Wings of the Wind by Connilyn Cossette

Wings of the Wind

Alanah, a Canaanite, is no stranger to fighting and survival. When her family is killed in battle with the Hebrews, she disguises herself and sneaks onto the battlefield to avenge her family. The one thing she never counted on was surviving.Tobiah, a Hebrew warrior, is shocked to find an unconscious, wounded woman among the Canaanite casualties. Compelled to bring her to a...

Title:Wings of the Wind
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ISBN:0764218220
Number of Pages:352 pages

Wings of the Wind Reviews

  • Tina at Mommynificent

    I find myself a little bit speechless at how much I loved this book. It is superbly written, with complex, flawed but absolutely relatable characters. The plot is intricately designed, remaining completely true to what is revealed in Scripture while flawlessly weaving in fictional events and conversations. While I loved Alanah and Tobiah’s story, what I loved most about this book was how it brought out again and again the love and protective care Yahweh showed in the Torah or laws He gave to gov

    I find myself a little bit speechless at how much I loved this book. It is superbly written, with complex, flawed but absolutely relatable characters. The plot is intricately designed, remaining completely true to what is revealed in Scripture while flawlessly weaving in fictional events and conversations. While I loved Alanah and Tobiah’s story, what I loved most about this book was how it brought out again and again the love and protective care Yahweh showed in the Torah or laws He gave to govern His people. This book, like the previous ones in this series, showed me what a gift Torah is!

    I do have two “complaints” about this book. One is the emotional angst it caused me to be reading an un-put-downable-story that kept making me want to go and read my Bible! 🙂 I wanted to check out every detail and law mentioned because the beautiful perspective on them was so profound, I wanted to note it. But I didn’t want to stop reading!!! Ah, the turmoil!

    And secondly, it ended. Not only the book ended, but the series ended. I wanted to cry!

    I was so excited to find out at the book launch that Mrs. Cossette is already well into a spin-off series about the Biblical cities of refuge! I can hardly wait to read them! Mrs. Cossette has such a gift, and her books have increased my love and awe for Scripture in ways I may never be able to articulate.

    I highly recommend that you read this book as well as the ones before it. I loved them so much and recommend them without hesitation or qualification! Even if you do not currently believe in God, I think you will enjoy the fresh perspective this author brings to a brutal time in ancient history, and I feel certain you will find the story engaging!

  • Cynthia Marcano

    Book three of the Out of Egypt series was a wonderful end to the series. With every book, Cossette delivered a better heroine than the book before. I liked Kaya from Book 1 and liked Shira, from book 2 even more. But Alanah! Alanah is a lovable heroine, with moxy and determination and I couldn't help but love her.

    And then came Tobiah. I adored Tobiah, the sweet bear of a man. He was also my favorite hero of the series, with his gentle manners yet fierce desire to please Yahweh.

    Fast forward nearl

    Book three of the Out of Egypt series was a wonderful end to the series. With every book, Cossette delivered a better heroine than the book before. I liked Kaya from Book 1 and liked Shira, from book 2 even more. But Alanah! Alanah is a lovable heroine, with moxy and determination and I couldn't help but love her.

    And then came Tobiah. I adored Tobiah, the sweet bear of a man. He was also my favorite hero of the series, with his gentle manners yet fierce desire to please Yahweh.

    Fast forward nearly forty years from book 1 and 2, Wings of the Wind takes us into final year of the Hebrews wandering the desert. I enjoyed reading the perspective of both the Hebrews and the Caananites. Cossette always amazes me when she flips a common version and spins it on its axis to give the reader a different and more in depth view. I could feel the sand. Taste the manna. See the cloud. She paints a lovely picture for her reader.

    All in all I enjoyed the book immensely. So why a 4.5? Well, there is a biblical character that makes an appearance in the book. I have previously read another biblical fiction book that centers around said biblical person and was absolutely taken with that book. So that pretty much spoiled any future fictional biblical books about this person. So the bias is a personal one and shouldn't be held against the quality of writing or plot. If you enjoy biblical fiction, this a great pick-up.

    Overall Rating - 4.50 Stars

  • Amanda Geaney (Christian Shelf-Esteem)

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    By incorporating events from the 40 years of desert wandering which held the greatest spiritual lessons for Israel, Connilyn Cossette delivers a knock-out Christian fiction novel. Wings of the Wind is her best work to date and a story I will ABSOLUTELY read again. Her writing allowed me to walk in the sandals of these characters all the way up to the walls of Jericho.

