Shelter of the Most High

Shelter of the Most High

The daughter of a pagan high priest, Sofea finds solace from her troubles in the freedom of the ocean. But when marauders attack her village on the island of Sicily, she and her cousin are taken across the sea to the shores of Canaan.Eitan has lived in Kedesh, a City of Refuge, for the last eleven years, haunted by a tragedy in his childhood and chafing at the boundaries p...

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Shelter of the Most High Reviews

  • Susan

    This book is one of my most-anticipated books of the year, and the wait was worth it! Not only is the cover stunning, the story inside is equally magnificent. In my humble opinion, Connilyn Cossette continues to be one of the best authors in this genre.

    Shelter of the Most High reunites readers with much loved characters of the first book in the Cities of Refuge series, as well as introducing us to new ones. The setting is 1388 BC Israel centering on the beginnings of the cities of refuge menti

    This book is one of my most-anticipated books of the year, and the wait was worth it! Not only is the cover stunning, the story inside is equally magnificent. In my humble opinion, Connilyn Cossette continues to be one of the best authors in this genre.

    Shelter of the Most High reunites readers with much loved characters of the first book in the Cities of Refuge series, as well as introducing us to new ones. The setting is 1388 BC Israel centering on the beginnings of the cities of refuge mentioned in Joshua 20. The author's talented pen had me immersed in the story from the very first paragraph. With impeccable research and beautiful prose, Cossette spins a story filled with tragedy, loss, forgiveness, mercy and love. Sofea, is a courageous heroine, willing to fight for those she loves. Will she be able to open her heart, learning to trust those who have offered her shelter? Will Eitan earn her trust as they face betrayal from within the city gates? While this is mostly Sofea and Eitan's story, I loved the character of Moriyah. God's love shines through her loving heart, as she embraces those who seek refuge in her home. It is a beautiful picture of the shelter and refuge we seek with our Heavenly Father.

    A few of my favorite quotes:

    " Given the choice between the gods our people venerated on that hill and the God who offers shelter for even the most undeserving, I know who I choose."

    "The Almighty Creator spoke your being into existence. How could you be anything less than precious?"

    " He calls you by name, even if you have not yet learned to distinguish the sound."

    I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the author/publisher. I was not required to write a review. All opinions expressed are my own.

  • Carrie Schmidt (Reading is My SuperPower)

    Cossette’s books transport readers back to another time, her skill at setting such that you feel as though you are walking the dusty roads, rooftops, and marketplaces right along with the characters. Her extensive research helps the era come alive with intriguing details, and I love how she has pulled an entire series of compelling characters and soul-touching plots from a concept briefly mentioned in Scripture. It allows me to see familiar Old Testament settings & customs in new and fresh w

    Cossette’s books transport readers back to another time, her skill at setting such that you feel as though you are walking the dusty roads, rooftops, and marketplaces right along with the characters. Her extensive research helps the era come alive with intriguing details, and I love how she has pulled an entire series of compelling characters and soul-touching plots from a concept briefly mentioned in Scripture. It allows me to see familiar Old Testament settings & customs in new and fresh ways, prompting me to do further study of Scripture on my own.

    Sofea firmly set up camp in my heart throughout Shelter of the Most High. The fact that she came from a pagan culture enabled me to see God and the Hebrew culture from her point of view, something that I believe is beneficial for anyone who has been raised in a Christian home. Sometimes we become complacent to our Biblical knowledge, our traditions, the exquisite mercy & wooing pursuit of our God, and it takes seeing it all through the eyes of someone who didn’t have that luxury to fully appreciate anew the gift we’ve been given in our Savior. Eitan has the heart of a warrior as well as a huge capacity for love, two traits that could either serve him well or destroy him depending on how he chooses to use them. Sofea and Eitan’s character growth and their sizzling chemistry (those kisses! whew!) add layers to their individual stories as well as their mutual plot arc.

    I have seen some reviews that say it’s best to have read book 1, that they had a hard time following the characters and the dynamic that was established earlier on, but I did not find that to be the case. It does make me want to go back and read the first book, not because I was lost but because I was so captivated by these characters that I want to learn all I can about them. I was able to pick up on the undertones fairly easily and, while I knew there was more to their story, the author did a great job of making sure readers have all the info they need to be fully present in this one.

