is My SuperPower)

    Cossette’s books transport readers back to another time, her skill at setting such that you feel as though you are walking the dusty roads, rooftops, and marketplaces right along with the characters. Her extensive research helps the era come alive with intriguing details, and I love how she has pulled an entire series of compelling characters and soul-touching plots from a concept briefly mentioned in Scripture. It allows me to see familiar Old Testament settings & customs in new and fresh w Cossette’s books transport readers back to another time, her skill at setting such that you feel as though you are walking the dusty roads, rooftops, and marketplaces right along with the characters. Her extensive research helps the era come alive with intriguing details, and I love how she has pulled an entire series of compelling characters and soul-touching plots from a concept briefly mentioned in Scripture. It allows me to see familiar Old Testament settings & customs in new and fresh ways, prompting me to do further study of Scripture on my own. Sofea firmly set up camp in my heart throughout Shelter of the Most High. The fact that she came from a pagan culture enabled me to see God and the Hebrew culture from her point of view, something that I believe is beneficial for anyone who has been raised in a Christian home. Sometimes we become complacent to our Biblical knowledge, our traditions, the exquisite mercy & wooing pursuit of our God, and it takes seeing it all through the eyes of someone who didn’t have that luxury to fully appreciate anew the gift we’ve been given in our Savior. Eitan has the heart of a warrior as well as a huge capacity for love, two traits that could either serve him well or destroy him depending on how he chooses to use them. Sofea and Eitan’s character growth and their sizzling chemistry (those kisses! whew!) add layers to their individual stories as well as their mutual plot arc. I have seen some reviews that say it’s best to have read book 1, that they had a hard time following the characters and the dynamic that was established earlier on, but I did not find that to be the case. It does make me want to go back and read the first book, not because I was lost but because I was so captivated by these characters that I want to learn all I can about them. I was able to pick up on the undertones fairly easily and, while I knew there was more to their story, the author did a great job of making sure readers have all the info they need to be fully present in this one. Bottom Line: An exquisite tale of mercy, grace and love, Shelter of the Most High invites readers to experience the refuge of God in ways they perhaps had not considered before. You will quickly become deeply invested in the characters and their emotional journeys, full of adventure and surprising twists. Cossette’s writing talent is immediately apparent as her words wrap around all the senses and engage the reader from the first to the last page. Tender, moving, and entertaining, this book – and Cossette’s entire book list – belongs on your must-read list! (I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book.) first seen at Reading Is My SuperPower

  5. 5 out of 5

    Susan

    This book is one of my most-anticipated books of the year, and the wait was worth it! Not only is the cover stunning, the story inside is equally magnificent. In my humble opinion, Connilyn Cossette continues to be one of the best authors in this genre. Shelter of the Most High reunites readers with much loved characters of the first book in the Cities of Refuge series, as well as introducing us to new ones. The setting is 1388 BC Israel centering on the beginnings of the cities of refuge menti This book is one of my most-anticipated books of the year, and the wait was worth it! Not only is the cover stunning, the story inside is equally magnificent. In my humble opinion, Connilyn Cossette continues to be one of the best authors in this genre. Shelter of the Most High reunites readers with much loved characters of the first book in the Cities of Refuge series, as well as introducing us to new ones. The setting is 1388 BC Israel centering on the beginnings of the cities of refuge mentioned in Joshua 20. The author's talented pen had me immersed in the story from the very first paragraph. With impeccable research and beautiful prose, Cossette spins a story filled with tragedy, loss, forgiveness, mercy and love. Sofea, is a courageous heroine, willing to fight for those she loves. Will she be able to open her heart, learning to trust those who have offered her shelter? Will Eitan earn her trust as they face betrayal from within the city gates? While this is mostly Sofea and Eitan's story, I loved the character of Moriyah. God's love shines through her loving heart, as she embraces those who seek refuge in her home. It is a beautiful picture of the shelter and refuge we seek with our Heavenly Father. A few of my favorite quotes: " Given the choice between the gods our people venerated on that hill and the God who offers shelter for even the most undeserving, I know who I choose." "The Almighty Creator spoke your being into existence. How could you be anything less than precious?" " He calls you by name, even if you have not yet learned to distinguish the sound." I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the author/publisher. I was not required to write a review. All opinions expressed are my own.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Staci

    Connilyn has such a talent of taking a part of the Bible and weaving a story around it. In the Cities of Refuge Series, many of the main characters have been found to have committed a crime such as manslaughter and they've found shelter in one of the refuge cities. In Shelter of the Most High, beloved Eitan from A Light on the Hill is the main male of the novel. Eitan was not yet a teenager when readers last spent time with him. The main female character, Sofea, loves the sea and is from a land f Connilyn has such a talent of taking a part of the Bible and weaving a story around it. In the Cities of Refuge Series, many of the main characters have been found to have committed a crime such as manslaughter and they've found shelter in one of the refuge cities. In Shelter of the Most High, beloved Eitan from A Light on the Hill is the main male of the novel. Eitan was not yet a teenager when readers last spent time with him. The main female character, Sofea, loves the sea and is from a land far from the refuge city of Kedesh. She is strong and loving. The cover photo is simply perfect for Sofea. One of the things I loved most about this novel was the opportunity to visit characters from A Light on the Hill. Shelter of the Most High has quite a bit of action at the beginning and end to keep readers turning pages. I look forward to the third book in the series which will feature another of Moriyah's children (Eitan's brother). My gratitude to publisher Bethany House for a complimentary copy of the novel. I was not required to post a review and all opinions expressed are my own.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Rebecca

