Between the Wild Branches by Connilyn Cossette ~ Book Review

July 21, 2021


About the Book

Title: Between the Wild Branches
Author: Connilyn Cossette
Series: The Covenant House, Book 2
Genre: Biblical Fiction
Release Date: July 6, 2021
Publisher: Bethany House

Ten years ago Lukio fled Kiryat-Yearim, where he'd been adopted by the Levite family who guarded the Ark of the Covenant. Feeling betrayed by everyone, he returned to his birthplace in Philistia to become a famous fighter. Now the champion of Ashdod, Lukio has achieved every goal with the help of his ruthless cousin. But just as he is set to claim the biggest prize of all, the daughter of the king, his past collides with his present in the form of Shoshana.

After a heartbreaking end to her secret friendship with Lukio, Shoshana thought to never see the boy with the dual-colored eyes and the troubled soul again. But when she is captured in a Philistine raid and enslaved in Ashdod, she is surprised to find that the brutal fighter known as Demon-Eyes is Lukio himself.

With explosive secrets and unbreakable vows standing between them, finding a way to freedom for both may cost them everything

My Thoughts

Connilyn Cossette is truly the master of biblical fiction! This book was off the charts good. Mind you I have not read the first one but this one can be read as a stand alone as I as was not lost in reading, on the contrary, I was completely submerged and enthralled with this story I could not read it fast enough. That being said I am not saying don't read the first one! As soon as I am all settled with our move cross country I will be purchasing the first book so that I can enjoy it and know more of the characters I was introduced in this one. 

This story has it all! Suspense, intrigue, and romance but done in such a beautiful way. You can't help but turn the pages and want to know more on secrets and conspiracies happening in the story and within the characters. I was intrigued by the storyline of Lukio who is after all just looking for acceptance. He has lived amongst the Jews although by birth he is technically a Philistine. To me he seemed like a lost sheep trying to find the right home. Soshana is Lukio's childhood sweetheart and has been taken as a slave in the kings palace. The circumstances on how she is taken were hard to read. I mean even though this may be partly fiction you know that these things were actually happening during this time period and it really makes you think and ponder about God's people and how they were mistreated. Sadly not too different from today's world.  

Lukio and Soshana's romance story was impeccable. The way he basically becomes weak kneed every time he sees her is just amazing to me. His love for her was unconditional and ever flowing. It never stopped. I don't want to give anything away but you will see as you read this that his love for her never went away. She was always in his heart. 

Although their love story was beautiful one of my favorite things in this story is the way that Lukio realizes who he is in God. He didn't need human approval but only God's. He needed to see himself the way God saw him and that part of this story made this book for me. I really can't say enough great things about this book! I look forward to reading whatever Mrs. Cossette pens next and I hope you do too!

My Rating: 5 Stars/ Absolutely Loved it

I received a copy of this book from the author for review. I was not required to post a positive review. All views expressed are only my honest review. 

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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. Connect with her at 

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