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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 sec 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?


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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 sec 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?

30 review for Until the Mountains Fall

  1. 5 out of 5

    Deanne Patterson

    While I do visualize from what I am reading I noticed the author has an amazing Pinterest board for this book. I highly recommend you look at it as you read this book as it will enhance your reading experience so much! It's just amazing how the author makes this so long ago time period come alive right off the pages. Fascinating because the time period is so different from ours yet we as people are still the same and have the same basic needs. This is my favorite Connilyn Cossette book of all tim While I do visualize from what I am reading I noticed the author has an amazing Pinterest board for this book. I highly recommend you look at it as you read this book as it will enhance your reading experience so much! It's just amazing how the author makes this so long ago time period come alive right off the pages. Fascinating because the time period is so different from ours yet we as people are still the same and have the same basic needs. This is my favorite Connilyn Cossette book of all time. The characters and story line are so richly developed. I don't read many biblical fiction books, actually this author is the only one who I read for biblical fiction but she's amazing. She has a full understanding of the time period and it's obvious by her writing she has done and continues to do so much research on it. Richly developed with compassion,love,redemption and forgiveness throughout. We need not worry whether it is out heavenly father or earthly father forgiveness is ours! Published July 2nd 2019 by Bethany House Publishers . I was given a complimentary copy of this book. Thank you. All opinions expressed are my own. Check out this and all my reviews on my blog. https://cnnamongirl.wixsite.com/website

  2. 5 out of 5

    Loraine

    This is my favorite story so far in Cossette's Cities of Refuge series. Taking place during the time period of the book of Joshua and Judges when God told Joshua to establish cities of refuge for those who had accidentally killed someone, this novel is a story of the prodigal daughter. Rivkah's husband has died and according to Hebrew law, she must marry her husband's brother to continue his name. But Malakhi is only 16 and very immature compared to her. He has spent their growing up years peste This is my favorite story so far in Cossette's Cities of Refuge series. Taking place during the time period of the book of Joshua and Judges when God told Joshua to establish cities of refuge for those who had accidentally killed someone, this novel is a story of the prodigal daughter. Rivkah's husband has died and according to Hebrew law, she must marry her husband's brother to continue his name. But Malakhi is only 16 and very immature compared to her. He has spent their growing up years pestering and taunting her and that is all she can see in him. So she and a cousin take off for better times and better places which in turn lands them in a great deal of trouble. This is a story of growth, forgiveness, second chances, self-sacrifice and never giving up on God's plans for you. It captivated me from start to finish. Cossette has the ability to bring the time period to life and draw the reader right in to all its sights, sounds, and everyday life. Her historical detail paints pictures that leave lasting images in my mind. But best of all, her Biblical foundation is always true to God's Word. Outstanding Biblical series.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Clara

    Sometimes we can get lost in ideologies and philosophies... or some misplaced conviction. What we fail to notice is that there's something deeper leading us there. We'd usually point out desire or temptation, but what about grief? And, in truth, can it just be a deep aching thirst we are trying to quench? "Until the Mountains Fall" is Connilyn Cossette's story of a prodigal daughter. She honest when portraying anger and selfishness leading Rivkah's decision, to the point that we wonder how much do Sometimes we can get lost in ideologies and philosophies... or some misplaced conviction. What we fail to notice is that there's something deeper leading us there. We'd usually point out desire or temptation, but what about grief? And, in truth, can it just be a deep aching thirst we are trying to quench? "Until the Mountains Fall" is Connilyn Cossette's story of a prodigal daughter. She honest when portraying anger and selfishness leading Rivkah's decision, to the point that we wonder how much does she love her father. But Conni also portrays very well the blindness we don't notice that guide our actions. This darkness we don't know how to handle. Rivkah is sobered soon enough, as we find out five years later her misdeeds. The guilt of not being able to undo a list of many things has her on her knees. We find a Rivkah who has been humbled but is still desperate inside because prison has become her reality. How can she find the strength to go against the system, how can she hold on to hope as she has abandoned the Author of life and faith? Malakhi has loved Rivkha forever, but he never imagined his dream of marrying her would come at the cost of his dear brother's death. But when she betrays him, he decides to occupy his mind wit preparation for war. But, five years later, we find the mischievous Malakhi broody and given into the limitations of a war wound. It seems as if Yahweh is taking everything from him, not to mention leaving him with a family who only pastures him to get married. When Malakhi and Rivkah's path crosses once again, they barely recognize each other's soul, and the what-ifs, if patience had been nurtured during difficult times, are dangled between them. I was wary about how Connilyn would open up Rivkah's heart towards Malakhi, and how his offering of forgiveness would be played out. But I'm glad to say it was organically done. To the point of tears. If you've read the Cities of Refuge series, then you know forgiveness is sometimes an unmentioned but always an important theme. And here, in Until the Mountains Fall, we have the perfect portrait of a love that's unending in pursuit, yet not naive. Grounded in the depths of knowledge of who the giver is are and who there loved ones were made to be. I can't wait for Tirzah's book!!! *I received an ARC from the publisher. This is my honest review.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Staci

    Spectacular! This third novel of the Cities of Refuge Series pulled me in from the beginning and kept hold of my heart and interest to the very end. Rivkah didn't realize how good her life was until she left it behind. She is a talented scribe for her father in Kedesh and chooses to flee for a "better" opportunity. I loved so many characters and what a delight to reconnect with characters from earlier novels. Connilyn has set the bar very high with Until the Mountains Fall. It was well written, en Spectacular! This third novel of the Cities of Refuge Series pulled me in from the beginning and kept hold of my heart and interest to the very end. Rivkah didn't realize how good her life was until she left it behind. She is a talented scribe for her father in Kedesh and chooses to flee for a "better" opportunity. I loved so many characters and what a delight to reconnect with characters from earlier novels. Connilyn has set the bar very high with Until the Mountains Fall. It was well written, engaging and based on Biblical and historical facts. 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.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Lady Alexandrine