    Bottom Line: An exquisite tale of mercy, grace and love, Shelter of the Most High invites readers to experience the refuge of God in ways they perhaps had not considered before. You will quickly become deeply invested in the characters and their emotional journeys, full of adventure and surprising twists. Cossette’s writing talent is immediately apparent as her words wrap around all the senses and engage the reader from the first to the last page. Tender, moving, and entertaining, this book – and Cossette’s entire book list – belongs on your must-read list!

    (I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book.)

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  • Rebecca

    "The Almighty Creator spoke your being into existence. How could you be anything less than precious?"

    The daughter of a pagan high priest, Sofea feels anything but precious, as the life that she has always known near the sea, albeit violent and gruesome at times, is stripped away without so much as a whispered good-bye. Kidnapped by violent pirates, Sofea and her cousin Prezi survive a brutal escape, only to find themselves tossed upon the shores of a distant land. Who are these people who claim

    "The Almighty Creator spoke your being into existence. How could you be anything less than precious?"

    The daughter of a pagan high priest, Sofea feels anything but precious, as the life that she has always known near the sea, albeit violent and gruesome at times, is stripped away without so much as a whispered good-bye. Kidnapped by violent pirates, Sofea and her cousin Prezi survive a brutal escape, only to find themselves tossed upon the shores of a distant land. Who are these people who claim to worship the one true God? And what kind of man showers a foreigner with such infinite kindness?

    As Sofea and Prezi recuperate within the walls of the Hebrew city of refuge known as Kedesh, Eitan and his family become quite attached to the two young women who have obviously experienced severe trauma. His own family has suffered as well, being known as man slayers and thus prohibited from traveling more than a short distance beyond the city gates. Eitan's grief over his mistake as a young boy still shadows his existence, while his uncle's vow of revenge thwarts Eitan's efforts to defend his fellow Israelites. Rather than wielding fine weapons in the heat of battle, he is resigned to remain behind in the city to craft them . . . . until a traitor is discovered among those he holds dear, including Sofea.

    Captivating from beginning to end, Connilyn Cossette gifts her readers with ancient biblical history, cultural mystery, and the kind of hero who declares with certainty,"I will never stop fighting for you". All within "the shelter of the most high".

    I received a copy of this book from the publisher. The opinions stated are entirely my own.

  • Deanne Patterson

    If you've never read biblical fiction and think it may be boring and preachy let me assure you this author will fascinate you as you read. I was swept back to 1388 BC as the author's talented pen wove a haunting tale of capture,betrayal and a murderous plot. Yet through all this love blossoms. This is the second book in the Cities of Refuge series and the first I am reading but yet don't feel as if I am missing parts of the story as the author does an excellent job of bringing us up to date on t

    If you've never read biblical fiction and think it may be boring and preachy let me assure you this author will fascinate you as you read. I was swept back to 1388 BC as the author's talented pen wove a haunting tale of capture,betrayal and a murderous plot. Yet through all this love blossoms. This is the second book in the Cities of Refuge series and the first I am reading but yet don't feel as if I am missing parts of the story as the author does an excellent job of bringing us up to date on the past story. I can't give enough praise to this author for how she writes her books. She takes a time period and biblical events not many know about and weaves them into historically informative and fascinating to read books. I enjoyed reading the author's note at the back of the book describing the writing of and her historical research of the book. Fascinating Questions for Conversation round out the book. I can't wait to see what Connilyn Cossette puts out next.

    Pub Date 02 Oct 2018.

    I was given a review copy by the author. Thank you. All opinions expressed are my own.

  • J.E. Grace

    Sofia, daughter of a pagan high priest and her cousin, Perez, are taken, prisoner when their village is attacked on the island of Sicily. They are taken aboard a large ship and forced to endure beatings and starvation. Rescued by strange people that speak a language they can't understand, they feel they are now slaves. These people serve one God unlike the culture of their village.

    Through the love of the people's God, they find their new home and culture so much more endearing and hopeful.

