08 April 2016

Counted With the Stars by Connilyn Cossette

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Sold into slavery by her father and forsaken by the man she was supposed to marry, young Egyptian Kiya must serve a mistress who takes pleasure in her humiliation. When terrifying plagues strike Egypt, Kiya is in the middle of it all.

To save her older brother and escape the bonds of slavery, Kiya flees with the Hebrews during the Great Exodus. She finds herself utterly dependent on a fearsome God she's only just beginning to learn about, and in love with a man who despises her people. With everything she's ever known swept away, will Kiya turn back toward Egypt or surrender her life and her future to Yahweh?

Counted With the Stars is a marvelous debut novel for Connilyn Cossette. She tells the familiar story of the Exodus, but with a fresh perspective: Kiya, an Egyptian slave. I loved seeing the Hebrews, the plagues, leaving Egypt, etc. through Kiya’s eyes, adding depth to stories I already knew. Every moment of Kiya’s experience feels well-researched, and the author does an excellent job of vividly setting the scene, as well as exploring the development of faith. Her writing and storytelling grabbed my attention from the start, and I completely enjoyed reading Counted With the Stars. For fans of biblical fiction, this book is a must-read!

Thanks to Bethany House, I received a copy of Counted With the Stars and the opportunity to provide an honest review. I was not required to write a positive review, and all the opinions I have expressed are my own.

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