A riveting tale from the first page to the very last word of the novel, readers will be enthralled to turn each page of Wings of the Wind by Connilyn Cossette! Based in a time before Jesus, back before “Joshua fit the battle of Jericho”, but Moses still walked on the earth, the children of Israel were condemned to wander the desert for 40 years while waiting to enter the Promised Land. This novel takes place towards the end of the 40 years right before the Israelites are about to claim the land flowing with milk and honey that God had promised the generation before them.
Loosely based on Biblical context, the reader finds themselves in the midst of a war between the Israelites and Canaanites. It is there we meet Alanah, the woman warrior that none of her fellow soldiers is aware is a woman. After the death of her family members in the war, Alanah feels obligated to fight to defend their country and so that their blood is not shed in vain. With no allegiance to any gods, or anyone except Canaan and the memories of her family, she joins the military and is not afraid to stare death in the face if it means that she will be preserving her nation. After making a random shot into an enemy soldier, Alanah finds herself shot in the shoulder and fading in and out of consciousness.
Enter Tobiah, an Israelite soldier. He finds Alanah wounded on the battlefield and has orders to finish her off. However, upon closer view in her eyes, he finds that she is a woman and is left flabbergasted on what to do next. Not wanting to kill a woman, he figures he can do nothing else but take her to a healer so that her life can be saved. Upon finding said healer, he is informed that since he rescued Alanah, even with her being a Canaanite, the Torah requires he marries her to provide her with protection and her honor. Being a man who is very devout and law abiding, he has Alanah prepared for the wedding ceremony and marries her with a 30 day betrothal period where she can decides if she wants in that time to leave him. Knowing her only other choice (and an unpalatable one at that!) would be to go back to Canaan and be a temple priestess, Alanah decides her best choice would be to marry Tobiah.
Alanah finds herself rejected by Tobiah’s sister, who is the wife of his best friend who was killed in action; however, being a lady who enjoys a challenge, she decides, at least at first, to stick it out. Tobiah’s sister tries to do everything in her power to make Alanah flee so that he can marry the girl that their family had chosen for him instead of this outsider. Alanah finds herself falling in love with Tobiah, but is not sure if he returns her feelings, and Tobiah finds himself in the same predicament.
Already on fragile ground, one day, Alanah finds Tobiah’s bag and decides to search through it to see what he might carry. What she finds she does not want to see and before she can put things back, her secret is exposed to none other than Tobiah’s spiteful sister who says that Tobiah will never forgive her. Not knowing what else to do, Alanah runs and that is when calamity ensues. The problems do bring her to a sister she didn’t realize she had (Rahab in Jericho), and she shares her faith with Rahab, which leads to the helping of the Israelite spies.
Even though this is a work of fiction, it does stay consistent with Biblical events of the end of the 40 years of wandering for the Israelites. Connilyn does a fantastic job of painting a picture of what it could have been during that time and the possibility that a family member was the one who helped bring Rahab to faith in God. If you enjoy reading fiction that expounds on some of the vague details from Scripture, then you will enjoy this book. Filled with action, adventure, love, and forgiveness, this is a book you will have a difficult time putting down. I do not recommend this book for younger readers, as while it is not horribly graphic, there are references that are not suitable for children. This novel is the last of a 3 part series, and while I am very interested in reading the other two novels, I feel you can easily pick this one up and not feel like you have missed anything. This is a book you will want to pick up from your local bookstore or library!
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