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Until the Mountains Fall

(Cities of Refuge #3)

4.67  ·  Rating details ·  1,132 ratings  ·  257 reviews
Recently widowed, Rivkah refuses to submit to the Torah law compelling her to marry her husband's brother and instead flees Kedesh, hoping to use her talents as a scribe to support herself. Without the protections of her father, Kedesh's head priest, and the safety of the city of refuge, Rivkah soon discovers that the cost of recklessness is her own freedom.

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Hardcover, 352 pages
Published July 2nd 2019 by Bethany House Publishers (first published July 2019)
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Deanne Patterson
While I do visualize from what I am reading I noticed the author has an amazing Pinterest board for this book. I highly recommend you look at it as you read this book as it will enhance your reading experience so much!
It's just amazing how the author makes this so long ago time period come alive right off the pages. Fascinating because the time period is so different from ours yet we as people are still the same and have the same basic needs.
This is my favorite Connilyn Cossette book of all tim
Nov 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I seldom give a 5-star review, but I’d give Cossette’s six if I could. As a writer, I marveled at the unique and vibrant word choices of her descriptions. As a reader, I was pulled into the Israelites’ post-settlement world of Canaan and felt the high wall of Kadesh, a city of refuge, surrounding me.
Malakhi was transformed from the impish little brother in a previous book to the handsome, wounded warrior that stole my heart. And Rivkah—what a wonderfully complex heroine! On one page I wanted to
Jul 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kindle, speculative
This is my favorite story so far in Cossette's Cities of Refuge series. Taking place during the time period of the book of Joshua and Judges when God told Joshua to establish cities of refuge for those who had accidentally killed someone, this novel is a story of the prodigal daughter. Rivkah's husband has died and according to Hebrew law, she must marry her husband's brother to continue his name. But Malakhi is only 16 and very immature compared to her. He has spent their growing up years peste ...more
May 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I seldom give a 5-star review, but I’d give Cossette’s six if I could. As a writer, I marveled at the unique and vibrant word choices of her descriptions. As a reader, I was pulled into the Israelites’ post-settlement world of Canaan and felt the high wall of Kadesh, a city of refuge, surrounding me.

Malakhi was transformed from the impish little brother in a previous book to the handsome, wounded warrior that stole my heart. And Rivkah—what a wonderfully complex heroine! On one page I wanted to
Lady Alexandrine
Jun 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
Connilyn Cossette in her novel “Until the Mountains Fall” recreates the world of the Bible with skill and detailed knowledge of the realities of daily life. The novel follows Rivkah, a spoiled and headstrong girl, whose father is the head priest in Kedesh, one of the cities of refuge, where the manslayers, could escape the wrath of avengers of blood and live in peace. Rivkah is a young widow and according to the rules of levirate marriage, she should marry a younger brother of her deceased husba ...more
Jun 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, reviewed
Sometimes we can get lost in ideologies and philosophies... or some misplaced conviction.
What we fail to notice is that there's something deeper leading us there. We'd usually point out desire or temptation, but what about grief? And, in truth, can it just be a deep aching thirst we are trying to quench?

"Until the Mountains Fall" is Connilyn Cossette's story of a prodigal daughter. She honest when portraying anger and selfishness leading Rivkah's decision, to the point that we wonder how much do
Until the Mountains Fall is a beautiful addition to the Cities of Refuge series. The setting, characters, and story are so fully realized that I was hard pressed to put the book down. Rivkah is not the easiest character to love, however, her growth throughout the story is a thing of beauty. Nursing some deep hurts, she makes a selfish decision that ultimately alters the very course of her life. Time passes, and we see her again, a much more careful and guilt-laden woman.

Malakhi has loved Rivkah
Until the Mountains Fall was a bittersweet continuation to the CITIES OF REFUGE series by Connilyn Cossette. I think it's my favorite book of the series! It was exciting to travel back to these Biblical times and reunite with characters from previous books ... Moriyah, Sofea, and so on. It's so interesting to glimpse what the Israelites' lives might have looked like as Joshua led them to settle in the Promised Land.

Rivkah was a different kind of character. Living in a city of refuge and betrothe
Jul 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2019
Spectacular! This third novel of the Cities of Refuge Series pulled me in from the beginning and kept hold of my heart and interest to the very end.

Rivkah didn't realize how good her life was until she left it behind. She is a talented scribe for her father in Kedesh and chooses to flee for a "better" opportunity.

