Counted With the Stars by Connilyn Cossette

My Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐/5


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?


This book is incredible! Connilyn Cossette gives the reader an inside view of the time that the Hebrews were held in slavery by the Egyptians. It focuses on the plagues that allowed their release and then finally the Hebrews journey through the dessert.

Cossette gives the reader a new way to view this Biblical story by writing this story through the eyes of an Egyptian girl, Kiya. This young girl stubbornly clings to her own gods while traveling with the freed Hebrew slaves but she also sees all the miraculous things that their God does for His people.

I absolutely love to read Biblical stories like this. For me, it really makes the Bible come alive. There are always so many things that I never really considered until I read this book – like exactly how the Egyptians would’ve felt when each of the plagues hit them. As a Christian I guess I only thought about it from the Hebrews point of view. Cossette does an amazing job of describing all of this. I highly recommend this book – and this author – to everyone!

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