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.Mal...

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Until the Mountains Fall Reviews

  • Beth

    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 l

    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 for years but determined to set aside his feelings for her once she was betrothed to his brother. After his brother's death, he is to marry her. Both ecstatic and guilty over this, he determines to win her over. Years later, he's been abandoned, and has thrown himself into pursuits of war and fighting. Their meeting after some time has passed is fraught with tension and realistic emotions for both characters. It's an appropriate amount of feeling that accurately brings across the conflict and hurt they experience. It's messy, complicated, and oh so compelling. I just adored their growth as people and the tremendous journey that they undergo.

    The story of the prodigal son definitely comes to mind, though in this case, it is Rivkah, the prodigal daughter. I was moved to tears by certain scenes in this novel; this story of forgiveness is beautiful and one I won't soon forget. I was enthralled by the details of the settings; history is truly brought to life! Compelling characters and a heart-tugging story makes Until the Mountains Fall one of my favorite books of 2019. While this novel could be enjoyed as a standalone, I would recommend starting at the beginning of the series, as books one and two are wonderful stories as well. Plus, it's fun to see characters that you've "met" in the previous books.

    I received an advanced copy of this novel from the publisher. This review is my honest opinion.

  • Staci

    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.

    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, engaging and based on Biblical and historical facts.

    My gratitude to publisher Bethany House for a complimentary copy of the novel. I was not required to post a review and all opinions expressed are my own.

  • Anne

    Connilyn Cossette has written a powerful re-telling of The Prodigal Son.

    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. That same grie

    Connilyn Cossette has written a powerful re-telling of The Prodigal Son.

    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. That same grief was only compounded when Rivkah assumed that she could never return home, especially to her betrothed.

    This story brought to mind how much I love my own children and how many times I have told them there is nothing they could ever do that would sever my love or close my arms to them. Poor Rivkah was cut to the core with self-incriminations that literally robbed five years of her life, causing deep rivulets of pain to her father and family. Remarkably, he never gave up hoping and trusting that one day they would be reunited. If you have a prodigal, I encourage you to maintain that same level of hope. God can fully restore them to their faith and bring them home!

    I didn’t think Cossette could top the second book in this series,

    , but in my opinion, she did. The steady adventure and rich story line evoked complex emotions; so much so that I came away more affected than before.

    , never stop praying!

    I was provided a copy of this book by the publisher. All opinions in this review are my own.

  • 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, howev

    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

    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.

  • 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 a

    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 time.

    The characters and story line are so richly developed.

    I don't read many biblical fiction books, actually this author is the only one who I read for biblical fiction but she's amazing. She has a full understanding of the time period and it's obvious by her writing she has done and continues to do so much research on it.

    Richly developed with compassion,love,redemption and forgiveness throughout.

    We need not worry whether it is out heavenly father or earthly father forgiveness is ours!

    Published July 2nd 2019 by Bethany House Publishers .

    I was given a complimentary copy of this book. Thank you.

    All opinions expressed are my own.

    Check out this and all my reviews on my blog.

  • 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

    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 conclu/>

    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.

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