Until the Mountains Fall

Until the Mountains Fall

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.Malakhi has sec...

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Until the Mountains Fall Reviews

  • Erin Laramore

    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

    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 of Joshua happens in the midst of this story. It was absolutely fascinating to see the gradual fall of the nation of Israel. How one compromise led to another until it was flat-out disobedience to God's law, the Torah. When I read the scriptures, I am quick to harshly judge the nation of Israel for forgetting how they crossed the Red Sea, and how the walls of Jericho fell..... but when I read about it one compromise at a time, I see how this happens in my own life and in our current generation as well.

    The story line in this book follows Rivkah, the daughter of the priest in Kedesh, and Malakhi, the youngest son of Moriyah and Darek (who we met in A Light on the Hill). We meet Rivkah and Malakhi Briefly in Shelter of the Most High (book 2 in the Cities of Refuge series) as youngsters. Now they are grown and are betrothed in a Levirite marriage after the death of Gidal, Malakhi's older brother and Rivkah's husband. In her grief, she flees the city in an attempt to get out of the betrothal and make her own way. When she has to face her past several years later, and Malakhi again, how will she respond?

    This story was such a beautiful tale of the love and grace of God. With elements from one of the parables Jesus told about God's love for all who are lost, this story brought tears of joy at the grace that was shown. I loved the full gamut of emotions, the depth of the characters and the conflicts that happen when we interpret without communication. The characters in this book were all likable and relateable, the story line was very well done, and the romance was so sweet and tender. I loved everything about this book! I would recommend for lovers of historical romance and those who enjoy delving into the missing parts of the scriptures to see what might have happened.

    Special thanks to Bethany House Publishers for an advanced copy of this book. I was not required to write a review and the thoughts contained herein are my own.

  • 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

    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 Malakhi’s older brother Gidal, the newely widowed Rivkah balks when her father promises her in marriage to her tormentor. When her father refuses to be swayed, insisting this marriage will be good for her, she flees Kedesh. Malakhi is left reeling from Rivkah’s betrayal and finds himself drowning in bitterness. When their paths cross again can they learn to understand each other and step onto the path God has laid before them?

    Until the Mountains Fall is a love story rife with pride and humbleness, rejection and acceptance and plenty of forgiveness along the way. It is so easy to see yourself in these characters and their struggles that you won’t see the emotional waves coming until they roll right over you. While this book could be read as a standalone, I would recommend reading it within the series. This a must read for fans of Biblical fiction and romance.

    I received a copy of this book from the author and Bethany House Publishers. All opinions are my own.

  • C.E. Hart

    The only time I say the words “oh my” is after reading the last page of a fabulous book.

    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

    The only time I say the words “oh my” is after reading the last page of a fabulous book.

    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 happiness, fulfillment, and forgiveness changed me as well. I connected with Rivkah’s stubbornness as well as Malakhi’s persistence.

    To be completely honest, the parable of the Prodigal Son has always troubled me. My sympathies sided with the son who had stayed loyal and honored and respected his father. I felt for him when it seemed his father didn’t appreciate his loyalty and celebrated the return of the reckless son who had turned his back on everything and everyone who loved him. I understood how the loyal son might feel overlooked and unappreciated.

    But now, after reading this story, inspired by the story of the wayward son, but involving a rebellious daughter instead, I understand fully. The loyal son in the Bible wasn’t overlooked or taken for granted, but the father’s grief for the missing son weighed so heavily on his father’s heart that his answered prayers relieved the unbearable grief he’d held in for so long.

    I’ve loved the first three books in the

    and can’t wait for the conclusion,

    Quotes from the book:

    Connilyn’s books have gorgeous covers—all of them—but this one…oh my!

    I love the title and the sentiment behind it.

    ★★★★★

    : Connilyn Cossette

    : Bethany House Publishers

    : Cities of Refuge Book 3

    : 352

    :

    : I received a complimentary copy from the publisher and NetGalley. I was under no obligation to post a positive review.

    #UntilTheMountainsFall #CoverLove #TitleLove

  • 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

    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 pestering and taunting her and that is all she can see in him. So she and a cousin take off for better times and better places which in turn lands them in a great deal of trouble.

    This is a story of growth, forgiveness, second chances, self-sacrifice and never giving up on God's plans for you. It captivated me from start to finish. Cossette has the ability to bring the time period to life and draw the reader right in to all its sights, sounds, and everyday life. Her historical detail paints pictures that leave lasting images in my mind. But best of all, her Biblical foundation is always true to God's Word.

    Outstanding Biblical series.

  • Michaela Selway

    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

    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 falls deeper and deeper into a pit of guilt and imagination - one that leads to believe that she cannot be saved, loved, or forgiven. You know those conversations you have in your mind where you construct the comments of your loved ones. That is the reality of Rivkah, every day for five years.

