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    Until the Mountains Fall, #3
    Connilyn Cossette
    Bethany House / 2019 / Trade Paperback
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  1. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    Beautiful story of forgiveness
    August 20, 2019
    Kristen Johnson
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Until the Mountains Fall is the third book in Connilyn Cossette's Cities of Refuge series. This is the first book that I've read from her, but I don't think it will be my last.

    Rivkah's husband has died, and according to custom, she is about to be betrothed to her husband's younger brother; a man who tormented her their entire growing up years. Malakhi is a man in love and he cannot wait to show Rivkah the depths of his affections for her which started long ago when he heard her singing under a tree. All he's ever wanted to do since her mother died was to make her smile. And he's going to spend the rest of his life doing just that.

    Rivkah cannot stand the thought of being married to a man who tormented her so much, and when the opportunity comes along to run away, she takes it. What that one decision leads to, she never anticipated, and will long regret. Five years later, word has finally come from Rivkah. Malakhi is called on by Rivkah's father to go an rescue her. Can he do so without losing his heart again to the woman who has caused such bitterness to him and his family?

    This story is loosely based on the Prodigal Son, and it held me all the way to the end. I really enjoyed how the Bible, and the cultures and customs of these long laid to rest people, came to life. I was immediately caught up in Rivkah and Malakhi's story, and I highly recommend this book.

    I received a free copy of this book from the publisher for an honest review. The opinions are my own.
  2. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    I adored it...
    August 16, 2019
    Amy
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    One of the things I most appreciate about this series is just how much care and research Connilyn puts into crafting these beautiful stories. Especially considering that there are only a very few verses about the Cities of Refuge in the Bible.

    *possible spoilers*

    I'll admit that I wasn't a big fan of Rivkah at the beginning of this book... or for a good ways into the story. The way she behaved so selfishly and self-centeredly early on was frankly a bit frustrating. However, I appreciate a heroine who isn't perfect and has room for [a great deal of] growth throughout the story. Malakhi, however, was completely lovable from the start and it was so wonderful to see the man he grew into since the previous book in this series (where he was still a kid).

    I could not put this book down and absolutely love how Connilyn crafted it from start to finish. I can't wait to read Like Flames in the Night when it releases!

    I received a copy of this book from the publisher. All opinions are my own.
  3. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    Amazing!
    August 14, 2019
    Eressea
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Until the Mountains Fall is the third book in the Cities of Refuge series by Connilyn Cossette. It can be read indepently, I did that because I got an e-arc for this book, but I ordered book 1&2 immediately after finishing this book because there are characters from former books making an appearances and I've become so curious after their stories! There is a fourth book coming, too! Yay!

    The book starts with Rivkah, who was recently widowed and is now promised to the younger brother. There is barely any time to grieve, and Rivkah's very understandably unhappy with the situation, especially because she disliked Malakhai, who bullied her when they were still kids. And though he tries his best and seems changed, he is very capable of saying the wrong thing at the wrong time. She seems out of options and runs away, only running away might make it actually worse.

    Malakhai can't let Rivkah go, he has been secretly in love with her for years, and after he has searched everywhere, he leaves for the army.

    Of course their paths are destined to cross again one day, but many things have changed - and some things have not.

    This was such an exciting read! A bit too much since I read through the night again. I never learn. The story was so good, you really get to understand both Rivkah and Malakhai, they are both very likable characters and they've grown so much through the books, both in maturity and faith.

    Also, I live for all the wonderful family dynamics. The family is huge yet it's easy to tell everyone apart. They're quite unique and I can't wait to read their stories.

    The story never got boring and the pacing was just right. It was so interesting to read about the early days of Israel and the refuge cities! It felt very real to me. The ending was quite spectacular and full of action and redemption and well... basically exactly how I like my endings.

    I'm extremely happy I received an e-arc from Bethany&Netgalley! It has not influenced my opinion except my hopes are always higher where Bethany is concerned because I love their published books. This was once again a masterpiece.
  4. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    Breathtaking!
    August 11, 2019
    Elly
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Wow. Just...wow. I could NOT put this book down! I've just been devouring it, hanging on every word. Seriously! Every time I would closed the book to do something else, I found myself turning to whoever was nearest me and exclaiming over how much I was loving this novel! ( I had to stop this practice when I found myself repeating the sentiment over and over to the same people, who put upon themselves to assure me that I'd made as much abundantly clear the first fifteen times I'd related such to them! lol)

    Really, though! I knew, when first picking up a copy of "A Light on the Hill", that I was going to enjoy this series. I just didn't realize to what extent! It had passed my expectations SO FAR and I am so THRILLED and ELATED to have discovered and had the privilege of reading these amazing stories! I did not expect it, but these books have risen to my "favorites" shelf quite swiftly!

    I loved "Until the Mountains Fall" SO much! It was definitely one of my favorites by this author and I can't wait until the next title in this series releases! Bravo, Ms. Cossette!
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    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Treasure in Your Own Backyard!
    August 8, 2019
    tickmenot
    Kansas City
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    In a short time period, Rivkah was married, widowed and is now supposed to marry her deceased husband's brother. That is, if she does what her father wants, and what the Torah law decrees. But Rivkah is tired of feeling like she never measures up, and not having the freedom to pick what she does with her life. Angry about the situation Rivkah finds herself in, she jumps at the chance to make a hasty decision. Little does she know, that one choice will change the course of her life, as well as, that of others around herand it will not be for the better.

    Rivkah has to deal with the consequences she set in motion. Her life turns around completely, and she learns what it is really like lose her freedom. Although she misses her old life, there is no going backor is there?

    Who hasn't made a quick decision, and then lived to regret it? Rivkah understands that very well. Can she forgive herself; can others forgive her? Is it too late for her to make any changes?

    This is a great story set in ancient Israel that contains twists and turns, surprises, and unexpected results. Until the Mountains Fall is a standalone 5-star story in the Cities of Refuge series, and is a clean tale. This will appeal to those who like things set in earlier times, light thrillers, or romance.

    Bethany House Publishing through NetGalley has provided bookreadingtic with a complimentary copy of Until the Mountains Fall, for the purpose of review. I have not been compensated in any other manner. All opinions expressed are my own, and I was not required, or influenced, to give anything but an honest appraisal. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255.
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