Book Review: Shadow of the Storm

*I received this book in return for an honest review. Thank you Bethany House for sending me this amazing book!!*

Hello everyone! I hope you are all having a fantastic day! Today, I am bringing you a book review for a book I received from Bethany Publishing House. This is the second book in the Out From Egypt series by Connilyn Cossette. You can find my review for the first book, Counted With the Stars, here.

Number of stars: 5

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Synopsis (taken from Goodreads):

“In the Depth of the Storm’s Shadow, Only Truth Can Light Her Way

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?”

 

Non-Spoilery Review:

This series leaves me speechless! Okay, who are we kidding…I always have plenty to say after finishing a good book!

These books are beautiful both inside and out! Just look at these covers!!

I am so happy I discovered this series. They are exactly what I love about reading. The romance is endearing and brings me happiness, the writing is slightly more advanced, and there are always questions that need to be answered.

The characters in these books are simply incredible. Shira, one of the women we follow, does become annoying at times with how unsure she is about herself, but it is so realistic. Self-doubt at that age always occurs and can’t be avoided. Her huge heart and bravery make up for all of her downfalls; she would do anything to protect the ones she loves.

Dvorah reminds me of Blair Waldorf from Gossip Girl at times. Even though some of her actions are awful, I cannot help loving her character. In ways, she is very much like Shira…everything she does is for her son.

The plot grabs your attention from page one. Quickly, tension is felt in the camp and Connilyn leaves you dying to know what will happen next. These books are a quick read for this very reason! Sitting at around 300 pages, I can usually finish them within a week (I only spend a short amount of time reading every day).

 

Spoilery Review:

These books are simply amazing. Shira, the primary main character in Shadow of the Storm (there are two main characters, Dvorah and Shira), is discovering a gift in the early parts of this book—midwifery. Along the way, she meets Dvorah. Dvorah’s husband is killed when the tribes within the camp fight. Many of the individuals in the camp had been worshipping idols, a sin against Yahweh.

Shira and Dvorah are forced to work together while being apprentices to Reva; however, there comes a time when Shira and Dvorah must help a woman have her baby without Reva’s helping hand. A complication occurs where Shira must shift the baby inside her mother in order for the baby to come safely out of the womb. Everything seems fine until blood starts pooring out of the mother. The mother dies shortly after, but the baby survives.

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Shira, in distress, runs outside the tent. She is horrified about the events that had just occurred, thinking she is the reason for the woman’s death. The father comes up to Shira and she is presented with another problem. He is the man who she had shared a secret kiss with by the stream; she had been expecting him to ask her brother for her hand in marriage.

Before the woman had died, she had made Shira promise to take care of her baby. Since Shira is barren, she quickly takes to the child and becomes attached. In the meantime, Dvorah is plotting to marry Ayal (the father to the motherless child). However, Ayal only has eyes for Shira.

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When Dvorah’s husband was killed, she was forced to move in with her brother-in-law and his many wives. The biggest problem: Dvorah has a young son. She wants to get her son out of that situation, and is willing to do anything to achieve that. Ayal looked like an easy way out, but her efforts were in vain.

Ayal works to gain Shira’s trust and soon she is more than happy to marry him.

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Dvorah is plotting during all of these events. She herself had grown attached to the motherless child; she was the one who had to feed her. Her brother-in-law and many of his friends were planning a revolt. During this revolt, she planned to take back the child.

When the revolt occurs, Dvorah does manage to take the child. In the process, she leaves her brother- in-law to do who knows what to Shira. Shira fights vigorously and others come to her aid before anything can happen, but her concern is the child that Dvorah took.

At the end, a huge storm occurs, catching many of the outer camps on fire. This is where they find Dvorah and the child. They are both found alive.

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These books have so much in them that I feel like I can’t touch on nearly enough! Obviously, this means that you should all go read them!! You will not be disappointed! Have any of you read these? What other biblical fiction books can you recommend to me? What have you been reading (and loving) lately?

-Jamie

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