    Alanah's capture and marriage to Tobiah is inspired by God's law gove

    Originally posted at

    By incorporating events from the 40 years of desert wandering which held the greatest spiritual lessons for Israel, Connilyn Cossette delivers a knock-out Christian fiction novel. Wings of the Wind is her best work to date and a story I will ABSOLUTELY read again. Her writing allowed me to walk in the sandals of these characters all the way up to the walls of Jericho.

    Alanah's capture and marriage to Tobiah is inspired by God's law governing female captives of war (Deuteronomy 21:10-14). Instead of dragging her away as spoil, Tobiah rescues Alanah off the field of battle in an act of protection. Cossette superbly contends with the fluctuating emotions these characters felt as they transitioned from enemies to allies. Equally believable were the reactions other Israelites, including family, would have had towards Tobiah's intended.

    From individual characters to the nation as a whole—God's provision, grace, and justice pervades this story. The continual contrast between rebellion and obedience, kindness and hatred, trust and doubt, kept the story alive and engaging. To top it off, there was a surprise planted about two thirds of the way through that made me want to squeal! I actually stopped and tweeted "I 💓 surprises, @ConniCossette!" While you won't find it anywhere in scripture, the twist was genius and it screamed Romans 8:28.

    Cossette's debut novel Counted with the Stars, brought us through the plagues of Egypt and the Red Sea. Shadow of the Storm demonstrated how under God’s care a fledgling nation was being multiplied and molded. Finally, in Wings of the Wind we step with Israel into the Promised Land. This is a book and series you do not want to miss!

    I received a copy of this book for free, a favorable review was not required of me. All opinions expressed are my own.

  • Beth

    Connilyn Cossette gets better with each book. Though it’s hard to pick a favorite of the three Out of Egypt books, Wings of the Wind nearly takes the win. It’s hard to separate them out because they work so well as a trilogy, telling an over-arching story that made me eager to be with these characters again. For me, a sign of great biblical fiction is when I’m inspired to pick up my Bible again, and re-read those familiar stories with fresh eyes. This is what the Out of Egypt series has done for

    Connilyn Cossette gets better with each book. Though it’s hard to pick a favorite of the three Out of Egypt books, Wings of the Wind nearly takes the win. It’s hard to separate them out because they work so well as a trilogy, telling an over-arching story that made me eager to be with these characters again. For me, a sign of great biblical fiction is when I’m inspired to pick up my Bible again, and re-read those familiar stories with fresh eyes. This is what the Out of Egypt series has done for me. Cossette is entirely respectful of scripture, highlighting miracles and acts of God throughout the Israelites wandering years in the desert.

    The plot is steady, giving plenty of room for both character development and action. There is also a strong sense of place, whether it’s in the desert or in the debauched city of Jericho. The setting brims with life – the barbarity of some of the customs and the danger that life could bring during that time is portrayed well. Despite an unforgiving landscape and much hardship, there was still beauty and happiness to be found in the lives of the Israelites.

    I adored Alanah’s character. She is strong in so many ways, yet sometimes her strength – and stubbornness – are her biggest weaknesses. Cossette’s first person narration of both Alanah and Tobiah is so well-done. They are both two of my favorite characters that I’ve “met” this year. Both Alanah and Tobiah are believable characters as individuals, and as a couple, wow, do those sparks fly. Their interactions are full of passion, humor, love and sacrifice. I know I say it in my reviews often, but a couple that I can really believe in is one of the things I look for in the romantic thread of the story, and that is definitely the case here.

    I also loved the way that characters from past books were still a key part of the story. Not only was I just happy to see them again, but it really emphasizes the continuity of the over-arching story of the forty years the Hebrews spent in the desert. It truly adds a special depth to the story to see these characters again, while also providing different views of the story – that of an Egyptian woman, Kiya, in book one, a Hebrew woman, Shira, in book two, and then through the eyes of Alanah, a Canaanite and a complete outsider in every way. The author also includes new characters in this story, and I sincerely hope Moriyah will make an appearance in a future book - I just loved that girl! Tobiah’s voice in this book is very well-done, and I enjoyed getting the story from both his and Alanah’s perspectives.

    Here at the end of the series, it’s hard not to look at them as a whole. I’m so glad I took a chance on a new-to-me and debut author with the first book in this series. They are uplifting, entertaining stories, and I feel enriched after having read them. I’m so excited that Connilyn Cossette has another series in the works, and I can’t wait to read it. The Wings of the Wind is definitely a 2017 favorite for me!