    On the other side of the story is Malakhi - a man who plays two characters in this book. In the beginning he is lighthearted yet confident. He is a man who knows what he wants and is determined to do everything he can to get it. He is a man of his word, loyal, and faithful to the end. Yet in the wake of Rivkah's desertion, he becomes ruined. The pain of her betrayal leads him to be callous and resentful, unwilling to move past this painful chapter in his life. Only a few understand the depth of his pain as linked to his deep love for Rivkah. And so after five years of waiting, in order to honour Rivkah's father, he goes and searches for her.

    I could not put this book down. I think this is mostly because this book is so unexpected. I have heard this word travelling around a lot in my life lately and it is SO true in this situation. I had no idea what would happen next. With each page turn I assumed something would happen, and then something completely different would. And I must say, it was an extremely unexpected, but lovely, surprise.

    Rivkah reminded me a lot of myself. I know that almost everyone has gone through a similar time of walking away and doing things they shouldn't have and then learning about God's grace and coming home - but it was in the way Rivkah internalised it that I saw the similarities. She held on to the pain and almost let it define her - using it to remind her of her place and how she felt like she almost deserved to be there because how could she come home. It was in this that Connilyn was so true to real life, not giving in to the fantasies of fiction. There were some people in this book who struggled to forgive Rivkah - in this way it was honest. We can't always expect everyone to love us and move on. When we cause pain, sometimes the consequences are out of our hands. But it is through characters such as Malakhi and her father Amitai that we realise that grace is possible. Hope is possible. And that sometimes, we need to stop allowing our past and our mistakes to define who we are in the present and the future. It is God who defines us and who has the power to wash away our sins.

    One moment that really stuck out to me was Rivkah's relationship to God throughout this process. She did not abandon His ways, though she abandoned Him. Over time she believed the lie that He could not forgive her, but in such a way that she was almost too afraid to approach Him because it meant vocalising the mistakes she had made. It meant confronting her past. In many ways, this resonated with me. Through everything I have done, I feel liked I stick to God's ways because I know His ways are best, but that doesn't mean I have the confidence to turn to Him and speak. Just as Rivkah, I have been too afraid.

    This book was beautiful and I guarantee that you will not be able to put it down. The story is thrilling and it ties together storylines from the whole series. Reparations are made in lifelong rifts and closure is found. I would highly recommending venturing through Kedesh, Laish, and Edrei with Rivkah and Malakhi.

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  • Clara

    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

    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 does she love her father. But Conni also portrays very well the blindness we don't notice that guide our actions. This darkness we don't know how to handle.

    Rivkah is sobered soon enough, as we find out five years later her misdeeds. The guilt of not being able to undo a list of many things has her on her knees. We find a Rivkah who has been humbled but is still desperate inside because prison has become her reality. How can she find the strength to go against the system, how can she hold on to hope as she has abandoned the Author of life and faith?

    Malakhi has loved Rivkha forever, but he never imagined his dream of marrying her would come at the cost of his dear brother's death. But when she betrays him, he decides to occupy his mind wit preparation for war. But, five years later, we find the mischievous Malakhi broody and given into the limitations of a war wound. It seems as if Yahweh is taking everything from him, not to mention leaving him with a family who only pastures him to get married.

    When Malakhi and Rivkah's path crosses once again, they barely recognize each other's soul, and the what-ifs, if patience had been nurtured during difficult times, are dangled between them.

    I was wary about how Connilyn would open up Rivkah's heart towards Malakhi, and how his offering of forgiveness would be played out. But I'm glad to say it was organically done. To the point of tears.

    If you've read the Cities of Refuge series, then you know forgiveness is sometimes an unmentioned but always an important theme. And here, in Until the Mountains Fall, we have the perfect portrait of a love that's unending in pursuit, yet not naive. Grounded in the depths of knowledge of who the giver is are and who there loved ones were made to be.

    I can't wait for Tirzah's book!!!

    *I received an ARC from the publisher. This is my honest review.

  • Shantelle

    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

    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 betrothed to the son of an accidental killer, she is straining against the things that she feels hold her back. I found this whole storyline to be unique from many books with just a little twist in how everything turns out. Rivkah isn't a perfect characters and she certainly isn't always right. Watching her path to redemption was compelling.

    Malakhi definitely had some character growth throughout the course of the book, too, and that was great! I really enjoyed these characters and the different dynamics of the story. While this story is set in the Old Testament ... it also is based on a parable from the New Testament! Which was really neat and heartfelt.

    There were some emotional moments ... especially the one at the end for one of our dear characters!

    Overall, an exciting read. Though I felt like the first two books in the serious were a little too heavily-focused on romance/attraction, this one was better in my personal opinion. And I look forward to reading

    !

    Until the Mountains Falls

  • Lady Alexandrine

    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

    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 husband to preserve his line. According to Torah, the first child born from such a marriage would be concerned a child of her dead husband and his rightful heir.

