Book Review: A Light on the Hill by Connilyn Cossette

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The Synopsis on the back of the book: 
After being branded during the battle of Jericho, Moriyah has had no prospects for marriage--until now. She hopes to please the man, but things go horribly wrong and she is forced to flee for her life. Seeking safety at one of the Levitical cities of refuge, she is unprepared for the dangers she faces, and the enemies--and allies--she encounters on her way.

  • Genre: Biblical Fiction
  • Published: 2/6/2018
  • Pages: 313
  • Goodreads Rating: 4.8
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Speak to the sons of Isreal, saying ‘Designate the cities of refuge, of which I spoke to you through Moses, that the manslayer who kills any person unintentionally, without premeditation, may flee there, and they shall become your refuge from the avenger of blood.
— Joshua 20:1-3

Why I Choose This Book

After reading another book by Connilyn, I knew I had to read the first book of her new series. Her stories are always well put together and I couldn't wait to read this one! 

First Initial Thoughts

Moriyah is young women who was branded on the face as a zonah (whore) at the age of 13 when captured in the city of Jericho. When Jericho fell her family fled to Shiloh. 7 years later she bears the scar with shame. Her father wants her to settle down and marry so he betrothed her to a man from the tribe of Neftali. Moriyah is also an excellent cook. Cooking was her passion. In the beginning, she is a shy girl and hesitant of anyone knowing about her mark. I really felt for her - because none of it was her fault, even though she felt that it was. 

One night there is a festival of Tu B'Av for maiden's to celebrate their last nights as a free woman. During the festival, the women are to be veiled. Ora, Moriyah's best friend persuades her to go. Speaking of Ora- I just loved her! I laughed when said she was old - and she is only in her mid 30's. She was a lively woman and always looked forward to her parts in the book. 

During the festival, Moriyah meets a man named Darek. They immediately form a connection. I liked Darek from the start and was rooting for the two right from the start! However, Moriyah never showed her mark to him and she is afraid of what he will think if he ever sees her mark. 

Shortly after the festival, Moriyah meets her betrothed and his two twin boys. After a horrendous meeting, Moriyah needs to flee to a city of refuge. She flees with her entrusted friend Yuval and two other men. 


Connilyn did an amazing job bringing the land of Isreal to life. I could see every place in my mind and smell everything Moriyah was cooking. Such a richly developed story! 

Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.
— Proverbs 3: 5-6

Final Thoughts

Connilyn always does an amazing job with her research. I learned a lot about the time shortly after Exodus (before it became Isreal). I didn't know there were cities of refuge during this time. It was interesting to learn about this time. 

Through the journey to the city of Kedesh, Moriyah faces many trials and tribulations. She grows stronger and more confident. The trip to Kadesh was so exciting and I enjoyed reading the adventures that happened along the way. 

I really liked how the story progressed as well. I liked that there was an immediate connection between Darek and Moriyah but love began to grow between them over the story. I think he was the first person besides her father and Ora that truly saw her as she was - and not the mark.

This was probably one of the top books that I have read this year! Connilyn did an incredible job with this story- as she always does! 

Would I Recommend?

Oh definitely! I think anyone who loves Biblical fiction - or historical fiction- will love this book! 


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Thank you for stopping by and talk to you soon! 

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**Note: I was given this book to review by Bethany House Publishing. All opinions are my own.

Christian Fiction Books Coming Out This Spring 2018

Christian Fiction Books Coming Out This Spring

Oh my goodness everyone. There are so many books coming out this Spring- I don't know how I am going to keep up! 

There is also a book for just about anyone. From Amish Fiction to Christian Fantasy, there are so many options coming out this spring. Look forward to reviews on many of the books below here on this blog. 

* From Left to Right


The Road Home by Beverly Lewis

Sent from Michigan to Pennsylvania following the tragic death of her Amish parents, Lena Rose Schwartz grieves her loss and the separation from her nine siblings. Besides the fact that Lena has never been so far from home, she hasn't met the family she will now be living with. But worse than that is having to live apart from her close-knit brothers and sisters. How will they manage without her to care for them--especially six-year-old Chris? And will her new beau, Hans Bontrager, continue to court her despite the many miles between them?

