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Like Flames in the Night

(Cities of Refuge #4)

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Strong-willed Tirzah wants to join her people in driving the enemy from the land of Israel and undergoes training for a secret mission inside the stronghold of Shechem. But soon after she has infiltrated the ruthless Aramean commander's kitchen, she makes a reckless decision that puts her and her allies in grave danger.

Fresh off the battlefield, Liyam returns home to
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Kindle Edition, 384 pages
Published March 3rd 2020 by Bethany House Publishers (first published March 2020)
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Deanne Patterson
Feb 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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Once again I was easily transported back into biblical times with Connilyn Cossette's fourth and final book in the Cities of Refuge series. I am sorry to see the closing of the series as I turned the last page in this book but have the delightful memories of reading the series and seeing the characters come to life, some of them grow up and have a stronger faith conviction. I highly recommend reading this series in order for the full complete story.
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Staci
Mar 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2020
Beautiful conclusion to the Cities of Refuge Series. It was wonderful to get up to date on many characters from prior novels.

The beginning of the novel immediately pulled me in. Both to Tirzah and Liyam. Each have tragically lost their spouses and have no living children. This leaves them driven to accomplish their personal goals. Their paths intersect in spectacular fashion.

Having a heroine that is a female spy was plausible and fascinating. I could feel the tension at times as she put herself
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Elizabeth
Connilyn Cossette has really knocked it out of the park with her entire Cities of Refuge series. Each story was a treat to read and, although Im sad it has to end, I can easily see myself revisiting this series very soon. Like Flames in the Night deals with big issues like loss and heartache, self-worth, vengeance and forgiveness. There is more than enough intrigue and danger to keep the pages turning and the spy craft will have your heart racing.

I would recommend reading the series in order as
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Beth
Like Flames in the Night is an engrossing read. It pulled me in with an immediate ease, and the excitement doesn't let up until the end. The plot is just so fun and exciting, full of adventure and tension at many points in the story. Cossette makes the idea of a female spy a plausible one, due to Tirzah's life circumstances, as well as her position as the sister to Hebrew spies and soldiers. I appreciate that both of these characters, Tirzah and Liyam, are more mature characters. They have ...more
Erin Laramore
Feb 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
What a stunning conclusion to this series! Book 4 in the Cities of Refuge series is about Tirzah, the youngest of Moriyah and Darek's children. Fans of the series and the "Out of Egypt" series will be glad to see some familiar faces (my favorite character was back!!!!), but there is enough history in this book that if you haven't read the others, you won't be lost. I would still recommend reading these in order and reading this series after the "Out of Egypt" series in order to BEST enjoy this ...more
Monique
Like Flames in the Night by Connilyn Cossette is the fourth and final book in the Cities of Refuge series. We follow both Tirzah (whom weve seen grow up in the previous books) and Liyam, a new character. Liyam is a widower who just lost his little daughter, and has sworn vengeance on the man who killed her by driving recklessly. If youve read the previous books, you know that Tirzahs family has a history with blood avengers which might cause some friction...

Tirzah is a very spirited woman, with
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Raechel
Mar 03, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020-reads
And just like that, this lovely series comes to an end. Like Flames in the Night is the fourth and final book in the Cities of Refuge series. It was a very good ending, but I am sad to see it all wrapped up and completed. In the best of ways of course. :) These characters have all become so familiar and loved. <3

Tirzah is the central character in this beautiful novel. She is spirited, strong, and quick-witted. She convinces her brother to allow her to be a spy in their work to recover the
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MJSH
Mar 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
"Justice without mercy was tyranny, and mercy without justice was lawlessness. Yahweh had created both to work together, for his glory and for our good."

This book's powerful words will remain with you long after its last words have been read. The soul-stirring journey of Liyam's heart will have you weeping, rejoicing, and cheering as he's gently led to understand God's justice, mercy, and forgiveness. The two first-person point of view from Tirzah and Liyam flows seamlessly to create a
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Phyllis
Mar 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A stunning conclusion to the series!

Intrigue. Spies. Mercenaries. Vengeance.

Like Flames in the Night is an amazing story that kept me thrilled from the opening sentence to the final period. As Tirzah followed her calling from God and infiltrated the house of the Aramean commander in Shechem to spy out his secrets, I was fascinated. Imagining what it would have been like for this godly woman to be exposed to the debauchery of the people subjugating her land and yet serving them humbly in order to
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Kailey
Mar 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
It took me a little bit to get into this book, mainly because I hadn't read the others in the series. There was plenty of detail that helped me figure everything out though. I enjoyed this book after that. I liked Tirzah. She was such a strong character. I plan on reading the other books later so I can read this again. I don't usually read Biblical fiction, but this one was pretty good. I do like the idea of these kinds of books helping us to look a little deeper into Biblical stories.