    Rivkah is devastated by the death of her husband and feels she was not given enough time to grief. She doesn’t like her new betrothed Malakhi, because he bullied her as a child and besides, he is only sixteen, two years younger than her. In any case she considers him only a mean, silly boy, that will make her life unbearable. She goes to great lengths to break the betrothal, but Malakhi stubbornly refuses to release her. Under the façade of easy manner and indifference he hides deep feelings for Rivkah. He wants to prove to her that he can be a thoughtful, loving husband, but the girl is just as stubborn and refuses to give him a chance. Finally, she makes an ill-conceived and risky decision to flee and start a life apart from her family on her own terms. Of course it all ends in a disaster.

    I won’t give anything away, but the story of Rivkah and Malakhi was heartfelt and engaging. It was hard to like Rivkah at the beginning, because she was acting very childish, but she was grieving and it didn’t seem right that she was forced into betrothal only a month after her husband’s death. Most of all I enjoyed the setting of the story around 1380 BC in the ancient cities of refuge. The author weaves the story with ease, emotions of the characters feel real, although I didn’t like some of their behaviour and choices. The only weaker part in my opinion was the fighting scene… I got the impression the author didn’t enjoy writing about fighting men and she wanted to be done with that as fast as possible. It could be so much more dramatic and engaging, but it was strangely flat. I also would like to read more about the secondary characters, they were interesting, but I felt that there were not enough scenes with them. Anyway, Rivkah and Malakhi were a lovely pair and they deserved the HEA after all they went through.

    I recommend this novel for fans of Christian historical fiction, especially Biblical fiction. The period showed in the book follows the death of Joshua and appears in the Bible before the Judges.

    I received "Until the Mountains Fall" from the publisher via NetGalley. I would like to thank the author and the publisher for providing me with the advance reader copy of the book.

  • Nay Denise

    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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    Took two days and I've come to the conclusion that this is a

    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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    Took two days and I've come to the conclusion that this is a 4 star read for me. I love Conni's writing and how she is able to pull me into the story as a whole and keep me invested in the characters. I'm giving this a 4 star rating because I couldn't fully connect with Malakhi and Rivkah like I did the previous characters in books one and two. I did enjoy both Malakhi and Rivkah though. I think if they had more interaction in the sequel I would be able to love the book more.

    Rivkah is a sassy and stubborn girl. She was two years older than Malakhi, just lost her husband of four months and now is betrothed to the younger brother. She's very adamant about her feelings towards Malakhi and harsh. She seeks to do things her way and not anyone else. I loved her comical and sarcastic remarks. She struggled with a lot of emotions and wounds from the time her mother died. Seeing her grow from this selfish person into a loving wife was amazing.

    Malakhi is a mischievous boy but also the most handsome guy in Kedesh. He is betrothed to his brothers wife, but he's always had feelings for her. I loved Malakhi and how pure his heart was. He was hardworking, caring, had a big heart and was kind. His strength was amazing. Seeing him mature and become a man was absolutely beautiful. I loved everything about him.

    The romance was amazing. Reminded me of a second chance romance. Though the two were being married due to levitical law, they also seemed to both have feelings for one another. Seeing them become true lovers after years of Malakhi bullying Rivkah was amazing. The truth behind Malakhi bullying broke my heart because his intentions were pure though done wrong. Their love was just amazing!

    Moriyah and Darek are the best couple ever to me! I loved them though they had few parts. Just seeing them love each other and raise their family from book one to now makes my heart jump with joy. Eitan and Sofea are soooo adorable with their kids! I loved them and how Eitan tried to help Malakhi. I adored Abra, Channa and Tirzah. Just all amazing! Baz still cracks me up!

    Amitai, Rivkah's father and the priest in Kedesh, was annoying at first because I thought he was flashy and like the pharisees. However, I ended up loving him so much for his unending love he showed Rivkah. A great father! Amit was stinking adorable!! He made me heart so happy. I need more of him alone lol.

    Raviv was a surprise for me! I always disliked him from books one and two, but this book made me sad for him. I'm glad it ended the way it did but not how it did. He seemed to be a great father. Nessa was a stubborn girl. I didn't care for how quick she was in wanting to leave home. I did like her growth as a character and learning who her family was. Samil was an evil person. He was a horrible master who was filled with lust and greed. That end was unexpected, but laughable at the same time.

    I adored the view of a father's love and the use of the parable of the Prodigal Son in this book. It was well written and made easy to understand apply to life now. I love all the faith aspects and watching the characters struggle with their faith.

    Overall, I highly recommend this book! I cannot wait for the fourth and final book,

    , to be released March 2020. I'm ready and not ready for the end of Moriyah and her family.

  • 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

    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 Version.) (Plague in this verse has to do with Rivkah’s sins.)

    My Thoughts: This Biblical fiction, was actually Biblical fiction — set during Bible times but not changing a book of the Bible. There isn’t much that people know about the time this novel was set in but Cossette showed what I imagine life was like during the time. She did amazing with the setting and stayed true to the time without taking away from the enjoyment of fiction. I loved this book and I don’t often say that about the Biblical fiction I read.

    Warnings: A man drugs a woman, slavery, some drinking, mentions of being unfaithful, (not true.), characters die . . . They are at war sometimes so, yeah, all that and stuff.

    I received an ARC of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review — all the thoughts are my own.

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