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A Light on the Hill

(Cities of Refuge #1)

4.55  ·  Rating details ·  1,871 ratings  ·  382 reviews
Though Israel has found relative peace, Moriyah has yet to find her own. Atttempting to avoid the scorn of her community, she's spent the last seven years hiding behind the veil she wears. Underneath her covering, her face is branded with the mark of the Canaanite gods, a shameful reminder of her past captivity in Jericho and an assurance that no man will ever want to marr ...more
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Published February 6th 2018 by Bethany House Publishers (first published January 2018)
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I wasn’t sure if Connilyn Cossette could top herself, but I enjoyed A Light on the Hill just as much as her previous release. She’s become one of my favorite authors, so I was eager to get my hands on her new series opener. I’ve never read any other Biblical or historical fiction novels set during the time of the book of Joshua, nor any that had anything to do with the cities of refuge. I was intrigued by this premise for sure and feel that it works on so many levels. Because it’s not been touch ...more
Roseanna White
Apr 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Another gorgeous Biblical novel from Connilyn Cossette! This one kept me up far too late and was handily finished within 24 hours. Who needs to do housework?
A Light on the Hill by Connilyn Cossette is a unique and beautiful read! It is the first book to a new series called CITIES OF REFUGE, but it does connect to the debut series by this author. In fact, we meet the main character of this book, Moriyah, in Wings of the Wind!

Connilyn Cossette does a masterful job with writing fiction set in Biblical times! She brings history to life, and we get a glimpse of heroic historical figures such as Moses, Miriam, and Joshua. Plus, her fictional characters ar
4.5 stars
A very well-written and researched book set in the early days of tribal Israel, in the first decade after the crossing of the Jordan and fall of Jericho, dealing with settling into the new land. The details are beautifully researched and engaging, never dragging despite the wealth of historical detail.

Moriyah is an engaging character. While her life is very difficult, it’s easy to like her and root for her because of her tendency to put others first and her pleasant voice as a narrator
Jan 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2018
I am so thankful Connilyn Cossette is not hiding her talent underneath a bushel and instead sharing her gift of writing with readers.

Her fourth novel, A Light on the Hill, is the beginning of a new series: Cities of Refuge. A deviation from her prior series that became quickly apparent in this novel is an increased focused on Fictional characters rather than a retelling a portion of the Bible. Fans of Biblical Fiction do not despair! Connilyn has taken Joshua 20 and the description of cities of
Carrie Turansky
Sep 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was my first Connilyn Cossette novel, and I really enjoyed it. I listened to the audio version. The narrator did a great job making the characters' voices fit and bringing the story to life. Great characters, realistic issues, meaningful themes. Very well written!
Jul 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: biblical-times
A Light on the Hill by Connilyn Cossette
Genre: Bible times, Christian fiction
Format: Kindle
Timeframe: 7 years after Jericho fell
Location: Israel and Canaanite land
Main Characters:
Moriyah: Twenty year old branded on her face at Jericho
Darek: Brother to Moriyah’s betrothed
Raviv: Moriyah’s betrothed
Yuval: Moriyah’s father’s faithful servant
Ora: Moriyah’s best friend
Eitan: Little boy Moriyah cares for

At thirteen, Moriyah had been branded on her face with the symbol of the goddess, Ashtoreth; a cres
Jan 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Cities of Refuge. It is not a topic in the bible that I have read much about, but the history surrounding it fascinated me. This is a new series by this author, but previous characters from other books came up very briefly. This is a completely new series though. I will say that I was really impressed once again by this author's talent in her writing. 

So, in my reading Tessa Ashfar, Mesu Andrews, this is another one to add to the pile of must haves, must reads. She brings you into the time perio
Sam B
This book is the first in Connilyn Cossette's new series Cities of Refuge.
If you are new to this author, let me first tell you that her books are amazing! But I truly believe, to get the best experience, all her books should be read in order.
This might be a new series, but I consider it a spin-off of her Out of Egypt series. This book focuses on Moriyah (a secondary character from Wings of the Wind). I really appreciate how this author truly connects all of her books together even though the ma
Kate (The Shelf Life)
Oh, my goodness! Where do I begin with this story?