A Breath of Hope by Lauraine Shelling

With her younger brother Ivar in tow, Nilda Carlson is on her way to America to join her older brother Rune and his family in the northern forests of Minnesota. While she sees this as a golden opportunity, she has enough experience in life to know it won't be easy. The transatlantic voyage itself proves to be an adventure, and she hopes she will feel safe in her new home. 
Rune and Signe Carlson are thrilled that Nilda and Ivar are coming to Minnesota, but life on the Strand farm remains a struggle. Rune is trying to build a house for his wife and children, but Uncle Einar Strand, obsessed with his own ambitions, refuses to help. What's more, he forbids anyone from the community to step foot on his land, leaving Rune to toil on his own. When a tragedy lays bare the truth behind Einar's anger and isolation, the Carlsons and Strands will have to come together like never before to become a true family.

Accidental Guardian by Mary Connealy

When Trace Riley finds the smoldering ruins of a small wagon train, he recognizes the hand behind the attack as the same group who left him as sole survivor years ago. Living off the wilderness since then, he'd finally carved out a home and started a herd--while serving as a self-appointed guardian of the trail, driving off dangerous men. He'd hoped those days were over, but the latest attack shows he was wrong. Deborah Harkness saved her younger sister and two toddlers during the attack and now finds herself at the mercy of her rescuer. Trace offers the only shelter for miles around and agrees to take them in until she can safely continue. His simple bachelor existence never anticipated kids and women in the picture and their arrival is unsettling--yet enticing. Working to survive the winter and finally bring justice to the trail, Trace and Deborah find themselves drawn together--yet every day approaches the moment she'll leave forever. 

The Weaver's Daughter by Sarah Ladd

Descended from a long line of handloom weavers, Kate Hathaway is a true artisan. But with the Industral Revolution in full swing, Yorkshire's textile industry is changing. Can she and her father keep outsiders and mechanical looms out of their small village? And is Nicholas---the recent heir of a nearby mill---an enemy or a friend?  

The Pirate Bride by Kathleen Y'Barbo

The last time New Orleans attorney Jean-Luc Valmont saw Maribel Cordoba, a Spanish nobleman’s daughter, she was an eleven-year-old orphan perched in the riggings of his privateering vessel proving herself as the best lookout on his crew. Until the day his infamy caught up with them all and innocent lives were lost. Unsure why he survived but vowing to make something of the chance he was given, Jean-Luc has buried his past life so deep that no living person will ever find it—until a very much alive and very grown-up Maribel Cordoba arrives on his doorstep and threatens all he now holds dear. 

The Wounded Shadow by Patrick Carr

The kings and queens of the northern continent lay siege to the Darkwater Forest, desperate to contain its evil. But rumors of gold and aurium have lured deserters and the desperate into its shadow, creating a growing army held in its sway. Desperate after the death and dissolution of their greatest ally, Willet, and the Vigil seek the truth of what lies at the heart of the evil they face. They delve the mind of an old enemy and find an answer far worse than they could have imagined. 
Danger stalks the cities of the north, striking at the rulers of the kingdoms. As Willet and the rest of the Vigil seek to find answers, the group is scattered with an ever-growing darkness around them. Will they discover a path to keep their land safe, or will an ancient evil reclaim the world it once called its own?


Together Forever by Jody Hedlund

Marianne Neumann has one goal in life: to find her lost younger sister, Sophie. When Marianne takes a job as a placing agent with the Children's Aid Society in 1858 New York, she not only hopes to give children a better life but seeks to discover whether Sophie ended up leaving the city on an orphan train.
Andrew Brady, her fellow agent on her first placing trip, is a former schoolteacher who has an easy way with the children--firm but tender and funny. Underneath his handsome charm, though, seems to linger a grief that won't go away--and a secret from his past that he keeps hidden. As the two team up placing orphans amid small railroad towns in Illinois, they find themselves growing ever closer . . . until a shocking tragedy threatens to upend all their work and change one of their lives forever.

Honeysuckle Dreams by Denise Hunter

After Brady Collins’ ex-wife dies, he receives devastating news—his nine-month-old son Sam isn’t his son at all. And Sam’s wealthy maternal grandparents want custody of the child. Brady knows he’s in for the fight of his life. But regardless of what any blood test says, Sam is his son, and Brady will go to any lengths to keep him. Brady’s attorney tips him off that one major life change would virtually assure him of winning guardianship of baby Sam at the final hearing: an impending marriage. And his friend Hope is willing to step in as the loving and devoted fiance. Local radio celebrity Hope Daniels has been driven by a solitary goal her entire life, and after a happy accident, she’s finally offered her dream job. But if the truth comes out about her arrangement with Brady, she may miss the chance of a lifetime and stand in the way of a dear friend’s dreams. As Brady and Hope make sacrifices to help each other in their times of need, they risk uncovering a truth neither of them expects to find.

