From Amazon~Seven years ago, Moriyah was taken captive in Jericho and branded with the mark of the Canaanite gods. Now the Israelites are experiencing peace in their new land, but Moriyah has yet to find her own peace. Because of the shameful mark on her face, she hides behind her veil at all times and the disdain of the townspeople keeps her from socializing. And marriage prospects were out of the question . . . until now.
Her father has found someone to marry her, and she hopes to use her love of cooking to impress the man and his motherless sons. But when things go horribly wrong, Moriyah is forced to flee. Seeking safety at one of the newly-established Levitical cities of refuge, she is wildly unprepared for the dangers she will face, and the enemies--and unexpected allies--she will encounter on her way.
My Comments~ A Light on the Hill by Connilyn Cossette is no light read but well worth the time. Biblically and historically accurate and grounded in extensive research, this novel brings the troubles and trials of a mixed race woman to life. Moriyah's Egyptian and Hebrew ancestry makes her an outcast to some, but her character makes her a heroine to others. Her horrifically scarred face significantly complicates her life causing her to hide her disfigurement behind a veil. A horrible cooking accident sends her fleeing for her life. When the hero of this tale finds her, Derek (Sp?) is supposed to take her captive to satiate his brother's vengeance. As she is shepherded across hostile territory, she reveals that she isn't the woman Derek's blood thirsty brother claims she is. As their love unfolds, the reader is drawn into their lives and times through the vivid writing and imagery woven by Connilyn Cossette. What a great story!