Book Review: Counted With the Stars

 

Guys. Guys….GUYS!!!!! This. Book. It was perfection. I loved this book. I loved EVERYTHING about it. The beautiful cover, the way it felt, the beautiful words that were written inside.

This book is biblical fiction. I’ve never read this genre before, but you better bet that I’ll be reading more of it in the future. It may not be everybody’s cup of tea, but I really enjoyed every bit of this book.

Number of Stars: 5 (Can I say 10??)

 

Synopsis (taken from Goodreads):

“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?”

 

Non-Spoilery Review:

In this book, you meet Kiya. She is used to fine riches and being taken care of by slaves…..until she herself becomes a slave. Adjusting to her new life is hard, but necessary. Along the journey, she becomes friends with a fellow slave who opens her up to an entirely new world.

Kiya starts to question everything she has ever believed in when things start happening in Egypt. Weird things. Things that shouldn’t ever happen.

This book kept me interested constantly. There was never a time where I felt bored with Kiya’s story. I kept wanting to pick up the book and read; I never wanted the story the end. I was left in tears at the end. Not sad tears, but happy ones. The ending was beyond perfect.

 

Spoilery Review:

Ughhh…still reeling from this one. It was just TOO good. Well, okay, not really. No book is ever too good. But anyway…

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So Kiya’s father is in debt. What does he do to fix his problem? He sells Kiya. What kind of father sells his own daughter?? He sells her to Shefu, a family friend and business partner. Kiya is given the task of tending to Shefu’s wife, Tekurah. Saying that Tekurah is a handful is an understatement.

A friendship starts to bud between Kiya and another slave, Shira (a Hebrew girl), when Shira takes the blame for one of Kiya’s mistakes. Shira is demoted to working in the kitchen, while Kiya continues to tend to Tekurah. When Kiya manages to finally thank Shira for what she did, she doesn’t expect her world to start changing. Shira starts to tell her about Mosheh and her God. Slowly, Kiya starts to question her own beliefs.

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When plagues start to hit Egypt, Kiya has no reason but to start doubting Pharoah and her gods. The Nile turns to blood, frogs cover Egypt, and locusts eat all of the plants (just to name a few). Mosheh is the cause of it all. He tells Pharaoh about what will happen if he doesn’t let the Hebrews go and be free.

The Hebrews are worked harder at first, but soon, the Egyptians start to fear the Hebrews. The Hebrews are let go when every firstborn son in Egypt is killed, as Mosheh predicted.

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The journey to freedom isn’t easy for the Hebrews and everyone else who decided to join (this included Kiya, her brother, and her mother). Hunger, thirst, and other dangers wait for them in the desert.

Kiya and her family receive a warm welcome from Shira’s family. The only one who doesn’t seem to give Kiya a warm welcome is Eben, Shira’s brother. Little did Kiya know, Eben was struggling with more than just hatred for Egyptians. He watched his father get whipped to death and he blamed every Egyptian for it; however, he was falling in love with Kiya.

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After days and days of travel through the desert, some of the people among the group traveling with Hebrews start disappearing. The men in the group had been training for any possible battle that might occur. They had to apply those skills when the Amalekites attack. It was a bloody battle, but the Hebrews are victiorious with the help of Mosheh.

Mosheh had saved the Hebrews during all of the times when it seemed like one more step would kill them. Miracle after miracle occurred. Prayer and faith were all the Hebrews needed.

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Before the battle between the Hebrews and the Amalekites, Kiya’s mother is murdered by some of the Amalekites. When Kiya finds her mother’s body, she is overcome by grief and doesn’t see the men who come up behind her. One of the men take her back to the Amalekite camp to have her be his. When the battle occurs, Eben manages to come save Kiya.

Then the truth finally comes out. Eben tells Kiya how he feels and gives her the love and care that she needs and wants. They planned to get married and it makes for an amazing ending to a great book.

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I really can’t write a long enough review to give this book justice. So much happened and there were constant plot twists, so I tried to touch on some of them in my review. I hope you enjoyed!

This book had a lot of information from the book of Exodus from the Bible. I feel like I learned so much from this book and can’t wait to read Connilyn Cossette’s next book, Shadow of the storm. Have any of you read biblical fiction? What are your thoughts?

-Jamie

 

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