  • Staci

    Wings of the Wind is the conclusion of the Out from Egypt series. Connilyn's debut was the first book in this series. She has the ability to take a part of the Bible and pen stories in such a way that the Bible comes to life. She gives readers a vibrant feel for the geography, mood and other aspects of the time period throughout the entire series.

    In Wings of the Wind, we are at the end of the Hebrews 40 years in the wilderness. Main character Alanah is a Canaanite and I was drawn in by her from

    Wings of the Wind is the conclusion of the Out from Egypt series. Connilyn's debut was the first book in this series. She has the ability to take a part of the Bible and pen stories in such a way that the Bible comes to life. She gives readers a vibrant feel for the geography, mood and other aspects of the time period throughout the entire series.

    In Wings of the Wind, we are at the end of the Hebrews 40 years in the wilderness. Main character Alanah is a Canaanite and I was drawn in by her from page one. Tobiah is a Hebrew warrior that feels duty bound to care for Alanah. Through their stories as well as others, we live through the final days in the wilderness.

    The author is beautifully talented and I highly recommend this series for fans of Biblical Fiction.

    My gratitude to the author and publisher Bethany House for a complimentary copy of the novel. I was not required to post a review and the opinions expressed are my own.

  • Shantelle

    Another beautiful novel - well done, Connilyn Cossette!

    is the third and final book in the OUT FROM EGYPT series, and besides delighting my eyes with its gorgeous cover, it took me on a stunning and exciting journey! Connilyn Cossette writes her tales set during the Bible days with such passion, detail, and grace. Before I know it, I’m swept away, intrigued by the ancient world, the fantastic characters, and the story of God. I've never read Biblical retellings that I've loved

    Another beautiful novel - well done, Connilyn Cossette!

    is the third and final book in the OUT FROM EGYPT series, and besides delighting my eyes with its gorgeous cover, it took me on a stunning and exciting journey! Connilyn Cossette writes her tales set during the Bible days with such passion, detail, and grace. Before I know it, I’m swept away, intrigued by the ancient world, the fantastic characters, and the story of God. I've never read Biblical retellings that I've loved so much!

    takes place about forty years after

    (book one), and

    (book two). Though we see a bit of the characters from those books, our main character is a Canaanite woman, destitute and bent on revenge. Alanah has had everything taken from her, and she's determined that the Hebrews should pay. But on the battlefield where she's certain she'll breathe her last, unexpected grace awaits.

    And Tobiah is hardly prepared for the surprise and challenge that awaits him on and after the battle.

    Joshua is now one of the leaders of the Israelites, though Moses is still in charge. The Israelites are taking over the land, with the Lord as their guide. But discontentment simmers. Enemies lurk. And the corrupted city of Jericho looms.

    What a tale of redemption. I love how the author brings to life these Old Testament stories, though some of them are hard! She unashamedly shows God's holiness and authority, and yet grace fills these pages. Throughout the book, I felt awe for God; the fear of the Lord. And still, His love. His care for His people. The way He set rules and laws to protect them and keep them, even making a law so that the enemy - the Canaanite woman - would be protected from abuse, violence, or even death.

    We saw some of Moses and Joshua in

    . And also, Rahab. I love hearing Rahab's story, and remembering that she was in the lineage of Christ!

    Ah, it was wonderful. God's power and goodness is shown in these books. For that, and her seemingly meticulous research on these stories and time in history, I very much admire Connilyn Cossette.

    I adored the characters. Alanah was a fun change, spirited and spunky as she was. I love how clear her personality was. And just her story! Her journey of faith. It was heart-rending and fascinating. I quite liked Tobiah as well. His sister, on the other hand ... well, that took some time! Loved seeing Shira and Kiya, of course! ^_^ And Moriyah! Oh, how I love that girl! She's spirited too! And strong, sweet, and innocent. Whoa. What a journey! I so wish we could get a book for Moriyah!

    So basically, all the characters were well-developed, intriguing, and played their parts in this story. Some upset me, some infuriated me! Others tugged at my heart and had me rooting for them to accept redemption and live the life God intended for them!

    The OUT FROM EGYPT series has been serious, but sweet. Heavy, but exciting. Difficult times and a wayward people are shown, but hope always breaks through.

    was a tender tale that kept me turning pages late into the night. I thoroughly enjoyed it and highly recommend to adults who like Christian historical fiction/romance. This series is a gem!

    Wings of the Wind

  • Sheila {ShesGoingBookCrazy.com}

    A Canannite woman brought up knowing how to fight and defend, Alanah has also felt the lust for vengeance. Her family, defeated by the Hebrew army, is her drive for revenge. She joins the Canannite army. But the army is no place for a woman---she is in just as much danger there, as on the receiving end of an arrow from a Hebrew bow. 

