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Seven years ago, Moriyah was taken captive in Jericho and branded with the mark of the Canaanite gods. Now the Israelites are experiencing peace in their new land, but Moriyah has yet to find her own peace. Because of the shameful mark on her face, she hides behind her veil at all times and the disdain of the townspeople keeps her from socializing. And marriage prospects were out of the question . . . until now.

Her father has found someone to marry her, and she hopes to use her love of cooking to impress the man and his motherless sons. But when things go horribly wrong, Moriyah is forced to flee. 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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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 352
Vendor: Bethany House
Publication Date: 2018
Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 0764219863
ISBN-13: 9780764219863
Series: Cities of Refuge

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Seven years ago, Moriyah was taken captive in Jericho and branded with the mark of the Canaanite gods. Now the Israelites are experiencing peace in their new land, but Moriyah has yet to find her own peace. Because of the shameful mark on her face, she hides behind her veil at all times and the disdain of the townspeople keeps her from socializing. And marriage prospects were out of the question . . . until now.

Her father has found someone to marry her, and she hopes to use her love of cooking to impress the man and his motherless sons. But when things go horribly wrong, Moriyah is forced to flee. 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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When she is not homeschooling her two sweet kids (with a full pot of coffee at hand), Connilyn Cossette is scribbling notes on spare paper, mumbling about her imaginary friends, and reading obscure, out-of-print history books. Although a Pacific Northwest native, she now lives in a little town near Dallas, Texas. She can be found online at www.connilyncossette.com.

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  1. Amy C
    VA
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    A Light on the Hill
    February 20, 2018
    Amy C
    VA
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    A Light on the Hill is the first book to Connilyn Cossettes new series, Cities of Refuge. I loved this book! This is by far my new favorite by this author. Her talent really shines through in this one. The details are so vivid, the characters seem to come alive. I just love Moriyah. She is such a strong, faithful, inspiring, and admirable woman. I am honored to have spent my time with her.

    I cannot wait to read the next book in the Cities of Refuge series. I give A Light on the Hill 5+ stars.

    I received this book from the author, but was not required to write a review. This review was 100% my own honest opinion.
  2. cheryl
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    God's mercy and love
    February 19, 2018
    cheryl
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    I normally do not read Biblical Fiction, but I am now hooked and will be reading every book of Connilyn Cossette's moving forward. The author is an incredible wordsmith as she weaved individual characters stories in a story that will keep you up well into the night. Although the book is fiction, the author writes in such a way that will pull any reader in, no matter what their religion is. The theme weaved throughout the book reminds us how Jesus provides safety for all who come to Him for refuge from any sin and the punishment that follows.

    Moriyah was kidnapped and taken to Jericho where she was branded on her cheek before she was rescued. From that point forward, she kept her face covered with a veil and did not stray from home, she was afraid that others would judge her and shame her family. When her father informs her that he found a man to marry, she was quite surprised especially when Raviv, only wants to marry for the dowry and is not a kind person. To honor her dad, Moriyah decides to prepare a special meal for her husband to be and his sons. Something terrible happens and she now has to flee and head for a sanctuary city to save her life and receive a fair trial. Through out this, Moriyah thought that Jesus had left her only to find out He has been with her through this trial.

    A Light on the Hill is an example of love and God's mercy. Just like Moriyah, the main character in the book, who hid behind a veil, we also tend to hide behind things for fear of judgement from others. Through mercy and God's grace, Moriyah overcomes her fear and becomes the shining light that Jesus wants her to be. This book is a must read, be ready to go on a journey. Without Jesus, nothing is possible. He is always with us through thick and thin!

    I received an ARC from the publisher. All opinions are my own.
  3. Chelle
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Fabulous Biblical Fiction!!!
    February 18, 2018
    Chelle
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    I couldn't put this book down!!! I am a huge fan of Connilyn Cossette's "Out from Egypt" series, so I was elated to hear she was writing a new series! Biblical Fiction is one of my favorite genres. This book did not disappointit exceeded my hopes and expectations by far!

    It was so easy to slip into Moriyah's shoes. I felt like I lived and breathed her story. The personal narrative made it feel like I experienced her trauma, shame, and heart stopping journey every step of the way. The characters in the story were so personable and real that I could see them in my mind's eye.

    Something I love about Connilyn Cossette's books is that a piece from each of her stories always stays with me after reading them. "A Light on the Hill" reminded me that God is able to work all things together for our good and His glory. Even the worst of situations, our worst nightmares, trials, and fears are molded by His hands into a testament to His love and grace.