    "The Almighty Creator spoke your being into existence. How could you be anything less than precious?" The daughter of a pagan high priest, Sofea feels anything but precious, as the life that she has always known near the sea, albeit violent and gruesome at times, is stripped away without so much as a whispered good-bye. Kidnapped by violent pirates, Sofea and her cousin Prezi survive a brutal escape, only to find themselves tossed upon the shores of a distant land. Who are these people who claim "The Almighty Creator spoke your being into existence. How could you be anything less than precious?" The daughter of a pagan high priest, Sofea feels anything but precious, as the life that she has always known near the sea, albeit violent and gruesome at times, is stripped away without so much as a whispered good-bye. Kidnapped by violent pirates, Sofea and her cousin Prezi survive a brutal escape, only to find themselves tossed upon the shores of a distant land. Who are these people who claim to worship the one true God? And what kind of man showers a foreigner with such infinite kindness? As Sofea and Prezi recuperate within the walls of the Hebrew city of refuge known as Kedesh, Eitan and his family become quite attached to the two young women who have obviously experienced severe trauma. His own family has suffered as well, being known as man slayers and thus prohibited from traveling more than a short distance beyond the city gates. Eitan's grief over his mistake as a young boy still shadows his existence, while his uncle's vow of revenge thwarts Eitan's efforts to defend his fellow Israelites. Rather than wielding fine weapons in the heat of battle, he is resigned to remain behind in the city to craft them . . . . until a traitor is discovered among those he holds dear, including Sofea. Captivating from beginning to end, Connilyn Cossette gifts her readers with ancient biblical history, cultural mystery, and the kind of hero who declares with certainty,"I will never stop fighting for you". All within "the shelter of the most high". I received a copy of this book from the publisher. The opinions stated are entirely my own.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Carole Jarvis

    Reviewed at The Power of Words: https://bit.ly/2OTmu2Y Shelter of the Most High by Connilyn Cossette is a novel not to be missed. It’s difficult for my words to adequately reflect the magnificence of this story, and a 5-star rating falls far short. I found it entertaining, informative, and uplifting. It stands tall in the biblical fiction genre, but reads purely as exquisite historical fiction also. When a writer describes a setting or scene, I usually feel one of two ways – either standing at the Reviewed at The Power of Words: https://bit.ly/2OTmu2Y Shelter of the Most High by Connilyn Cossette is a novel not to be missed. It’s difficult for my words to adequately reflect the magnificence of this story, and a 5-star rating falls far short. I found it entertaining, informative, and uplifting. It stands tall in the biblical fiction genre, but reads purely as exquisite historical fiction also. When a writer describes a setting or scene, I usually feel one of two ways – either standing at the edge, looking on to what is happening, or being drawn in, practically breathing the same air as the characters. I can’t explain how Cossette does it, but the second effect is what I felt on every page. Everything from Sicily to Kedesh of 1388 BC is vivid, and I have a much greater understanding of the depth of meaning in the term refuge. Characters are so very rich and complex … … the relationship between Sofea and Eitan: “I’d vowed from the beginning that I wanted nothing of Eitan’s interest, but at this moment I wanted nothing more than to live at the center of it.” … Moriyah, a devout woman who felt that Sofea and Prezi had been brought to their family in order to heal … the strained relationship between Eitan and his stepfather, Darek … Prezi, Sofea’s cousin, once a follower who now found her voice: “Given the choice between the gods our people venerated on that hill and the God who offers shelter for even the most undeserving, I know whom I choose.” But what touched me the most was seeing Yahweh through the eyes of Sofea and Prezi, with their heritage of pagan gods and evil worship practices. I’ve always loved the revelation of God’s character that the Old Testament gives us, and Cossette’s narrative makes it fresh and new all over again. Yahweh, the God of refuge, shelter, protection … the God who values all life. It’s hard to put this book down at any point, especially when the danger and action picks up in the second half, but Cossette still gives readers time to breathe. Shelter of the Most High is a story that lives on long after the last page is turned. Highly recommended. I received a copy of this book through Celebrate Lit. The opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.

  9. 5 out of 5

    J.E. Grace

    Sofia, daughter of a pagan high priest and her cousin, Perez, are taken, prisoner when their village is attacked on the island of Sicily. They are taken aboard a large ship and forced to endure beatings and starvation. Rescued by strange people that speak a language they can't understand, they feel they are now slaves. These people serve one God unlike the culture of their village. Through the love of the people's God, they find their new home and culture so much more endearing and hopeful. The bo Sofia, daughter of a pagan high priest and her cousin, Perez, are taken, prisoner when their village is attacked on the island of Sicily. They are taken aboard a large ship and forced to endure beatings and starvation. Rescued by strange people that speak a language they can't understand, they feel they are now slaves. These people serve one God unlike the culture of their village. Through the love of the people's God, they find their new home and culture so much more endearing and hopeful. The book had many moments of intense sorrow but had an ample amount of times of great joy and inspired actions. The characters were well-developed and I connected to them right away. The author's descriptions of the surrounding countryside brought the Biblical cities and people alive for me. It was a very inspiring read that showed God's mercy and how much we mean to him. I was provided with a copy by the author and willingly chose to review it.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Lydia Howe

