“There will be times when there is nothing you can do but survive, to place one foot after the other into the driving rain.”
Title: Shadow of the Storm
Series: Out of Egypt Series
Author: Connilyn Cossette
Publish Date: October 18th, 2016
Reading Format: Kindle Book
Having escaped Egypt with the other Hebrews during the Exodus, Shira is now living in freedom at the foot of Mt. Sinai, upon which rests the fiery glowing Cloud containing the shekinah glory of God. When the people disobey Yahweh and build a golden idol, the ensuing chaos gives Shira an unexpected opportunity to learn the arts of midwifery. Although her mother wishes for her to continue in the family weaving trade, Shira’s gifts shine brightest when she assists with deliveries. In defiance of her mother, Shira pursues her heart’s calling to become an apprentice midwife.
When a delivery goes horribly wrong, Shira finds herself bound to a man who betrayed her, the caretaker of three young children, and the target of a vengeful woman whose husband was killed by Shira’s people, the Levites. As contention between the Hebrew tribes and the foreigners fans the flames of another dangerous rebellion, Shira will come face-to-face with the heartbreak of her past that she has kept hidden for so long. How can she let go of all that has defined her to accept the love she’s denied herself and embrace who she truly is?
Connilynn Cossette has become a favorite author of mine over the past few years. I love that she focuses on Biblical fiction, and her ability to tell a story about women from so long ago that can still feel relevant today. I have enjoyed her Out of Egypt Series and have finally concluded it after unknowingly reading the books out of order. (I accidentally read the 3rd book first before knowing it was the final book in the series. Oops!)
Shadow of the Storm is my favorite of the trilogy. I found Shira’s story to be the most moving to me of the three, but that might have been because I felt like I was reading this book at the exact time I needed to. You know what I mean? Have you ever opened a book and knowing this is exactly what you needed for the mood or life moment you are in? This was definitely it for me!
It had been almost two years since I read the 1st book, Counted with the Stars, in the fall of 2017. I wasn’t sure if I would remember too much, but it wasn’t too hard to recall Shira and Kiya’s adventures from before. In this book Shira is the main character this time around and it is set at the base of Mount Sinai, where the Hebrews resided for 1 year following their exodus from Egypt. Having grown up hearing and reading the biblical stories of Moses and the Israelites exodus to the promise land, I always find Biblical fiction so fascinating. It seems to feel in the blanks a bit about what daily life would have been like and give more detail to the bigger picture.
Much like the other 2 books, Shadow of the Storm is filled with a lot of action and drama with an overarching love story. The story lines can fill like they follow a specific pattern in each book, but each story feels different and unique without feeling like a been-there-done-that plot line.
If your looking for a historical fiction novel that isn’t set in World War II then I would suggest checking out this series. As a fellow lover of historical fiction, reading a time period not set between 1936-1945 has helped me not to burnout in my reading life and enter into a book slump.
And as a trigger warning to some who may chose to read this, Shira does have a traumatic event in her past that makes her uncomfortable around men. You may want to research further before deciding to read if you are sensitive to certain themes.
4 out of 5 stars