All For Love - A Historical Romance Novella

Three of Christian historical fiction's beloved authors come together in this romantic and humorous collection of novellas featuring prequels to their latest series. New and loyal fans alike will enjoy these novellas previously released only as ebooks. Connealy's "The Boden Birthright" journeys to the Old West, where ranch hand Chance Boden's determination to be his own boss is challenged by his employer's pretty daughter. Hunter's "A Lady of Esteem" follows a Regency-era young lady whose chance at love and reputation in society are threatened by a nasty rumor. Turano's "At Your Request" tells of a young woman who is humbled at her newly lowered status in society when she is reunited with the very man whose proposal she rejected.

223 Orchard Street by Renee Ryan

Irish immigrant Katie O’Connor and her younger sister, Shannon, risk everything to journey to America at the turn of the twentieth century. As each woman passes into an intimidating, stirring, and unpredictable New York City, she is forced to rethink her dream of a better life. It isn’t until Katie begins serving the sick in the depressed slums of the Bowery alongside Dr. Titus Brentwood that she discovers her true calling. Meanwhile, fate directs the vulnerable Shannon down an unsettling path that could put her life at risk. As Katie’s and Ty’s selflessness and devotion turn into something deeper, Ty must make a choice that could save one O’Connor sister at the expense of losing the other. But Katie hasn’t come this far to let go now. She’ll do anything to save Shannon and hold on to the man she’s come to love.

Send Down the Rain by Charles Martin

When Allie's second husband dies in a fiery truck crash, it threatens to push her over the edge. Nearby, Vietnam veteran Joseph lives in an isolated woodland cabin. While helping a family lost in the forest, he witnesses the explosion---and somehow knows his childhood sweetheart needs him. Could their love wash away the past?


The Love Letter by Rachel Hauck

The daughter of Hollywood royalty, Chloe is determined to make her own mark---and find romance. When screenwriter Jesse meets her, he believes she's perfect to play the role of Esther Longfellow, the woman to whom his Revolutionary War grandfather wrote a heartfelt message. Will a love letter from the past have an impact on their future?

The Captured Bride by Michelle Griep

Mercy Lytton is a ladylike none other. Raised amongst the Mohawks, she straddles two cultures, yet each is united in one cause. .to defeat the French. Born with a rare gift of unusually keen eyesight, she is chosen as a scout to accompany a team of men on a dangerous mission. Yet it is not her life that is threatened. It is her heart.  Condemned as a traitor, Elias Dubois faces the gallows. At the last minute, he is offered his freedom if he consents to accompany a stolen shipment of French gold to a nearby fort—but he is the one they stole it from in the first place. It turns out that the real thief is the beguiling woman, Mercy Lytton, for she steals his every waking thought. Can love survive divided loyalties in a backcountry wilderness?

King's War by Jill Williamson

One battle is over, but the war has just begun. They escaped the Five Realms and have found a home, but peace is much harder to find. The aftermath of the Battle of Sarkar should have been a time to mourn those lost in the slaughter. The enemies of Armenia are many, however, and when one steps back to regroup, another surges forward in attack.
While the remnant must take responsibility for the evil they brought to Er'Rets, it would seem that something just as dark already existed in this new world. The growing struggle between Armenia and Barthel Rogedoth is but a pale reflection of a far more dangerous battle for the souls of humanity.
And so begins this awe-inspiring conclusion to Jill Williamson's Kinsman Chronicles. The Hadar family and their allies prepare to make one final stand in the name of Arman. There shall be war--in Er'Rets and in the Veil--to vanquish evil or be ruled by darkness.

Magnolia Glen by Pam Hillman

Bitter since his eldest brother abandoned their family in Ireland, Quinn O’Shea travels to Natchez, Mississippi, ready to shuck the weight of his duty and set off on an adventure of his own. It’s time Connor, as head of the family, took responsibility for their younger siblings. While aboard ship, a run-in with three Irish sisters lands Quinn in the role of reluctant savior. Though it may delay his plans, he cannot abandon the Young sisters, especially the tenacious yet kind Kiera.
Upon arriving in the colonies, Kiera Young prepares to meet her intended and begin her new life. But she soon discovers the marriage her brother-in-law arranged was never meant to be, and a far more sinister deal was negotiated for her and her sisters.
Quinn offers to escort his charges safely to Breeze Hill Plantation and his brother’s care, fully intending to seek his freedom elsewhere. But the longer he remains, the greater his feelings toward Kiera grow and the more he comes to realize true freedom might be found in sacrifice.


