I have to say right off that I absolutely loved this novel! Counted with the Stars, by Connilyn Cossette, is a retelling of the Biblical account of Exodus. It tells the story of a young Egyptian named Kiya who is sold into slavery by her Father and forsaken by the man she was supposed to marry. When the terrible plagues of the Exodus come, Kiya is in the midst of it and affected like all of the other Egyptians. While Kiya is serving in the household, she meets another servant girl who is a Hebrew. In order to save her brother and escape slavery, Kiya flees with her and the other Hebrews who have been set free from bondage. She finds herself relying entirely on the unknown God of the Hebrews, and finds herself drawn to Him in ways she never could have imagined.
This book was fantastic and thought provoking! It was very well written and its historical and cultural details were vivid and exceptional. I really enjoyed reading about the different aspects of Egyptian and Hebrew culture that I had not heard about before. It was also interesting to see the biblical story of Exodus through the eyes of an Egyptian, not a Hebrew. The way it was written, you got to see both the Hebrew and Egyptian sides of the story, which really gave the well-known story more depth and made it that much more intriguing. This book also had an aspect of romance to it, which is always a plus. The part I enjoyed the most, however, was watching Kiya develop a relationship with God. As an Egyptian she was raised to worship idols and many different gods. She struggled with accepting a God that was not her own, yet deep down inside she instinctively knew that He was real, that He was her salvation. It was wonderful to get to follow along with her journey and ultimately her decision to follow God and allow Him into her heart. I cannot say how much I recommend this book, and I truly hope Connilyn Cossette writes many more novels for readers to enjoy.
Note: I recieved this book for free in exchange for my honest review from Bethany House Publishing.