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I can't say enough good things about this author! Once again she has brought to light intriguing bits of history that a lot of people don't know about. While it is all very connected to Christianity and the Bible, you don't have to be a Christian to enjoy this book. It's fascinating to read about the different peoples during this time period and understand the way they interacted. There is also a significant language barrier between the two main characters, and that created another facet to this story that was both inspiring and humbling. The courage and tenacity of all involved makes for a read that will be enjoyed for a long time.
During a time of piracy and hedonism, Eitan remains isolated from it all within Kedesh, the City of Refuge. Hidden away with his adoptive parents, he yearns to be outside the walls and serve as a soldier for the city. But with his mother convicted of murder and forced to stay within the walls for her protection, Eitan has no choice but to stay with her. And when his father brings home two girls who speak another language and are badly injured, his mission changes course to allow for the entrance of a new emotion - romantic love. Sofea is suspicious of these people, who act so kind towards her and her cousin for seemingly no reason besides genuine concern. At first believing them to be slaves, she soon finds herself a member of the household and drawn to the eldest son, who looks at her with gentleness in his eyes. A journey full of patience and betrayal await them, and it is only with the faith in Yahweh that they will get through it whole.
Sofea and Eitan were fantastically well written characters! I loved learning about another tribe of people within this time period, and incorporating their lives into this biblical story was amazing. Sofea was headstrong, protective of her cousin, and prone to suspicion after her people were betrayed and killed. She had no reason to trust the Hebrews who saved her, and yet with their patient guidance, she gradually learned to love them all. Eitan was a sweet character, one who is known from the previous book in the series as partially deaf. His loyalty to his family was strong, and his protective instincts extended to Sofea as well. It was heartbreaking when he realized how his prison might become hers as well, if they were to grow closer. He had a lot of difficult decisions to make, and my heart broke for them both along the journey. The secondary characters in the story were also humbling, particularly the High Priest who treats Sofea with such kindness. I enjoyed every second of their story.
Connilyn Cossette is a superb author whose breathtaking stories will capture your heart. Her books are so inspiring and should be commended for bringing so much history to the minds of her readers. I can't wait to see what she writes next!
**I received a free copy via NetGalley and this is my honest review.**