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Counted with the Stars (Out From Egypt Series #1)

Connilyn Cossette
Counted with the Stars (Out From Egypt Series #1)

Counted with the Stars is the first book in Connilyn Cossette's new series, Out From Egypt.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 plag... Read More


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Counted with the Stars is the first book in Connilyn Cossette's new series, Out From Egypt.

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?
  • Product type: Book
  • Format: Softcover
  • Release Date: Mar 15, 2016
  • UPC: 9780764214370
  • Volumes/Discs: 1
  • Pages: 352
  • Publish Date: Apr 5, 2016
  • Language: English
  • Audience Age Maximum: 0
  • Audience Age Minimum: 0
  • BISAC: "FIC042030"
  • ISBN: 0764214373

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Travel Back in Time by Becky on 6/15/2016
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One day, Kiya is living in Ancient Egypt like a princess, the next, she finds herself a slave in the household of her parent's friend, Shefu. Kiya's father has lost almost all his wealth, and Kiya is forced into slavery as payment for his debts. As if her new life as a slave isn't hard enough, Shefu 's wife Tekurah, hates Kiya, and makes her life as hard as possible. Tekurah uses every opportunity to shame Kiya, especially in front of her former friends. Even Akhum, the young, handsome military officer who had been betrothed to Kiya offers little hope.

Shira, a slave in Shefu's household, is Kiya's only friend. Try as she might, Shira is someone Kiya cannot figure out. Not only is her friend a Hebrew, she believes in only one God, and that God is invisible. Kiya doesn't understand that since Egyptian gods have many statues and figurines depicting them. The biggest puzzling fact about Shira is that she took the blame, along with the punishment, from Tekurah when Kiya was the guilty person.

Suddenly, Kiya finds herself living through the plagues that descend on Egypt when the pharaoh refuses to let the Israelite people go. Through Kiya's eyes, one will experience what it might have been like for an ordinary person, a slave, to live through that time. Before the story is done, Kiya will discover shocking truths about her mother and herself. She will be faced with individuals who are lying to her, along with those who are speaking the truth. Based on that information, Kiya will make decisions that will have life altering effects on her family and herself.

This is an amazing book. Kiya's story is exciting, and really held my interest. It was a real page turner--I loved it. Even though Counted With the Stars is a fictionalized account of the story of Moses, the plagues, and the Hebrew flight out of Egypt, this book makes the Biblical story really come alive. It is like listening to a first-person account of someone who was actually there--what an ordinary person might have thought, and done, in light of all those plagues and miracles. When I read this book, I felt like I stepped into a time machine, and was in Egypt during the time of the Hebrew exodus. The author brought to life the people, sights, sounds, smells and tastes of that time period. I highly recommend this 5-star book to anyone who enjoys well-written fiction.

The publisher has provided bookreadingtic with a complimentary copy of Counted With the Stars, through Bethany House Publishing for the purpose of review. I have not been compensated in any other manner. All opinions expressed are my own, and I was not required, or influenced, to give anything but an honest appraisal. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

A page turner. This is a must have. Even though it is fiction there is some truth to it. by aussiegirl on 4/15/2016
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Counted with the Stars
Out from Egypt #1
By:
Connilyn Cossette
I love the cover of the beautiful Egyptian lady really is unique it’s like she is overseeing the land of Egypt. The title is actually what caught my eyes first I had to find out what Counted With the Stars was all about.
This is a story of Kiya she’s a young Egyptian girl sold into slavery by someone that should have loved her not sold her. Why would someone do that knowing how most slaves is treated? As you travel through the pages of this beautiful book back in the times of Mose you will see the pages start to come alive. Maybe you’ll even hear the sounds of a whips hitting the slaves or hear the screams that’s on their lips, feel the sun so hot you can barely stand it or cries of many of the slaves to their God that are being slaughter for no reason other than the Masters or overseers feel they should be punished for their God Yehweh. These poor slaves were worked to death very few lived to be 35-40 yrs of age.
As you’ll see Kiya’s Mistress always tried to find a reason to humiliate Kiya in front of everyone. Only a couple of girls became Kiya friends or are the something other then what they seem?
The plaques started and Kiya wonders who is this strange God that has such power that the magic can’t touch him and the God’s that are all around her inside and outside of the palace can’t touch him either or take the plaques away. Will Kiya learn of this God that she can’t see and start to trust him over her own God’s that she can see?
This was a page turner for sure I hated to see it end can’t wait for the second book to come out. A must buy if you like these kinds of books although it is fiction it really has some truth to it. I never read any of her books but I’ll add her to my list of authors I like.
I received this book free from Bethany House for an honest review. I was not required to write a positive review only an honest one. The opinions I have expressed are entirely my own and no one else’s.
5 Stars
ISBN 978-0-7642-1437-0

