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Fighting was a the only way Alanah knew how to survive. After the Hebrews killed her family, she disguised herself and went to the battlefield to avenge them. Tobiah, a Hebrew warrior found her wounded and unconscious among the casualties. The only way he could get Alanah help at the Hebrew camp was to marry her. She agreed to the marriage but planned to escape. The more she got to know Tobiah and his people, Alanah’s respect for them grew. That all changed when they found out about her past.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 352
Vendor: Bethany House
Publication Date: 2017
Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 0764218220
ISBN-13: 9780764218224
Series: Out From Egypt

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Cossette Consistently Brings the Old Testament to Life in an Engrossing, Fresh New Way

Alanah, a Canaanite, is no stranger to fighting and survival. When her family is killed in battle with the Hebrews, she disguises herself and sneaks onto the battlefield to avenge her family. The one thing she never counted on was surviving.

Tobiah, a Hebrew warrior, is shocked to find an unconscious, wounded woman among the Canaanite casualties. Compelled to bring her to a Hebrew healer back at their camp, he is soon confronted with a truth he can't ignore: the only way to protect this enemy is to marry her.

Unused to being weak and vulnerable, Alanah submits to the marriage--for now. As she comes to know and respect Tobiah and his people, however, she begins to second-guess her plans of escape. But when her past has painfully unanticipated consequences, the tentative peace she's found with Tobiah, the Hebrews, and Yahweh is shaken to the core. Can Alanah's fierce heart and strength withstand the ensuing threats to her life and all she's come to love?

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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. There is nothing she likes better than digging into the rich, ancient world of the Bible and uncovering buried gems of grace that point toward Jesus. Although a Pacific Northwest native, she now lives near Dallas, Texas. Connect with her at www.connilyncossette.com.

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  1. E_Espinoza
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Captivating, Entertaining, and Enjoyable Novel
    July 9, 2017
    E_Espinoza
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    Wings of the Wind, by Connilyn Cossette, may be the final novel in the Out from Egypt Series, but even if you have not yet read the first two books, dont let that stop you from enjoying this book immediately, because it performs quite well as a stand-alone story. Simply stated, everything Ms. Cossette writes is phenomenal and undoubtedly worthy of your reading time.

    With a remarkable talent for descriptive, first-person narration, Ms. Cossette, takes the vibrant threads of revenge, tradition, adventure, sacrifice, peril, courage, love, and redemption then skillfully weaves them into a tapestry of storytelling that demands to be admired, enjoyed, and contemplated. Wings of the Wind is epic in its scope moving effortlessly from ancient battle fields strewn with arrows, to campsites full of life and laughter, and to cities rampant with peril and intrigue. The swiftly moving plot is well-paced, irresistible, and thrilling. The characters are expressive, multi-dimensional, and unforgettable. The settings are artfully detailed bringing a fresh perspective to antiquated lands. From a small, blue-green stone, to swaying, red wildflowers, every descriptive element is essential and significant. Wings of the Wind is a compelling work of Biblical fiction that sparkles with creativity strengthened with thorough research and an obvious respect for both history and the Bible. It is a completely captivating, thoroughly entertaining, and extremely enjoyable novel that I wholeheartedly recommend.

    I was given a copy of this book by the author. Whether positive or negative, all opinions and thoughts expressed in this review are entirely my own.
  2. Savanna
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Favorite of the Series!
    July 4, 2017
    Savanna
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This is probably my favorite of the entire Out From Egypt series. While each heroine was unique and inspiring, Alanah's strength and bravery kept me glued to the page. She's a survivor and she's a fighter. Her journey throughout the story builds like a piece of music that sweeps you away. By the end, I was out of breath as she faced incredible danger and lived out her newly-found faith.

    Tobiah was equally as gripping and real to me. His story complimented Alanah's and his strengths matched hers. I loved watching the two of them work through their unique circumstances and how their relationship depicted the beauty of God's grace.

    I learned some historical details too. The way the author weaves her fiction into Biblical tales we all know is downright fascinating. I couldn't read fast enough when I neared the end and things were happening so fast. This story really brought the Bible story to life!

    This book can stand alone easily, but if you've read the previous two in the series you will notice some familiar characters in a few places. It's definitely a series I recommend. It's really made me a fan of Biblical fiction.

    I received a free copy from the publisher. No review, positive or otherwise, was required - all opinions are my own.
  3. Melissa L
    Gender: Female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Wings of the Wind
    June 24, 2017
    Melissa L
    Gender: Female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Wings of the Wind, book three in the Out of Egypt series by Connilyn Cossette is another amazing story by this author! I have enjoyed everyone her books and each leaves me in a state of awe.

    I am a true believer that if you read a story in which the author has you putting yourself in the place of the characters and thinking of their circumstances to gain a true sense of the authors storyline, then you have found an author above the norm. Each of the books in this series has accomplished that.

    The writing style that Ms. Cossette uses is beautiful in how she develops her storys and her characters. For instance, the main female character in Wings of the Wind is Alanah, a Canaanite. Alanah has lost everything..her father, brothers, and her home to the war with the Hebrews. When she makes the decision to fight as a man, she does so believing she will not see the next sunrise. But Yahweh has plans for Alanah that she could not have expected. Tobiah, a Hebrew warrior, finds Alanah on the battlefield and rescues her. The Hebrew law is clear in the expectation that Tobiah will have to marry Alanah to protect her. As Alanah learns the Hebrew ways she is confused by her own beliefs and those of Tobiah. Ms. Cossette gives a wonderful look in to Alanahs thoughts with this passage:

    If I submitted to this marriage, I was turning my back on everything I knew.