    Connilyn Cossette in her novel “Until the Mountains Fall” recreates the world of the Bible with skill and detailed knowledge of the realities of daily life. The novel follows Rivkah, a spoiled and headstrong girl, whose father is the head priest in Kedesh, one of the cities of refuge, where the manslayers, could escape the wrath of avengers of blood and live in peace. Rivkah is a young widow and according to the rules of levirate marriage, she should marry a younger brother of her deceased husba Connilyn Cossette in her novel “Until the Mountains Fall” recreates the world of the Bible with skill and detailed knowledge of the realities of daily life. The novel follows Rivkah, a spoiled and headstrong girl, whose father is the head priest in Kedesh, one of the cities of refuge, where the manslayers, could escape the wrath of avengers of blood and live in peace. Rivkah is a young widow and according to the rules of levirate marriage, she should marry a younger brother of her deceased husband to preserve his line. According to Torah, the first child born from such a marriage would be concerned a child of her dead husband and his rightful heir. Rivkah is devastated by the death of her husband and feels she was not given enough time to grief. She doesn’t like her new betrothed Malakhi, because he bullied her as a child and besides, he is only sixteen, two years younger than her. In any case she considers him only a mean, silly boy, that will make her life unbearable. She goes to great lengths to break the betrothal, but Malakhi stubbornly refuses to release her. Under the façade of easy manner and indifference he hides deep feelings for Rivkah. He wants to prove to her that he can be a thoughtful, loving husband, but the girl is just as stubborn and refuses to give him a chance. Finally, she makes an ill-conceived and risky decision to flee and start a life apart from her family on her own terms. Of course it all ends in a disaster. I won’t give anything away, but the story of Rivkah and Malakhi was heartfelt and engaging. It was hard to like Rivkah at the beginning, because she was acting very childish, but she was grieving and it didn’t seem right that she was forced into betrothal only a month after her husband’s death. Most of all I enjoyed the setting of the story around 1380 BC in the ancient cities of refuge. The author weaves the story with ease, emotions of the characters feel real, although I didn’t like some of their behaviour and choices. The only weaker part in my opinion was the fighting scene… I got the impression the author didn’t enjoy writing about fighting men and she wanted to be done with that as fast as possible. It could be so much more dramatic and engaging, but it was strangely flat. I also would like to read more about the secondary characters, they were interesting, but I felt that there were not enough scenes with them. Anyway, Rivkah and Malakhi were a lovely pair and they deserved the HEA after all they went through. I recommend this novel for fans of Christian historical fiction, especially Biblical fiction. The period showed in the book follows the death of Joshua and appears in the Bible before the Judges. I received "Until the Mountains Fall" from the publisher via NetGalley. I would like to thank the author and the publisher for providing me with the advance reader copy of the book.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Anne

    “Every day I stand here on the roof before I pray and just watch the road, imagining she will appear..." Connilyn Cossette has written a powerful re-telling of The Prodigal Son. Until the Mountains Fall powerfully balances tension and humor in such an eloquent way; completed by its cast of fallible, relatable characters. As I read along, I fell deeper and deeper emotionally and spiritually in to the story, feeling apprehensive when Rivkah was in rebellion and grieving the choices she had made. “Every day I stand here on the roof before I pray and just watch the road, imagining she will appear..." Connilyn Cossette has written a powerful re-telling of The Prodigal Son. Until the Mountains Fall powerfully balances tension and humor in such an eloquent way; completed by its cast of fallible, relatable characters. As I read along, I fell deeper and deeper emotionally and spiritually in to the story, feeling apprehensive when Rivkah was in rebellion and grieving the choices she had made. That same grief was only compounded when Rivkah assumed that she could never return home, especially to her betrothed. This story brought to mind how much I love my own children and how many times I have told them there is nothing they could ever do that would sever my love or close my arms to them. Poor Rivkah was cut to the core with self-incriminations that literally robbed five years of her life, causing deep rivulets of pain to her father and family. Remarkably, he never gave up hoping and trusting that one day they would be reunited. If you have a prodigal, I encourage you to maintain that same level of hope. God can fully restore them to their faith and bring them home! I didn’t think Cossette could top the second book in this series, Shelter of the Most High, but in my opinion, she did. The steady adventure and rich story line evoked complex emotions; so much so that I came away more affected than before. Until the Mountains Fall, never stop praying! I was provided a copy of this book by the publisher. All opinions in this review are my own.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Beth

    Until the Mountains Fall is a beautiful addition to the Cities of Refuge series. The setting, characters, and story are so fully realized that I was hard pressed to put the book down. Rivkah is not the easiest character to love, however, her growth throughout the story is a thing of beauty. Nursing some deep hurts, she makes a selfish decision that ultimately alters the very course of her life. Time passes, and we see her again, a much more careful and guilt-laden woman. Malakhi has loved Rivkah Until the Mountains Fall is a beautiful addition to the Cities of Refuge series. The setting, characters, and story are so fully realized that I was hard pressed to put the book down. Rivkah is not the easiest character to love, however, her growth throughout the story is a thing of beauty. Nursing some deep hurts, she makes a selfish decision that ultimately alters the very course of her life. Time passes, and we see her again, a much more careful and guilt-laden woman. Malakhi has loved Rivkah for years but determined to set aside his feelings for her once she was betrothed to his brother. After his brother's death, he is to marry her. Both ecstatic and guilty over this, he determines to win her over. Years later, he's been abandoned, and has thrown himself into pursuits of war and fighting. Their meeting after some time has passed is fraught with tension and realistic emotions for both characters. It's an appropriate amount of feeling that accurately brings across the conflict and hurt they experience. It's messy, complicated, and oh so compelling. I just adored their growth as people and the tremendous journey that they undergo. The story of the prodigal son definitely comes to mind, though in this case, it is Rivkah, the prodigal daughter. I was moved to tears by certain scenes in this novel; this story of forgiveness is beautiful and one I won't soon forget. I was enthralled by the details of the settings; history is truly brought to life! Compelling characters and a heart-tugging story makes Until the Mountains Fall one of my favorite books of 2019. While this novel could be enjoyed as a standalone, I would recommend starting at the beginning of the series, as books one and two are wonderful stories as well. Plus, it's fun to see characters that you've "met" in the previous books. I received an advanced copy of this novel from the publisher. This review is my honest opinion.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Shantelle

    Until the Mountains Fall was a bittersweet continuation to the CITIES OF REFUGE series by Connilyn Cossette. I think it's my favorite book of the series! It was exciting to travel back to these Biblical times and reunite with characters from previous books ... Moriyah, Sofea, and so on. It's so interesting to glimpse what the Israelites' lives might have looked like as Joshua led them to settle in the Promised Land. Rivkah was a different kind of character. Living in a city of refuge and betrothe Until the Mountains Fall was a bittersweet continuation to the CITIES OF REFUGE series by Connilyn Cossette. I think it's my favorite book of the series! It was exciting to travel back to these Biblical times and reunite with characters from previous books ... Moriyah, Sofea, and so on. It's so interesting to glimpse what the Israelites' lives might have looked like as Joshua led them to settle in the Promised Land. Rivkah was a different kind of character. Living in a city of refuge and betrothed to the son of an accidental killer, she is straining against the things that she feels hold her back. I found this whole storyline to be unique from many books with just a little twist in how everything turns out. Rivkah isn't a perfect characters and she certainly isn't always right. Watching her path to redemption was compelling. Malakhi definitely had some character growth throughout the course of the book, too, and that was great! I really enjoyed these characters and the different dynamics of the story. While this story is set in the Old Testament ... it also is based on a parable from the New Testament! Which was really neat and heartfelt. There were some emotional moments ... especially the one at the end for one of our dear characters! Overall, an exciting read. Though I felt like the first two books in the serious were a little too heavily-focused on romance/attraction, this one was better in my personal opinion. And I look forward to reading Like Flames in the Night! I received a complimentary copy of Until the Mountains Falls from the author/publisher. This review is honest and all my own.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Michaela Selway

