Review of A Light on the Hill: A New Series Beginning from Connilyn Cossette

I’ve had the privilege the last couple of years to be on the launch team for the Out From Egypt series of Biblical fiction books by Connilyn Cossette. I was sad when the series ended- although I loved the ending book, reviewed here. These books have been amazing with compelling characters and interesting stories.

And then it was confirmed that there was a new series coming! While the Out From Egypt series followed the Israelites as they left Egypt during the Exodus, the new series would focus on God’s people settling the Promised Land. I was able recently to review the first book in that series- A Light on the Hill from the Cities of Refuge series.

Review of A Light on a Hill Christian fiction by Connilyn Cossette

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About the Book…

Moriyah- a character from the ending of the previous series- has a disfigurement that has kept her hiding away in her father’s home even though she’s past the age that most women marry. (I won’t tell you what caused her disfigurement because you need to read the previous books.!) Her father tells her that he has found a husband for her, one who is willing to marry her despite her scar…because he’ll also inherit her father’s prosperous vineyard,

Moriyah is determined to please her father in what ends up to be a difficult arrangement, but when something disastrous happens, she’s forced to flee to one of the newly established cities of refuge with an unlikely helper. Along the way, Moriyah has to face many dangers and begins to rely heavily on this helper as an unexpected relationship forms.

Review of A Light on a Hill Christian fiction by Connilyn Cossette

My Thoughts…

I loved, loved, loved Moriyah’s story as much as I loved the books from the previous series. Connilyn Cossette has a way of developing characters that makes me really feel as if they are real life people. They are so compelling that I think about them and wonder what they’re doing when I’m not reading. (If you’re a reader you won’t laugh.)

One of things I loved about this book, as I did the others, is the author’s treatment of the Biblical events and settings. When we read Scripture about what takes place after the Israelites enter the Promised Land, we don’t have lots of information about day to day life. Instead we read about battles and the division of land among the tribes. Connilyn Cossette does a great job sticking to what we know to be Biblically true, while expanding into what might have happened in order to develop the context and situations for the characters in her books. Everything is Biblically true, and what is fictionalized isn’t contrary to anything we know to be Biblically true. I appreciate this in Biblical fiction.

I can definitely recommend this one. Although I think it’s great to read the other series first for some background, you could jump right into Moriyah’s story with complete understanding. I give this one 5 stars and a PG rating. You can find the book on Amazon here.

Disclosure: I received a free copy of this book for review purposes. All opinions are entirely my own, and I was not compensated in any other way.

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