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I am quickly becoming a huge fan of Connilyn Cossette! This is the second book I have read written by her, and it really is an amazing story. I love how she writes biblical history in such a way that can pull in any reader, no matter what religion they are. In my opinion, Christian books like this one are some of the best, because they teach us what's important in life and about values that all should hold dear, regardless of where you stand religiously. It had romance, murder, forgiveness, and redemption, and above all, mercy.
Seven years ago, when Moriyah was a young girl, she was held captive and branded as a temple slave by a Canaanite High Priestess. Marked forever as a prostitute, she has hidden her face with a veil, only showing her eyes and only leaving her home when she absolutely must. One night there is a dance held in her village and all maidens are required to wear a veil - it's the one night when Moriyah can be herself, unknown to all, able to be free if only for a few hours. What follows is a series of events that will mark her far more deeply than her physical scars. She must now rely on her allies, reluctant guardians, and the mercy of Yahweh to grant her justice and a fair opportunity to live her life until she is old and gray.
This story made me so conflicted on many levels, which is what strikes me as the most important element. Life is not easy, so the story of someone's life should not be easy to read. It starts off brutally, describing the moment when Moriyah is branded, and your soul will feel like you are literally screaming with her. Then comes present day, where she is ridiculed by those who don't know any better, and her best friend is a little boy who is also an outcast due to a birth defect. It's that little boy who will become so important to the story, but the reader doesn't even know it until the end of the book. The author takes us on a journey where sacrifices must be made, bonds are tested, and faith in God is put to its limits. Moriyah was so inspiring to me, because I don't know if I could be as brave as her if I had led the life she had. Darek, the young man in the story, is also a character I had a lot of respect for. He made hard decisions and chose doing the right thing over what his emotions surely pressed him to do. This is not a book you want to skip.
Connilyn Cossette has officially hooked me - I will be reading every book she writes going forward. I love her writing style, the beautiful stories she creates, and the bible history on every page. It's a magical story, every time she writes.
**I received a free copy via NetGalley and this is my honest review.**