    Rivkah, the daughter of the priest in Kedesh, has witnessed many years of pain and frustration; the death of her mother, which nobody understands, her marriage to a man she barely knows - and then his death - and now levirate marriage to his brother - a boy that has tormented and teased her since childhood. When life feels as if it is too much and that everything is out of control, Rivkah decides to leave it all behind and start fresh. Through her journey away from her hometown, however, Rivkah f Rivkah, the daughter of the priest in Kedesh, has witnessed many years of pain and frustration; the death of her mother, which nobody understands, her marriage to a man she barely knows - and then his death - and now levirate marriage to his brother - a boy that has tormented and teased her since childhood. When life feels as if it is too much and that everything is out of control, Rivkah decides to leave it all behind and start fresh. Through her journey away from her hometown, however, Rivkah falls deeper and deeper into a pit of guilt and imagination - one that leads to believe that she cannot be saved, loved, or forgiven. You know those conversations you have in your mind where you construct the comments of your loved ones. That is the reality of Rivkah, every day for five years. On the other side of the story is Malakhi - a man who plays two characters in this book. In the beginning he is lighthearted yet confident. He is a man who knows what he wants and is determined to do everything he can to get it. He is a man of his word, loyal, and faithful to the end. Yet in the wake of Rivkah's desertion, he becomes ruined. The pain of her betrayal leads him to be callous and resentful, unwilling to move past this painful chapter in his life. Only a few understand the depth of his pain as linked to his deep love for Rivkah. And so after five years of waiting, in order to honour Rivkah's father, he goes and searches for her. I could not put this book down. I think this is mostly because this book is so unexpected. I have heard this word travelling around a lot in my life lately and it is SO true in this situation. I had no idea what would happen next. With each page turn I assumed something would happen, and then something completely different would. And I must say, it was an extremely unexpected, but lovely, surprise. Rivkah reminded me a lot of myself. I know that almost everyone has gone through a similar time of walking away and doing things they shouldn't have and then learning about God's grace and coming home - but it was in the way Rivkah internalised it that I saw the similarities. She held on to the pain and almost let it define her - using it to remind her of her place and how she felt like she almost deserved to be there because how could she come home. It was in this that Connilyn was so true to real life, not giving in to the fantasies of fiction. There were some people in this book who struggled to forgive Rivkah - in this way it was honest. We can't always expect everyone to love us and move on. When we cause pain, sometimes the consequences are out of our hands. But it is through characters such as Malakhi and her father Amitai that we realise that grace is possible. Hope is possible. And that sometimes, we need to stop allowing our past and our mistakes to define who we are in the present and the future. It is God who defines us and who has the power to wash away our sins. One moment that really stuck out to me was Rivkah's relationship to God throughout this process. She did not abandon His ways, though she abandoned Him. Over time she believed the lie that He could not forgive her, but in such a way that she was almost too afraid to approach Him because it meant vocalising the mistakes she had made. It meant confronting her past. In many ways, this resonated with me. Through everything I have done, I feel liked I stick to God's ways because I know His ways are best, but that doesn't mean I have the confidence to turn to Him and speak. Just as Rivkah, I have been too afraid. This book was beautiful and I guarantee that you will not be able to put it down. The story is thrilling and it ties together storylines from the whole series. Reparations are made in lifelong rifts and closure is found. I would highly recommending venturing through Kedesh, Laish, and Edrei with Rivkah and Malakhi. Review from: https://michaelajaneruth.wixsite.com/...

  10. 4 out of 5

    Nay Denise

    Received an eARC and finished paperback copy from the author for review. This was just wow...finished this book about 20 mins ago...taking time to gather my thoughts. I'm debating between a 4 or 4.5 ⭐ rating. I'm more partial to the first two books. I did love Malakhi and Rivkah. They had amazing personalities. All the characters were amazing. That epilogue KILLED me! Full review to come shortly... -------------------------------- 6/24/19 Took two days and I've come to the conclusion that this is a Received an eARC and finished paperback copy from the author for review. This was just wow...finished this book about 20 mins ago...taking time to gather my thoughts. I'm debating between a 4 or 4.5 ⭐ rating. I'm more partial to the first two books. I did love Malakhi and Rivkah. They had amazing personalities. All the characters were amazing. That epilogue KILLED me! Full review to come shortly... -------------------------------- 6/24/19 Took two days and I've come to the conclusion that this is a 4 star read for me. I love Conni's writing and how she is able to pull me into the story as a whole and keep me invested in the characters. I'm giving this a 4 star rating because I couldn't fully connect with Malakhi and Rivkah like I did the previous characters in books one and two. I did enjoy both Malakhi and Rivkah though. I think if they had more interaction in the sequel I would be able to love the book more. Rivkah is a sassy and stubborn girl. She was two years older than Malakhi, just lost her husband of four months and now is betrothed to the younger brother. She's very adamant about her feelings towards Malakhi and harsh. She seeks to do things her way and not anyone else. I loved her comical and sarcastic remarks. She struggled with a lot of emotions and wounds from the time her mother died. Seeing her grow from this selfish person into a loving wife was amazing. Malakhi is a mischievous boy but also the most handsome guy in Kedesh. He is betrothed to his brothers wife, but he's always had feelings for her. I loved Malakhi and how pure his heart was. He was hardworking, caring, had a big heart and was kind. His strength was amazing. Seeing him mature and become a man was absolutely beautiful. I loved everything about him. The romance was amazing. Reminded me of a second chance romance. Though the two were being married due to levitical law, they also seemed to both have feelings for one another. Seeing them become true lovers after years of Malakhi bullying Rivkah was amazing. The truth behind Malakhi bullying broke my heart because his intentions were pure though done wrong. Their love was just amazing! Moriyah and Darek are the best couple ever to me! I loved them though they had few parts. Just seeing them love each other and raise their family from book one to now makes my heart jump with joy. Eitan and Sofea are soooo adorable with their kids! I loved them and how Eitan tried to help Malakhi. I adored Abra, Channa and Tirzah. Just all amazing! Baz still cracks me up! Amitai, Rivkah's father and the priest in Kedesh, was annoying at first because I thought he was flashy and like the pharisees. However, I ended up loving him so much for his unending love he showed Rivkah. A great father! Amit was stinking adorable!! He made me heart so happy. I need more of him alone lol. Raviv was a surprise for me! I always disliked him from books one and two, but this book made me sad for him. I'm glad it ended the way it did but not how it did. He seemed to be a great father. Nessa was a stubborn girl. I didn't care for how quick she was in wanting to leave home. I did like her growth as a character and learning who her family was. Samil was an evil person. He was a horrible master who was filled with lust and greed. That end was unexpected, but laughable at the same time. I adored the view of a father's love and the use of the parable of the Prodigal Son in this book. It was well written and made easy to understand apply to life now. I love all the faith aspects and watching the characters struggle with their faith. Overall, I highly recommend this book! I cannot wait for the fourth and final book, Like Flames in the Night, to be released March 2020. I'm ready and not ready for the end of Moriyah and her family.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Lori