    "A Light on the Hill" is a wonderful read and I absolutely loved it. Every one of Connilyn Cossette's books do more than keep me on the edge of my seat. Her writing blossoms in me a joy and wonder for our Creator's unending and unfailing love. The history, geography, and culture of the Old Testament comes alive through Connilyn Cossette's books. "A Light on the Hill" will transport you to another time and placeI promise you won't want it to end.

    *I received an advance copy from the publisher; the opinions in this review are my own.
  4. Fizzy Pop
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    We try to cover our shame, our embarrassment, our insecurities with material (hello veil) instead of with Him.
    February 17, 2018
    Fizzy Pop
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This book is my 20th book of the year. That is a mini milestone on the quest to the larger goal. It wasn't meant to be my 20th book. Life went sideways and got really messy. I'm still in sideways messy mode and will be for a while but I'm also working hard at finding a new balance, a new normal if you will. I had every intention of review this book on its release day (February 6th). Feel free to re-read above as to why it wasn't reviewed then. Here's the thing, I don't feel like this book has anything to do with sideways messy but I think it was meant for it to have to be postponed. It needed to be my 20th book this year. It needed to be a mini milestone.

    We first met Moriyah in 'Wings of the Wind', the final installment on the Out of Egypt series. Moriyah was kidnapped to the temple of Ba'al and Ashtoreth and branded (on her face), by a vicious Priestess, as a temple prostitute. Moriyah escaped from that unscathed, except for the brand. And her view of herself. Moriyah grew up from that 13 year old girl and we meet back with her in 'A Light on the Hill' as a woman of 20. A woman who never even answers her door without her veil in place to cover her brand. A woman who never even lets those she loves see her face because of her brand. A woman of compassion and talents. A woman who may have accidentally killed the children of the only man who will agree to marry her - to gain her father's vineyard. A woman on the run for her life to find sanctuary in a City of Refuge.

    What I keep going back to as I think over this book, besides the fact that Cossette has yet to write something I am not head over hills for, is Moriyah's veil. I might accidentally give you spoilers so don't hold that against me. There's so much more to this book than her veil however. There's adventure on her journey. There's romance with a character that I might have a ginormous crush on. There's action throughout. But I keep going back to the veil. As a child, Moriyah heard the voice of God. As an adult she is convinced He has left her, abandoned her, due to her brand. While she follows His laws and love's Him as the Father she feels as though He has left her. She feels as though He no longer hears her. When her intended husband requires she show him the brand on the day they meet she is broken further at his reaction. When she must remove the veil to save the life of another she is humiliated. However, she finds she is also accepted.

    Her brand provides her a small measure of safety in the territory of the enemy on her journey. Here's the thing though. When she removes the veil, keeps it removed, and calls out to God? She hears Him. Her clinging to the veil as her protection was what was dividing her from Him. Her using the veil as safety instead of God kept her from Him. Her belief that the veil would cover her shame and not her trust that God could cover her shame kept her from Him. And all I could think of was all the things we all put between us and Him to keep us apart. We try to cover our shame, our embarrassment, our insecurities with material (hello veil) instead of with Him. We find our security, our comfort, in our jobs or our friends or our talents or even our possessions. I was drawn to Moriyah and her veil. I mean, I was drawn to the whole entire book but her veil spoke to me.

    I was provided a complimentary copy of this book by Baker Books, NetGalley. I was not compensated for this review and all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own. I was not required to write a positive review.
  5. An Old Fashioned Girl
    Minnesota
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Good biblical fiction
    February 17, 2018
    An Old Fashioned Girl
    Minnesota
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 4
    I really liked how the author brings out one of the more obscure parts of the old testament: the cities of refuge, a refuge for manslayers who have killed accidentally. Since there aren't any specific accounts of the cities in the bible--just the rules regarding them--it gives the author free reign to focus on the story without worrying about getting the biblical account wrong (something I'm generally keen to notice). And even so, the author surprised me with how adventurous this story managed to be; it wasn't what I expected, yet I liked it more, and it was fun to catch the connection to her previous series. And I can see how it is setting up the next book in the series.

    I liked how the author was able to work new testament symbolism into an old testament-time story. Even though Jesus won't be born for another couple thousand years or so, the author brings out how the death of the high priest will atone for the guilt of the manslayers--implying that just as Jesus, also described as a high priest, atoned for the guilt of all in his death.

    This is the kind of biblical fiction I like--fiction taking place in biblical times without trying to retell the bible. Adventurous, romantic, and full of hope.

    Thank you Bethany House and NetGalley for providing a free e-book. I was not required to write a positive review, and all opinions are my own.
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