Connilyn Cossette is an author I watch new releases for. Each story grows on the next and the world just blossom.

A Light on a Hill is the first of this new series, Cities of Refuge. It is a bit of spin off from her previous series, but still stands alone. If you haven't read any of the previous books, it's ok, but, you will want to read her other books.

This story follows Moriyah. She is a young woman who has a very nerve racking experience as a t
Feb 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Wow! A new author to add to my list of favorites.

A Light on the Hill is a fantastic beginning to a new series. The setting is 1399 BC Israel centering on the beginnings of the cities of refuge mentioned in Joshua 20. I was not prepared for the immediate immersion when I as the reader was drawn into the story. The author had my interest peaked in the very first paragraph. Ms. Cossette descriptive use of prose appeals to the senses, allowing the reader to step into Moriyah's world.
Moriyah is a
Jul 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018
Cossette brings another beautiful story, which is unpredictable. The blend of history + action + romance + Moriyah's introspection is done really well. I wish I had the audiobook to add another dimension to this story. I truly missed Sarah Mollo-Christensen since I have associated both Cossette and her together and reading this book brought Sarah's voice in my mind. ...more
Feb 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
Cossette has an extraordinary way of bringing Canaan 1406 BC to life. She paints a vivid canvas of the people, places and landscapes. I enjoyed the plot twist, romance and adventures. I did feel like Moriyah was not remorseful by what happened to Raviv’s sons. I understood her desperate flight but I think if I had done that I really couldn’t live with myself. A Light on the Hill is the second book I've read by Cossette. If you like biblical fiction, check this one out!
Sep 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A Light on the Hill is the first book in Connilyn Cossette’s new Cities of Refuge series. I think some of the characters featured in her previous Out from Egypt series, Counted with the Stars, Shadow of the Storm, and Wings of the Wind. I haven’t read any of the Out of Egypt series, but didn’t feel I missed anything.

A Light on the Hill is an insight into the life and culture of the times of the Old Testament—in this case, the years after the nation of Israel first arrived in the Promised Land un
Becky Van Daniker
Mar 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Oh my goodness! Where do I even begin?! A Light on the Hill is the first book that I’ve read by Connilyn Cossette and it won’t be my last! I recently found out that this is an indirect continuation of Wings of the Wind (from the Out of Eygpt series) which I have immediately added to my TBR!

If you’re looking for an intense page-turner, then you’ll want to check this one out. It takes place in the Cities of Refuge as found in Joshua. I personally thought this was unique and original because I know
Andrea Cox
This book was just okay for me.

Since this book carried over from the previous series by the same author, there are several mentions throughout to the Rahab incident which was not represented accurately to the biblical account. I will not go into details here, as the inaccuracies are much more prevalent in Wings of the Wind; for more information, see my review of that title. Though the inaccuracies were mostly glazed over in this book, this still bugged me and, along with the idol worship and der
Jan 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book is a must-read for lovers of biblical fiction. You will walk in time and place with the young woman Moriyah, hearing her heart, feeling her fear, knowing her Yaweh. This book is full of action, faith and fear. It will leave you with much to ponder in its wake. 

This book grows on you after you finish reading it. I consider that a mark of a good book.

It is beyond understanding how this author can transport her readers to a long ago time in a far away place, which she does so well. Point
Sep 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A Light on the Hill is a captivating story of redemption and second chances set against the dramatic backdrop of the Israelite settling the Promised Land post-Exodus. I'm a bit behind on Cossette's novels, as this is the first I've read since her debut, Counted With the Stars. While I thoroughly enjoyed Cossette's debut, in this, her fourth novel, one can fully appreciate her growth as a storyteller. Her debut was outstanding, but this story captivated my heart and imagination from start to fini ...more
Ariel Masters
Jul 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I wasn't supposed to actually read this book right now, much less finish it within twenty-four hours. I don't have time for that! I shouldn't have had time. Oh, I MADE time!

I love to browse books almost more than I enjoy reading them. It's weird, I know. I think it's because I have a thing for book covers. This one is so pretty! So, I opened to the prologue without reading the blurb, my intention being to add it to my Amazon Kindle Unlimited book list, IF I enjoyed or it stirred interest.

