To Dwell Among Cedars (The Covenant House #1)
By: Connilyn Cosslette
Publisher: Bethany House
Release Date: December 1st, 2020
Genres: Christian Fiction, Biblical Fiction, Historical Fiction, Romance
Pages: 364 pages
Where You Can Buy It: Amazon, Barnes and Nobles, Christian Book, Lifeway, and everywhere else books are sold!
Add On: Goodreads
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
As they fight for the soul of Israel, will they find healing for their own?
Eight years ago, after the Philistines surrendered the stolen Ark of the Covenant back to the Israelites, Eliora and her brother left their Philistine homeland to follow it to the community of Kiryat-Yearim. Though they both were lovingly enfolded into a Levite family that guards the Ark, Eliora can’t stop feeling like she doesn’t belong.
Meanwhile, a faction of discontent Hebrews finds Kiryat-Yearim to be an unfit resting place and believes that the sacred vessel should be in the hands of the priests who mean to restore the Holy of Holies in a new location. Under the guise of gathering Hebrews to worship together for the festivals, Levite musician Ronen has been sent by his uncle to find where the Ark has been hidden and steal it back. But Ronen never expected that the Philistine girl he rescued years ago would now be part of the very family he’s tasked to deceive.
Ronen’s attempts to charm Eliora into revealing the location of the Ark lead them in unexpected directions, as they must battle betrayal and fear to help establish Israel’s leadership for a better future.
Can I please rate this book a million stars?? 😍😍
This was my first Connilyn Cossette book and I can promise you it will not be my last. I have only read a handful of Biblical Fiction novels in my lifetime, but everytime I do, I fall more in love with this genre. I loved how I was able to remember certain events that happened in 1st Samuel that was written within these pages. It was so cool and I LOVED it!!
The characters…oh my word, these characters! You want a unique set of characters that will keep you on your toes, well look no further because this book literally had the best set of characters EVER!
Arisa/Eliora was such an amazing female protagonist. I loved everything about her. I honestly related to her on so many levels. She had a kind, gentle spirit, but she was a people pleasures who felt like she had to earn people’s love rather than people just giving it freely. I loved watching her grow throughout this book. And I really loved how raw her character was, it was so nice to be able to relate to a characters struggles.
Ronen was literally the perfect definition of a cinnamon roll (well besides when he was acting stupid, so he really is a stupid cinnamon roll for a good chunk of the book)! 😂 He was so sweet and I literally melted in my chair multiple times while reading this. I loved watching him grow, learn, and discover things in his own. I literally was silently cheering for the good last five or so chapters of this book! Sadly it is 2am right now, so I could cheer out loud, lol!
All of the side characters were just as amazing and heart warming as our two main characters. They really made this story so much more special and heart warming!!
The romance in this book y’all is so good! I cannot tell you how much I LOVE this couple. My word, they are the absolute cutest!! I love how it’s slightly a slow burn, but you know that they both are interested before they do. It also has a slight forbidden romance vibe to it too so it just made it all the more fun to read, squeal, and swoon about! 😉😂😍
As expected (since it is a Biblical Fiction novel) this book was filled with so many scripture references and themes. I just loved reading this book right now in my life because I was just vaguely learning about this part of the Bible in the Bible class this last week. So it was super cool to see a fictional story based on some true, historical events!
Mrs. Cossette also has a beautiful gift in writing that should not be missed. She wrote in way that drew me in from page one and kept me till the very end of the book! Even if you do not like Biblical fiction, or you have never tried it, this is a book that you should at least attempt to read!
This book was so worth staying up till 2:30am on a Sunday early, early morning for. I don’t know what I will think when I get up at 8, but this book was definitely worth the lack of sleep for. If y’all have not read this book yet please do! You will not regret it!! This book is AMAZING!!!! It was definitely worth the 2 month wait that I had to endure (thanks library 🙄😉😂). Hopefully I do not have to wait that long to read the sequel, which I am eagerly awaiting!!
About the Author
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 immersive fiction experience. Although she and her husband have lived all over the country in their twenty-plus years of marriage, they currently call a little town south of Dallas, Texas their home.