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Shadow of the Storm

(Out From Egypt #2)

4.50  ·  Rating details ·  1,959 ratings  ·  297 reviews
In the darkness of the storm's shadow, only truth can light her way.

Having escaped Egypt with the other Hebrews during the Exodus, Shira is now living in freedom at the foot of Mount Sinai. When the people rebel by worshipping a golden idol, the ensuing chaos gives Shira an unexpected opportunity to assist a midwife. When the experience awakens a new desire in her, she def
Paperback, 349 pages
Published October 18th 2016 by Bethany House (first published October 2016)
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Nov 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Ancient Egypt. We think pyramids, people with black eyeliner and malicious pharos.

Israelites. We think Star of David, Bethlehem, and Jesus.

Wilderness. We think tan desert land where one hill isn’t distinguishable from the other, we think famine and pestilence.

Maybe that’s just me, but I’m fairly certain we each have our own stiff, unrealistic stereotypes. We’ve confined and under-empathized many parts of the Bible, and I’m saddened that we so often take a story as vibrant as the 40-year escap
I need it now. And that cover. *sigh*


Just beautiful. I love everything about this book, and this series. *No words*
I loved this book so very much! Connilyn Cossette is a talented writer, and brings the Biblical days and ancient Hebrew and Egyptian characters to life. After just enjoying the first book of the OUT FROM EGYPT series, I was unprepared for how Shadow of the Storm would sweep me away and capture my heart. The writing is so beautiful! The characters real. The setting intriguing. The retelling of the Hebrew slaves coming out of Egypt fascinating and soul-touching. The way this author weaves a faith ...more
Aug 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
I thought Shadow of the Storm was a good addition to the Out From Egypt series. I was glad to see Shira's story continue and I was also happy that the reader got to learn about Kiya's new life as well. As with the first book, I liked the setting and enjoyed the historical and biblical aspects of the story. There were only a few times I found myself getting frustrated with the characters. I thought they could have saved themselves a lot of trouble if they had only been honest with themselves and ...more
Sheila Goicea
Following the Exodus story after fleeing from Pharaoh's army across the Red Sea, the massive group of Hebrew and Yahweh-following Egyptians set up camp at the base of Mount Sinai. Mosheh (Moses) left them to go and speak with God to whom has settled his cloud upon the top of the mountain. After many days, Mosheh failed to return and the people began to lose hope. Turning back to their idolatrous ways, they quickly gained the attention of Yahweh, who in turn, unleashed his wrath upon them. 

In the
Melanie Kilsby


Carefully crafted writing pens the powerful moments of biblical history and breathes fictional life into them! I am speechless and utterly impressed.
Some of the themes in here are hard to deal with and so age restriction will be high and listed as an adult only book.


Recommended as an Adult Christian Biblical Fiction novel
Amanda Geaney
Feb 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Originally posted on {#biblicalfictionfriday}

In Shadow of the Storm, Connilyn Cossette takes history and makes it “herstory.” A bold endeavor, Cossette captures a tumultuous period in Israel’s history through the eyes of several women. Penned within these pages is an account of their first year in the wilderness when manna began to rain from heaven, Ten Commandments were given, idols destroyed, and the glory of the Lord filled the tabernacle.

Under God’s care t
The Hebrews have escaped the Egyptians, wandered through the desert, and are now camped at the base of Mt. Sinai. They will spend a year there as Moses communes with God and receives the Ten Commandments and as the Hebrews lose faith and build a golden idol. Shira, from Book 1, a young Egyptian woman who has become a follower of Yahweh because of her best friend, Kira a young Hebrew woman, is the focus of this book.

Although I found the story very enjoyable, I didn't feel the Biblical connection
Set during the tumultuous time of Israel’s beginning as a unified nation, Shadow of the Storm brings the life of the Hebrew tribes into sharp relief. Through the eyes of Shira, a woman still fighting the battles of her past, readers see these events firsthand through engrossing first-person narration. Shira’s insecurities make her a realistic, relatable character. My heart was stirred and found kinship with her; doubts and fears keep her from fully embracing her desire to be a midwife. Despite h ...more
Kerry Johnson
Dec 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Kerry by:
Such a wonderful follow up to Counted With the Stars!

Shadow of the Storm is biblical fiction at its best. Beautiful prose and tight storytelling weave together into an unforgettable tale of a brave young woman and those who love her--especially the God who calls her by name.

