Until the Mountains Fall is the 3rd book in the Cities of Refuge series by Connilyn Cossette. This is Christian Historical fiction at it's best! Connilyn Cossette has an amazing ability to weave a story that sinks you right into the surroundings and takes you right along for all the discoveries that the characters are experiencing. This is a wonderful continuation in the Cities of Refuge series, but if you haven't started the series yet, this book can be a stand alone read (but I promise you, you will want to read the other 2 right away).
Until the Mountains Fall Plot
The book begins in 1380 BC in Kedesh, Israel. We meet Rivkah who has recently lost her husband. According to Torah law she is compelled to marry her husband's younger brother, Malakhi, and both families agree to this arrangement for her. Rivkah cannot accept this union in her mind, and when her cousin Nessa tells her that she is going to be leaving Kedesh rather than marry the man that her father has arranged for her marriage, Rivkah decides to leave with her and try life on her own. She was raised to learn a variety of languages and has become a talented scribe and knew that she would be able to support herself.
They travel with 2 male relatives of Nessa's and arrive in the city of Laish. This city is so different than the world that Rivkah had grown up in, the market is different, the goods that are being sold are different, and when a huge celebration takes place that evening, she finds herself experimenting with new drinks and social interactions. She meets an interesting gentleman and has a nice evening with him. However the next morning she has no memory of where she is when she awakes, the goods that she had brought with her for bartering are gone, and there are tears in her clothing that she can't explain. How is she going to deal with this situation?
We jump ahead 5 years and we learn that Malakhi has secretly been in love with Rivkah, even before she married his older brother. When Rivkah disappeared he actively searched for her but when the clues to her whereabouts ran out he had to move on with his life. He trains to be a soldier and joins the fights against the Canaanites. When he is seriously injured in an encounter he returns to Kedesh and tends to the crops that his brother had kept. One day, Rivkah's father come to him with a request that requires him to decide what he needs to do, and how far he is willing to go to track down this strange lead about Rivkah.
What we learn about the sacrifices that Rivkah had to make, for family, and for her survival, has the reader torn about whether she wants to be found, and whether she will ever be able to go home again. Both Rivkah and Malakhi have grown a lot in those 5 missing years. Can their lives ever connect again?
Until the Mountains Fall is a fabulous read and you will learn so much about the history of this time and the traditions of a variety of different cultures and practices. This is a book that I am trilled to recommend for your summer reading pleasure.
Disclosure: Thank you to Bethany House Publishers for providing me with a complimentary copy of this e-book for review purposes. No other compensation was received, and all opinions are my own.