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Tina at Mommynificent
I absolutely loved this strong and powerful conclusion to the Cities of Refuge series! After watching Tirzah grow in the past couple books, it was so fun to have her be the protagonist of this one. I love who she grew to be, her stubbornness and determination, and her love of her people. The new characters brought into this story are compelling, especially Liyam and his family, but it was Odeleya who really stole my heart. I found the themes of forgiveness and redemption to be very moving and ...more
Betti
Feb 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
One lone flame does little to push back the darkness, but many little flames will soon create a blaze that will defeat the darkness.

Wow! What an incredible finish to the Cities of Refuge series. There is suspense, spying, mercy, forgiveness and unconditional love - Yahweh for His people, Tirzah for Odeleya and the many who die to redeem their land. Tirzah is a young widow who is skillful, dedicated and a fast learner. She wants to help in the fight against the Aramean occupation of Judahs cities
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Rebecca
Mar 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
" . . the woman standing before me now, . . . .was no cowering shadow. She was magnificent."

Tirzah was determined to make a difference. Convincing her older brother Malakhi to train her as a soldier spy, she left home equipped with the necessary skills to infiltrate the stronghold of Shechem, prepared to become a conduit of information; confident that she could glean enemy secrets tossed out among careless conversations around the commander's table, where she would serve as a dutiful servant.
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Susan
Mar 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Expertly plotted, Cossette fleshes out stories that are briefly mentioned in the Bible, expertly blending fiction with spiritual truths. Cossette's beautifully written tale of Tirzah's and Liyam's journeys of faith in Like Flames in the Night, is compelling. The hero/heroine are both strong characters- each willing to sacrifice their own lives for the sake of the Hebrew people, fighting for God's promises in the Promise Land. I love how they encouraged others to embrace and fight for God's ...more
Anne
Mar 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Id slipped into places far more dangerous than Liyams broken heart.

Like Flames in the Night is the arresting conclusion to Cossettes Cities of Refuge series. This is by far one of the best biblical fiction stories I have had the pleasure to read. The author paints extraordinary word pictures.

She was like wine to my blood and breath to my dead bones.

Wow. So many times I had to stop and just soak in the beauty of the words I was reading. Overflowing with rich history and vividly drawn characters
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Clara
Feb 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, reviewed
What can I say, I am overcome with joy Connilyn Cossette decided to write one more book for the Cities of Refuge series. Surely it would have been incomplete without Like Flames in the Night as this is her best yet -- and I do not say that lightly.

No, Moriyah has come a looong way since "A Light on the Hill". Her family has come a long way.
Facing hostility, grief, and animosity, they've lived as fugitives, with Moriyah in particular unable to leave the walls of Kedesh, but that never stopped her
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Christie
Feb 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I have enjoyed all of the books in this series and am sad I won't be "seeing" these characters again. This story introduces some new characters that are just as strong & lovable as characters earlier in the series. This book focuses on the time when the Arameans conquered the Promised Land and oppressed the Hebrews. Othniel and his army are working to take back the land with the help of an unlikely heroine.

I received an advance copy of this book from the publisher. I was under no obligation
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Caroline
Mar 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2020
What a beautifully crafted story! This is another Cossette masterpiece.

1. Cossette's tantalizing words make the story so immersive and engage all my senses.
2. The spy angle is skillfully done and the parts in Shechem are all edge-of-the-seat exciting.
3. Though the whole book is engaging, I liked the first half more.
4. Bringing Alanah's and Moriyah's kids together is genius. I understand that it would not have been realistic for Alanah or Moriyah to travel far, but I wish they had a reunion.
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Gloria _ Moseley
Connilyn Cossette puts everything into "Like Flames in the Night" that one would expect from a series finale, and more. Tirzah goes where women (at least during Biblical times) were least likely to go...behind enemy lines to help save her people from oppression at the hands of the Arameans. The story is replete with twists and turns that continue to satisfy the reader again and again. Tirzah has enough passion for her cause to risk everything, but does she have enough passion to convince Liyam, ...more
Inspirationalfictionreader
Mar 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Like Flames in the Night by Connilyn Cossette is the fourth and, sadly, the final story in the Cities of Refuge series. I have loved every story in this wonderful series. I love how Connilyn has taken something we know very little about from the Bible and created such an interesting world that I did not want to leave.