    Why I Choose This Book:  I can't imagine ever not wanting to read Miss Connilyn's books. Seriously. Her worldbuilding is so utterly fantastic it makes the world dance into my brain and captivate me.  Her characters are complete and real.  Her plots nearly always have twists I hadn't expected.  Her writing is lyrical and magical, weaving the story in a way that makes me long to always have a supply of her new books on hand.  What I Thought of This Book: Growing up with the Bible I obviously knew what t Why I Choose This Book:  I can't imagine ever not wanting to read Miss Connilyn's books. Seriously. Her worldbuilding is so utterly fantastic it makes the world dance into my brain and captivate me.  Her characters are complete and real.  Her plots nearly always have twists I hadn't expected.  Her writing is lyrical and magical, weaving the story in a way that makes me long to always have a supply of her new books on hand.  What I Thought of This Book: Growing up with the Bible I obviously knew what the Cities of Refuge were. But did I ever think about them? Sit down and ponder them? Research them? No. Somehow that crazy bit of history just flew past my brain and never captivated my imagination until I began this series by Miss Connilyn. Like with the rest of her books Miss Connilyn took an account from the Bible, researched it, imagined it, wrote about it, and brought it totally to life in the pages of her book. Now when I read the Old Testament I feel more depth - the people feel more alive to me and in a way I can almost relate to them better. This, my friends, is what good Biblical fiction does. It doesn't disagree with the Bible, instead, it just adds details that could have happened, and with those details the world from that era bursts into colors and sights and sounds and smells. It's rather glorious.  Technically this book can be read as a standalone. It gives enough information from the previous book that you can gather what's going on. But really, I really recommend reading A Light On The Hill first, because after reading this book you'll want to read that book, and this book kinda spoils the first one.  As for the plot itself, this was the first time when I really felt like I could guess what was going to happen and for the most part, I was right. With Miss Connilyn's books, there are generally fairly big plot twists for me, but this time that didn't happen. I'm not sure if it's because the plot twists were less hidden or because I'm used to her writing style by now, but in any case, not being surprised really didn't take away from the book so that's cool.  The characters didn't resonate with me this time like they sometimes do, but I still liked them and enjoyed learning along with them. My favorite part was getting to see everything from Sofea's perspective. Her thoughts and the way she described the world around her made me want to hug the book and read it over and over again. It was nothing short of lyrical and whimsical. So well done.  Conclusion: There's some violence in the book although it doesn't go into extreme detail. There's mention of evil pagan practices, a destroyed village, people wanting to get revenge, and then some deaths that go along with living in a City of Refuge. I thought that it was written in a mild enough manner that it's suitable for ages 15+ (although I guess that depends a lot on the person).  As for romance there was kissing much earlier in the book than I was expecting, but overall it wasn't bad and I don't recall having to skim-read much like I generally do when books get overly romantic. ;)  Rating:  I'm giving Shelter of the Most High 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it to anyone who likes Biblical fiction or wants to give the genre a try. I'm so thankful for Miss Connilyn for giving me a book in exchange for reviewing it. She rocks, y'all. 

  11. 5 out of 5

    Jill

    I have really enjoyed all the books I've read by Connilyn Cossette. Her new series about the cities of refuge in the Old Testament are excellent. Shelter of the Most High is the second book in this series, and I loved it. The characters are strong and likeable. There's lots of action and twists in the plot. I also really enjoyed catching up with characters from the previous book. You definitely want to start with the first book, A Light on the Hill. Highly recommended if you enjoy Biblical ficti I have really enjoyed all the books I've read by Connilyn Cossette. Her new series about the cities of refuge in the Old Testament are excellent. Shelter of the Most High is the second book in this series, and I loved it. The characters are strong and likeable. There's lots of action and twists in the plot. I also really enjoyed catching up with characters from the previous book. You definitely want to start with the first book, A Light on the Hill. Highly recommended if you enjoy Biblical fiction or historical romance. I received a free copy of this book from Netgalley for the purpose of review.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Alysha (For The Love of Christian Fiction)

    While I normally don't read a whole lot of biblical fiction, this just reminded me I TRULY need to get on the ball. I forgot how much I loved it, and how comforting it is. This is the first book I've read by Connilyn Cossette, and it will not be my last. I'm already WAY ready for the next book. (Not gonna lie I shipped the couple before I knew the next book was going to be about them) Jenna is totally going to disown me for saying this...(I loved our friendship while it lasted my dear) But SINCE While I normally don't read a whole lot of biblical fiction, this just reminded me I TRULY need to get on the ball. I forgot how much I loved it, and how comforting it is. This is the first book I've read by Connilyn Cossette, and it will not be my last. I'm already WAY ready for the next book. (Not gonna lie I shipped the couple before I knew the next book was going to be about them) Jenna is totally going to disown me for saying this...(I loved our friendship while it lasted my dear) But SINCE this is my first book by Connilyn, I didn't read the first book in this series. I know I know scandalous, but it happens. 😝 I have heard from trusted sources *cough, Jenna, cough* that this series is best read in order, and even better if read RIGHT on the tail of Connilyn's other series. I reveal this secret because it is vital information to this review... . . . READ THESE BOOKS IN ORDER!!!!! . . . I enjoyed the story, do not get me wrong! I loved the characters and the relationships that they had. But therein lies the problem. These relationships that I feel in love with were crafted a decade before in the first book. I feel I would have understood all the crazy undertones that were FLOWING through this book if I had read #1. Now this is no one's fault but my own!! My schedule has been what one *might* call "PSYCHO" recently, so I wasn't able to get to it. Heed the warning of the girl who jumped the gun, or really just jumped a decade worth of drama and backstory...READ BOOK 1 FIRST! Click here to watch an IN-DEPTH explanation on what order to read this books!! *** Now on to my thought about the ACTUAL story. I really enjoyed it! I was devastated by the plot twist at the beginning. *muttering* Leave it to me to get attached to the bad guys...🙄😅 One thing I had to keep in mind while reading this book is marriage/romance was done A LOOOOTTT different than it is now. So yes the romance was like WAY quick, but it all was back then. I personally didn't feel or see Sofea turn towards God like Prezi did. I felt more of a spiritual change in the secondary character than in the main character which was a little strange to me. NOW I'm not saying she didn't learn the ways of God, but it just didn't stand out to me. Overall Eitan and Sofea were okay. They definitely weren't my favorite of the cast, but I'm also not standing super solid in that opinion since I did miss half of Eitan's life. Sofea was just really immature to me, though I did see her grow up a bit through the story. Eitan was rash, though he learned patience and how to use it well as the story progressed. I preferred the side characters in this particular book, and hope a certain couple makes an appearance in book 3. In all honesty I gave this book a 3.5/5 stars, BUT I think it has the potential to be a 4/5 once I read book 1. *I received this book for an honest review**All opinions are my own**I was not required to leave a positive review*