    Just finished this delightful read and I'm wondering if anyone noticed the theme here? It's in one of Jesus' parables and one of my favorites of all of His stories!! I was really happy to return to Kedesh with all of my friends again!! It seems forever in between books!! Forgiveness is also the theme here. Forgiveness is a very important part of our lives even in Biblical times. I love Connilyns' stories!! I love how she makes the characters come to life from the Bible. It's amazing that you can f Just finished this delightful read and I'm wondering if anyone noticed the theme here? It's in one of Jesus' parables and one of my favorites of all of His stories!! I was really happy to return to Kedesh with all of my friends again!! It seems forever in between books!! Forgiveness is also the theme here. Forgiveness is a very important part of our lives even in Biblical times. I love Connilyns' stories!! I love how she makes the characters come to life from the Bible. It's amazing that you can feel their feelings coming through the pages of time from her pen I love how Conni continues the story from the Book of Joshua. I liked how the book was action packed from the very beginning and you definitely wanted to see what happened to Rivkah and Malicah. My mom always told me that some boys have trouble with their feelings about telling a girl he liked so he picked on her. Of course I thought Mom was full of it. But later on in life I found that she was right. Usually moms are. Dads too. These authors that write stories like this are truly gifted. Well done Connylin!! Will Amit have his story to tell? I'm hoping so!! Oh and twins rum on my husband's side of the family too!! More on the Fox side though. Thank goodness!! Well, anyway I enjoyed this story very much and I eagerly await the next story from Conni!!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Beth Erin

    Full review on FaithfullyBookish.com With a gentle nod to the story of the prodigal son, Until the Mountains Fall is a breathtaking addition to the Cities of Refuge series. Cossette masterfully brings the diverse cultures of biblical times to life with vivid authenticity. The story of Rivkah and Malaki presents a complex combination of childhood frienemies, sibling linked relationship, and marriage of convenience. I was enthralled by each subtle emotion, motivation, and reaction. Each installment Full review on FaithfullyBookish.com With a gentle nod to the story of the prodigal son, Until the Mountains Fall is a breathtaking addition to the Cities of Refuge series. Cossette masterfully brings the diverse cultures of biblical times to life with vivid authenticity. The story of Rivkah and Malaki presents a complex combination of childhood frienemies, sibling linked relationship, and marriage of convenience. I was enthralled by each subtle emotion, motivation, and reaction. Each installment in the Cities of Refuge series occupies its own piece of the timeline and the periods of silence between each story allows them to shine all the brighter individually. I cannot stress enough how highly I recommend it and every previous work by this author. I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher and was under no obligation to post a review. The opinions expressed are my own.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Jenna Van Mourik

    One of the things that I love about Biblical fiction is the hopeful thread of God’s faithfulness which is almost always woven throughout the story. If hope is a thread, then this book is a magnificent tapestry. This is by far one of the most redemptive, uplifting, powerful Biblical fiction novels I have ever read. If not the most. This book really showcased the power of love; familial love, a father’s love, romantic love, and the love of God. I so enjoyed watching Malakhi mature from boy, to youn One of the things that I love about Biblical fiction is the hopeful thread of God’s faithfulness which is almost always woven throughout the story. If hope is a thread, then this book is a magnificent tapestry. This is by far one of the most redemptive, uplifting, powerful Biblical fiction novels I have ever read. If not the most. This book really showcased the power of love; familial love, a father’s love, romantic love, and the love of God. I so enjoyed watching Malakhi mature from boy, to young man, and to hero. His maturity and honor, even when his honor and respect were not deserved, was refreshing in a main male character. Although it took me a while to grow to love Rivkah, a few chapters in I was fully invested in her character and in her plight. Her struggle with submitting to God’s will even when His plans were unknown, and later, her struggle with guilt and resentment towards herself when she realized all she had lost by relying solely on herself and not on trusting others and having faith were incredibly relatable. AND YOU GUYS. THAT TWIST ON THE VERY LAST PAGE THOUGH!!! *I would highly, highly, HIGHLY suggest that you read the rest of the series or at least A Light on the Hill BEFORE picking this book up if you don’t want a major spoiler. Just saying.* Finally, the story and plot of this book showcased redemption and healing like none other. I enjoyed how this book was a loose re-inventing of the Prodigal Son parable, a story which I have often related with and in different times of my life, have identified both with the son himself and with the jealous brother. While this book is not a Biblical fiction retelling of that story, the parable remains an influence on the plot and I thoroughly enjoyed it. This series gets better and better with the more books that are released. I was provided a copy of this book by the publisher. All opinions in this review are my own.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Abigail Harris

    My Review: Genre: Biblical fiction. My Rating: 5 stars! (I’ve found some good books this week!) My Recommendation: 13 to 16 up depending on how readers like romance. . . Warnings below, too. My Favorite Character: Though she made mistakes and was at first a somewhat spoiled character she soon grew into a wonderful woman who fits perfectly with this My Verse for Rivkah is Mark 5:34 And he said unto her, Daughter, thy faith hath made thee whole; go in peace, and be whole of thy plague. (King James Versi My Review: Genre: Biblical fiction. My Rating: 5 stars! (I’ve found some good books this week!) My Recommendation: 13 to 16 up depending on how readers like romance. . . Warnings below, too. My Favorite Character: Though she made mistakes and was at first a somewhat spoiled character she soon grew into a wonderful woman who fits perfectly with this My Verse for Rivkah is Mark 5:34 And he said unto her, Daughter, thy faith hath made thee whole; go in peace, and be whole of thy plague. (King James Version.) (Plague in this verse has to do with Rivkah’s sins.) My Thoughts: This Biblical fiction, was actually Biblical fiction — set during Bible times but not changing a book of the Bible. There isn’t much that people know about the time this novel was set in but Cossette showed what I imagine life was like during the time. She did amazing with the setting and stayed true to the time without taking away from the enjoyment of fiction. I loved this book and I don’t often say that about the Biblical fiction I read. Warnings: A man drugs a woman, slavery, some drinking, mentions of being unfaithful, (not true.), characters die . . . They are at war sometimes so, yeah, all that and stuff. I received an ARC of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review — all the thoughts are my own.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Susan

