A month after the death of her husband Gidal, Rivkah is surprised by the news of a new marriage arrangement. She is expected to submit Torah law and marry her husband’s younger brother. However, she is not only still grieving her husband but must marry Malakhi, the boy who bullied and tormented her for years. She can never see a husband in a spoiled kid who ruined her childhood. Rivkah sees only one solution to her situation; to flee the city of Kedesh, leave her betrothed, and start a new life as an independent woman far away. Malakhi was devastated when the woman he loved married his brother, but when Gidal died, he was ready to do his duty and marry Rivkah. He loved her for years and planned to prove he can be a good and caring husband for her. If only Rivkah gave him a chance. One day after another argument over her unwillingness to marry him she disappears.
But still she fled, leaving me battered and bleeding among the remnants of my brother’s life, each of her parting footfalls another blow to the dream I’d not deserved, but had foolishly dared to hope for.
This is the third book in the Citied of Refuge series. And it’s the best one! I adore this novel. It was a very dynamic and intense read. I liked the characters. Rivkah is perfect imperfection. She’s impulsive, stubborn, independent, strong-minded, and smart. She made a few mistakes due to her impulsiveness but she grew as a character and revised her decisions and made up for them. Malakhi’s development was amazing as well, from the lively boy he was, he grew into a strong, dutiful man and warrior, who could protect his people. The plot is intense and fascinating. Rivkah’s journey after the escape is a rollercoaster. A very emotional and touching story of two people who had to go separated ways to find the way back to each other. I’m excited to read the last book in the series Like Flames in the Night.