  13. 5 out of 5

    Sam B

    Connilyn Cossette's new book does not disappoint. I've read all of her books so far and I highly recommend reading them in publication order. All her books are linked through the characters and I absolutely love that. It's always fun to revisit characters from the previous book and see where they are at. In this book, Eitan is all grown up and lives in Kedesh with Moriyah and Darek. The story is centered around him and Sofea, a young woman whom Darek brings back to Kedesh after finding her and her Connilyn Cossette's new book does not disappoint. I've read all of her books so far and I highly recommend reading them in publication order. All her books are linked through the characters and I absolutely love that. It's always fun to revisit characters from the previous book and see where they are at. In this book, Eitan is all grown up and lives in Kedesh with Moriyah and Darek. The story is centered around him and Sofea, a young woman whom Darek brings back to Kedesh after finding her and her injured cousin on his way back from a mission. I can't wait for the next book in the series which will be about Malakhi and Rivkah, two characters we meet in this book. Thanks to the publisher for providing me a copy of the book. It did not affect my review.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Dawn

    Biblical fiction is a genre I don't read a lot of. I enjoy it, but in moderation. I've read one of Connilyn Cossette's before and enjoyed it, so I thought why not. This one was slow moving at first. I did enjoy it. It just took me a while to get into it. I'm not very familiar with the period in Bible history that this one is set in, but the way that the author describes things makes me feel as if I was there. She writes in vivid detail. I would like to read the next one in the series. I received Biblical fiction is a genre I don't read a lot of. I enjoy it, but in moderation. I've read one of Connilyn Cossette's before and enjoyed it, so I thought why not. This one was slow moving at first. I did enjoy it. It just took me a while to get into it. I'm not very familiar with the period in Bible history that this one is set in, but the way that the author describes things makes me feel as if I was there. She writes in vivid detail. I would like to read the next one in the series. I received a copy of this book from the publisher to share my honest opinion of it. I was not required to like the book, only to give an opinion. My thoughts are my own. Recommended to fans of Bible fiction, Mesu Andrews, Angela Hunt Rating - 4 stars

  15. 5 out of 5

    Shantelle

    Connilyn Cossette pens another exciting Biblical Historical novel! Book Two in the CITIES OF REFUGE series, I enjoyed diving into Shelter of the Most High and reconnecting with Moriyah and her lovely family. This book focuses specifically on her adopted son, Eitan. As well as a wounded and guarded maiden, Sofea, from the island of Sicily. Back in the city of Kedesh, we learn more about cities of refuge and the accidental killers that flee and find safety there. I find this such a heavy, but fasci Connilyn Cossette pens another exciting Biblical Historical novel! Book Two in the CITIES OF REFUGE series, I enjoyed diving into Shelter of the Most High and reconnecting with Moriyah and her lovely family. This book focuses specifically on her adopted son, Eitan. As well as a wounded and guarded maiden, Sofea, from the island of Sicily. Back in the city of Kedesh, we learn more about cities of refuge and the accidental killers that flee and find safety there. I find this such a heavy, but fascinating topic. And I just love being with the children of Israel. Connilyn Cossette brings to life Old Testament times and people with such authenticity and grace. Though we didn't spend much time in Sicily, it was intriguing to explore Sofea's seaside home just a little. The emotional and spiritual journey Sofea and her cousin went on was profound. I enjoyed meeting all of Darek and Moriyah's children ... and other characters! And the unexpected twists - I found myself quite shocked at times! It was a well-done story that explored Moriyah's predicament more, while unfolding Eitan and Sofea's story. There were some truly heart-touching moments of faith, forgiveness, and redemption. I didn't love the romance in Shelter of the Most High as much as I loved some in this author's other books. It pretty heavily focused on physical attraction. Which is a good thing, but cannot be the foundation of a marriage. While it didn't say that it was, there just seemed to be more emphasis on physical attraction than friendship and such. That all being said, I really enjoyed this book and can hardly wait to read Book Three, Until the Mountains Fall! We got glimpses of the girl who is to be the main character in this next book, and I am so intrigued! I received a copy of Shelter of the Most High from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for my honest review.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Regina

    Excellent book! Review to come.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Lori

    Conni at her best and from the heart!!! This author has a style all her own!! She has a great talent for drawing people into the book from page one! I admired Sofea for her courage and her ability to adjust to changes that were thrust upon her unwillingly. ( I too, have gone through some changes unwillingly but God had my back) so, I definitely felt for Sofea. Like her I will arise and show everyone that my faith strong!! Through Moriyah's hospitality and love, I enjoyed watching the girls come to Conni at her best and from the heart!!! This author has a style all her own!! She has a great talent for drawing people into the book from page one! I admired Sofea for her courage and her ability to adjust to changes that were thrust upon her unwillingly. ( I too, have gone through some changes unwillingly but God had my back) so, I definitely felt for Sofea. Like her I will arise and show everyone that my faith strong!! Through Moriyah's hospitality and love, I enjoyed watching the girls come to know Yahweh. I loved the banter that easily flowed from the family. Moriyah made me feel like I was a part of her family! I loved that the family prayed before each meal. I wonder if ppl still do that to this day? Prayers are powerful indeed! The author shows us too, that even every one of us has baggage. No matter how little or big in life it is. Yahweh forgives. We need only to ask. I loved the many Bible verses that flowed throughout the book. I still love Counting the Stars out from Egypt Egypt series) There's just something about the first book that is special to my heart! The City of Refuge can be found in Joshua 20. This could be a superb movie!!