Excellent NEW perspective on Exodus! by Laren on 4/12/2016
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I, personally, love the story of Moses and the way that God brought about the deliverance of the Hebrew people from slavery in Egypt. However, I've also *never* heard *anyone* tell this story from the perspective of an Egyptian caught up in the middle of it all. This author brought the story to a place that I could relate to, and I was enthralled all the way to the end. The descriptions of the people, places, and events truly transported me to that time period, and helped me to appreciate the miraculous events surrounding the story of Moses in a completely new way. I *highly* recommend this book to anyone who wants to discover compassion for the Egyptian people, and a deeper, more intimate connection with Yahweh. :)

Beautifully written, properly executed, and for sure an author to watch! by Halee on 4/10/2016
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These are the types of books that change you.

{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 saw this book and the summary INSTANTLY piqued my interest. I've always loved history-specifically Biblical history-so this book was a treat for my reading palette. I don't think I've ever read such a satisfying book before. I don't find anything negative in the story or plot, because it was just so beautifully written! I'm telling you, Connilyn is for sure an author to keep on your "watch list"! There were several twists and turns that were not in the original Exodus story (they were in Kira's own journey) so I think her life really amped up the plot for me. She was such a guilt-ridden character! I felt soo sorry for her! She needed freedom. Also, I was really drawn into Tekurah's story. She was so cruel! I was amazed how cool, calm and collected Kira and Shira stayed. I gasped at all the shocking parts, and cried at all the somber moments, too. The author's writing just draws you and never lets you go-I couldn't stop reading! I even took it in the car and bathtub with me. It was just. So. Good.

And Connilyn, can't wait for the rest of the series! *eek!* So excited to reunite with my buddies Shira, Eben, Jumo, and Kira again!

Christian Shelf-Esteem's review of Counted With the Stars by Amanda on 4/9/2016
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Connilyn Cossette became a blip on my radar last March, when through social media, I read of her aspirations to publish a novel based upon the Exodus. As a voracious reader of biblical fiction, I’ve been following the progress of Counted With the Stars with uncontainable enthusiasm. It’s not often that this sub-genre of historical fiction welcomes a new voice. Connilyn brings fresh perspective and so much more in her debut novel Counted With the Stars.

One of the strongest draws to this novel is it’s multi-dimensional characters. The narrative is delivered through the first person point of view of Kiya. Ripped from a life of luxury, Kiya despairs over the loss of her family as well as the hardships she must endure in servitude to Tekurah — the lady of the house. It’s not long, however, before she finds solace in the friendship of a Hebrew slave. One sacrificial act by new acquaintance Shira, followed by subsequent talks about her One God pave the way for a soul-deep friendship between the two. Shira’s faith, gentle spirit, willing acceptance of God’s good plan stirred my heart. Secondary characters like Shira’s brother Eben, as well as Kiya’s mother and brother enrich the story with glimmers of love and forgiveness.

Connilyn led me to see the events of Exodus with new eyes. For the first time, I questioned how word of Moses’ confrontations with Pharaoh would have been relayed through a nation as large as Egypt. Word of mouth, speculation, and pagan superstitions could have both helped and hurt the Hebrews by stirring up a mixture of resentment and fear towards them.

Have you ever considered how each plague was a targeted attack the gods of Egypt? I’ve done so through the eyes of a Christian, but never through an Egyptian’s perspective., I’ve read the biblical accounts numerous times and each time I’ve skimmed over God’s protection of the Israelites from the 5th plague on livestock. By doing so, God (Jehovah-Jireh) provided the sacrificial lambs of Passover. (See also Genesis 22:13-14, Exodus 9 & 12, & 1 Corinthians 5:7.) This book did for me the very thing that endears me to biblical fiction — it sent me searching the scriptures.