    Until the Mountains Fall is probably my favorite book by Ms. Cossette. The Cities of Refuge books touch on a little known period of history following the Israelites return to the Promised Land of Israel, before the book of Judges. Cossette's attention to historical detail and vivid descriptions combine with elegant prose in an enthralling story that transcends historical settings and is relevant even today. The compelling theme of forgiveness is interwoven in this re-telling of the prodigal son, Until the Mountains Fall is probably my favorite book by Ms. Cossette. The Cities of Refuge books touch on a little known period of history following the Israelites return to the Promised Land of Israel, before the book of Judges. Cossette's attention to historical detail and vivid descriptions combine with elegant prose in an enthralling story that transcends historical settings and is relevant even today. The compelling theme of forgiveness is interwoven in this re-telling of the prodigal son, in this case a daughter, in a way that convicts the reader. One scene in particular had me hiding my tears as I was reading on a airplane. Recently widowed, Rivkah rebels against her father's wishes to marry her to her husband's brother and runs away. In her search for freedom, she finds herself shackled both physically and spiritually. I loved Malakhi. Cossette gives the reader a noble hero, one filled with integrity. His love for Rivkah was kept hidden while she was married to his brother. But how can he convince Rivkah that his love is real? Can he forgive her betrayal? As the threat of war between the Israelites and the neighboring countries becomes a reality, can Rivkah find a way to return home? While this book can be read as a standalone, well-loved characters from the first two books in this series, while not the principal characters, have important roles. The spiritual themes of mercy and the healing of the brokenhearted are woven throughout the series. A couple of my favorite quotes: "Our family was built atop the ruins of tragedy, each brick fashioned by mercy." "There is nothing you have done or will do that will ever erase the love I have for you." "It is time for us to move forward -together- and stop flogging ourselves for whatever lays behind." Connilyn Cossette is one of my go-to authors for biblical fiction. I look forward to reading the next book in this series. I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book from the author/publisher. I was not required to write a review. All opinions expressed are my own.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Inspirationalfictionreader

    With this story, Connilyn Cossette has permanently jumped onto my list of auto buy authors! I don’t read a lot of Biblical fiction, but if Connilyn Cossette’s name is on it, I’m going to read it! She writes stories that are so lyrical and beautiful and moving. Her characters are ones that will stick with you for a long long time. This entire series is amazing! Let’s start with Malakhi. What an incredible character! He was so giving, caring, kind, and patient (especially with Rivkah!) At one point With this story, Connilyn Cossette has permanently jumped onto my list of auto buy authors! I don’t read a lot of Biblical fiction, but if Connilyn Cossette’s name is on it, I’m going to read it! She writes stories that are so lyrical and beautiful and moving. Her characters are ones that will stick with you for a long long time. This entire series is amazing! Let’s start with Malakhi. What an incredible character! He was so giving, caring, kind, and patient (especially with Rivkah!) At one point in this story, I was telling Malakhi to forget Rivkah because she was so selfish and so unlikable. But, due to incredible writing skill, by the end of the story, I loved her as much as Malakhi! She grew so much throughout this prodigal “son” story! The ending brought me to tears more than once! I loved that we got to catch up with Moriyah and Darek and Eitan and Sofea from books one and two. And, somehow, Ms. Cossette actually made me tear up when something happens to a character I have disliked from the book 1! This is a beautiful story one I highly recommend! I received a complimentary copy of this book. All thoughts are my own.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Erin Laramore

    Connilyn Cossette knocks another one out of the park! She is a master at story-telling from Old Testament times! Until the Mountains Fall is the 3rd book in the Cities of Refuge series. While this story can stand alone on its own, I would strongly recommend reading at least book 1 (A Light on the Hill) as the story from that book is referenced quite a few times in this one and it is actually resolved in this book. This book takes place after the Israelites have taken the Promised Land. The death Connilyn Cossette knocks another one out of the park! She is a master at story-telling from Old Testament times! Until the Mountains Fall is the 3rd book in the Cities of Refuge series. While this story can stand alone on its own, I would strongly recommend reading at least book 1 (A Light on the Hill) as the story from that book is referenced quite a few times in this one and it is actually resolved in this book. This book takes place after the Israelites have taken the Promised Land. The death of Joshua happens in the midst of this story. It was absolutely fascinating to see the gradual fall of the nation of Israel. How one compromise led to another until it was flat-out disobedience to God's law, the Torah. When I read the scriptures, I am quick to harshly judge the nation of Israel for forgetting how they crossed the Red Sea, and how the walls of Jericho fell..... but when I read about it one compromise at a time, I see how this happens in my own life and in our current generation as well. The story line in this book follows Rivkah, the daughter of the priest in Kedesh, and Malakhi, the youngest son of Moriyah and Darek (who we met in A Light on the Hill). We meet Rivkah and Malakhi Briefly in Shelter of the Most High (book 2 in the Cities of Refuge series) as youngsters. Now they are grown and are betrothed in a Levirite marriage after the death of Gidal, Malakhi's older brother and Rivkah's husband. In her grief, she flees the city in an attempt to get out of the betrothal and make her own way. When she has to face her past several years later, and Malakhi again, how will she respond? This story was such a beautiful tale of the love and grace of God. With elements from one of the parables Jesus told about God's love for all who are lost, this story brought tears of joy at the grace that was shown. I loved the full gamut of emotions, the depth of the characters and the conflicts that happen when we interpret without communication. The characters in this book were all likable and relateable, the story line was very well done, and the romance was so sweet and tender. I loved everything about this book! I would recommend for lovers of historical romance and those who enjoy delving into the missing parts of the scriptures to see what might have happened. Special thanks to Bethany House Publishers for an advanced copy of this book. I was not required to write a review and the thoughts contained herein are my own.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Marian Baay

    Wow, I was so intrigued by this series! From page one till the end, I was hooked. I don't read many biblical historical fiction, but Cossette's books grabbed my attention and I'm glad I finally took the time to read her fantastic work. The characters seem so real and became fast friends. The idea of writing a series about the cities of refuge is original and I enjoyed this different kind of setting than what I usually read. Connilyn Cossette has a new fan! I look forward to her future books.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Lydia Howe