Whew, if you made it to this spot, I commend you! You probably have quite a long list now! I know I do! So many good books to read! 

Which one's are on your list? Share in the comments below! 

the caffeinated bibliophile

Book Review & Giveaway!: Lord Ravenscar's Inconvenient Betrothal by Lara Temple

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The synopsis on the back of the book:

Alan Rothwell, Marquess of Ravenscar, is furious when unconventional heiress Lily Wallace refuses him purchase of her property. He can't even win her over with his infamous charm. But when fever seizes him and they're trapped together, horrified, Alan realizes Lily's attention will compromise them both! His solution: take Lily as his betrothed before desire consumes them completely...

  • Genre: Historical Romance
  • Will Be Published: March 1st, 2018
  • Pages: 288
  • Goodreads Rating (so far): 4.71
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Why I choose this book

I was reached out by Rachel from Rachel's Random Resources to review this book back in November. Yep- blog tours can be scheduled that far in advance! And I always love reading romance stories, so of course, I signed up! 

First Initial Thoughts

Lily Wallace is a young woman who has just inherited Holywell House. While touring her new home she encounters Lord Alan Ravenscar. When the two meet - let's just say it was quite a hilarious part of the book. Lily soon finds out that she cannot quite inherit the house. During the 19th century, women were unable to inherit a house by themselves. They have to be married so that their spouse can inherit their families estate. Before they can marry, often the lawyer will oversee the estate. 

We soon find out that Lily grew up in Jamaica with her father and mother. Because she grew up in such a "wild" place she was not like other ladies in England. She is stubborn, willful, and has a mind of her own. She doesn't like being told what to do. It took me a while to warm up to Lily because her personality seemed cold right from the start. But I enjoyed her spunkiness too. 

Alan Ravenscar is a Lord who wants to purchase the estate and soon grows an attraction to Lily. Even though he seems proud and confident in front of others inside he holds a guilt and insecurity. 

Other characters in the story include Lady Jezebel (Alan's grandmother), Lord Hunter, and Lord Stanton. 


This is where part of the 1/2 star comes from. I found that Lara put too much emphasis on the characters and their story; then failed to incorporate anything about the house or the surrounding area. I know the story is about Lily and Alan but I would have liked more detail on England, the house, etc. 

Final Thoughts

Lily and Alan's conversations were quite entertaining. I loved how Lily was very hard headed and Alan very persistent. I always looked forward to their interactions because it was the most entertaining parts of the book! Through these interactions, a spark grew between them. 

When Alan became ill, Lily took care of him all alone. During this time if a man and women were caught in a bedroom without an escort, it was presumed that she was with child and now ruined. So Alan proposes marriage to save her. I found this kind of impulsive. However, I could see their reasoning and their was alreayd a growing attraction. 

I think Lily was good for Alan because she helped him break down his insecurity and settle down. Alan helped Lily I think become more of a lady and settle down as well. 

Overall I really enjoyed this book, and it was a fun adorable short read on Sunday afternoon! 

Would I recommend? 

Yes and no. I think anyone looking for a short romance read for the weekend, this is a great book to read. It does have some sexual content, so be aware of that. 

About The Author

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Lara Temple writes strong, sexy regency romances about complex individuals who give no quarter but do so with plenty of passion. Her fifth book with Harlequin Mills & Boon, 'Lord Ravenscar’s Inconvenient Betrothal,' will be published in March 2018, and is the second in her Wild Lords series. Her four previous books are: Lord Hunter's Cinderella Heiress, The Duke’s Unexpected Bride, The Reluctant Viscount, and Lord Crayle’s Secret World.

When she was fifteen Lara found a very grubby copy of Georgette Heyer’s Faro’s Daughter in an equally grubby book store. Several blissful hours later she emerged, blinking, into the light of day completely in love with Regency Romance but it took three decades of various fascinating but completely unrelated careers in finance and high tech before she returned to her first love.

Lara lives with her husband and two children who are very good about her taking over the kitchen table for her writing (so she can look out over the garden and dream). She loves to travel (especially to places steeped in history) and read as many books as possible. She recently went looking for that crowded little bookstore but couldn’t quite remember around what corner it was…hopefully it is still there and another girl is in the corner by the window, reading and dreaming…

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And onto another giveaway - woohoo!!

Giveaway – Win one of 3 e-copies of Lord Ravenscar’s Inconvenient Betrothal (Open Internationally)

* IF you are a winner, Rachel from Rachel's Random Resources will contact you when the giveaway is over. :) 

Have you read any of Lara's books? If so share your thoughts in the comments! 

