Friday, October 28, 2016

Shadow of the Storm by Connilyn Cossette

Her thin lips flattened, “You can tuck your head under your wing for a while, Shira, and wait out this storm.  But you will fly again.-Reva, Shadow of the Storm

Having escaped Egypt with the other Hebrews during the Exodus, Shira is now living in freedom at the foot of Mount Sinai. When the people rebel by worshipping a golden idol, the ensuing chaos gives Shira an unexpected opportunity to assist a midwife. When the experience awakens a new desire in her, she defies her mother's wish for her to continue in the family weaving trade and pursues her heart's calling as an apprentice midwife. 

But when a delivery goes horribly wrong, Shira finds herself in an impossible situation and bound to a man who betrayed her. As contention between the Hebrew tribes and the foreigners fans the flames of another dangerous rebellion, Shira comes face to face with the long-hidden pain of her past. Can she let go of all that has defined her to embrace who she truly is and believe in a hopeful future?
-Book Description, Bethany House Publishers

The thing I love about Biblical fiction is that it takes you deeper into the stories of the Bible.  Authors in this genre tend to do extensive research and piece together details to take you back to a different time in history.  The reader gets to experience a portion of history along with the possible emotions those who went through  the event experienced. In Shadow of the Storm, the second novel in the Out from Egypt series, author Connilyn Cossette takes us back to the foot of the mountain during a time when the Israelites had only been out of Egypt for a short time. (To learn more about this time, start in Exodus chapter 19.)

The main character in Shadow of the Storm, Shira, goes through events that many women experience: questioning our purpose and why we’re created, the struggle sometimes experienced of being in love, and forgiveness of those who have hurt us.

As well as Shira’s story, there were the stories of the other women in her life.  I think we can all find ourselves in at least one of the women in this book, if not more than one.  I know I did.  I really connected with Shira.  I understood her struggle of wondering who she was called to be. Her maternal instincts were very inspiring and caused mine to kick in even more.

The story was so well written.  If you enjoy Biblical fiction, and want to have a greater understanding of the time when the Israelites left Egypt after being enslaved, then you will enjoy this book.

I recommend this book to all fans of Biblical fiction.  It would be great for junior and senior level homeschoolers as part of their English or Biblical curriculum too.

Many blessings to you as you read!

*I received a copy of this book from the author and Bethany House Publishing Company in exchange for my honest review. The thoughts and opinions expressed here are entirely my own.

To learn more about the author visit her here, at

To read my review for Counted with the Stars, the first book in the Out from Egypt series, please go here.

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