Delilah: Treacherous Beauty by Angela Hunt is a retelling of the Biblical story of Samson and Delilah, told from both Delilah’s and Samson’s point of view. It gives a different perspective to the age old tale of love and betrayal. We see the story through both Delilah’s and Samson’s eyes. The book is filled with rich, vivid descriptions of the time, setting, and details of daily life during this cultural upheaval.
I totally enjoyed the glimpse into Delilah’s personal life, even if it is a fictional story. Since no one really knows much of her history, I felt the author wove a plausible story. Digging into historical background during this period, she tells the story of how most women would have lived and how a single woman with a child could have survived without a man to protect or support them.
Then there is the telling of the story from Samson’s point of view. I really felt a new respect and got a totally different idea of what the man was like, instead of only knowing the myth of his strength and how Delilah betrayed him.
I do love a Christian retelling, especially if it’s from the female perspective, since nearly all stories in the Bible are told with a male slant, due to the Patriarchal society of it’s writers. With this retelling, you will develop a bit more empathy for Delilah, because she feels more real in this book, than she does in the Bible. The author brings these Biblical characters to life.
Of course, Samson and Delilah is a love story as well as a story of betrayal. Mrs. Hunt does a fabulous job of staying true to the abiding love these two had for one another, and how devastating a choice Delilah had to make in order to keep herself and her son safe. What a wonderful and all too human love story they had.
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.
About the Author
Christy-Award winner Angela Hunt writes for readers who have learned to expect the unexpected in novels from this versatile author. With over four million copies of her books sold worldwide, she is the best-selling author of more than 100 works ranging from picture books (The Tale of Three Trees) to novels.
Now that her two children are grown, Angie and her youth-pastor husband live in Florida with Very Big Dogs (a direct result of watching Sandlot too many times). This affinity for mastiffs has not been without its rewards–one of their dogs was featured on Live with Regis and Kelly as the second-largest canine in America. Their dog received this dubious honor after an all-expenses-paid trip to Manhattan for the dog and the Hunts, complete with VIP air travel and a stretch limo in which they toured New York City. Afterward, the dog gave out paw-tographs at the airport.
I received this book for free or at a discounted price from the publisher or the author in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.