“To Dwell Among Cedars” by Connilyn Cossette
Review copy from the publisher as apart of the launch team
My rating: 5 out of 5 Stars
About the Book:
Eight years ago, when the Philistines stole and then surrendered the ark of the covenant back to the Israelites, Eliora left her Philistine homeland to follow the ark to the community of Kiryat Yearim. There, the family she was adopted into has guarded the ark at the top of a mountain in seclusion.
Ronen is a Levite musician determined to secret away the ark to a more fitting resting place, watched over by priests who would restore the Holy of Holies. He never expected that the Philistine girl he rescued years ago would now be part of the very family he’s tasked to deceive.
As Ronen’s attempts to charm Eliora lead them in unexpected directions, betrayal leaves Eliora with strained family ties and Ronen questioning his own loyalties. Ultimately, Eliora and Ronen are caught up in the battle for the soul of Israel and its future under the leadership of Samuel, the last judge before the era of the kings begins.
Oh, this was such an amazing book! Author Connilyn Cossette never disappoints – her Biblical Fiction books are always so engaging, and captivating.”To Dwell Among Cedars” is Eliora’s story, and what a touching story it is. Part one begins from when Eliora (then known as Arissa) and her brother, Lukios, are very young, living with their Philistine aunt and uncle, but having been raised by their Hebrew slave.Straight from page one, I was tied to Eliora and her story. She and her brother tugged at my heart strings. The entire novel did so, and the depth found within the pages is so beautiful and so meaningful.Eliora is an incredible character, and her devotion to the Ark and Yahweh was greatly admirable. I love how she was ‘grafted in’ to the Hebrews; the family that took her in was absolutely endearing and so full of compassion.I loved the Ronen as well, and his story was just as captivating and enjoyable to follow.The author has woven such a truly exquistic novel, and I am so very eager for its sequel where we will get to read more about Lukios! That ending only begs to be continued. :)”To Dwell Among Cedars” is too full of amazingness to properly review it all, but I can definitely say it will make it on my favourites for 2020 – highly recommend!
I received a complimentary copy of this novel as apart of the launch team. I was not required or paid to write a positive review. All thoughts expressed are my own.