Alanah, a Canaanite, is no stranger to fighting and survival. When her family is killed in battle with the Hebrews, she disguises herself and sneaks onto the battlefield to avenge her family. The one thing she never counted on was surviving.
Tobiah, a Hebrew warrior, is shocked to find an unconscious, wounded woman among the Canaanite casualties. Compelled to bring her to a Hebrew healer back at their camp, he is soon confronted with a truth he can’t ignore: the only way to protect this enemy is to marry her.
Unused to being weak and vulnerable, Alanah submits to the marriage–for now. As she comes to know and respect Tobiah and his people, however, she begins to second-guess her plans of escape. But when her past has painfully unanticipated consequences, the tentative peace she’s found with Tobiah, the Hebrews, and Yahweh is shaken to the core. Can Alanah’s fierce heart and strength withstand the ensuing threats to her life and all she’s come to love?
By incorporating events from the 40 years of desert wandering which held the greatest spiritual lessons for Israel, Connilyn Cossette delivers a knock-out Christian fiction novel. Wings of the Wind is her best work to date and a story I will ABSOLUTELY read again. Her writing allowed me to walk in the sandals of these characters all the way up to the walls of Jericho.
Alanah’s capture and marriage to Tobiah is inspired by God’s law governing female captives of war (Deuteronomy 21:10-14). Instead of dragging her away as spoil, Tobiah rescues Alanah off the field of battle in an act of protection. Cossette superbly contends with the fluctuating emotions these characters felt as they transitioned from enemies to allies. Equally believable were the reactions other Israelites, including family, would have had towards Tobiah’s intended.
From individual characters to the nation as a whole—God’s provision, grace, and justice pervades this story. The continual contrast between rebellion and obedience, kindness and hatred, trust and doubt, kept the story alive and engaging. To top it off, there was a surprise planted about two thirds of the way through that made me want to squeal! I actually stopped and tweeted “I 💓 surprises, @ConniCossette!” While you won’t find it anywhere in scripture, the twist was genius and it screamed Romans 8:28.
Cossette’s debut novel Counted with the Stars, brought us through the plagues of Egypt and the Red Sea. Shadow of the Storm demonstrated how under God’s care a fledgling nation was being multiplied and molded. Finally, in Wings of the Wind we step with Israel into the Promised Land. This is a book and series you do not want to miss!
I received a copy of this book for free, a favorable review was not required of me. All opinions expressed are my own.