Though Israel has found relative peace, Moriyah has yet to find her own. Attempting to avoid the scorn of her community, she's spent the last seven years hiding behind the veil she wears. Underneath her covering, her face is branded with the mark of the Canaanite gods, a shameful reminder of her past captivity in Jericho and an assurance that no man will ever want to marry her.
When her father finds a widower who needs a mother for his two sons, her hopes rise. But when their introduction goes horribly wrong, Moriyah is forced to flee for her life. Seeking safety at one of the newly established Levitical cities of refuge, she is wildly unprepared for the dangers she will face and the enemies--and unexpected allies--she will encounter on her way.
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I really enjoy what author Connilyn Cossette does with Biblical fiction. She takes fictional characters and places them in the timeline of the events or the characters get to experience the laws that were provided for the Israelites. In A Light on the Hill, we get to see a first-hand account of what fleeing to one of the refuge cities God had provided for instances of manslaughter may have been like. We again are reacquainted with Moriyah, who did play an important part in the last book of the last series. She has walked away from her captivity and seven years later has hid herself away due to the outward scars she was dealt.
The people of God have been conquering the Canaanites in the Promised Land and many men are ready to settle down and become farmers and raise families. Moriyah’s widowed father has made such a match for her. Without giving too much away, Moriyah is at first pleased and then devastated at her father’s match. A terrible accident happens which sends Moriyah on the run for her life to reach one of the refuge cities so that she may receive a fair trial and have her fate sealed by those whose right it is to decide such cases.
And so begins an adventure that takes us through the Holy Land in a time of new beginnings for the nation of Israel and yet still a dangerous time for them. There is adventure, action, and romance a plenty to keep you turning the pages. The storyline was hard to comprehend at times as the crime was great and understandably there needed to be some restitution. I felt for Moriyah as there was a clear dividing line of what her life was before and after the nightmare.
I have always been intrigued by the provision of the refuge cities. The author’s notes were very enlightening and interesting at how even those cities pointed to a Savior.
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