I was thrilled the author wove the main characters from Counted with the Stars into Shira's story, using the background of the Hebrews' exodus from Egypt as framework. Her details about life at that turning point in the Isr
Oct 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
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Once again new author Connilyn Cossette has delivered a beautifully written Biblical Fiction novel. I found myself comparing her sophomore novel to Tessa Afshar's Land of Silence. Both authors deliver a well done Biblical Fiction novel.

In Shadow of the Storm, the physical and time setting is the year that the Hebrews (and others) spent at the base of Mount Sanai. While the action that occurred during that year was substantially less than the plagues that occurred in her freshman novel, Counted W
Aug 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was a solid 4.5 stars. I so loved hearing Shira's story of how violence toward her as a young child made her think she was not worthy of a husband and family. But it was her brother's friend, Ayal, that believed she was so much more, that she just needed to believe in herself as much as he and Yahweh did. Though neither had come without their faults, forgiveness was easy for them. Whether it was for each other, or those who defied them and meant to bring them harm, they showed and spok ...more
I was really excited to get the opportunity to continue following the Hebrews journey out of captivity and this book didn't disappoint. The thing that makes this story so interesting (besides the fact that Connilynn Cossette is such an awesome writer!) is that it brings to life the possibilities of what life was like after the Hebrews left Egypt. The fact that it wasn't just Hebrews was also interesting to me. It wasn't an easy journey and there were no perfect people. But where there is sin and ...more
Cossette has an extraordinary way of weaving words into an unforgettable story tapestry, working in details of sensory and description like no other author I've read. If there is a texture to be felt, the reader feels it. If there is an aroma to be smelled, the reader smells it. If there is a color to be seen, the reader sees it. And in the same way her words come to life on the written page, her message of faith in an all-loving God will come to life in the reader's soul. Shadow of the Storm is ...more
Shadow of the Storm by Connilynn Cossette
Time Frame: Time of Moses, 4-17 months after exodus from Egypt
Location: Mostly at the foot of Mt. Sinai
Main Characters:
Shira: Single Hebrew, ex-slave, left Egypt with family
Ayal: New man in the picture
Dvorah: Female antagonist, co-midwife apprentice
Hassam: Male antagonist, Dvorah's brother-in-law
Kiya: From the first book, married Shira's brother Eben
Reva: Midwife training Shira

This was a fictional story taking place after Moses led the Israelites out of
Andrea Cox
How do I sum up my thoughts on this book? Contention. Family melodrama. Love triangle. Fear. Forgiveness. Love. Family. Faith. Courage. God's plans. So many wonderful and not-so-wonderful themes. The author did a magnificent job of taking this mishmash of themes and stirring them into beautiful dyes with which to paint her story.

The thing that bugged me the most in this story was how drastically different Shira's mom was in this story than she was in the first book. In book one, she was a tender
Jan 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I was obsessed with this series before it even released and it has lived up to my expectations. The writing is evocative and pulls you to the base of Mt. Sinai. The research Cossette puts into each story is apparent and the characters are so easy to care about.

Living in the Shadow of God’s glory, Shira is trying to find her place in this new life. Longing for a family of her own, she finds contentment in her new calling as a midwife. With tendrils of disquiet winding through the camp, Shira figh
Sam B
What a great sequel to Counted With the Stars!

I was really excited to read this one, because Shira was my favorite character from the first book. I couldn't wait to read more about her, as this installment is centered on her story. And what a great story that is!
I always appreciate the first person narrative as it makes the reader feel the story in a special way. This book was narrated by two characters: Shira and Dvorah. Dvorah's point of view was special as she gave the reader insights as to o
Sep 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I read a lot of books. It is not always that I love a book anymore. I really, really loved this book. The depth of the writing reminded me of a mix of Mesu Andrews and Tessa Ashfar combined with her own twist on it.

I am generally very, very critical of midwifery scenes in books. In this one, a woman that has never given birth, managed to describe the feelings of someone that was an assistant so well. I have assisted and been a doula at many births, am the daughter of a midwife and I felt like I
Alicia Lowery
Oct 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Love, Love, Loved this book!!! What a great "biblical fiction" book! Set in the wilderness after the Hebrews left Egypt, this is such a great story of how fickle they were then (like we are now) in our faith in God. Can't wait for the next book!!!! ...more
The Hebrews are camped at the foot of Mount Sinai learning the laws of Yahweh and and adjusting to becoming a nation. There is lots of strife in the camp between the various tribes and particularly against the foreigners that have joined forces with the Children of Israel. Some are are true followers of Yahweh while others are there for devious purposes.

