Monday, October 17, 2016

Book Review: Shadow of the Storm

Publisher's Description

In the Depth of the Storm's Shadow, Only Truth Can Light Her Way Having escaped Egypt with the other Hebrews during the Exodus, Shira is now living in freedom at the foot of Mt. Sinai, upon which rests the fiery glowing Cloud containing the shekinah glory of God. When the people disobey Yahweh and build a golden idol, the ensuing chaos gives Shira an unexpected opportunity to learn the arts of midwifery. Although her mother wishes for her to continue in the family weaving trade, Shira's gifts shine brightest when she assists with deliveries. In defiance of her mother, Shira pursues her heart's calling to become an apprentice midwife.

When a delivery goes horribly wrong, Shira finds herself bound to a man who betrayed her, the caretaker of three young children, and the target of a vengeful woman whose husband was killed by Shira's people, the Levites. As contention between the Hebrew tribes and the foreigners fans the flames of another dangerous rebellion, Shira will come face-to-face with the heartbreak of her past that she has kept hidden for so long. How can she let go of all that has defined her to accept the love she's denied herself and embrace who she truly is?
So you may remember that I did a book review for a book called, Counted with the Stars back in April.  I LOVED it!!  You can read that review, here.  Anyways, when I saw that the second book in the series was available to request, I was so excited!!!  And so glad that I got it! 
I already loved Shira in Counted with the Stars.  So I was excited to experience this book through her eyes.  She is stronger and braver than she knows.  And sometimes when she submits or lets things go I want to shake her a bit.  And encourage her to believe in herself, that she can do it. Thankfully, Ayal and Kiya do that for me.  Thanks, guys.  By the end of the book she has changed into the person Yahweh made her to be.  A strong, brave women.  Who is kind and loving.
As for Ayal, the main guy. I didn't like him as much as I did Eben (the main guy in the first book).  He was ok.  I won't say to much less I spoil it.  He just wasn't my favorite.  I am glad that he did apologize to Shira and truly does love her.
And the vengeful gal, Dvorah.  Some parts of the book were from her point of view, which was interesting to read.  And I wonder what will happen in the next book concerning her.  It kind of left you hanging.
And of course, some of the characters from the first book.  Jumo and Eben weren't in it as much as the first book.  They were there, and mentioned here and there, but not the conversationalists'. I did like the sisterly bond between Kiya and Shira.  That was sweet.
It was an enjoyable book.  I like the first one more, but this one is still good.  The writing is great and descriptive.  No matter how many scars that you have on your heart, you can be healed by the One who made it.  You just have to let it all go, give it to God.  Forgive others and the harder one, yourself.  In Him all things are made new.  And He will be with you during all the storms and trials in life.
One note though, there are some things that are not for younger readers, this is definitely a book for more mature people.  
4 out of  5
*I received this book from Bethany House in exchange for my honest review.


  1. Great review! Great thoughts of reflection too... don't let scars make your heart hard, keep going to The Father;-)