  18. 5 out of 5

    Amy Radlein

    In 1388 BC on the Isle of Sicily, we meet Sofea and her cousin Prezi. They are cave diving instead of helping the women of the village clean and salt the tuna that the village men had caught. When they finally leave the underwater caves, they had been discovered by their tunic clothing left on shore. Pirates. Two of them. Akato and Seno. Seno has a white scar slicing his eyebrow. He wants to keep the girls alive. They are forced to go with the pirates. They walk though their village seeing homes In 1388 BC on the Isle of Sicily, we meet Sofea and her cousin Prezi. They are cave diving instead of helping the women of the village clean and salt the tuna that the village men had caught. When they finally leave the underwater caves, they had been discovered by their tunic clothing left on shore. Pirates. Two of them. Akato and Seno. Seno has a white scar slicing his eyebrow. He wants to keep the girls alive. They are forced to go with the pirates. They walk though their village seeing homes burned and dead bodies, even women and children. Sofea’s father is Chief and High priest of the village. Seno tells her he is Seneturo, her childhood friend. Sofea’s father had offered Seneturo and 9 other boys as sacrifices to pirates years ago. Sofea’s mother had pled with her father to not trade the boys to pirates. That is why Seno saved her and Prezi. . Seno had planned on sparing her mother and siblings but they were dead before he could get to them. She and Prezi are taken to the pirates ship. During the voyage Seno opens up some and tells her he learned the pirates way, after being tortured by them as a child. He eventually gained his freedom and saved to buy his own ship. After telling Sofea of these stories arousing childhood happy memories, she encourages him, the Seneturo she knew. He responds with bitterness telling her to trust no one, especially him. Days pass and as they near the coast he sets them free. The last thing he will do for them. While leaving the ship disaster strikes and Prezi saves her from a beating, but Prezi is whipped repeatedly. Now Sofea and Prezi are in the water fighting to survive and get to land Once on land, Sofea leaves Prezi to search for food and water. When she returns there are six men around her. These men are armed and seem dangerous. They spoke a language unfamiliar to Sofea. The dark haired one, who seem to be the leader of the group, draws his sword and lays it down. The other men do the same. This man’s eyes seem to be kind. He gave them water. He checked Prezis injuries. Meanwhile Eitan works making weapons. He has vowed not to leave the city of Kedesh which included a pledge of secrecy about his past that his mother, Moriyah, still held him to. With Eitans blessing Darek had married Moriyah. They lived together along with Eitans sisters. Darek happened to be the dark-haired one in the group of men that found Sofea and Prezi. Darek brings them to his home. Does harm come to them in Eitan‘s home or is it a safe haven? There is betrayal ahead, by whom? Who is in danger? Join me in reading Shelter Of The Most High for all of the answers.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Anne

    Shelter of the Most High played visually through my mind like a movie on the big screen with intensely descriptive scenes that swept across the page, transporting me on a journey back in time to ancient Israel. Beautiful landscapes, fierce pirates, intense battles and a heart-stirring romance make this one of the best books I've read this year. It is a definite top ten in 2018! Sofea and Prezi are cousins who survive a violent attack on their village. From their frightening capture and escape, to Shelter of the Most High played visually through my mind like a movie on the big screen with intensely descriptive scenes that swept across the page, transporting me on a journey back in time to ancient Israel. Beautiful landscapes, fierce pirates, intense battles and a heart-stirring romance make this one of the best books I've read this year. It is a definite top ten in 2018! Sofea and Prezi are cousins who survive a violent attack on their village. From their frightening capture and escape, to their providential rescue and refuge in Kedesh, there wasn't a moment I wanted to put this book down. With a profusion of feeling penned on every single page, Cossette's skill at decreasing intensity is perfectly timed, which allowed me to mellow out and catch my breath before being carried away on another swell of emotion. Eitan is Moriyah's son whom we met in A Light on the Hill (Cities of Refuge #1), and has carried guilt over what happened for eleven years and when his heart is finally released from its bondage, it is one of the most compelling scenes. I was moved to tears more than once while reading this story. Several prominent spiritual themes are woven together, making it impossible for me to separate them. God's love and forgiveness is wound tightly throughout, providing hope and healing and redemption. All around, Shelter of the Most High is filled with a manifold of historical details and assimilated into a fascinating narrative. I highly recommend this book, especially to fans of Biblical fiction. I was gifted a copy from the author and publisher. No review was required. No compensation received.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Clara

    Being the daughter of a high priest, Sofea knows authority and has seen its power at work. Her life has much been defined by this authority and therefore, while she still has a thread of freedom, Sofea will often find solitude in the immensity of the sea, floating on its gentle waves. But when the worst happens, will a faith foundation grown on censure, fear, and pride be enough to strengthen her and her cousin as they walk their ways through a land unknown, trying to understand the weird costum Being the daughter of a high priest, Sofea knows authority and has seen its power at work. Her life has much been defined by this authority and therefore, while she still has a thread of freedom, Sofea will often find solitude in the immensity of the sea, floating on its gentle waves. But when the worst happens, will a faith foundation grown on censure, fear, and pride be enough to strengthen her and her cousin as they walk their ways through a land unknown, trying to understand the weird costumes and language of these people called Hebrews? I believe there was an authentic journey throughout this story. The characters were not flawless, but their struggles, blunder, and questions made this story more heartfelt and approachable. Be it Eitan's strong temper or Sofea's faulty foundation, all these made the space for a proven and genuine faith to grow and flourish. And oh my heart when it did <3 I also loved the credibility given to community. The author gently pointed out how giving testimony can be more mundane and day-to-day rooted than we might think. Though done quietly, the praise brought out are anything but such. And, as a reader and also an explorer in the topic of authentic faith, my heart couldn't help but be encouraged and lifted up. What a powerful tool fiction can be, but even more, what an all-encompassing and compassionate God we serve, who provides shelter for healing and nourishment to occur. Who sees us for who we are and call us His. *many thanks to the publisher for providing a review copy; this is my honest review.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Rosalyn

    This is an example of Biblical fiction at its finest. Sofea and her cousin, Prezi, are young girls living in a seacoast village on the island of Sicily. When their families are killed and their village are destroyed, they are taken across the ocean by those marauders, and they end up in the land of Canaan among a strange people who worship an unknown God, Yahweh. Even though it takes time, they come to see the joy and peace of their newfound friends, and begin to feel at home in this strange new This is an example of Biblical fiction at its finest. Sofea and her cousin, Prezi, are young girls living in a seacoast village on the island of Sicily. When their families are killed and their village are destroyed, they are taken across the ocean by those marauders, and they end up in the land of Canaan among a strange people who worship an unknown God, Yahweh. Even though it takes time, they come to see the joy and peace of their newfound friends, and begin to feel at home in this strange new place, a city of refuge called Kedesh. I loved Sofea. She is a vibrant character. And then she faces so much tragedy and devastation. Her life is completely turned upside down. She gets to know Moriyah and her son Eitan. And others. This story is full of hope, beautiful relationships, forgiveness, acceptance, and much more. It brings to life, in a very real way, that beautiful Promised Land we read of in the Old Testament. Disclaimer: I receive complimentary books from various sources, including, publishers, publicists, authors, and/or NetGalley. I am not required to write a positive review, and have not received any compensation. The opinions shared here are my own entirely. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255