I loved so many characters and what a delight to reconnect with characters from earlier novels. Connilyn has set the bar very high with Until the Mountains Fall. It was well written, en
Rivkah's husband recently died and her father agreed to put her into a levitate marriage in which she is to marry her husband's younger brother, Malachi. Rivkah is not at all interested and runs away to another town. Life is not what she expected and has to sell herself into slavery. In the meantime Malachi has never stopped loving her and keeps waiting for her to return. When the opportunity arises to rescue her Malachi puts his life on the line to save her. This is a heart wrenching and triump ...more
Michaela Selway
Jun 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Rivkah, the daughter of the priest in Kedesh, has witnessed many years of pain and frustration; the death of her mother, which nobody understands, her marriage to a man she barely knows - and then his death - and now levirate marriage to his brother - a boy that has tormented and teased her since childhood.

When life feels as if it is too much and that everything is out of control, Rivkah decides to leave it all behind and start fresh. Through her journey away from her hometown, however, Rivkah f
Jul 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Just when I thought I’d read the best Connilyn Cossette book ever, this stunning story landed in my life.

This fascinating book is a richly woven journey of redemption, hope, love, and forgiveness.

Connilyn Cossette did a magnificent job carrying the reader back through history to an incredibly volatile and powerful time, and exploring some lesser-known events through the eyes of two characters whose brokenness and grief chased them far from home, but who learn that the awe-inspiring goodness of
Jul 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“Every day I stand here on the roof before I pray and just watch the road, imagining she will appear..."

Connilyn Cossette has written a powerful re-telling of The Prodigal Son. Until the Mountains Fall powerfully balances tension and humor in such an eloquent way; completed by its cast of fallible, relatable characters. As I read along, I fell deeper and deeper emotionally and spiritually in to the story, feeling apprehensive when Rivkah was in rebellion and grieving the choices she had made
Claudi Lourens
Jan 02, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Nay Denise
Jun 22, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Received an eARC and finished paperback copy from the author for review.

This was just wow...finished this book about 20 mins ago...taking time to gather my thoughts. I'm debating between a 4 or 4.5 ⭐ rating. I'm more partial to the first two books. I did love Malakhi and Rivkah. They had amazing personalities. All the characters were amazing. That epilogue KILLED me!

Full review to come shortly...


Took two days and I've come to the conclusion that this is a
Oct 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
I am really enjoying Cities of Refuge series, but the wait is too long (from each book) and in the process, I am not always entirely sure where everyone fits or who they are, but it doesn't detract from loving this story of excellent writing, characters that you can root for, and of course a good plot! I am looking forward to the last book, which I'll probably read a year from now! :) ...more
Beth Erin
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With a gentle nod to the story of the prodigal son, Until the Mountains Fall is a breathtaking addition to the Cities of Refuge series. Cossette masterfully brings the diverse cultures of biblical times to life with vivid authenticity.

The story of Rivkah and Malaki presents a complex combination of childhood frienemies, sibling linked relationship, and marriage of convenience. I was enthralled by each subtle emotion, motivation, and reaction.

Each installment
Jenna Van
Jun 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
One of the things that I love about Biblical fiction is the hopeful thread of God’s faithfulness which is almost always woven throughout the story. If hope is a thread, then this book is a magnificent tapestry. This is by far one of the most redemptive, uplifting, powerful Biblical fiction novels I have ever read. If not the most.

This book really showcased the power of love; familial love, a father’s love, romantic love, and the love of God. I so enjoyed watching Malakhi mature from boy, to youn
Until the Mountains Fall is probably my favorite book by Ms. Cossette. The Cities of Refuge books touch on a little known period of history following the Israelites return to the Promised Land of Israel, before the book of Judges. Cossette's attention to historical detail and vivid descriptions combine with elegant prose in an enthralling story that transcends historical settings and is relevant even today.

The compelling theme of forgiveness is interwoven in this re-telling of the prodigal son,
Abigail Harris
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Genre: Biblical fiction.

My Rating: 5 stars! (I’ve found some good books this week!)

My Recommendation: 13 to 16 up depending on how readers like romance. . . Warnings below, too.