On a more personal level, Shira, a young Hebrew woman, has her own struggles to face. Her mother wants her to follow her family's traditions of
Jan 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book started off rather wonderfully. There was no waiting around for things to grow serious. Once again, Connilyn has amazed us with her ability to pull you into the story from the start. We are given a tragic scene that opens up the raw theme of her story. The book itself is full of grit and truth. While there are happy times for the main character, Shira has her share of troubles which make her experiences far more relatable and believable.

I was glad that we got to see Dvorah's point of
Fiction Aficionado
Oct 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Connilyn Cossette is a wonderful new voice in Biblical fiction. I was impressed with her first release, Counted with the Stars, but Shadow of the Storm has firmly cemented her as a must-read author for me. Not only does she write with beautiful expression, but Shira’s story engaged my heart so thoroughly that I did not want to put it down once I had started; and if that wasn’t enough, it also opened my eyes to a whole new understanding of what life may have been like for those who left Egypt in ...more
Cynthia Marcano
Sep 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The second book in new author Connilyn Cossette's Out of Egypt Series, focuses on the freed Hebrews during their first year out of captivity. Remember when the Hebrews had a big old party after Moses climbed the mountain and even created a golden idol to worship? Well Shadow of the Storm delves into that time with such vivid detail that I felt as if I lived within the tents.

Cossette once again takes you into the thick of the times and makes it comes to so alive. She leads the reader into a bette
Oct 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
One thing that never ceases to amaze me about Connilyn is her un-believable ability to pull you in and hook you into the plot. I am always able to easily slip into the lives of Kiya and Shira when I read from her. She was TRULY made to write!!!

As for my own personal opinions for this book, I will explain in the following:

I was never bored; not because it was full of action sequences and plot twists, but because I was so committed to Shira's story and I was thirsting to hear every piece of her
Lydia Howe
Why I Choose this Book:

I read the first book in the series back in May and really enjoyed it. When I saw the second book was coming out, I jumped at the chance to read it, too.

What I Thought About this Book:

The book had so many beautiful descriptions in it. I savored the words and flew right into the world they were portraying. I was stuck between wanting to read the book as fast as possible to find out what happened next, and to slow down and drink in the way the words swirled together.

I al
Beth Erin
Oct 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Full review on Faithfully Bookish

Shira’s character is so easy to love. She’s kind, compassionate, and self-sacrificing. I loved seeing her friendship with Kiya continue to grow despite the turmoil surrounding them. Even as Shira deals with the shadow of her past experiences, she is driven by a deep need to care for others.

Shira’s interest in midwifery gives readers a peek at child birthing practices and family expectations for choosing a trade during that
Abigayle Claire
May 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars

I enjoyed the first book in this series because of Cossette's presentation of Biblical historical fiction. However, I hoped the detailed romance would be unique to that book.

Unfortunately, that was not the case. I was disappointed that this book, too, had a romance with too much description for me. I enjoyed the elements of midwifery, the return of characters from the first book, and the events of the Israelites' time in the desert. Again, the writing brought to life what it must have b
May 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shadow of the Storm

Shadow of the Storm is the second book in the Out of Egypt series by Connilyn Cossette. First, may I just point at this cover? It is gorgeous! I mean, seriously, I cannot get over this cover. It's one of the most beautiful covers I've ever seen. I love this cover so much that I am gushing like a schoolgirl that just ran into Justin Beiber.

If you're worried that the story won't live up to the beauty of this cover; you'd be sorely mistaken. This book is one of the best books I've read in the Bibli
Faith Spinks
A continuation of 'Counted with the Stars', this book is now told through the eyes of Shira (the Hebrew friend from book 1). Having escaped from Egypt they are now living at the foot of Mt. Sinai under the cloud containing the glory of God. We learn more of Shira's past as a Hebrew slave in Egypt and see her strength and beauty afresh as she lives this new life. As with book 1 it is simply told yet completely draws you in to the story and brings this year of the Hebrews story from Exodus alive. ...more
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Connilyn Cossette is a Christy Award and Carol Award winning author whose books have been found on both ECPA and CBA bestseller lists. When she is not engulfed in the happy chaos of homeschooling two teenagers, devouring books whole, or avoiding housework, she can be found digging into the rich ancient world of the Bible to discover gems of grace that point to Jesus and weaving them into an immers ...more

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