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Until the Mountains Fall

(Cities of Refuge #3)

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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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Clara
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
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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
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...
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6/24/19

Took two days and I've come to the conclusion that this is a
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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
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Loraine
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
Abigail Harris
My Review:

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
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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
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Elizabeth
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
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Gracie
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
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MJSH
Jul 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2019
“But still she fled, leaving me battered and bleeding among the only remnants of my brother’s life, each of her parting footfalls another blow to the dream I’d not deserved, but had foolishly dared to hope for.”

Connilyn Cossette is a master at using the first person narrative to draw you into the hearts and souls of her beautifully crafted characters. Her vivid description of the ancient cities will pull you into that time period and have you walk in the sandals of the Israelites as they live an
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Laura
Jul 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you have been reading the Cities of Refuge series by Connilyn Cossette you will not be disappointed in Until the Mountains Fall, book number three.

Cossette has an excellent grasp on the time period and on her bible which shows clearly in this fascinating look at forced marriages within the Hebrew religion. In this case, Rivkah's husband Gidal dies, and her father (the head priest of Kedesh) announces she will marry his brother (Malakhi) to carry on his bloodline. A man Rivkah abhors.

Unfortuna
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S
Jun 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Amazing, amazing, amazing. I just finished Until the Mountains Fall and it was wonderful. One of those books that you simply can't put down and when it's done you want more. This is one outstanding read. The story tells of two lives, Rivkah and Malakhi, that have been intertwined since they were children, yet neither fully understands the other until they are adults that have faced adversity throughout their lives. The author also describes and helps her readers more fully understand the cities ...more
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.
Adrienne
When Rivkah’s husband dies, her father arranges for her to marry her husband’s brother, according to Torah law. Rivkah can’t stand the idea of marrying Malakhi, who tormented her as a child, and when she can’t convince her father to call off the marriage, she flees, planning to find work as a scribe. However, she soon finds that life outside the city of refugee she has always lived in is vastly different than what she anticipated. When Rivkah runs away from him, Malakhi, who has loved her for ye ...more
Flora
Jun 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It has been a very long time since I was unable to put a novel down but - thanks to the excellent writing skills of Connilyn Cossette - this book did just that for me!

Until the Mountains Fall is the love story of Rivkah and Malakhi, told alternately through his and her eyes.He is the heart throb of the city though somewhat immature and bumbling in his pursuit of the girl, until he loses her when she marries his brother instead. When tragedy struck and she becomes a widow not long after, traditio
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Dorothy
Jun 09, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sometimes love stories aren't perfect even in books. Two head-strong people, he's been in love with her for years but she never thought of him that way. She was married to his older brother who dies tragically and is now betrothed to him, the younger brother, per Levitic law. She runs away in rebellion of her religion and family believing that she knows better. How quickly she finds out she was wrong and feels like she can never return. He is heart-broken and squelches his hurt by joining the mi ...more
Nay Denise
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...
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6/24/19

Took two days and I've come to the conclusion that this is a
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C.E. Hart
Jun 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: biblical-fiction
The only time I say the words “oh my” is after reading the last page of a fabulous book. Until The Mountains Fall is such a touching story. And that moment in the story when I discover the title’s meaning…oh my… I fall into #TitleLove.

This is one of those times when I finish a book and have no idea how a review can do it justice. I can only say that this book fulfilled one of my main desires of reading. To be changed. Rivkah and Malakhi grow and change through this story, and their searches for
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Becky Lewis
Travel back in time and cultures to a land so different from ours, yet so very alike. Israel is a young nation, yet they are already leaving their first love. Compromise and complacency coupled with a blatant refusal to follow the Creator Who has led them to the new land leaves them vulnerable and divided.
It is against this thrilling backdrop we meet Rivkah, a widow who is promised to her husband’s brother. To what lengths will Rivkah go to escape an unwanted match, meant to give her security?
C
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Kathy DiDomizio
Jun 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Every time I read a book by gifted storyteller Connilyn Cossette, I feel like I have stepped right through the pages into the world that she has painted. My experience reading Until the Mountains Fall was certainly no exception!
Set during the time period between the Conquest and the Judges, this third installment of her Cities of Refuge series focuses on Rivkah the daughter of Kedesh’s High Priest, and Malakhi, the youngest son of a family she has known all her life. Rivkah had married Malahki’s
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Gracie
Jun 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
...more
Patti Whitson Stephenson
Jun 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
What an amazing story! This series by Connilyn Cossette is set in a time period of the nation of Israel that I’m not with which I’m not as familiar and her research for this time period is extensive. She has taken this research and incorporated it into a story that fired my imagination and pulled me completely into that time period as I read. But it’s the characters that seem to step off the page and become someone that I knew. Rivkah’s story is not pretty. Her story is loosely based on the Bibl ...more
Melinda Staley
Jun 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing

If you haven’t already, *run* and get this book pre-ordered!! It releases on Tuesday, 7/2, and is simply fantastic!!!
Connilyn has done it again and woven a tale that makes it hard to put down. With careful research into the period she writes, she holds fast to Biblical truths while using the gaps to weave her own stories of characters I’ve come to love even if I will never meet them in real life!
This book captivated me from the moment I began reading it. I am normally a person who will bounce be
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Anne
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.
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Jennifer
Jun 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
Recently widowed, Rivkah's father the priest betroths her to Malakhi, her husband's brother. In pain and rebellion at the forced marriage, Rivkah flees Kedesh and experiences even greater entrapment. Will she survive? And what secret is she hiding?
I really like Connilyn Cossette's writing style. It's clear, concise and well-paced. I also liked the depth of the main characters. Even though this is book three in the City of Refuge series, I had little problem following the plot once I sorted out
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Jodi
Jun 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Until Mountains Fall is the third book in Connilyn Cossette's Cities of Refuge series. It can be read as a stand alone, but I would recommend reading the first two books in this series as they are not only wonderfully written and enjoyable to read, but also will give you the back story of the families living in this city of refuge.

Book three is the story of Malakhi and Rivkah; who are featured at the end of Shelter of the Most High as a wayward boy with a penchant for tormenting a beautiful gir
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Leanne
Jun 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I have read all of the other books in this series, so I had a feeling this new book was going to be a good one. But even I was surprised with the twists and turns in this story, and I finished reading it way faster than I thought possible! A lot of the time when I am reading a good book it can be really hard to put it down, but this time I almost had to pry the book from my own hands. I just had to see what would happen next!

Although I will say this book had more sad events/bad decisions than
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Christine
Jun 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I have followed the stories of this family throughout this series and love this latest installment!

Kedesh is a city of refuge in the Promised Land. This story takes place soon after the death of Joshua (who took over as leader when Moses died). Rivkah, daughter of the High Priest over Kedesh, has grown up with the children of Darek and Moriyah (the hero and heroine of the first book of the series). She married one of their sons but had been widowed. Her father insisted that she follow Jewish tra
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Hannah-rose Russell
Tear-jerking, action-packed, and suspenseful! Connilyn Cossette exceeds expectation with her latest novel, Until the Mountains Fall!

Recently widowed, Rivkah is looking to escape her impending marriage with her late husband's brother, Malakhi, a boy who has tormented her since childhood. Denying to obey the Torah and fulfill her duty, Rivkah wastes no time in running away when the opportunity arises. Fleeing Kedesh, a city of refuge, for a life of freedom, Rivkah believes that her life will final
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Betti
Jun 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
When we are on the front line, the magnitude of what we are facing seems insurmountable. It’s also very easy to forget one important detail. For our heroine, Rivkah, there is a huge difference between her view of the battle and how God sees it!. Losing her husband very early in their marriage has left her facing a struggle she wants no part of. Malikhi, the younger brother of her deceased husband, has chosen to wed Rivkah, even though she is adamant this will not happen. Choices she makes put he ...more
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Connilyn Cossette is the CBA-Bestselling, Christy Nominated author of the Out from Egypt Series and the Cities of Refuge Series from Bethany House Publishers. When she’s 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. She delights in discovering new gems of grace that po ...more

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Cities of Refuge (4 books)
  • A Light on the Hill (Cities of Refuge, #1)
  • Shelter of the Most High (Cities of Refuge, #2)
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“Our family was built atop the ruins of tragedy, Rivkah, each brick fashioned from mercy. You will find no stones in their palms.” 1 likes
“…but one chance moment beneath a flowering terebinth two years ago had changed everything, transforming Rivkah from the girl I’d teased to exasperation into one whose beauty enthralled me nearly as much as her intelligence and spirit” 1 likes
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