“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
Synopsis: Delilah, a newcomer to Gaza, is struggling to adapt to her new home when her stepfather dies. Cruelly mistreated by her stepbrother, Delilah escapes the Philistine city and takes up residence with a widow in the Valley of Sorek, where she eventually meets Samson, the Israelite strongman. Fascinated by stories of his exploits, she begins to wonder . . . could he help her avenge her losses? She discovers that she and Samson have much in common—both feel the sting of being different from others. After falling in love with the man, Delilah must decide which she loves more: Samson or her dream of revenge.
From Library Journal:
After the death of her stepfather, Delilah is imprisoned by her stepbrother and used at his whim. She escapes with her life but must rely on the kindness of strangers to survive. Determined to recoup her losses, she agrees to find out the secret of Hebrew Samson’s superhuman strength in exchange for money. Unexpectedly the two fall in love, but it’s too late to prevent Samson’s destruction. Hunt’s vivid retelling of the biblical tale of Samson and Delilah creates a plausible backstory, portraying Delilah as a surprisingly sympathetic character. 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 (Bathsheba) 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. VERDICT Devotees of Hunt and biblical fiction will be eager to read.
BOOKLIST Starred Review:
“Told through the dueling perspectives of Samson and Delilah, an approach she has used throughout the series, 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.” — Kate Campos