They crossed paths on the battlefield. Enemies on opposite sides. The fallen Canaanite found still alive by Tobiah, the Hebrew soldier. No reason not to swing his sword and finish the job. Except, with helmet gone and braid free, the wounded warrior was unmistakably a woman. One look into the her eyes was enough to shift his warrior fury into a heroic gesture to protect a vulnerable casualty enveloped in hostile territory.
Tobiah knew the law, and knew in his heart the right thing to do was obey the Torah and marry her. Otherwise, she was easy prey for someone to violate or destroy her. Not exactly a dream come true, but he couldn’t walk away from the only thing that would keep her safe. Besides, the law also granted the “captive wife” the freedom to leave after 30 days.
As I hoped and expected, Tobiah and his bride Alanah fell in love and tied the knot for real. She chose to stay and he couldn’t be happier. Neither could I. They were both two enchanting, strong-willed, compassionate personalities that belonged together. I was rooting for them all the way.
It’s the perfect ending to a love story that crossed enemy lines. A story of faith and trust that brought something good out of evil territory. Except that wasn’t how the book ends.
When Alanah discovered it was her arrow that killed Tobiah’s best friend and brother–in-law, the sweet, heart warming, romantic tale rollercoasters into a nail-biting, edge of your seat, hold your breath suspense drama with surprise twists. Sheer genius how the author cast biblical fiction staged securely on accurate background scenery to show the face of Yehweh, the one true God against the backdrop of “idol worship”. While the captivating characters stole the show whisking you into the plot from heart aflutter start to heart-stopping finale.
Wings of the Wind is the masterful conclusion to the Out of Egypt trilogy. Connilynn Cossette brilliantly sketched, in living colour, the rich characters pulled from her imagination into biblical history. While drawing you in with her vivid, true to life vision of what went on from the time of slavery in Egypt to the final lap of the wilderness journey to claim the Promised Land, she marked the path to a more profound understanding and desire to delve deeper into the original Scripture.
Every page held something precious and wonderful. It delivered warmth, exciting mystery, and even brought me to my knees in worship with the faith factor that held the story together. I was encouraged and challenged with lessons of trust and forgiveness, kindness and mercy toward our enemies, and above all God’s provision and protection. He has a plan and purpose for everything that happens to each and every one of us. Plans for good. That’s what defined the novel from begnning to end.
My one word for Wings of the Wind? “Wow!” I loved it and think you will too!
Disclaimer: Many thanks to Bethany House Publishers for the complimentary copy of Wings of the Wind in exchange for this unbiased review.