Counted With the Stars (Out From Egypt Book #1)

Counted With the Stars (Out From Egypt Book #1)

by Connilyn Cossette

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Overview

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?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781441229410
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 04/05/2016
Series: Out From Egypt Series , #1
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 71,837
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

Connilyn Cossette is a homeschooling mother of two with a passion for writing stories of timeless grace. She hopes to draw readers into a personal encounter with the rich ancient world of the Bible and spark curiosity that will lead to digging deeper into the truth of the Word. Her novel Counted With the Stars won the 2013 Frasier Contest and was a semi-finalist in the 2013 ACFW Genesis Contest. She lives near Dallas, Texas. Connect with her at www.connilyncossette.com.
When she is not homeschooling her two sweet kids (with a full pot of coffee at hand), bestselling author Connilyn Cossette is scribbling notes on spare paper, mumbling about her imaginary friends, and reading obscure, out-of-print history books. There is nothing she likes better than digging into the rich, ancient world of the Bible and uncovering buried gems of grace that point toward Jesus. Her novel Counted With the Stars won the 2013 Frasier Contest and was a semifinalist in the 2013 ACFW Genesis Contest. Although a Pacific Northwest native, she now lives near Dallas, Texas. Connect with her at www.connilyncossette.com.

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Counted With the Stars 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 64 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This story drew me in so quickly. It is the story of a young Egyptian woman born to a privileged, rich family. Her life quickly turns upside down. I won't spoil the story for you, gentle reader, but this book is absolutely now one of my favorites. I look forward to reading more from this author. Her characters are fully developed, easily related to, and I fell in love with them. You will love this story! ***** esk 07/2017 ****-
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this story! As someone who always tries to imagine myself in different biblical times, I love reading that perspective of an average woman caught up in the times of the plagues, the downfall of Egypt and the Exidus depicted in the Word. Kiya and Shira are regular girls living their lives when God brings their paths together. The faith and love Shira shares with Kiya leads to Yahweh.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This story is heartfelt and full of wisdom. It was the first time I've read a bible-romance, but the other genres now pale in comparison.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Exodus from a foreigner's perspective. I have always wondered why the people rebelled and fused. Although fiction, this give light to how if we do not accurately reveal God to others and our children, we will have many tribulations also.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Just finished reading Cossette's "Counted with the Stars"...what an excellent book! It's a rare jewel in a ton of sand! This is truly a God-gifted new author hitting the book scene. Keep it up, Connilyn, your story-telling gift is so beautiful and so exceptional!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book to read. Interesting and gives insight to how the people on both the Hebrew and Egyptian saw things. I loved that it told of gods love for all who would follow him.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sometimes the story line is obvious, then a turn and you find yourself caught up in the anticipation of what comes next.
inkwellreviews More than 1 year ago
My review from inkwellreviews.com Counted with the Stars by Connilyn Cossette is a fascinating glimpse into the life of Kiya, an Egyptian who flees with the Israelites. The author’s prose was lovely, the story was thought-provoking, and the Biblical narrative was portrayed in a way that honored Scripture. I found myself drawn into a world where the God of the Israelites protected and provided for His children in miraculous ways. This story sparked thoughts of my God’s faithfulness and greatness, both then and now. Kiya, along with a host of other characters, were drawn with artistic strokes. Relatable and multifaceted, each character made me feel he or she could exist in my own world. The book follows the plagues of Egypt and ends before the golden calf is constructed, and each page is worth reading to glimpse a hint of the star-like beauty of the story. Although set in a backdrop of the darkest night, the lights shimmer like a candle flame in a tunnel. I hope you enjoy reading this wonderful story.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I%27ve+read+all+3+books+in+this+series+and+getting+ready+to+start+the+next.++I+enjoy+Christian+fiction+and+this+author+is+right+up+there+with+my+favorites.+++Knowing+these+are+fiction%2C+these+stories+are+very+believable+about+this+time+period+in+the+Old+Trestament.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Captivating! I felt as if I were among the Hebrew Children. Every experience felt real. Interesting perspective. Would love to read on. Sad for story to come to an end. Is there a next book? So engaging. Would have loved to read of the wedding also
