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Delilah: Treacherous Beauty (A Dangerous Beauty Novel) Paperback – June 7, 2016
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From the Back Cover
A Complex and Compelling Glimpse at One of the Bible's Most Notorious Women
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.
"A fascinating journey, rich with historical accuracy and vivid descriptions of setting, people and clashing cultures, Hunt's story brings the reader in like no other."--RT Book Reviews
"Told in alternating points of view of the two protagonists, the narrative delivers both sides of this familiar story in a fresh manner. Readers will have to make up their own minds regarding Delilah's motivations. Once again, Hunt stays true to the original account in this reinterpretation. But she adds authentic historical details to present Delilah and Samson's relationship and individual personalities in a new light."--Library Journal
"Hunt breathes brilliance into the dusty, mystical past. Her precise and purposeful details immerse the reader in the world of Gaza circa 1200 BCE in this fascinating, richly researched, and artfully composed biblical novel that explores the timeless themes of grief, hope, and betrayal."--Booklist starred review
"A richly textured and deeply moving story of innocence lost, love, grief, and betrayal. . . . Hunt is a master story-teller; her exquisite rendering of this doomed couple is character development at its finest."--CBA Retailers+Resources
About the Author
The author of more than 100 published books and with nearly 5 million copies of her books sold worldwide, Angela Hunt is the New York Times bestselling author of The Note, The Nativity Story, and Esther: Royal Beauty. Romantic Times Book Club presented Angela with a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2006. In 2008, Angela completed her PhD in Biblical Studies in Theology. She and her husband live in Florida with their mastiffs. Learn more at www.angelahuntbooks.com.
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I maintain that writing Biblical fiction is extremely difficult, more so than a more typical historical novel. The writer has to maintain authenticity and keep true to scripture while creating not a dusty commentary, but an intriguing and readable book. Hunt showed she did her homework in her depiction of the culture of the time of the Judges. Her re-telling of the Biblical narrative was faithfully rendered. She didn’t limit her story to only what was going on in Judges 13-16, but included details from other contemporary scripture creating a well-rounded view of the life and times of the characters. Characterization was excellent in Delilah. The story is told from the first person viewpoints of Samson and Delilah giving insight into their motivations and feelings. Yes this book is fiction and some liberty had to be taken, but I never felt anything was inappropriate or unbelievable. As a compliment to the Bible study, Delilah really was a great choice. Even the non-readers of the group enjoyed a fresh look at the Bible. And as stated above, this novel had us double checking what we read in our Bible. We had missed or overlooked some things, that proved to be important to understanding what God was actually doing. One member of my group stated that the story we learned as children was more complex than thought. And God does show up in this novel. Hunt weaves His presence and His truth throughout the book.
For fans of Biblical fiction, Delilah is a must read. It is part of the Dangerous Beauty series, but each book in the series is a standalone novel.
(Thanks to Bethany House for a complimentary copy. All opinions expressed are mine alone.)
The story is fast moving and compelling and incorporates the wonderful values of the Jewish people, despite Delilah having an Egyptian background. Samson is a judge of ancient Jewish times when they did not have a king to lead them. We know very little about his life and lifestyle but once again Angela's creation of the detail of his life leave us in no doubt about his anointed Godly purpose. The story reaches a climax when Delilah betrays him, but there is a neatly woven ending which allows the reader to see Gods grace at work even in the Old Testament.
I've enjoyed this story and the entire series