    WHY I CHOOSE THIS BOOK Connilyn Cossette is my only 100% auto-buy author – except I’ve never had to auto-buy her books because I’ve gotten to be on the review team for each and every one of her books. Y’all, I can’t tell you how honored I am to be able to say that! Seriously, every time I’ve been chosen to review one of her books I do an internal, external, and internet happy dance. (Just check out my reviews below to see my gushing.) Miss Connilyn is my very favorite Biblical Fiction author – and WHY I CHOOSE THIS BOOK Connilyn Cossette is my only 100% auto-buy author – except I’ve never had to auto-buy her books because I’ve gotten to be on the review team for each and every one of her books. Y’all, I can’t tell you how honored I am to be able to say that! Seriously, every time I’ve been chosen to review one of her books I do an internal, external, and internet happy dance. (Just check out my reviews below to see my gushing.) Miss Connilyn is my very favorite Biblical Fiction author – and I don’t say that lightly. As I always do with this author’s books, I went into the story completely blind – meaning, the first time I’ve read the back cover blurb was just now, as I’m writing this review. This can be a bit sketchy with a new-to-me author, but I trust Miss Connilyn’s writing so much that not knowing what I’m getting myself into is exceedingly interesting. WHAT I THOUGHT ABOUT THIS BOOK Let’s get real: When I first opened the pages of this book and started reading I felt a bit of a sinking feeling. I was concerned that it was going to be one of those trite, overly romanticized, mail-order brides type of books. (Remember, I hadn’t read the blurb.) But never fear! We’re talking about Miss Connilyn here – she writes amazing Biblical fiction, not cheesy Hallmark flicks. *cue sigh of relief* As the story progressed there were twists and turns I did not expect, keeping me reading far into the night even though I was in the midst of a busy work week. I kept waiting for a slow chapter to arrive so I could convince myself to set the book down and sleep but finally had to compromise and put it away when there was a scene/point of view shift. I’ve only read a few books with an unreliable narrator, and those books are fairly mindblowing to me. Rivkah, the main female character in this story, isn’t exactly an unreliable narrator, but she is to the point where I had vastly different opinions of her depending on who was narrating. It takes advanced skills as an author to pull that character voice off so well. Malakhi, the main male character, had far more depth than I first expected him to have. I wasn’t anticipating liking him – especially not after the first part of the book, but as his story went on I found myself cheering for him. He was thoroughly written and felt extremely real. He wasn’t perfect by any means, which of course is the mark of a good character. His character development was intense at times and was well-paced. There were a host of side characters who captured my attention and at times my heart. Seeing their story, watching the way they weren’t simply put there to progress the main character’s stories, but having an arc of their own reminded me of what a skilled author Miss Connilyn is. The plot itself wasn’t what I was expecting at all. I think I figured it would follow some of the same guidelines as the first two books in the series, but instead, this one had a few new elements. One thing that generally bothers me in books, but in this case ended up working out well, was a time jump. There’s about a five-year gap between the first part and second part of the book. I’m not a fan of this plot device, yet in Until the Mountains Fall Miss Connilyn pulls it off exceedingly well. The characters are the same but have changed as much as you’d expect during such a time period. The world is different, yet I didn’t feel jarred or like I’d missed out on life due to the missing years. The jump did exactly what it was supposed to – it made us totally skip a boring, listless middle-of-the-book-filler section – and kept the plot moving. CONCLUSION (WITH VAGUE SPOILERS) There is some content in this book that isn’t suitable for young teens – war, violence, mention of some of the evil practices of pagan worship, mentions of inappropriate behavior, characters who are taken advantage of, etc… Everything was written in a vague way and is probably less graphic than if you’re reading some sections of the Old Testament, but still, I’d recommend parental guidance for probably anyone under 15. I came away from this book with the feeling that Miss Connilyn did it again – wrote another winner and once again made the time period of the Bible leap into life for me. I can’t hardly wait to read her next book! This summer I moved out of state and wasn’t able to bring most of my books with me. That means I’ve never seen all three books together, but I can’t wait until I have them all with me. The covers are amazing together, right? *Note: This is the third book in a series. They can be easily read in any order, but you’ll get to know the supporting characters and surroundings a lot better, and avoid spoilers if you read them in order. RATING I’m giving Until the Mountains Fall 4 out of 5 stars. I’ve already loaned the book out to a friend, and am planning on requesting it for my library. Y’all should do the same. 😉

  20. 5 out of 5

    Becky Lewis

    Travel back in time and cultures to a land so different from ours, yet so very alike. Israel is a young nation, yet they are already leaving their first love. Compromise and complacency coupled with a blatant refusal to follow the Creator Who has led them to the new land leaves them vulnerable and divided. It is against this thrilling backdrop we meet Rivkah, a widow who is promised to her husband’s brother. To what lengths will Rivkah go to escape an unwanted match, meant to give her security? C Travel back in time and cultures to a land so different from ours, yet so very alike. Israel is a young nation, yet they are already leaving their first love. Compromise and complacency coupled with a blatant refusal to follow the Creator Who has led them to the new land leaves them vulnerable and divided. It is against this thrilling backdrop we meet Rivkah, a widow who is promised to her husband’s brother. To what lengths will Rivkah go to escape an unwanted match, meant to give her security? Connilyn Cossette is now one of my favorite Biblical historical fiction writers. She sets the scene so well, with meticulous research presented throughout a very engaging story. I suspect there are enough Biblical references, suspense, and masculine thoughts (pov is first person, shifting between Rivkah and Malakhi) that even men would enjoy reading this account. Until the Mountains Fall is the third book of the series, The Cities of Refuge. While sweeter if one has the background of the other two, this novel can certainly stand on its own. So much emotion is packed into this one volume! So many parallels between ancient Israel and God’s people in a free land today. One issue I grew tired of, I began to realize was simply Malakhi holding a view common to his time and culture. As a woman, I come away from this tremendous work glad that I did not live as a woman of that time. Yet, Cossette also points out the need for women to be treated humanely and loved well, which would have erased much of the burden of being a woman at that time. Favorite quotes. “The more prosperous we’d grown, the less generous we’d become with those who’d been appointed to serve Yahweh and were therefore unable to inherit land of their own.” “We do not know the whole of the story. But Yahweh does, and we will trust Him with the outcome.” “So many of our young people don’t care enough to defend this land, Malakhi. They’ve given in to compromise. It’s all too easy to sit back and take tribute from the Canaanites, profiting off our disobedience instead of finishing what Yehoshua and Calev started. We need men to stand and fight with careless abandon.If your generation does not take heed, we would do better to strap on our sandals and walk right back to Egypt, because the enemies that surround us here have nothing to lose and everything to gain.” I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher and NetGalley. This did not affect my opinions, which are solely my own.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Gracie

    Just when I thought I’d read the best Connilyn Cossette book ever, this stunning story landed in my life. This fascinating book is a richly woven journey of redemption, hope, love, and forgiveness. Connilyn Cossette did a magnificent job carrying the reader back through history to an incredibly volatile and powerful time, and exploring some lesser-known events through the eyes of two characters whose brokenness and grief chased them far from home, but who learn that the awe-inspiring goodness of Just when I thought I’d read the best Connilyn Cossette book ever, this stunning story landed in my life. This fascinating book is a richly woven journey of redemption, hope, love, and forgiveness. Connilyn Cossette did a magnificent job carrying the reader back through history to an incredibly volatile and powerful time, and exploring some lesser-known events through the eyes of two characters whose brokenness and grief chased them far from home, but who learn that the awe-inspiring goodness of grace can change their lives and futures. The characters were so rich, relatable, and dynamic, and their journey was incredible! Seeing Malakhai grown up and watching as his character changed and strengthened, while still staying his signature mischief-making self was fantastic! Watching as his love story with Rivkah changed and grew as well was both heart-breaking and incredible! 😭 And Rivkah! I’ll admit, at first, I was mad at her—her life was filled with so much bitterness and sharpness, especially toward poor Malakhai. But I can understand why. Her past was grief-stricken, and I do not want to try to imagine how shattered a similar loss would leave me. But *spoiler alert* grace changes people, forgiveness and redemption and love change people. And Rivkah became one of my all-time favorite fictional characters throughout her heart-tugging journey. This book filled me with so many emotions, I am having a hard time expressing just how much it affected me, but I want to tell you this—this story is full of hope. Of second chances and changed hearts. Rescued people. And this story is something altogether special. Give it a try—I know you will enjoy it too! ❤️ I received a copy of this book for FREE, and a positive review was not required.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Phyllis