    When the two forces finally meet

    A Canannite woman brought up knowing how to fight and defend, Alanah has also felt the lust for vengeance. Her family, defeated by the Hebrew army, is her drive for revenge. She joins the Canannite army. But the army is no place for a woman---she is in just as much danger there, as on the receiving end of an arrow from a Hebrew bow. 

    When the two forces finally meet in battle, Alanah is injured, but miraculously not killed. A Hebrew man finds her, buried beneath the dead bodies of her fellow warriors. He takes her back to the Hebrew camp to tend to her wounds. When Alanah awakens, she is unsure of his intentions. Did he bring her back just to execute her publicly? Or is something else in store? Now in the hands of her enemies, Alanah must face not only what she fears, but also the

    .

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    I'm sad that this is the end of this series. Does it really have to end? There are so many other characters throughout the Bible that a retelling of their story would be invited...at least by me.

    I loved how this story grasped the folly of humans. Each time I've read through this Bible story, I think to myself, "HOW can the Hebrews just...forget about God when he's literally RIGHT THERE?" I feel like they were just waiting for opportunities to rebel when perhaps Yahweh wasn't paying attention...

    But He's always paying attention. So much attention that the Hebrews are reminded by some utterly terrible ways for their rebellion.

    The entire

    series is so good at showing how easily swayed the human heart is. How quickly one turns to self for strength and sustenance---even when the proof is right before their eyes.  

    Alanah's story is the perfect example. She leans into herself to control situations, and to exact revenge and even the scales. However, Tobiah's story is just as similar. In his attempt to protect those he loves, he quickly realizes that he is incapable of doing so.  

    I was pleasantly surprised when the characters from the previous books appeared. From the first few chapters, I thought that this was set at a much later date, but both Shira and Kiya slipped in. 

    Even though the (refreshing and committed) romances are expected in this series, they are also so

    . Especially in regards to today's mentality, we are so quick to write a person off because of the baggage they may have, or if they present having a difficult life or past. These characters are

    . They muscle through, even when they don't want to, when they don't know the outcome. Their faith in others is truly inspiring.

    This girl is tough. Her fiery character was not only in her red hair, but was the product of the environment she grew up in. Underneath her strength lies a whirlpool of hurt. When her strength runs out, she learns that there is

    who can give her everlasting strength.

    (Paraphrased to exclude spoilers.)

    Tobiah, a man loyal to his loved ones, finds that his commitment is not enough to shelter them from the toils of life. Not only that, he learns that unexpected and painful revelations do not only produce negative outcomes. 

    I

    how Rahab's story was integrated into this book. At about 50% through, I had no idea where it would turn, because it honestly could have ended there. But then and the true point of the story revealed.

    I really enjoyed this series. Its beautiful covers, stories, and characters ensnared my senses made me thirst for more---not only in regards to the stories of Kiya, Shira, and Alanah, but also of their, and our origin. 

    I find it fitting to end this review with a quote from the author's notes:

    Sexual content: Minimal and without explicit material. Sex slavery is a huge topic and naturally difficult to consider all of the things that come with it.

    Vulgarity: None.

    Violence: Some, but nothing graphic.

    5 stars. 

    This full review can be viewed on my blog along with others:

  • Dawn

    I didn't know what to expect when I picked up this book. Biblical fiction is a genre that I usually don't read. Yet the cover captivated me. So I picked it up.

    I must say that I was pleasantly surprised with this. It's told from the perspectives of both Alanah and Tobiah. I loved to see how Alanah came to understand the God of the Hebrew people. I loved to see how she finally came to a point that she was willing to be used by God.

    Over the years, I've read countless stories of how the Israelites

    I didn't know what to expect when I picked up this book. Biblical fiction is a genre that I usually don't read. Yet the cover captivated me. So I picked it up.

    I must say that I was pleasantly surprised with this. It's told from the perspectives of both Alanah and Tobiah. I loved to see how Alanah came to understand the God of the Hebrew people. I loved to see how she finally came to a point that she was willing to be used by God.

    Over the years, I've read countless stories of how the Israelites left Egypt to return to the Promised Land. Yet this is the first one that I've read that actually talks about how they felt.

    I'm really glad to know that this book stood alone and I didn't have to have read books 1 and 2.

    I received a copy for free from the publisher to review. My thoughts and opinions are my own.

    Recommended to fans of Biblical fiction

    Rating - 4 stars


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