  22. 5 out of 5

    Fiction Aficionado

    Connilyn Cossette never fails to deliver a riveting story, and each book she releases sees her more firmly entrenched on my ‘must read authors’ list. Not only are her stories fantastic reads, but I always come away from them feeling like I’ve gained new insight into the Old Testament, whether that be a better understanding of the cultural context or the way in which the Israelite laws and customs point forward to Christ. It’s been fascinating learning about the Cities of Refuge through this serie Connilyn Cossette never fails to deliver a riveting story, and each book she releases sees her more firmly entrenched on my ‘must read authors’ list. Not only are her stories fantastic reads, but I always come away from them feeling like I’ve gained new insight into the Old Testament, whether that be a better understanding of the cultural context or the way in which the Israelite laws and customs point forward to Christ. It’s been fascinating learning about the Cities of Refuge through this series, especially since they’re only mentioned briefly in the Bible, but even more fascinating in this particular story was learning about the Israelites’ laws and customs from the perspective of an outsider—and the daughter of a pagan high priest, at that. It’s so easy to look at the Old Testament laws from our 21st Century perspective and write them off as harsh and barbaric, but seeing them through Sofea’s eyes gives you a whole new perspective, bringing out the compassion and mercy that balances God’s justice. Not only are the historical details fantastic, but it’s impossible not to become emotionally invested in the characters’ lives. Compelling personal struggles, delicious romantic tension, and high-stakes suspense just begged me to keep turning the pages, and I very happily complied. I can’t wait for the next book in this series! I received a copy of this novel from the publisher. This has not influenced the content of my review, which is my honest and unbiased opinion.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Beth Erin

    Full review on FaithfullyBookish.com Completely captivating! Shelter of the Most High engages all senses and emotions, tugs at the heart and spirit, entertains and stimulates the mind with genuinely flawed characters, an intriguing plot, and a brilliant setting. Sofea’s journey is filled with confusion and conflicted feelings yet her organic exposure and attraction to the Hebrew God in light of her former life reminded me just how blessed we are to be wooed and pursued by the Creator of the univer Full review on FaithfullyBookish.com Completely captivating! Shelter of the Most High engages all senses and emotions, tugs at the heart and spirit, entertains and stimulates the mind with genuinely flawed characters, an intriguing plot, and a brilliant setting. Sofea’s journey is filled with confusion and conflicted feelings yet her organic exposure and attraction to the Hebrew God in light of her former life reminded me just how blessed we are to be wooed and pursued by the Creator of the universe. Eitan is a hard worker and devoted big brother yet he has insecurities when it comes to his step-father’s motives and affections. I adore heroes who have that balance of strength and vulnerability. Cossette is a gifted storyteller. She brings every nuance of the story to life and invites readers to love her characters and be loved by the Most High God. I highly recommend this story and I am eagerly anticipating the next installment in the Cities of Refuge series. I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher and was under no obligation to post a review. The opinions expressed are my own.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Martha

    A story set in ancient times, I found myself totally enthralled with it from the first few pages. I wanted to just keep reading, but I also didn't want to finish because I was enjoying it so much. I found the setting so intriguing, as well as the people, possibly ancestors from Sicily that found themselves intermarrying with the Hebrews. This author does such a great job of weaving a tale, you will want to buy every book she writes as it comes out. I know that is my plan!

  25. 4 out of 5

    Jenna Van Mourik

    You shouldn't be surprised, I loved this book! Shelter of the Most High by Connilyn Cossette is the latest book in her Cities of Refuge series, a continuation of her previous series, Out From Egypt. It remains just as captivating and compelling as her previous four novels, without losing any of the creative spark that made her writing so unique and refreshing in the first place!  In the novel, Sofea comes to the land of Canaan, a land where she knows no one, does not speak the language, and is su You shouldn't be surprised, I loved this book! Shelter of the Most High by Connilyn Cossette is the latest book in her Cities of Refuge series, a continuation of her previous series, Out From Egypt. It remains just as captivating and compelling as her previous four novels, without losing any of the creative spark that made her writing so unique and refreshing in the first place!  In the novel, Sofea comes to the land of Canaan, a land where she knows no one, does not speak the language, and is surrounded by strange and unfamiliar customs and rituals all to please a god that she has never seen and can find no idols of anywhere in the house.  Meanwhile, Eitan, a side character from A Light on the Hill, struggles with the demons of his past. As his feelings for Sofea only deepen as they learn more about each other and get to know one another, the dark secrets of his past begin to cast shadows on his newfound happiness.  Still, he and his family try their very best to be the light that Sofea so desperately needs to give her new hope and move her from a place of fear and depression, to a place of refuge and joy. The king of joy that only God can bring. Danger, traitors, pirates, and murder plots ensue, each bringing their own obstacles to Sofea and Eitan's path as they try to build a love that transcends language.  Like each of this book's predecessors, it tells an intriguing story which shines a light on a part of the Bible and Old Testament history that we don't otherwise often hear about. I think that's what makes Connilyn Cossette's books so entertaining, that they are so new and unique compared to other works in the Biblical fiction genre. Unless you are a Biblical scholar, you might not have known about the Cities of Refuge in the Bible, but Connilyn Cossette chose to make them the setting for her series. Time after time, she brings to life otherwise forgotten worlds and passages, and each time she does so, she succeeds with incredible triumph. This book was deep, hopeful, encouraging, exciting, and it was also entertaining! The things that Sofea so often misunderstood about the Hebrew culture and customs were almost comical, in a sad sort of way. Watching her experience that world and God for the first time was an amazing experience, as was the rest of the book. I cannot recommend this book (and the previous books by this author) ENOUGH! You should definitely get a copy and consider reading the entire series if you can. You will not be disappointed. While I did receive a copy of this book for review as a part of being on the book launch team for Shelter of the Most High, all opinions expressed are my own. This did not affect my rating of the book in any way. Shelter of the Most High releases on October 2nd, and you do NOT want to miss it!

