You know the Bible story: Samson, judge of Israel, falls in love with Delilah, who then betrays him to his enemies, the Philistines. While the Bible tells us the basics, you have to know that there is more to this story: who was Delilah, where did she come from, and why would she betray Samson?
Angela Hunt does a marvelous job of remaining faithful to the events laid out in the Bible while filling in possible details of what could be the truth behind the story of Samson and Delilah. Instead of portraying Delilah as the traditional evil woman out to destroy Israel, Hunt gives her a plausible back story and realistic motives for what she did. She also manages to make Samson more than just the strongman of Israel.
And beyond that, Hunt’s writing brings to life the Holy Land during the 1100s B.C. and fills it with a cast of flawed, yet empathetic characters. It is simply a great story made greater by Angela Hunt’s talent.
I highly recommend you grab a copy. And while you are at it, don’t forget that there are two other novels in the series (Esther: Royal Beauty and Bathsheba: Reluctant Beauty).
Many thanks to Bethany House Publishers for the free copy of this novel for review purposes. I was not required to give a positive review. All opinions are my very own!! 🙂