    A deeply moving story I loved the way Rivkah's story illustrated the parable of the Prodigal Son. Author Connilyn Cossette boldly gives Rivkah a less than stellar character. I found that I couldn't really see how Malakhi could be enamored with her, especially with the way she treated him. And then when she escaped Kadesh... Let's just say, I wasn't very happy with her. But she changed. The events that occurred in Laish were terrible. It was there I realized this story is that of the prodigal son. A deeply moving story I loved the way Rivkah's story illustrated the parable of the Prodigal Son. Author Connilyn Cossette boldly gives Rivkah a less than stellar character. I found that I couldn't really see how Malakhi could be enamored with her, especially with the way she treated him. And then when she escaped Kadesh... Let's just say, I wasn't very happy with her. But she changed. The events that occurred in Laish were terrible. It was there I realized this story is that of the prodigal son. Um. Daughter. It was in Laish that Rivkah realized her folly and began to desire to go home. Until. And then she knew. Her sins were too great and she could never go home again. Until the Mountains Fall is a deeply moving story. The despair of the prodigal, the vigilant prayers and longing of the father for the prodigal to return, and the seeker of the lost sheep all touched my heart. I'm looking forward to the conclusion of this wonderful series and have already picked out those I hope to see as the main characters! Each of the books in the Cities of Refuge series contains characters from the others yet each can be read as a standalone. I just don't encourage that - they all should be read (and, ideally, in order). There are some adult themes, so I suggest this book for older teens and adults. Read my full review at Among the Reads I was given a copy of this book. I was not required to give a favorable review nor was any money received for this review. All comments and opinions are my own.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Jolene

    Until the Mountains Fall by Connilyn Cossette is one of the best books I've read this year. The author combined a captivating plot, steady romantic tension, and deep character development to create a tale that made me laugh, cry, and stay up way too late. Despite her immaturity and poor choices, Rivkah is my favorite character in this novel. I liked her even when she was making her mistakes as the prodigal daughter of a priest. I thoroughly enjoyed watching Rivkah and Malakhi grow individually a Until the Mountains Fall by Connilyn Cossette is one of the best books I've read this year. The author combined a captivating plot, steady romantic tension, and deep character development to create a tale that made me laugh, cry, and stay up way too late. Despite her immaturity and poor choices, Rivkah is my favorite character in this novel. I liked her even when she was making her mistakes as the prodigal daughter of a priest. I thoroughly enjoyed watching Rivkah and Malakhi grow individually and together. Many difficulties, some self-inflicted, trouble their lives and relationship. Brokenness, consequences, and scars made their journeys realistic. However, like the other novels in the series, Until the Mountains Fall presents a theme of something beautiful rising out of tragedy. Until the Mountains Fall is the third installment in Connilyn Cossette's Cities of Refuge series. I think the novel could be read as a stand-alone, but I recommend reading the series in order to get the vibrant, full experience. Until the Mountains Fall is tied with A Light on the Hill for my favorite book by Connilyn Cossette. Five stars! Disclosure of Material Connection: I was provided a copy of this book by the publisher. All opinions in this review are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."

  24. 5 out of 5

    Amelia

    Until the Mountains Fall is the third book in the Cities of Refuge series, and while it can be read as a stand alone, DON'T. You will be doing yourself a great injustice if you don't read them all and in order. Connilyn is a master story weaver and this series is just so beautifully and flawlessly intertwined. Also, the first in the series is resolved in this book and you NEED the backstory for the full effect. I honestly didn't care for Rivkah at first but then I saw myself in her. She is the pr Until the Mountains Fall is the third book in the Cities of Refuge series, and while it can be read as a stand alone, DON'T. You will be doing yourself a great injustice if you don't read them all and in order. Connilyn is a master story weaver and this series is just so beautifully and flawlessly intertwined. Also, the first in the series is resolved in this book and you NEED the backstory for the full effect. I honestly didn't care for Rivkah at first but then I saw myself in her. She is the prodigal daughter that we've all been at one time or another and her story has blessed me immensely. I went to bed after finishing this book just crying and thanking God for always welcoming me back with open arms. Then there's Malakhi. Sweet, loyal, and soft hearted Malakhi. I have all the heart eyes for him. I really didn't think Connilyn could outdo herself after the first book, but this one is by far my favorite. It's going to be one of those books that stay with me forever. Oh, and make sure you have tissues for this one! *Disclaimer - I received an e-copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Martha

    Wow. When you think this author can't surprise you with a better book than she has written previously, and when she does, you end up sitting on the couch staring at your book for a bit. That is what I did when I finished this story. The honor of showing the Prodigal son story, set in the old testament was so touching, I felt every heart strong being pulled. Sacrifice, but also a temptation to sacrifice oneself when you did not need to as well as a clear lesson portrayed well. I loved this series Wow. When you think this author can't surprise you with a better book than she has written previously, and when she does, you end up sitting on the couch staring at your book for a bit. That is what I did when I finished this story. The honor of showing the Prodigal son story, set in the old testament was so touching, I felt every heart strong being pulled. Sacrifice, but also a temptation to sacrifice oneself when you did not need to as well as a clear lesson portrayed well. I loved this series and cannot wait to see more from this author. You want the bible to come alive? Get these books.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Kelly Bridgewater

    Until the Mountains Fall by Connilyn Cossette is a wonderful story of Biblical proportions. I enjoy spending time in ancient Biblical times and learning more about little parts of the Bible that aren't that well-known. Cossette is a wonderful storyteller. She captures the audience with her descriptions and her ability to climb into the character's minds and lives. Like I have stated before, I can't imagine all the research that goes into writing Biblical fiction. I really enjoyed watching the t Until the Mountains Fall by Connilyn Cossette is a wonderful story of Biblical proportions. I enjoy spending time in ancient Biblical times and learning more about little parts of the Bible that aren't that well-known. Cossette is a wonderful storyteller. She captures the audience with her descriptions and her ability to climb into the character's minds and lives. Like I have stated before, I can't imagine all the research that goes into writing Biblical fiction. I really enjoyed watching the transformation of Rivkah as she learns to love Malakhi He was definitely a hero worth keeping an eye on. I loved how he would do anything to protect Rivkah, even offer to work as a servant to keep an eye on her. These characters were admirable. I really enjoyed this novel and can't wait for the fourth book in the series. I received a complimentary copy of Until the Mountains Fall by Connilyn Cossette from Bethany House Publishers, but the opinions stated are all my own.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Adrienne

