To Dwell Among Cedars is a perfect treat for fans of biblical fiction.
Eloria and her younger brother, Luca, find refuge with the most unlikely of allies: the Israelites. Her new family offers love and safety. However, Eloria continues to struggle with an unrelenting need to prove herself and to fit in. Can she earn her place with her new family?
I related to this character! How many of us feel if we only worked harder, we would find that elusive acceptance? Eloria’s sweet spirit and upbeat outlook contrasts with her troubled brother, who also struggles to find his place. Their relationship creates a wonderful tension.
The need to belong and the fear of never being good enough are strong themes throughout the book. Both Ronen and Eloria discover that friendship can offer a second home. A better home. I’m reminded of Proverbs 18:24. A man of many companions may come to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother (ESV).
I was fascinated with the research relating to the ark. I can’t say much more, but Cossette expands on a lesser known time when the ark remained at Kiryat Yearim. Her descriptions of the ark and the Dagon temple were absolutely thrilling! A sweet romance and a believable redemptive message make this is my top Biblical fiction choice for 2020. Five stars!
Eight years ago, when the Philistines stole and then surrendered the ark of the covenant back to the Israelites, Eliora left her Philistine homeland to follow the ark to the community of Kiryat Yearim. There, the family she was adopted into has guarded the ark at the top of a mountain in seclusion.
Ronen is a Levite musician determined to secret away the ark to a more fitting resting place, watched over by priests who would restore the Holy of Holies. He never expected that the Philistine girl he rescued years ago would now be part of the very family he’s tasked to deceive.
As Ronen’s attempts to charm Eliora lead them in unexpected directions, betrayal leaves Eliora with strained family ties and Ronen questioning his own loyalties. Ultimately, Eliora and Ronen are caught up in the battle for the soul of Israel and its future under the leadership of Samuel, the last judge before the era of the kings begins.
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About the Author
Connilyn Cossette is a Christy Award and Carol Award winner, whose books have been found on ECPA and CBA bestseller lists. She currently lives outside Dallas, Texas. Learn more at www.connilyncossette.com.
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