I hope you had a wonderful weekend! Good luck on the giveaway!!

the caffeinated bibliophile

**Note: I was provided a copy of this book to review by Rachel's Random Resources. All opinions are my own. 

Book Review & Giveaway! Keturah by Lisa Bergren

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The synopsis on the back of the book:

In 1772 England, Lady Keturah Banning Tomlinson and her sisters find themselves the heiresses of their father's estates and know they have one option: Go to the West Indies to save what is left of their heritage.

Although it flies against all the conventions for women of the time, they're determined to make their own way in the world. But once they arrive in the Caribbean, proper gender roles are the least of their concerns. On the infamous island of Nevis, the sisters discover the legacy of the legendary sugar barons has vastly declined--and that's just the start of 
what their eyes are opened to in this unfamiliar world. 

Keturah never intends to put herself at the mercy of a man again, but every man on the island seems to be trying to win her hand and, with it, the ownership of her plantation. She could desperately use an ally, but even an unexpected reunion with a childhood friend leaves her questioning his motives. 

Set on keeping her family together and saving her father's once-great plantation, can Keturah ever surrender her stubbornness and guarded heart to God and find the healing and love awaiting her?

  • Genre: Christian Historical Fiction
  • Pages: 350 
  • Published: 2/2018
  • Goodreads Rating: 4.07 Stars
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Make allowance for each other’s faults, and forgive anyone who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others.
— Colossians 3:13

Why I choose this book

I was approached by TLC Book Tour to review this book on my blog and giveaway a copy of this book! And when I heard it was a Christian historical fiction book, I knew I could not pass it up! 

First Initial Thoughts

The story starts off with Keturah finding out that her father's sugar plantation on the island of Nevis in the West Indies is deteriorating after her father's passing. Keturah and her two other sisters, Selah and Verity decide to embark to the West Indies to restore their father's estate. This is very untraditional of this time period. Many women were not expected to go oversee an estate, rather relying on a man to restore it. I liked that the story started off in a non-traditional way. 

Besides Keturah, I really liked her sister Verity. She was the adventurous, spunky type and loved animals. She even brought on her own pet falcon, Brutus! I loved that she had a mind of her own and stuck up for her beliefs. 

Grey a former love of Keturah came upon the same predicament with his own family and embarks on the same ship as the three sisters. At first, I found his character kind of "flat" and I didn't really connect with him right away. I found that Keturah was kind of cold to him at first. We weren't quite clear at first what caused their rift, but I really wanted Keturah to be more kind and forgiving towards him. But I also could see her reasons. 

I liked the captain of the ship, partially because he was Scottish and secondly because he was more of a gentleman than most captains portrayed in novels. 


Lisa did an amazing job bringing the Caribbean to life. I could perfectly imagine the island, estate, and the deterioration that the three sisters came upon. Lisa wrote in a way that connected the reader with the characters and makes us yearn for more.  

And yes - Nevis Island is a real place! 

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And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.
— 1 Corinthians 13:13

Final Thoughts

What I appreciated about this story is that it continued at a good pace. I could not put it down! 

I was worried at first with them embarking on the ship and having it be half of the book and only half or less of the book dedicated on the plantation. But I was pleasantly surprised when the time on the ship was only a few pages. This gave readers time to soak in the setting of the plantation and the true meaning of the story. Though I think the time on this ship was setting up the plot later on.  

Keturah grew throughout the story and learned that forgiveness is what she truly needed to move on from her past. Forgiveness, in general, was a huge theme in this book. Grey and Keturah- I just loved them! They kind of reminded me of Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy from Pride and Prejudice. Keturah being hard headed and stubborn and Grey being dashingly handsome but also proud. 

What I really liked is the whole setting of this book. Not most Christian books have a book set during this time period in the Carribean - especially with three women being strong leads in the story. 

I am excited to see how the other books go in the series. I think it will be a fantastic series! 

Would I recommend? 

Yes! Most definitely. I think just about anyone would enjoy this book! 


Win a copy of the book, Keturah! 


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  • Giveaway runs Feb. 22nd. - 28th 11:59 PM EST

Thank you so much for entering! It means so much to me that you stop here and support this little blog of mine! :) 

Good luck! 

the caffeinated bibliophile

**NOTE- I was given a copy of this book by TLC Book Tours to review. The copy of the book that I am giving away will be provided by Bethany House Publishing.