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    Splendid

    This book is simply amazing. I couldn't just stop reading. You are indeed a great writer. May the Lord keep granting you greater wisdom
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    Stunning

    Stunningly detailed and beautifully crafted, much like Eban's instruments! I loved every word of this novel, and look forward to reading more of this wonderful author's work. I have long had a love afair with ancient Egypt and the story of the Exodus. The story has been brought to life for me in a whole different way. Thank you for this amazing work of art!
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    Counted with the Stars

    The author took the familiar Exodus story and brought it to life with the personalities she created to live the experiences.
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    Perfect blend of heart and history!

    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.
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    What a great Biblical fiction!

    What a great Biblical fiction! This is the author's first book and it's amazing. It tells the story of Moses through a young Egyptian slave eyes. This way of presenting the story actually reminded me of the Risen movie. The characters are very well developed and even though there are many stories recounting these events, this one gives us a brand new perspective. I also loved the first person narrative as it really takes us back and time and gives us an idea of how people (other than Moses) might have lived these events. This book has just the right amount of adventure, romance and surprises. I wold recommend this book to everyone! Thanks to the author for providing me a copy of the book. It did not affect my review.
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