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Connilyn Cossette’s Counted with the Stars

Counted With the Stars (Out From Egypt Book #1) by [Cossette, Connilyn]

A Story of Love, Desperation, and Hope During a Great Biblical Epoch

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?


I will admit that I am not a huge fan of Biblical fiction. It almost sounds like an oxymoron to me. However, after having read Tessa Afshar (who I love) I decided to give it a second chance with Cossette. So glad I did! My thoughts:

What I loved

History. The author did her research. I learned so much about the Egyptian culture…from the big things like their use of the Nile, to the small things like the way in which they used makeup. The author was able to teach me without stopping to have a paragraph explain why things were the way they were. Also, her focus on the details really made her come across as credible.

Kiya. Kiya experiences a lot. She becomes a slave, has a hard mistress, and experiences all ten of the plagues. I enjoyed being in her head. The author could have written her as a bitter heroine, and while she wasn’t always happy, what came across was grit and tenacity.

Spiritually, Kiya comes to realize that the God of the Hebrews cares for her. That He is not a god who ignores his people.

What I didn’t like:

The romance. I loved the idea of it, the Hebrew and the Egyptian. And it wasn’t bad, but it was definitely the secondary story as Kiya and Eben spent most of the book exchanging long looks instead of really talking and developing a relationship. Mind you, this is my own pet peeve and doesn’t take away from the book. I just enjoy books where the romance has a strong foundation.

Romantic scale: 6.5-7

Overall, so glad I picked up this book and I’m excited to start the next one!

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