  26. 4 out of 5

    Chautona Havig

    The No. 1 Thing I Like Best about Shelter of the Most High The first pages slung a stone into the pit of my stomach. First-person present tense. If I were a crying person, I’d have cried. But once out of that first chapter, it slipped back into past tense—still first-person, but dual perspective, at least. And it’s well-done first person. I have to give Ms. Cossette credit. She does it well.  I didn’t “forget” that I was reading in the first person point of view, but it didn’t jar the whole time ei The No. 1 Thing I Like Best about Shelter of the Most High The first pages slung a stone into the pit of my stomach. First-person present tense. If I were a crying person, I’d have cried. But once out of that first chapter, it slipped back into past tense—still first-person, but dual perspective, at least. And it’s well-done first person. I have to give Ms. Cossette credit. She does it well.  I didn’t “forget” that I was reading in the first person point of view, but it didn’t jar the whole time either.  That helped. I’ll also admit that seeing the droves of comments about her beautiful descriptions had left me nervous, too.  I love well-done description, but I like it to be as sparse as it can while still setting a mood and giving the story context. From the way these people raved, I suspected they were huge fans of authors like Dickens. Was it as bad as I’d feared?  Nope.  In fact, after that first chapter (where admittedly, I was overly critical while my teeth were on edge from that first-person/present thing), I didn’t notice the description anymore.  That’s just how I like it—there… doing its job… making me feel as if I am in the story, but never crushing me with the weight of it. But that’s not the thing I liked best about Shelter of the Most High. I liked the spiritual lessons. Strong, full of life, the entire novel is a sermon that you don’t even realize is one until you’ve finished.  Connilyn Cossette weaves in spiritual truths so deftly that you can’t help but learn even as you are pulled deeper and deeper into the story. In this regard, she’s probably one of the best authors I’ve ever read.  Look, I don’t know if she does this well in every book.  This is the first I’ve ever tried of hers.  It will not be my last.  In fact, there’s a previous book in the series, A Light on the Hill.  I’ve already written a note for it to be ordered for me. And as much as I know this could be a fluke—just a happy gift from the Lord—I don’t believe it.  I think this is the beginning of a very long, happy relationship between me and Ms. Cossette’s books. Has anyone read her Out of Egypt series?  Is it about actual Biblical people or events?  I’m looking longingly at those, too. I'm SO glad I requested a review copy of this book. I'm just sayin'. I'm thrilled to give this awesome review of it because it earned every word. Recommended for anyone who loves Biblical fiction, obviously.  Additionally, I recommend it for people who just love a good, compelling storyline with beautiful spiritual truths. I have one caveat.  There are a few scenes near the beginning which are brutal. A few times I did wonder if I’d be able to keep reading.  However, once Sofea & Prizi reach Kedesh, the brutality ends. There are only references to it in a much less detailed fashion.  That she took me to that edge but didn’t push me over is why I can still say I loved the book.  I will say, however, my arms swung in circles to propel me backward a couple of times.

  27. 4 out of 5

    V. Palmer

    Shelter of the Most High is another moving, eye-opening, and soul-stirring literary masterpiece by Connilyn Cossette!!! If you're not in the mood for a gush review, then I suggest you leave now. Or go read the book and see for yourself. That's a better option. ;-) I loved everything about this beautiful story! Everything! From the pirate angle (Yes, pirates in a Biblical Fiction novel! #winning) to the sweet romance to the characters I have spent YEARS loving to the powerful truths amongst the pag Shelter of the Most High is another moving, eye-opening, and soul-stirring literary masterpiece by Connilyn Cossette!!! If you're not in the mood for a gush review, then I suggest you leave now. Or go read the book and see for yourself. That's a better option. ;-) I loved everything about this beautiful story! Everything! From the pirate angle (Yes, pirates in a Biblical Fiction novel! #winning) to the sweet romance to the characters I have spent YEARS loving to the powerful truths amongst the pages just waiting for readers to discover them! Sofea had this free-spirited islander, Disney's Moana quality. Her island life seemed beautiful until she encountered God's people, opening her mind's eye to the heinous acts of her people that she had been trying to ignore. Though she had many, many reasons inflicted by the enemy to mistrust Him, it was truly beautiful watching God woo Sofea! My heart nearly burst as she discovered the one and only God, a God of love Who had declared her precious. I loved seeing Eitan as a grown man! My heart ached for the burden he had been carrying, but when he finally laid those burdens down and accepted the mercy he had been freely given...well, reading that felt like I had been invited into a sacred moment... While his relationship with Darek started off strained, this father-son thread gripped my heart and illustrated the way God can restore even the most broken of families. There were so many amazing truths in this novel! Each chapter, each moment, each character spoke volumes to me, tearing me in two before reuniting me with its goodness. I had tears in my eyes (and some full-on sobs) the entire time I was reading Shelter of the Most High. Trust me when I say you will not set this book down without experiencing a unique touch from Abba God! <3 I always like to remind readers that Biblical Fiction is still fiction. However, the fictional aspects of this story do NOT compromise the facts of the Bible. The author did an amazing job with her research, and she shares some of her findings in her note at the end of the story. Five Stars ~ Shelter of the Most High is a gorgeous masterpiece! Shelter of the Most High is the second book in the Cities of Refuge Series by Connilyn Cossette. It can be read as a standalone, but you'll experience more story depth and see some beloved characters if you read A Light on the Hill and the Out from Egypt Series first. I am sooo excited for the next book in the series - Until the Mountains Fall - which releases July 2nd, 2019! Disclaimer ~ In accordance with FTC regulations, I received a copy of this book from the author/publisher. I was not compensated, nor was a positive review required. All opinions expressed are my own.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Amy