My Favorite Character: Though she made mistakes and was at first a somewhat spoiled character she soon grew into a wonderful woman who fits perfectly with this

My Verse for Rivkah is Mark 5:34
And he said unto her, Daughter, thy faith hath made thee whole; go in peace, and be whole of thy plague. (King James Versi
Hallie Szott
Oh, the Cities of Refuge series just keeps getting better. The detail with which Connilyn Cossette brings the story of Until the Mountains Fall to life is exquisite, and the emotion through it all jumps off the page with startling clarity. It’s a story not to be skipped; whether you’re an avid reader of biblical fiction or one newer to the genre, this is a book to enjoy.

When she flees her home after the death of her husband, Rivkah believes she’s embarking on a better life—yet, as she soon learn
With this story, Connilyn Cossette has permanently jumped onto my list of auto buy authors! I don’t read a lot of Biblical fiction, but if Connilyn Cossette’s name is on it, I’m going to read it! She writes stories that are so lyrical and beautiful and moving. Her characters are ones that will stick with you for a long long time. This entire series is amazing!

Let’s start with Malakhi. What an incredible character! He was so giving, caring, kind, and patient (especially with Rivkah!) At one point
Naomi Musch
Oct 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I always see friends raving about Connilyn Cossette's books, and I finally read one. I just finished Until the Mountains Fall. Set between the Conquest and the time of the Judges, this prodigal daughter tale does a great job of making the reader very uncomfortable while also giving us hope and a rich story. Like the Biblical prodigal son story, there are times I disliked the main character, the heroine, because I could see she was stepping into some terrible choices. But if everyone saw our hear ...more
Erin Laramore
Jun 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Connilyn Cossette knocks another one out of the park! She is a master at story-telling from Old Testament times! Until the Mountains Fall is the 3rd book in the Cities of Refuge series. While this story can stand alone on its own, I would strongly recommend reading at least book 1 (A Light on the Hill) as the story from that book is referenced quite a few times in this one and it is actually resolved in this book.

This book takes place after the Israelites have taken the Promised Land. The death
Marian Baay
Jun 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Wow, I was so intrigued by this series! From page one till the end, I was hooked. I don't read many biblical historical fiction, but Cossette's books grabbed my attention and I'm glad I finally took the time to read her fantastic work. The characters seem so real and became fast friends. The idea of writing a series about the cities of refuge is original and I enjoyed this different kind of setting than what I usually read. Connilyn Cossette has a new fan! I look forward to her future books. ...more
Jun 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Oh! This book! From late night reading sessions to a bit of ugly crying, this was such a stunning entry in a magnificent family saga. Connilyn Cossette truly has a gift for bringing the Old Testament to life with intrigue and romance as abundant as the milk and honey of the Promised Land.

Rivkah and Malakhi have been butting heads since childhood. Malakhi, a particularly mischievous child, enjoyed teasing the too serious Rivkah and she has never forgotten his harassment. After a brief marriage to
Jul 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Just finished this delightful read and I'm wondering if anyone noticed the theme here? It's in one of Jesus' parables and one of my favorites of all of His stories!!
I was really happy to return to Kedesh with all of my friends again!! It seems forever in between books!!
Forgiveness is also the theme here.
Forgiveness is a very important part of our lives even in Biblical times.
I love Connilyns' stories!! I love how she makes the characters come to life from the Bible. It's amazing that you can f
Jul 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Wow. When you think this author can't surprise you with a better book than she has written previously, and when she does, you end up sitting on the couch staring at your book for a bit.
That is what I did when I finished this story.
The honor of showing the Prodigal son story, set in the old testament was so touching, I felt every heart strong being pulled. Sacrifice, but also a temptation to sacrifice oneself when you did not need to as well as a clear lesson portrayed well. I loved this series
With a nod to The Prodigal Son and Hosea and Gomer stories in the Bible, Until the Mountains Fall by Connilyn Cossette packs a serious punch. This is a novel that I won’t soon forget. It is amazing, engaging, and so unputdownable that it took me only two sittings to read. I loved everything about this story — the adventurous plotline, the realistic and endearing characters, the setting, and the historical detail. It is very clear that Cossette conducted some serious and thorough research for thi ...more
Lydia Howe
Aug 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019

Connilyn Cossette is my only 100% auto-buy author – except I’ve never had to auto-buy her books because I’ve gotten to be on the review team for each and every one of her books. Y’all, I can’t tell you how honored I am to be able to say that! Seriously, every time I’ve been chosen to review one of her books I do an internal, external, and internet happy dance. (Just check out my reviews below to see my gushing.)

Miss Connilyn is my very favorite Biblical Fiction author – and
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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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