    When Rivkah’s husband dies, her father arranges for her to marry her husband’s brother, according to Torah law. Rivkah can’t stand the idea of marrying Malakhi, who tormented her as a child, and when she can’t convince her father to call off the marriage, she flees, planning to find work as a scribe. However, she soon finds that life outside the city of refugee she has always lived in is vastly different than what she anticipated. When Rivkah runs away from him, Malakhi, who has loved her for ye When Rivkah’s husband dies, her father arranges for her to marry her husband’s brother, according to Torah law. Rivkah can’t stand the idea of marrying Malakhi, who tormented her as a child, and when she can’t convince her father to call off the marriage, she flees, planning to find work as a scribe. However, she soon finds that life outside the city of refugee she has always lived in is vastly different than what she anticipated. When Rivkah runs away from him, Malakhi, who has loved her for years, throws himself into his work and tries to bury his feelings for her. When he is wounded in a fight against the Canaanites, he thinks he has also lost his identity as a soldier for Israel. Still reeling from his injuries and lost hopes, Malakhi is shocked when Rivkah’s father receives word from her, years after she ran away. When his father asks to try to find her, Malakhi can’t deny the request—but he is determined to guard his heart this time. A story of a prodigal daughter, this was just beautiful to read. The themes of forgiveness and not giving up hope were tenderly woven into the story. I loved the setting of ancient Israel and seeing how the Israelites were impacted by disobedience to God’s law and how they were threatened by their enemies because of that disobedience and discord between the tribes; that historical background was just so fascinating. As for the characters…well, I have loved reading about all of the characters in this series and getting to know their hearts, and Rivkah and Malakhi were no exception. Rivkah was stubborn and couldn’t see the good in Malakhi, and yet he persisted, and I loved that—and I loved seeing how Rivkah came to see who he really was. Malakhi was just great—hardworking and big-hearted. I also loved getting to see Rivkah’s and Malakhi’s family members again. I can’t wait for the fourth book in the series! (Although this is the third book in a series, it could be read as a standalone--but the other books are fantastic, too!) 4.5 stars. I read an ARC provided by the publisher via #NetGalley. All opinions are my own.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Elizabeth

    Oh! This book! From late night reading sessions to a bit of ugly crying, this was such a stunning entry in a magnificent family saga. Connilyn Cossette truly has a gift for bringing the Old Testament to life with intrigue and romance as abundant as the milk and honey of the Promised Land. Rivkah and Malakhi have been butting heads since childhood. Malakhi, a particularly mischievous child, enjoyed teasing the too serious Rivkah and she has never forgotten his harassment. After a brief marriage to Oh! This book! From late night reading sessions to a bit of ugly crying, this was such a stunning entry in a magnificent family saga. Connilyn Cossette truly has a gift for bringing the Old Testament to life with intrigue and romance as abundant as the milk and honey of the Promised Land. Rivkah and Malakhi have been butting heads since childhood. Malakhi, a particularly mischievous child, enjoyed teasing the too serious Rivkah and she has never forgotten his harassment. After a brief marriage to Malakhi’s older brother Gidal, the newely widowed Rivkah balks when her father promises her in marriage to her tormentor. When her father refuses to be swayed, insisting this marriage will be good for her, she flees Kedesh. Malakhi is left reeling from Rivkah’s betrayal and finds himself drowning in bitterness. When their paths cross again can they learn to understand each other and step onto the path God has laid before them? Until the Mountains Fall is a love story rife with pride and humbleness, rejection and acceptance and plenty of forgiveness along the way. It is so easy to see yourself in these characters and their struggles that you won’t see the emotional waves coming until they roll right over you. While this book could be read as a standalone, I would recommend reading it within the series. This a must read for fans of Biblical fiction and romance. I received a copy of this book from the author and Bethany House Publishers. All opinions are my own.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Christian Fiction Addiction

    Connilyn Cossette has once again crafted a novel that will draw you back in time to the early days of Israel, and introduce you to a host of characters who will bring you heartache and sorrow and moments of joy all at once. The story is very well written and brings history to life in a remarkable way. Drawing loosely on the story of the prodigal son but offered from the perspective of a daughter and her father instead, "Until the Mountains Fall" drew me in to the point that I knew there was no po Connilyn Cossette has once again crafted a novel that will draw you back in time to the early days of Israel, and introduce you to a host of characters who will bring you heartache and sorrow and moments of joy all at once. The story is very well written and brings history to life in a remarkable way. Drawing loosely on the story of the prodigal son but offered from the perspective of a daughter and her father instead, "Until the Mountains Fall" drew me in to the point that I knew there was no point putting the book down and I had to just settle in for the night and see where the story led. And by the time the story drew to a close I found that not only had I enjoyed a wonderfully entertaining story, and not only had I grown to care about Rivkah and Malakhi (not to mention the other characters who join them), but I found myself reflecting on my own life at the same time. Rivkah's choices in life offer up a cautionary tale to us all, where we can ignore the blessings we have all around us and allow our own wishes to take over our life, or we can recognize God's hand at work and celebrate his goodness in the midst of trial. As a father, I cannot imagine how I would react if my child made the choices Rivkah made and then simply disappeared from my life. I read the book with a certain tension, unsure exactly how things would turn out. As with Cossette's other novels, there is an element of happiness to the ending, but elements of realism at the same time. You will enjoy the story to the final pages, trust me! But you will be left with that bit of longing in your heart, one I think that points to the hope of Heaven when all things will be made new. As with life, Cossette's characters are left with some broken bits that won't be healed this side of heaven. Each book in the Cities of Refuge series has proven to be as wonderful as the one before, and so I rate this novel a 4.5 out of 5 stars. Connilyn continues to be an author that I am always on the look out for, and so I'm already looking forward to the fourth and final novel in this series! Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.

  30. 5 out of 5

    S

    Amazing, amazing, amazing. I just finished Until the Mountains Fall and it was wonderful. One of those books that you simply can't put down and when it's done you want more. This is one outstanding read. The story tells of two lives, Rivkah and Malakhi, that have been intertwined since they were children, yet neither fully understands the other until they are adults that have faced adversity throughout their lives. The author also describes and helps her readers more fully understand the cities Amazing, amazing, amazing. I just finished Until the Mountains Fall and it was wonderful. One of those books that you simply can't put down and when it's done you want more. This is one outstanding read. The story tells of two lives, Rivkah and Malakhi, that have been intertwined since they were children, yet neither fully understands the other until they are adults that have faced adversity throughout their lives. The author also describes and helps her readers more fully understand the cities of refuge in the Bible throughout this series. I have found that throughout Ms. Cossette's stories she also enlightens readers on the cultures, living and ways of those that lived during the times her books are written. This is a wonderful story. My only problem is that the next book in the series is not yet ready. Definitely a worthwhile and wonderful read.

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