Friday, June 24, 2016

Delilah : Treacherous Beauty

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HUNT, ANGELA
DELILAH : TREACHEROUS BEAUTY

A complex and compelling glimpse at one of the bible's most notorious women.

Life is not easy in Philestine, 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 beat her in a war of wits.

My Review:

I have become a fan of this author's ability to transform simple bible stories into something of substance. Hunt's exquisite writing brings this time period to life and, yes, that involves her very vivid imagination, but it's easy to see where fact ends and fiction begins.

Now Samson and Delilah is probably my least favourite account in the whole bible so I hesitated before picking this title to review. But seriously, that hauntingly beautiful cover proved irresistible. And I'm so glad I read out of my comfort zone! Do I like Samson and Delilah any better after reading Delilah : Treacherous Beauty? Not really, but I've been convicted of two really powerful truths. First, God can use the most flawed person to achieve His ends and second, instead of making snap judgments about people we'll likely be surprised...and moved...if we look deeper into the reasoning behind questionable actions. Both are great takeaways to apply in everyday life.

Through the author's creative embellishments I was able to see beyond the rote bible story and into the complexities of living, breathing people struggling to find their way. Something I can totally relate to. Definitely a thought provoking read.

Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. in exchange for my honest review.

GIVEAWAY OPPORTUNITY:

If you would like an opportunity to win a copy of  Delilah : Treacherous Beauty please leave a comment below or email me at kavluvstoreadATyahooDOTca. If you post a comment and add your email address, please use AT and DOT instead of @ and . in the address to protect yourself from spammers. If you enter the draw via email please remember to put the title in the subject line so that it's easy for me to spot your entry. Draw will be held and winner announced on Sunday June 26 2016. Offer open to international readers. Good luck!

36 comments:

  1. This book looks so interesting. I'm curious to see what Angela does with this Biblical "bad girl".

    kathrynlvossATgmailDOTcom

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    1. She does an amazing job. Good luck, Kate.

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  2. This cover is STUNNING! Great way to make the Bible come to life.

    dianemestrella at gmail dot com

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    1. It really is, isn't it? Good luck, Diane.

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  3. I love the cover!!!! I would love to try one of Angela Hunt's books!

    rosebudsinjune at gmail dot com

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  4. The cover is just captivating and I would really like to read this one!

    Thank you for the opportunity, Kav!

    mauback55 at gmail dot com

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    1. You're welcome, Melanie. Good luck!

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  5. I love biblical retellings. Please include me for the giveaway. Thank, Kav!

    freda.mans[at]gmail.com

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    1. You're entered, Freda. Good luck.

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  6. Oh I am really looking forward to reading this one. Thanks for the review and the giveaway Kav!
    momrain(AT)aol(DOT)com

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    1. You're welcome, Loraine. Good luck.

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  7. I like Angela Hunt's novels, look forward to checking this one out. steveandellengray(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. She's a talented writer. Good luck, Ellen.

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  8. I love this series. I didn't realize there was a new book from it. Thanks, Kav!
    campbellamyd at gmail dot com

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    1. And each book has an amazing cover as well. Good luck, Amy.

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  9. I'm really intrigued by this one! What an alluring cover! Thanks for sharing, Kav.

    texaggs2000 at gmail dot com

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    1. It's a really interesting retelling. Good luck, Britney.

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  10. I love Biblical fiction! This cover is mesmerizing. Kav, thank you for the chance.

    psalm103and138 at gmail dot com

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    1. You're welcome, Caryl. Good luck.

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  11. My sister loves these books.
    J.C. -Indiana-

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  12. How could that cover NOT draw you in? It's very eye-catching and from your review, sounds just as eye-catching on the inside :-) I love a good book that draws you in like that!
    I've read a few of Angela's books years ago, thanks for the chance to re-visit her writing.

    teamob4 (at) gmail (dot) com

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    1. I know -- I can just imagine how it stands out on a shelf in a bookstore. Good luck, Trixi.

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  13. I have anxious to read this book! I have heard fabulous things about this book and the author! Great review of the book. Thank you for the chance to win. breannherron@icloud.com

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  14. I've only ever read one biblical fiction, but it was so good I want to read more. This ones sounds just as good!

    samanthabis23 at gmail dot com

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  15. It is hard to not make snap judgements but I try not to. Love the cover!
    pbclark(at)netins(dot)net

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  16. Angela Hunt is one of my favorite authors. I'm trying to catch up reading any of her books that I've missed along the way. I just finished Awakening. It came out about in 2006. I just never did care for the cover--LOL! So, it has languished on my shelf. Delilah sounds quite interesting, and I love the cover! Thanks, Kav, for the great review and offering a copy of this book.
    may_dayzee(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. Isn't it funny how covers can influence us so much? I must admit that I am woefully behind in reading Angela Hunt's books. Must got on that. Good luck, Kay.

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    2. For me, it is so true that I'm influenced by the cover. If it's a book of my "must-read" authors, I will buy it anyway, but if it is a new or not-so-favorite author, I will usually pass. But then, when I go to my own shelf to chose a book, I will not gravitate toward the unappealing cover, so that book might spend years gathering dust.

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  17. I haven't read much biblical fiction, and can understand that it might be hard to make Delilah likeable!

    pattymh2000(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. Angela Hunt is an author who likes a channel. Good luck, Patty.

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  18. I've loved this series but was also hesitant to pick this one up. I also never really liked Samson and Delilah either. Certainly not like I enjoyed Esther and Bathsheba. I still didn't come away from the story particularly liking either of them but certainly understanding them more. Less judgement for sure. Congrats to whoever wins this interesting read!

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