    Isnt that what God asks us to do when we are reborn? To leave behind our lives of sin to live the life He has planned for us. The character Alanah is shown to be under a great deal of stress and confusion as she begins the path Yehweh has set for her. I think we can all relate to those feelings.

    Beyond the use of characters and their circumstances, Ms. Cosstte had me really thinking on the issue of Manna. The Bible tells the story in Exodus, of God providing Manna for his children who wandered the desert for 40 years. I have read that story so many times, yet I dont believe I gave it as much deliberation as I did when reading this story. Ms. Cossette describes the characters daily gathering of Manna, making meals, and strictly following Yehwehs law regarding how much to gather. For some of the characters eating the Manna became a hardship, a mundane habit that they couldnt wait to be done with. They had lost the heavenly quality of the Manna and looked upon it as if it was a chore or an expectation and not the awesome gift it was. Alanah, with a fresh outlook and newly opened eyes looks upon the offering of Yehweh as it was meant to be a gift that had no equal. While reading of Alanahs experiences, I couldnt help but wonder what did Manna truly look and taste like. I posted on Facebook and found my friends remarks interesting. Some felt it was a substance similar to pita bread, others mentioned an earthy quality such as mushrooms and my Pastors wife being the funny woman she is said Chicken.after all everything taste like chicken! I have finally decided for me, I want to have Manna as one of my treasures stored away in Heaven waiting for me. I want to try it so that I can answer my own question of what did Manna look and taste like.

    Connilyn Cossette has given us a story that is full of interesting characters, some fictional from her own thoughts and then as with Rahab she weaves a larger picture to bring this Biblical woman into her storyline. The story itself is spellbinding, encouraging, and thoughtful. I have to admit that I am saddened to read that this will be the last in this series, but knowing Ms. Cossette has plans to bring a new story to life is heartening. I cannot stress the how much I enjoy this writers evoking style. As a reader, you can truly read how much Ms. Cossette has put into her story and the scope of dynamics brings so much to characters. I hope you enjoy this as much as I did. This is one series I believe is worth having on my shelf!

  4. LaurinB
    Colorado
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Great biblical fiction!
    June 23, 2017
    LaurinB
    Colorado
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Wings of the Wind is a sweeping historical drama, covering events from the last bits of the Exodus and the crossing into the Promised Land. Cossette does a beautiful job of bringing the biblical stories into new, fresh life, giving her readers a different perspective on the dramatic events recounted in Numbers 21 (the Bronze Serpent) and Joshua 2 (Rahab and the Spies), among others. I love historical fiction -- especially when it makes you look at stories you already know in a new light, makes you really think about the rest of the story. Cossette definitely does just thatandmasterfully blendsa ton of historical researchwith everything from thrills to romance, thoroughly fleshed and sympathetic characters, and even a giggle or two.

    This is actually the third book in Connilyn Cossette's Out from Egypt series. I have not read the first two (Counted with the Stars and Shadow of the Storm), but that certainly didn't dampen my enjoyment of this story. In fact, I plan on reading those first two books as soon as I can. And I'd certainly suggest you grab your own copy of Wings of the Wind.

    Many thanks to Bethany House for the copy of this lovely book for review purposes. I was not required to give a positive review. All opinions are my very own!
  5. stephanne2
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    I'm a believer!!!
    June 16, 2017
    stephanne2
    Quality: 0
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    I may have said this in my reviews of the first two books in Cossette's Out of Egypt series, but I'll say it again because it bears repeating: I don't typically read Biblical fiction. Can't say I ever really enjoyed it before. And I say this to emphasize the fact that I don't take these reviews lightly. I'm not just blowing smoke because the publisher was kind enough to send me a complimentary copy of the book. These three books, the last being Wings of the Wind... ... ... ... let's just say I will read anything/everything Cossette writes from here on out. I was sold after the first (Counted With the Stars), hooked after the second (Shadow of the Storm), and now, following the third and final book in the series? Friends.... I'm a believer!

    First of all... the author doesn't skimp on Biblical history and you can tell. These books are riddled with details (some of them hard to read at times, as in WOTW) ...but you wouldn't otherwise find them if an author hadn't done her research. Cossette's knowledge bleeds off of these pages and it is nothing short of fascinating. Several times I caught myself with my mental jaws hanging open because the same old stories I've heard before (like Joshua & the Battle of Jericho) came to life as if playing out on a stage or a screen in front of me and I was blown away by all of the little things I could see and hear and feel that weren't necessarily written in the Bible. Sure, there are gaps in the Bible stories that afforded Cossette some creative liberties, but I am both awed and amazed at the sheer amount of cultural of studies she had to have done for that time period to have been able to paint these pictures so vividly--and accurately--through her words. Did you hear me? I said I was blown away.

    Second... let's talk gentlemen. Specifically, Hebrew gentlemen. These guys aren't wimps. They're hairy, brawny, sun-painted, "manly men" that know how to treat their women. They are charming, kind and mannerly, and downright--refreshingly--respectful in their appreciation of the women they love and of the female form. Ladies--you don't need to read lewd novels to get the tingles from head to toe we all appreciate when reading a romance. These men, or in this specific story, Tobiah, put the gentle in gentlemen. And I'm tellin' ya--it's delightful.

    Third... Cossette's stories weave a tale of forgiveness and redemption that breathe life and hope and love into the reader. We can choose to love our enemies. We can choose to forgive those that have wronged us. We can choose to overlook those flaws, those mistakes. All of this was especially evident in Wings of the Wind.

    Now that I am a Biblical fiction reader... I'm really looking forward to Connilyn Cossette's next series! And after you read Out from Egypt, you will be too.
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