    Author Cossette has done it again; she has blown me away with her meticulous research and dramatic storytelling. If you are looking for Biblical fiction that will take you to the time of the Israelites as they begin to settle down and take over the land God has given them, look no further than this series, Cities of Refuge. Shelter of the Most High is the second in this series and continues the story of Moriyah and Darek’s family. Eleven years have passed and they have made their home and family Author Cossette has done it again; she has blown me away with her meticulous research and dramatic storytelling. If you are looking for Biblical fiction that will take you to the time of the Israelites as they begin to settle down and take over the land God has given them, look no further than this series, Cities of Refuge. Shelter of the Most High is the second in this series and continues the story of Moriyah and Darek’s family. Eleven years have passed and they have made their home and family in the refuge city of Kadesh. Eitan has grown up and is a gifted blacksmith making weapons for the Israelites to use. We also get to meet the children of the growing family of Moriyah and Darek. As in the first book, this book deals with the protection that a manslayer may have within the city walls of the refuge cities that have been set aside for just that purpose. Not only do we dive deeper into that topic, but we also get to learn a little bit more about the Nazarites, what made them such and the purpose of their vows. An aspect that I really like about this series is that is does not focus so much on true historical figures but on fictional ones and what it might be like to live under the Law of God in the land of Israel. In this story we actually get to meet a foreigner, two actually who have taken refuge in this city with God’s people. Sofea and her cousin were taken violently from their home on the island of Sicily and eventually found their way to Moriyah’s family. I really liked the light that that family showed to these two young girls in their fear, grief, and that spoke through even the language barriers they had. I think author Cossette did a really great job of showing the very different cultures, religious customs, and even violent home life these girls once lived with and the comparisons with a home full of love and who worshiped the one true God. The love story was a nice slow one and a major theme throughout the book was self-sacrifice for family and those we love. I cannot say enough about these stories as all of them have stuck with me and have found their way to my keeper/favorite shelf. This was another unique Biblical fiction story that showed what being a light in a world can do for those seeking refuge and finding it in the Most High. I received a complimentary copy of this novel. I was not required to post a positive review and all views and opinions are my own. https://pausefortales.blogspot.com/20...

  29. 4 out of 5

    Jessica Baker (A Baker's Perspective)

    I have a confession to make. This is my first time reading a book by Cossette. Don't judge! I've had her books in my TBR stack for a long time now, but darn the blogging schedule that gets in the way. I have heard so many great things, and have just been waiting for the moment I could open the pages to one of her beautifully crafted stories. The moment arrived, and I was kind of nervous. I mean, when there is so much hype about an author or a book, I get a little skiddish before I begin. What if I have a confession to make. This is my first time reading a book by Cossette. Don't judge! I've had her books in my TBR stack for a long time now, but darn the blogging schedule that gets in the way. I have heard so many great things, and have just been waiting for the moment I could open the pages to one of her beautifully crafted stories. The moment arrived, and I was kind of nervous. I mean, when there is so much hype about an author or a book, I get a little skiddish before I begin. What if the people who have recommended her books to me for a while are just wrong and I don't like the book at all? Let me just say this - to my friends who have been telling me to read Cossette's book for months. I'm sorry. I am sorry it has taken so long for me to finally open one up. My opinion on this book? Well, it was pretty much amazing. Although it's book two in a series, I didn't feel lost as much as I felt sometimes there were inside jokes I didn't know about. Okay, there is not literal jokes in this book but I think you know what I'm getting at. That aside, I enjoyed this book much more then I thought I would. I've just started to become interested in Biblical Fiction, and this book makes me want to read them even more. Cossette manages to bring you back in time, to stand right beside the characters and feel exactly what they are feeling. Sofea's journey is something many of us can relate to. Yes, she is slowly learning more about the God we all know and love, and yes it is during different times so she doesn't have the same tools that we do to learn from. But she has similar feelings to all of us before we knew God, His love, and His ability to care for us. And Eiten? Well, I know he is not from our time period obviously, but I wouldn't mind a visit from him ;) Cossette is an author that has easily made it to my list of favorites. I promise there will not be a big gap before reading her next book! I encourage you to read the first book in the series before this one. In fact, just get them both at the same time and set aside a day to read. I promise you won't be sorry! I received a complimentary copy of this book. I was not required to write a favorable review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    My expectations were high going into “Shelter of the Most High”, and I have to say that I was not disappointed. Connilyn Cossette is now on my list of favorite authors, and you can bet that I will be bumping all of her books to the top of my pleasure reading list. I am eager to explore Moriyah’s story in “A Light on the Hill”, and although it is not necessary to read it first, I am sure that it offers background information that would enhance the reading experience of the second book. “Shelter o My expectations were high going into “Shelter of the Most High”, and I have to say that I was not disappointed. Connilyn Cossette is now on my list of favorite authors, and you can bet that I will be bumping all of her books to the top of my pleasure reading list. I am eager to explore Moriyah’s story in “A Light on the Hill”, and although it is not necessary to read it first, I am sure that it offers background information that would enhance the reading experience of the second book. “Shelter of the Most High” holds its own as a standalone, however, and takes off with a flying leap right from the very beginning. There are no lulls in this story! With a diverse cast of characters and a vulnerable but determined heroine, the plot resembles a wheel hub with spokes fanning out from it, each intriguing and skillfully connected to the whole. Sanctuary cities are a hot-button topic in today’s political climate, and the concept of a city of refuge, while clearly different in implementation, connects the reader to the narrative and makes the story more contemporaneous. The other issues that unfold augment this connection. Some of the characters suffer from PTSD, and the reality of transitioning from one culture to another, overcoming language barriers as well as foreign customs, is very convincingly portrayed. Romance plays a role also, and one of the most poignant elements in the novel is the faith journey that the characters embark upon. Sofea and Eitan were the main protagonists, and the story is told from their alternating points of view in the first person, but this tale belongs just as much to the secondary characters. Cossette truly achieves a well-rounded narrative in which all of the characters’ lives echo throughout the pages and enrich those of the hero and heroine. This is Biblical fiction done well, on par with the works of such authors as Tessa Afshar. Highly recommended! I received a complimentary copy of this book through CelebrateLit and NetGalley and was not required to post a favorable review. All opinions are my own.

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