Last year I read a new author of Christian Fiction and she totally amazed me. Her story came alive from word to word on every page and more importantly her story made me stop and look inward to answer some hard questions about my personal relationship with God. I can’t tell you how often pieces of that story came to me even months after I read it. I couldn’t wait for the next book in her series to come out. I knew what I expected from this author by this point and she didn’t disappoint.
Connilyn Cossette has published book two in the Out of Egypt Series, Shadow of the Storm. This series is based upon the Exodus that God’s people experienced when they left Egypt and the slavery they were forced to endure at the hands of their Egyptian masters. The characters that soon became loved and cherished in book one, Counted Among the Stars, are seen again as their lives continue to unravel from the old and become new with God’s help. Counted Among the Stars was focused on the life of a young Egyptian girl, Kiya, who went from a pampered life to one of slavery alongside the Hebrews. She was befriended by another slave, a Hebrew girl and through their friendship God was introduced to her. The story for book one, was central to her but we were introduced to Shira whose story is told in Shadow of the Storm.
Shira’s character is a young woman with a beautiful soul and heart for God. She is kind, compassionate and giving to those she loves. Connilyn Cossette brings us a young woman who is shown a life she wants as a midwife but Shira must consider her family and the livelihood that she is expected to follow. Can she go against her Mother’s wishes? But her heart has been captured and with it a way to embrace even a part of the life she never thought she would have after an act of cruelty left her with little choice
Being a midwife isn’t the only dream Shira comes to hope for. Shira comes to know her brother’s friend, Ayal. A man, she believes to be honorable and caring. She begins to trust him and hope for a future for the two of them only to have that come crashing down. When events cause Shira to face some truths about Ayal it also forces her to face some decisions on what she wants.
Through the storms that invade her life, Shira must learn to trust in the Lord and understand that whatever may come, God will remain with her. One of my favorite passages in the story that reflects the title and what life brings us:
“We have to endure the storms, dear one so we know how deep our roots go. So we can appreciate the depths of our strength and the freshness of the gentle breezes afterward”
If you enjoy reading fictional stories that bring the Bible to life, this is an author you want to read. Her characters are so real and their lives so completely dimensional that you are transfixed from beginning to end. This is truly a wonderful and captivating story!