I’d like to conclude with a few general remarks: Connilyn’s approach to the retelling of Exodus is as unique as it is compelling. She was able to elicit from me genuine concern for Kiya’s salvation, making me worry if she would be “ever seeing but never perceiving, and ever hearing but never understanding.” In the story surrounding her brother, I detected a nod towards the sanctity of life and how God sees value in every life. Counted With the Stars has the perfect measure of heart and history!



I received this book free from the author in exchange for my review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

WOW! by Kellie on 4/7/2016
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All I can say is WOW!!! This was truly a very well written book! I was amazed at the many details of ancient Egyptian life. I felt like I was truly transported to Egypt as I read this book! Her character development was top notch! I cannot wait for the other books in the series! I was privileged to get an advanced copy of this book. It is a must read for all Christian historical fiction readers! And if you have never read Christian historical fiction start with this one and you will be hooked!! Wonderful book! So worthy of 5 stars plus some!

The Exodus Story From a Fresh Perspective by Kathryn on 4/5/2016
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I love Biblical fiction, but there are just a few authors in the genre whose books are always must-reads. I am excited to say I’ve just made a new addition to my short list of favorite Christian writers: Connilyn Cossette!
I first heard about Counted With the Stars, the first installment in the “Out of Egypt” series, a few months back and was intrigued by the concept of the book. There are many retellings of the Exodus story, but I’d never really given much thought to what it must have been like to live through that period as an Egyptian. Connilyn did a masterful job, with wonderfully fleshed-out characters and an inviting style that drew me immediately into the story.
The book follows Kiya, a young Egyptian woman who was brought up in an affluent household but torn from that life and sold as a household servant to pay off her family’s debts. Assigned to work for a demanding woman who harbored resentment toward her mother, Kiya was under intense scrutiny. A Hebrew slave, Shira, befriended her in a moment of particular hardship, and the two began an unlikely friendship at a most extraordinary time: the period of the 10 plagues on Egypt.
The depth of research Connilyn must have done in writing this book is readily evident throughout, and as a history buff, this is very important to me. But the spiritual richness and compelling storyline are what make this book so hard to put down. Be warned: Once you start reading Counted With the Stars, you won’t be able to think about much else until you finish it. And even so, I know I will be reflecting on this story for a long time and, no doubt, will be re-reading it in the future. I am already looking forward to October 2016, when the second book in Connilyn’s “Out of Egypt” series, Shadow of the Storm, will hit store shelves!
Please note that I received a free advance copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are entirely my own.

Beautiful account of the Exodus from an Egyptian perspective by Christina on 4/5/2016
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Counted with the Stars by Connilyn Cossette is a wonderfully written book that gives readers a view of how it might have been for someone following Moses during the Hebrews escape from Egypt. Connilyn captures the heart with her leading character, Kiya, who went through many changes throughout the book. Kiya quickly goes from being a well off Egyptian to an Egyptian slave, to a free woman on the move. She is drawn to God and the account shows just how God can work in our lives, even without our knowledge or belief in Him. The research that Connilyn did is obvious as you read with all the details bringing the story to life. I can actually picture each scene in my mind as I read. What makes this point of view of the re-telling of Exodus fascinating is that it very easily could be true. You can tell it is indeed bible based, thoroughly researched and just well written. Congrats Conni on a job well done. I can’t wait to read the next two books in the series

A welcomed point of view on a Bible story by J on 4/5/2016
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I received an advanced copy of this book to give a honest and open review.

You will fall in love with Kiya from page one and not want her story to end. For me, to hear the events of Exodus as told from an Egyptian point of view was so enlightening and refreshing. Connilyn Cossette paints Kiya's story perfectly and vividly!!

It is rare for me to find a story that grabs my attention and especially one written with such wonderful detailing you can experience the journey of all the characters so clearly. This will be a enticing read and a sad one to see end. I am eagerly awaiting the release of the second book in this series, Shadow of the Storm, to be released to continue on this thought-provoking journey.


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