    The bo

    Sofia, daughter of a pagan high priest and her cousin, Perez, are taken, prisoner when their village is attacked on the island of Sicily. They are taken aboard a large ship and forced to endure beatings and starvation. Rescued by strange people that speak a language they can't understand, they feel they are now slaves. These people serve one God unlike the culture of their village.

    Through the love of the people's God, they find their new home and culture so much more endearing and hopeful.

    The book had many moments of intense sorrow but had an ample amount of times of great joy and inspired actions. The characters were well-developed and I connected to them right away. The author's descriptions of the surrounding countryside brought the Biblical cities and people alive for me. It was a very inspiring read that showed God's mercy and how much we mean to him.

    I was provided with a copy by the author and willingly chose to review it.

  • Carole Jarvis

    Reviewed at The Power of Words:

    Shelter of the Most High by Connilyn Cossette is a novel not to be missed. It’s difficult for my words to adequately reflect the magnificence of this story, and a 5-star rating falls far short. I found it entertaining, informative, and uplifting. It stands tall in the biblical fiction genre, but reads purely as exquisite historical fiction also.

    When a writer describes a setting or scene, I usually feel one of two ways – either standing at the

    Reviewed at The Power of Words:

    Shelter of the Most High by Connilyn Cossette is a novel not to be missed. It’s difficult for my words to adequately reflect the magnificence of this story, and a 5-star rating falls far short. I found it entertaining, informative, and uplifting. It stands tall in the biblical fiction genre, but reads purely as exquisite historical fiction also.

    When a writer describes a setting or scene, I usually feel one of two ways – either standing at the edge, looking on to what is happening, or being drawn in, practically breathing the same air as the characters. I can’t explain how Cossette does it, but the second effect is what I felt on every page. Everything from Sicily to Kedesh of 1388 BC is vivid, and I have a much greater understanding of the depth of meaning in the term refuge.

    Characters are so very rich and complex …

    … the relationship between Sofea and Eitan: “I’d vowed from the beginning that I wanted nothing of Eitan’s interest, but at this moment I wanted nothing more than to live at the center of it.”

    … Moriyah, a devout woman who felt that Sofea and Prezi had been brought to their family in order to heal

    … the strained relationship between Eitan and his stepfather, Darek

    … Prezi, Sofea’s cousin, once a follower who now found her voice: “Given the choice between the gods our people venerated on that hill and the God who offers shelter for even the most undeserving, I know whom I choose.”

    But what touched me the most was seeing Yahweh through the eyes of Sofea and Prezi, with their heritage of pagan gods and evil worship practices. I’ve always loved the revelation of God’s character that the Old Testament gives us, and Cossette’s narrative makes it fresh and new all over again. Yahweh, the God of refuge, shelter, protection … the God who values all life.

    It’s hard to put this book down at any point, especially when the danger and action picks up in the second half, but Cossette still gives readers time to breathe. Shelter of the Most High is a story that lives on long after the last page is turned. Highly recommended.

    I received a copy of this book through Celebrate Lit. The opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.

  • Beth

    Even with the ancient setting, Cossette’s novels have such a freshness to them. I’ve never read any novels with the setting of refuge cities for those guilty of manslaughter in Israel, nor had I thought of the implications that fleeing there means a permanent life within those walls. Shelter of the Most High brings this ancient time to life in Kedesh, one such city of refuge, brining readers back into contact with beloved characters from the first book, while meeting new ones to love just as muc

    Even with the ancient setting, Cossette’s novels have such a freshness to them. I’ve never read any novels with the setting of refuge cities for those guilty of manslaughter in Israel, nor had I thought of the implications that fleeing there means a permanent life within those walls. Shelter of the Most High brings this ancient time to life in Kedesh, one such city of refuge, brining readers back into contact with beloved characters from the first book, while meeting new ones to love just as much.

    The opening scenes of Shelter of the Most High are so intense that it was hard for me to put the book down – fair warning that when you start this novel, you do it when you can have a really good reading session. From the first appearance Sofea makes on the page, you can’t help but admire her, Sofea and her deep love for the salty sea, and the solace it provides when her father, a cruel high priest, inflicts pain upon the people she loves. Her beloved ocean turns deadly when she and her cousin are taken by marauders to Canaan, a strange place for her and away from the shores she loves.

