Monday, August 8, 2016
Delilah- Angela Hunt
Description: A Complex and Compelling Glimpse at One of the Bible's Baddest Girls.
Life is not easy in Philistia, especially not for a woman and child alone. When beautiful, wounded Delilah finds herself begging for food to survive, she resolves that she will find a way to defeat all the men who have taken advantage of her. She will overcome the roadblocks life has set before her, and she will find riches and victory for herself.
When she meets a legendary man called Samson, she senses that in him lies the means for her victory. By winning, seducing, and betraying the hero of the Hebrews, she will attain a position of national prominence. After all, she is beautiful, she is charming, and she is smart. No man, not even a supernaturally gifted strongman, can best her in a war of wits.
My Thoughts: Delilah is my favorite of the Dangerous Beauty novels as Delilah has far more agency in this narrative than either of the previous female leads. Instead of the plot happening to Delilah, she reacts to and shapes much of what occurs. While Delilah is more of a villain, Hunt is able to portray her in a more sympathetic light which makes the book worth reading.
Samson's perspective is also present in the novel, the first time in this trilogy in which the Biblical male lead was a point of view character. This worked well to show both sides of the story, with both characters alternating between observer and enactor of the plot.
Overall, the story itself was engaging with a good balance of Biblical content and original story. The beginning is particularly strong on this front. Unfortunately, while the central conflict picked up toward the end, Samson and Delilah's logical faltered in places. As well, Delilah's decision to betray Samson seemed to come about rather suddenly.
The story was still wonderful, as Hunt did a really good job of making these characters likeable. However, it was not without its weak points.
I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.