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Its an amazing book
KMarkovich More than 1 year ago
What would it have been like to be an ordinary Egyptian when God brought the plagues on Egypt? In this fantastic Biblical fiction novel, the author weaves a wonderful story about such a person. When Kiya becomes friends with a Hebrew slave girl, serving the same Egyptian mistress as she, her life is changed. I loved how the author explores a side of the story of Exodus from a no body Egyptian, bringing new depth to the ancient story. Even though I “knew” the story, I found the book hard to put down as the author is such a masterful storyteller! I highly recommend this book and look forward to more by this author!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Everything thing that kills me makes me feel alive, baby i been i been losing sleep, dreaming bout the things that we could be,.....................we'll be counting stars
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Can't wait to read the rest kof Can't wait to read remaining "out of Egypt" series. Great combo of fiction and religion!
hes7 More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Thoroughly enjoyed this boo.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great read. Deep characters!
FantasyRaider More than 1 year ago
I’m not overly religious so I rarely read Christian romance books but for some reason I felt the urge to read this story from the moment I first laid eyes on it. And not just because of the stunning cover. Unfortunately, it didn’t really deliver the breathtaking story I expected/hoped for. Before I get to the reasons for my disappointment in the story let’s start with the things I liked. I think it’s a brilliant idea to show the story of Moses from a different point of view not the one that everybody knows. It was refreshing, informative and interesting how the author created a whole new side to this epic adventure. I think the story starts out really great because it sucked me in with the first page. It has beautiful and vivid descriptions in it. Also I liked how the story concentrated on the everyday lives of the characters too not just the religious journey of it. The plot and the idea had the potential of brilliance but unfortunately I found a couple of things I missed. First of all, for me the emotional charge just didn’t come through and I think this loss took away a lot from the story. I wanted to feel and experience everything the characters did but it all felt so superficial in occasions even a bit bland. So thorough the whole book I felt like I’m missing something that spark, that extra something that gives life to any tale. Then there is that little pesky romance element to the plot. I saw it coming from miles away because there are a lot of small hints here and there. However I still felt like it was out of the blue because in my opinion it’s not just the chemistry that not there between the characters but they don’t give any kind of concrete indication that they even like each other before almost the very end. So yes the romance is not the best I ever encountered. Lastly and mainly I just couldn’t like Kiya, the main character, no matter how much I tried. I mean she is so vapid, brash and rude at times, also mean to others and quite honestly just simply self absorbed. She uses others a lot. I mean I can understand some of her decisions, because she concentrates on her and her family survival and for some level it’s respectable but that doesn’t mean that I have to like the way she does it. She laid blame on the innocent and suffering slaves while looking at the every Egyptian as saints or blameless. Yes she changes a lot during the story and learns a lot about herself and about faith but she also makes too many mistakes and stupid decisions. So I just couldn’t like her at all although it just a preference thing. Okay the author created her characters with a lot of thought and careful contemplation and all of them is complex. The secondary characters are more likeable in my opinion. I especially liked Jumo he is a sweetheart, a pure and honest young man. Over this one was an okay read for me and I probably going to attempt the second book too because the thing that dragged this story down for me was a preference thing and not the writing or the story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Couldn't put them down , whish there was more .
Alice3770 More than 1 year ago
I loved this story and am purchasing the next two now. Very talented writer!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed this biblically based novel from a slave perspective
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was intrigued by the great blending of biblical story and a growing intercultural romance.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed reading Counted with the Stars. The story was interesting and compelling. Good characters with depth.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed reading the struggles of an young Egyptian girl who went from affluent life in Egypt to become a slave to a woman who disposed her mother and her new slave - how Kiya grew in her understanding of our Eternal Father and became a strong follower of the Hebrew faith. The historical-biblical happenings of the plages of Egypt and the prophecies of Moses (Moshah) were interestingly woven to let the reader see these happenings through the eyes of Egyptians. The love story intertwined gives the reader hope for Kiya and her new found family.