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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Title:Shelter of the Most High
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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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Jill

    I have really enjoyed all the books I've read by Connilyn Cossette. Her new series about the cities of refuge in the Old Testament are excellent. Shelter of the Most High is the second book in this series, and I loved it. The characters are strong and likeable. There's lots of action and twists in the plot. I also really enjoyed catching up with characters from the previous book. You definitely want to start with the first book, A Light on the Hill. Highly recommended if you enjoy Biblical ficti

    I have really enjoyed all the books I've read by Connilyn Cossette. Her new series about the cities of refuge in the Old Testament are excellent. Shelter of the Most High is the second book in this series, and I loved it. The characters are strong and likeable. There's lots of action and twists in the plot. I also really enjoyed catching up with characters from the previous book. You definitely want to start with the first book, A Light on the Hill. Highly recommended if you enjoy Biblical fiction or historical romance.

    I received a free copy of this book from Netgalley for the purpose of review.

  • 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.

  • Lydia Howe

    Why I Choose This Book: 

    I can't imagine ever not wanting to read Miss Connilyn's books. Seriously.

    Her worldbuilding is so utterly fantastic it makes the world dance into my brain and captivate me. 

    Her characters are complete and real. 

    Her plots nearly always have twists I hadn't expected. 

    Her writing is lyrical and magical, weaving the story in a way that makes me long to always have a supply of her new books on hand. 

    What I Thought of This Book:

    Growing up with the Bible I obviously knew what t

    Why I Choose This Book: 

    I can't imagine ever not wanting to read Miss Connilyn's books. Seriously.

    Her worldbuilding is so utterly fantastic it makes the world dance into my brain and captivate me. 

    Her characters are complete and real. 

    Her plots nearly always have twists I hadn't expected. 

    Her writing is lyrical and magical, weaving the story in a way that makes me long to always have a supply of her new books on hand. 

    What I Thought of This Book:

    Growing up with the Bible I obviously knew what the Cities of Refuge were. But did I ever think about them? Sit down and ponder them? Research them? No. Somehow that crazy bit of history just flew past my brain and never captivated my imagination until I began this series by Miss Connilyn.

    Like with the rest of her books Miss Connilyn took an account from the Bible, researched it, imagined it, wrote about it, and brought it totally to life in the pages of her book. Now when I read the Old Testament I feel more depth - the people feel more alive to me and in a way I can almost relate to them better. This, my friends, is what good Biblical fiction does. It doesn't disagree with the Bible, instead, it just adds details that could have happened, and with those details the world from that era bursts into colors and sights and sounds and smells. It's rather glorious. 

    Technically this book can be read as a standalone. It gives enough information from the previous book that you can gather what's going on. But really, I really recommend reading A Light On The Hill first, because after reading this book you'll want to read that book, and this book kinda spoils the first one. 

    As for the plot itself, this was the first time when I really felt like I could guess what was going to happen and for the most part, I was right. With Miss Connilyn's books, there are generally fairly big plot twists for me, but this time that didn't happen. I'm not sure if it's because the plot twists were less hidden or because I'm used to her writing style by now, but in any case, not being surprised really didn't take away from the book so that's cool. 

    The characters didn't resonate with me this time like they sometimes do, but I still liked them and enjoyed learning along with them. My favorite part was getting to see everything from Sofea's perspective. Her thoughts and the way she described the world around her made me want to hug the book and read it over and over again. It was nothing short of lyrical and whimsical. So well done. 

    Conclusion:

    There's some violence in the book although it doesn't go into extreme detail. There's mention of evil pagan practices, a destroyed village, people wanting to get revenge, and then some deaths that go along with living in a City of Refuge. I thought that it was written in a mild enough manner that it's suitable for ages 15+ (although I guess that depends a lot on the person). 

    As for romance there was kissing much earlier in the book than I was expecting, but overall it wasn't bad and I don't recall having to skim-read much like I generally do when books get overly romantic. ;) 

    Rating: 

    I'm giving Shelter of the Most High 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it to anyone who likes Biblical fiction or wants to give the genre a try.

    I'm so thankful for Miss Connilyn for giving me a book in exchange for reviewing it. She rocks, y'all. 

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