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Delilah #3, in the Dangerous Beauty series, by Angela Hunt
Delilah is a natural beauty and new to Gaza. After her stepfather dies, she is terribly mistreated by her stepbrother. She escapes and eventually meets Samson a hero of the Hebrews. The two have alot in common and fall in love. Now she must decide what she loves more, Samson or her dreams of revenge.
Number of Pages: 368
Vendor: Bethany House
Publication Date: 2016
|Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)|
Series: Dangerous Beauty
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.
Rhonda Nash-hallMadison Heights VAAge: 45-54Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5Can this be Delilah?June 25, 2017Rhonda Nash-hallMadison Heights VAAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Delilah is often used as an example of the sort of woman one does not want to model their own life after....the Bible has little to tell us of her background or details about her life before she became involved with Samson, the one whom God had instructed should never have a razor put to his hair. This story is of course fictional and supposes what led an innocent baby named Delilah to become one of the Bible's baddest of the bad girls. We know from historical facts that it was not easy being a woman in a man's world in Biblical times.
I did of course read the story of Samson and Delilah from the scriptures in the Bible and what I glean from God's Word is that he intended for Samson to do exactly what he did when he destroyed the entire company of Philistines along with the rulers, giving up his own life as he killed more people with his death than he had in his entire lifetime. God used a weak man, one who loved beautiful women and ultimately lost his eyes and his strength due to one of these women, the beautiful Delilah. He used a woman we truly know little about for his purposes, but we can imagine what her life was like and it has been very captivating to follow Ms. Hunt's version of the possibilities contained within Delilah's life. Her secrets have been given wings with the words of this book. I also must say that the cover of this book is stunning in its beauty.
I rate this book 4 stars as I did have to keep referring back to the title of each chapter to remind myself whether this was Delilah or Samson's "voice". This did slow my reading down a bit but did not take away from my desire to keep reading ahead. While this book is the third in a series, it is a stand-alone as well since each of the books features a different "dangerous beauty" of the Bible.
I received a copy of this book from netgalley and the publishers and I was not required to write a review, although it was encouraged. The words here are my own and all opinions expressed belong solely to me.
Books4JesusBrookfield, WIAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Wonderful ReadFebruary 13, 2017Books4JesusBrookfield, WIAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0Have you ever wondered why Delilah would betray Samson? What would drive a woman to do this? I always thought she was a heartless Philistine. However, Angela Hunt unpacks the history and culture of the time and weaves a compelling story of a wounded beautiful woman willing to do what it takes to provide for her child. A great story that had me rereading the Biblical account of Samson and Delilah with fresh eyes. This book is part of a series, Treacherous Beauty and can be read as a stand-alone book.
SherrySouthfield, MIAge: 55-65Gender: female1 Stars Out Of 5Too dark and depressing for Christian fictionJanuary 12, 2017SherrySouthfield, MIAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0When I order Christian fiction and I don't want subjects like rape. This book is too dark for me. It reads like secular fiction.
Loraine5 Stars Out Of 5A riveting read.November 17, 2016LoraineQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0I will never view Delilah from the Bible in the same way again. Wow. It was so easy to dislike Delilah while I viewed her as just an evil woman in the pages of the Bible. Granted, this is a fiction account so we dont really know what she was like, but the author made her human for me. It was a riveting read. (Full review at my website)
debsMaineAge: 35-44Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Delilah ~ Angela HuntAugust 1, 2016debsMaineAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This is a book based on the life of Delilah from the bible. It is not a story based only on the history and fantasy part of the bible, it is a story with the basis of biblical sense. Angela does a great job of putting you back into the time of Delilah and her life as a women in a man's world. Each chapter is either told in Delilah's vision or Samson's vision. It has great detail and keeps you interested by all the drama, story line and attention to details that will make you feel you are in the book. The story tugs on your feelings and emotions that keep you wanting more.
I would recommend this book to those that want a great read that you can't put down. It keeps going with lots of details and history. If you really enjoy history or learning about the bible then this book is for you. Angela Hunt never let's her readers down!! Great, entertaining, emotional and so much more of a read.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through Bethany House. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255: Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising