BOOK REVIEW – COUNTED WITH THE STARS by CONNILYN COSSETTE
took him outside and said, “Look up at the sky and count the stars—if indeed you can count them.: Then he said to him, “So shall your offspring be.”
When an aristocratic young woman in ancient Egypt is sold into slavery to cover her father’s debt, her whole world crumbles, her whole life perspective shifts. And as the plagues of Moses beset her land, her faith in her gods fails her as well.
Kiya finds herself working alongside a Hebrew slave, Shira, who befriends her. This unlikely friendship further disrupt Kiya’s view of life. And saves her life as well.
Not only is Kiya now friends with a Hebrew—something she never thought possible—but with her own life in peril, she joins with them on their exodus from Egypt.
With her lifelong trust in Ra and the gods of her people in ruins, will she be able to embrace the invisible God? Or will she remain captive to her past forever?
Ms. Cossette has produced a sparkling debut novel. I was riveted from the first page. She is thorough in her study and research, and her characters tugged at my heartstrings. I felt the crushing blow when Kiya received the news of her change in status, the devastation of her heart when her intended turned away. I hoped against hope with her as she tried and wanted to put her trust in the unseen God. A skillfully woven tapestry, Counted with the Stars, is a story that adds depth and dimension to the Biblical truth of the plagues of Egypt.
Ms. Cossette has accomplished this with Counted with the Stars.
I was given a copy of this book in return for my honest review.
“I was that girl. The one with her nose in books all the time. The one with a stack of library books up to her chin. The one who got caught reading under her desk in school.
I have always been a voracious reader, a reader with a secret desire to someday see my own book on those library shelves. A secret desire of my heart that, for a long time, I honestly did not give God enough credit to grant to me.”
Her debut novel, Counted with the Stars, will be followed by two more books in the same series. Although technically labeled “Biblical Fiction” this first series is from the perspective of “outsiders” to the Biblical narrative. Ms. Cossette’s passion is to write stories of timeless grace that draw readers into the rich world of the Bible, to personalize the history found there, and to spark a curiosity that will lead to digging deeper into the truth of the Word.
Now go, and read a book!
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