Christian Library Journal – January/February/March 2018
Wings of the Wind / by Connilyn Cossette.
Bethany House ISBN 9780764218224
Adult Rating: 5
Alanah craves revenge. Disguised as a male soldier, she risks her life to join the Canaanite army and attack the Hebrews, who murdered her family. Just as she sees her last arrow meet its mark, Alanah is struck down.
Scouring the battlefield for his lost friend, Tobiah stumbles upon a dying Canaanite. As he is about to fulfill his duty and end the soldier’s life, he realizes it’s a Canaanite woman. Tobiah hesitates to save Alanah’s life because he knows that protecting her means obeying the Hebrew Torah and marrying the enemy—even though he is already betrothed. Can he betray his childhood love, his family, and his deceased friend to follow Yahweh’s Law?
Forced into a similar near-impossible situation, Alanah has 30 days to choose: will she embrace the Hebrew lifestyle with the stranger who pledged his life to her or will she run?
Book three in Connilyn Cossette’s Christy Award-nominated Out of Egypt series will run away with the hearts of historic and contemporary women’s fiction fans. While some characters play a part in each book, the stories can be read independently. Compared with the first two books in this series, Wings of the Wind creates a more unexpected love story with greater heartache and greater hope.
Connilyn’s first-person writing style doesn’t merely tell the story; it transports the reader back in time to the book of Joshua and portrays characters as if they are real historical people. Because this book explores an unlikely union between enemies, both protagonists—Alanah and Tobiah—feel trapped in their situations, and each must give up control and forgive the other before moving toward any future. By introducing famous biblical locations and figures, this book creates a tactful avenue to address family issues, slavery, and prostitution in ways that resonate with 21st century life.