“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?”
Okay, I really hate writing a mixed review. So I guess I’ll start with the positives, and honestly, there are more positives than negatives. Mrs. Cossette is one of the most talented authors I’ve read. She has the amazing ability to pull you into her stories from the first few sentences, and doesn’t release you until the conclusion. Her stories are told from the first person point of view which I think helps a lot in captivating the reader’s attention, but that means that the character development has to be well done, and for that I give Mrs. Cossette 5 stars! Her descriptions are beautiful, her attention to detail fascinating, and her faithfulness to Scripture noteworthy. At the end of her books, she explains areas in which she filled in details that are not specifically given in Scripture. It is truly amazing and riveting.
In this last installment of the Out of Egypt series, we are brought to the time period of entering the promised land. I really loved getting to see Shira again (the main character of the previous book), as well as glimpses of Kiya, etc. Tobiah was such a great character, and Alanah’s journey to faith and spiritual maturing is well done. I also really liked the main story line, and the way Rahab was brought in. It was all very plausible.
So the negatives? Well, I guess the main one is that the author tends to write in a more sensual manner. I don’t think inappropriate details are given, but there are more crude comments, innuendos, and suggestive sentences than I am comfortable with. A percentage of the story occurs around a harlot’s inn, and a temple devoted to sexual pursuits (just so y’all understand, of course, that this takes place in Canaan, with its numerous false gods and just a very depraved way of life). Because of this I’m really struggling with how to rate this book. Writing quality, 5 stars. Content issues, 3 stars, but I guess to find the right balance, it’s overall a 4 star book for me!
Disclaimer: I received this book from Netgalley in exchange for my honest review