There are so many things I love about this story, well, this entire series, but Im going to focus on the two things that make this series a must read. The characters and the writing
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Marian Baay
Feb 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Fantastic developed characters and a mesmerizing plot made this the perfect ending of a wonderful series. To me, this series was a great introduction to Cossettes work. This woman is a skilled writer and kept my attention throughout the book. Usually Im not a great fan of biblical fiction, but Cossette has a way of drawing me in with her spellbinding story line and interesting characters that became fast friends. I highly recommend the whole series! ...more
Gloria _ Moseley
Feb 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Connilyn Cossette puts everything into "Like Flames in the Night" that one would expect from a series finale, and more. Tirzah goes where women (at least during Biblical times) were least likely to go...behind enemy lines to help save her people from oppression at the hands of the Arameans. The story is replete with twists and turns that continue to satisfy the reader again and again. Tirzah has enough passion for her cause to risk everything, but does she have enough passion to convince Liyam, ...more
Nay Denise
Feb 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Received an eARC and finished copy for review.

I finished this book on February 25th and I am JUST writing this review. This book need to simmer in my mind so that I could structure this review. There are so many points, many loved characters, phenomenal moments that I don't know where to begin. Connilyn Cossette has ended such a phenomenal series with such a fantastic book. This conclusion in one word was SATISFYING . All my questions were answers, we see a close to the beloved family and it
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Loraine
"The consequences of our foolish decisions are always made clearer when we look backward on the path we traveled"

"If Mosheh (Moses) would have sent in ten women to spy in Canaan, we might have spent 40 years less in the wilderness."

This final book in the Cities of Refuge was a wonderful conclusion to this incredibly well-written series. The six Cities of Refuge were distributed throughout the Kingdom of Israel in the north and the Kingdom of Judah in the south, along both sides of the Jordan
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Lori
Mar 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I cannot even begin to tell you how much I loved this story and I'm sad to see this series end. To me, this series went rather quickly it was just that good! Connilyn has done such a great job with this series!
Biblical fiction is such a favorite of mine! (I fell in love when I read Jill Eilleen Smith's Sari).
When I seen the book Counted with the Stars I knew I had to try it. Well, I became a forever fan of Connilyn Cossette.
Her writing will make sure that you will fall in love with her
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Dorothy
Feb 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The last in the Cities of Refuge series by Connilyn Cossette, Like Flames in the Night, is my favorite of them all. Tirzah is not a weak woman with a sordid past, but instead is a strong, secure woman with a passion for her God, Yahweh, and His people. She is single minded in her purpose to destroy the Aramean power that has taken root against the Israelite nation over the past 8 years. She is willing to give it all and is a spark of inspiration to her fellow believers. Liyam, on the other hand, ...more
Fiction Aficionado
What a wonderful way to bring this series full circle and therefore to a close! This series has drawn together three of my fiction-reading sweet spotsbiblical fiction, romance, and suspense. Four sweet spots, really, when you consider that biblical fiction is also historical fiction by default. Ive loved the opportunity to learn more about the cities of refuge, to explore the tension between justice and mercy, and to think about the beautiful way in which the existence of these cities pointed to ...more
Wenona
Mar 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
WOW!!! 5 Stars ALL the Way! Connilyn Cossette does it again & again!

Like Flames in the Night was a hands down page-turner! I started this book in the afternoon and finished it only hours later (375 pages). For readers who want action - it has plenty, for those who want intrigue - you'll find it throughout - and of course there is also a beautiful love story that grows out of pain & loss. "Old Friends" from the City of Refuge series are revisited and what a joy that is - when you fall in
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Ochegba
Mar 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This final book in the Cities of Refuge series was a first for me but I enjoyed every minute of it. Delving into biblical history and learning more about the ties the Israelites were under Aramean rule and how they forgot God and how he saved them.
Tirzah was an interesting character. I loved how boldness, her desire to see the deliverance of her people and willingness to do what she could to help. Women spies are definitely awesome. Even when she wasn't sure of what the outcome might be, she was
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Jolene -
Feb 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
Like Flames in the Night by Connilyn Cossette engaged my attention immediately with Tirzah who easily claimed the spot as my favorite character. As a leader, shes strong and brave. As a spy, shes skilled and confident. As a human being, shes imperfect, yet tenacious. In short, shes the kind of woman I aspire to be! I loved that Liyam respects and affirms her as a valued, gifted warrior-leader.

With romantic tension, constant danger, and hard issues, the storyline of Like Flames in the Night moves
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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 ...more

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