First Line Friday #67

Posted June 28, 2019 by thebeccafiles in First Line Friday / 19 Comments

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Happy Friday!

The book I’m featuring this week is:


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25 Av
1380 BC
Kedesh, Israel

I’d been here before. Seated on this same three-legged stool with the same two girls plaiting the black locks around my head, their hands fragrant with sweet sweet almond oil as they entwined tiny white flowers into the braids.”

I have been inpatiently waiting for this book ever since I closed the cover of Shelter of the Most High (Click title for my review), the second book in this series. It officially releases next week on July 2. Blessed to have an early copy, I’m actually about to dig into it as soon as I finish creating this post. Connilyn Cossette is amazing at writing Biblical fiction, so I know I’m in for a real treat. Also, isn’t that cover art GORGEOUS?? I’m not sure exactly which day yet, but I’ll be sharing my full review next week sometime so you’ll have to stop back to check it out 🙂

About the Book:

Recently widowed, Rivkah refuses to submit to the Torah law compelling her to marry her husband’s brother and instead flees Kedesh, hoping to use her talents as a scribe to support herself. Without the protections of her father, Kedesh’s head priest, and the safety of the city of refuge, Rivkah soon discovers that the cost of recklessness is her own freedom.

Malakhi has secretly loved Rivkah for years, but he never imagined his older brother’s death would mean wedding her himself. After her disappearance, he throws himself into the ongoing fight against the Canaanites instead of dwelling on all he has lost. But with impending war looming over Israel, Rivkah’s father comes to Malakhi with an impossible request.

As the enemies that Rivkah and Malakhi face from without and within Israel grow more threatening each day, is it too late for the restoration their wounded souls seek?

About the Author:connilyn-cossette

Connilyn Cossette is the CBA-Bestselling, Christy Nominated author of the Out from Egypt Series and the Cities of Refuge Series from Bethany House Publishers. When she’s not engulfed in the happy chaos of homeschooling two teenagers, devouring books whole, or avoiding housework, she can be found digging into the rich ancient world of the Bible. She delights in discovering new gems of grace that point to Jesus and weaving them into an immersive fiction experience. Although she and her husband have lived all over the country in the last twenty-plus years, they currently call North Carolina home.

Now it’s your turn!

Grab the book nearest to you and leave a comment with the first line. To see what First Lines others are sharing this week head over to Hoarding Books.

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19 responses to “First Line Friday #67

  1. Paula Shreckhise

    My first line is from No Ocean Too Wide by Carrie Turansky. It came out a few days ago!
    London 1909
    Katie McAlister’s heart pounded a frantic beat as she gripped the rickety railing and rushed down the back stairs.
    Great historical book!

  2. It has been a while since I’ve read a Biblical fiction novel! I gravitate toward 19th and 20th century historicals or contemporaries. I do keep hearing wonderful things about Connilyn!

    Here’s the first line of my current read: “People parted around us in the courtyard.” from The Printed Letter Bookshop by Katherine Reay. I’m almost finished with it, and I LOVE it!

  3. Iola

    Fabulous cover! I’ve been looking forward to this one as well. So many books, so little time!

    I’m sharing the opening line from The Secret to Hummingbird Cake by Celeste Fletcher McHale over on my blog today, and I’m currently reading Wickedly Charming by Kristine Grayson. I clicked “buy” on the first line of the sample:

    “Book Fair. The very words of the sign filled Mellie with loathing. Book Fair indeed. More like Book Unfair.”

    Quirky, and it appeals to my sense of humour. I’m halfway through and loving it! Happy reading 🙂

  4. I’ve heard great things about this book!

    Today I’m sharing on my blog the first line from The Cowboy’s Convenient Marriage by Valerie Comer.

    Spencer Haviland had prided himself on planning his life to the tiniest detail.

  5. This sounds like a lovely story. You must be well into it by now and I hope you are enjoying your weekend reading thoroughly. I’m sorry I’m so late this week in participating. Life has just been a bit crazy, but good.

    • Believe it or not I’m not as far in as I’d like to be but it’s because I’ve had a busy weekend so far myself. Hope you’re enjoying your weekend as well!

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