Ha. Ha
Jun 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Connilyn Cossette's writing style is so lyrical it begs to be read out loud. Exquisite descriptions about life and customs in biblical times -- I swear this author must have a time machine because she gets it right every time. At least, I feel like it's right for the time period. Even the dialogue. Not being in possession of a time machine, I can't say for certain. :-) But though I'm not widely read in the biblical fiction genre, I will always find room on my TBR pile for this author's novels. T ...more
May 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed, favorites
For some reason, Biblical fiction is not my go-to genre. But, since giving her first a try, I can’t read one of Connilyn Cosette’s books without fangirling. I know I need to put everything on hold because I’ll be useless until I finish them.

Moriyah has been branded by shame, and in protection of her family’s honour, and her pride, she’s hidden inside her home for seven years. Still, as anyone, she has dreams, for her land, her family and her future. Dreams which include finding someone who can
This book takes place right after the birth of Israel and during the wars for possession of the land by the Hebrews. Moriyah, at age 13, was captured by the Midianites during a war and taken to Jericho where she was turned over to the Temple priestess and branded as a prostitute. After rescue and before she could be used as a prostitute., she returned to her home where she kept her face covered in order to hide the shame of her branding. It is now 7 years later, and Moriyah's dad has arranged fo ...more
Christine Indorf
Dec 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: religion
Can you believe it guys I finished it and ending up enjoying the rest of the story. I still think the story is far fetched and unbelievable but I really enjoyed the love story of the main characters. Also I really love the story of the boy she ended up adopted!! I thought the ending was well written and enjoyable to read. I gave it here 4 stars, but for me if I could would have given it 3 1/2 stars. I don’t know if I will read the sequels? Anyone out there thinks that it’s worth it?? Would love ...more
Lydia Howe
Feb 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
Why I Choose This Book:

Folks. Miss Connilyn's writing is amazing. Goodness, y'all. Her Biblical fiction has drawn me in from the very first page every single time. When her last trilogy ended I was really sad because I REALLY wanted there to be a fourth book that featured one of the characters from the third book in the trilogy. Therefore, when I saw she had another series going, I jumped at the chance to be one of the earlier reviewers. I decided to go into the book totally blind - not even all
Aug 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
This was another well written and compelling example of Biblical fiction by Connilyn Cossette who is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors (This is the second book I've read by her). [Sidenote: My only issue with this book is that I came across a small spoiler from her other series, Out of Egypt, and not from the first book that I read right before this one; if I had realized that there were connections between the two series, I would have held off starting this one, but as this was my fau ...more
Rebekah Brown
A Light on the Hill is an engaging and well written story. I really enjoy Cossette’s biblical fiction novels. The history and biblical research is spot on, the details are rich, and the romance is sweet and well developed. Moriyah’s tale was no exception! Ready to read #2!
Jul 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: owned
This book was SO good ans just what I needed. I took this with me to Israel, and reading this book there made the story even more real and vivid.
Connilyn’s characters and setting and so detailed and realistic, it’s like you’re right there.
I especially loved Moriyah and her story. Just so precious.
Definitely a must read
Kelly Bridgewater
Dec 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A Light on the Hill by Connilyn Cossette is an interesting Biblical fiction story. Even though Biblical fiction is not my chosen choice of genre, I have heard wonderful things about Cossette's writing. While I haven't sampled any of her writing yet, I thoroughly enjoyed my introduction to her writing.
With Biblical fiction, I imagined a story set in a world that I'm unfamiliar with and characters relating to a world with the hope of God deeply ingrained in their every choice.

The writing was clea
Beth Erin
Nov 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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Kathleen (Kat) Smith
One of my favorite new genres is biblical fiction. It is taking factual events from the Bible, and creating a bit of a backstory to the characters we know about, but not everything about. It might even use a major biblical event as the setting for the novel, such as Connilyn Cossette has done brilliantly in her series, Cities of Refuge. The first novel in the series is A Light on The Hill, and takes the readers back just after the fall of the walls of Jericho.

Back to the lands filled with the i
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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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