    Eitan, a little boy in the previous novel, is now grown and still living in Kedesh. Though his past haunts him still, he finds Sofea captivating and hopes for a way out of the secrets that keep him within the city walls. I loved reading of their blossoming friendship, as well as watching Sofea find her place within the family. The continuity of characters from A Light on the Hill is also a huge draw of this novel. All returning characters seem to have grown and changed as if those years really have passed, and I think it takes talent to do that.

    The plot itself is steady, providing readers with time to catch their breath, while still staying true to the overall intensity of the story. The faith element is lovely, both on Sofea’s part as a non-believer, and Eitan’s as a believer who has held onto a lot of shame from his childhood. The romance is both tender and timely to the story, never feeling out of place or usurping the plot. This story is just a delight to read, and if you enjoy fiction set during this time period, make it a point to read Cossette’s novels. I would start with her first series, then move to this one, because of the neat connections in the story line. However, if you want to start with this series, just make sure to read A Light on the Hill first.

    I received a complimentary copy of this novel from the publisher. I was not required to post a positive review, and the opinions expressed here are my own.

  • Staci

    Connilyn has such a talent of taking a part of the Bible and weaving a story around it. In the Cities of Refuge Series, many of the main characters have been found to have committed a crime such as manslaughter and they've found shelter in one of the refuge cities.

    In Shelter of the Most High, beloved Eitan from A Light on the Hill is the main male of the novel. Eitan was not yet a teenager when readers last spent time with him.

    The main female character, Sofea, loves the sea and is from a land f

    Connilyn has such a talent of taking a part of the Bible and weaving a story around it. In the Cities of Refuge Series, many of the main characters have been found to have committed a crime such as manslaughter and they've found shelter in one of the refuge cities.

    In Shelter of the Most High, beloved Eitan from A Light on the Hill is the main male of the novel. Eitan was not yet a teenager when readers last spent time with him.

    The main female character, Sofea, loves the sea and is from a land far from the refuge city of Kedesh. She is strong and loving. The cover photo is simply perfect for Sofea.

    One of the things I loved most about this novel was the opportunity to visit characters from A Light on the Hill.

    Shelter of the Most High has quite a bit of action at the beginning and end to keep readers turning pages. I look forward to the third book in the series which will feature another of Moriyah's children (Eitan's brother).

    My gratitude to publisher Bethany House for a complimentary copy of the novel. I was not required to post a review and all opinions expressed are my own.

  • Jessica

    I received this book for free from the publisher (Bethany House) in exchange for an honest review.

    This book is the second in a series and I did not read the first book. Like a lot of Christian fiction series, the first book centers on one of the characters in this book. The fact that I did not read it did not hinder my comprehension of the story. Anything that happened in the previous book was explained fully in this one, so it it totally possible to read this as a stand-alone.

    This was also my

    I received this book for free from the publisher (Bethany House) in exchange for an honest review.

    This book is the second in a series and I did not read the first book. Like a lot of Christian fiction series, the first book centers on one of the characters in this book. The fact that I did not read it did not hinder my comprehension of the story. Anything that happened in the previous book was explained fully in this one, so it it totally possible to read this as a stand-alone.

    This was also my first time reading biblical fiction so I had no idea what to expect or if I would even like it. Luckily, I ended up really enjoying it.

    The book captured my interest from the very first page. We are immediately thrown into the action of when Sofea and her cousin are kidnapped by pirates. Sometimes books can take too long to get the actual storyline, so I was happy to see this book get right to it. As a whole, this book had quite a bit of action and excitement which I wasn’t expecting (but loved).

    There was a really good balance of the religious elements. I never felt like it was too much or too preachy. It was woven into the story beautifully.

    The only thing that prevented me from giving this 5 stars was that I didn’t connect much with Sofea. I wanted a little bit more from her. I connected with Eitan no problem, but Sofea not so much.

    All in all, this was an exciting tale and if you are looking to get into biblical fiction, consider picking up this book/series.

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