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