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Author: Connilyn Cossette
Synopsis: Having escaped Egypt with the other Hebrews during the Exodus, Shira is now living in freedom at the foot of Mt. Sinai, upon which rests the fiery glowing Cloud containing the shekinah glory of God. When the people disobey Yahweh and build a golden idol, the ensuing chaos gives Shira an unexpected opportunity to learn the arts of midwifery. Although her mother wishes for her to continue in the family weaving trade, Shira’s gifts shine brightest when she assists with deliveries. In defiance of her mother, Shira pursues her heart’s calling to become an apprentice midwife.
When a delivery goes horribly wrong, Shira finds herself bound to a man who betrayed her, the caretaker of three young children, and the target of a vengeful woman whose husband was killed by Shira’s people, the Levites. As contention between the Hebrew tribes and the foreigners fans the flames of another dangerous rebellion, Shira will come face-to-face with the heartbreak of her past that she has kept hidden for so long. How can she let go of all that has defined her to accept the love she’s denied herself and embrace who she truly is? (Taken from Goodreads)
I. Loved. This. Book.
Engaging and insightful, incredibly accurate, and gorgeous, I liked this book more than its predecessor. The last book was amazing as well, but by the end it had gotten dragged out a bit and I wasn’t sure how the sequel was going to go…but it went amazing. I was SO excited when I opened the first page to see “Shira” glimmering there. I loved getting a glimpse into my favorite character’s mind… Shira was such a beautiful and strong character, written very talentedly. I liked watching her interactions with her family as well as of course seeing her own love story unfold. The author is truly gifted in weaving together such a masterful story and placing it all with astounding accuracy right in the middle of a Bible story we thought we knew so well.
I liked seeing Dvorah’s character arc as well; I thought it was a skillful tie in and added a lot to the story. I loved seeing Kiya again, of course, as well as seeing her happily wed. There were so many trials and struggles explored in the pages of this novel, with clear messages and strong themes that will undoubtedly inspire and encourage.
Some sexual implications, but nothing that waved a red flag.
Overall: Aaaah! I loved it.
Rating: 5.0 / 5.0
Recommended to: Ages 14+.