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Delilah [Kindle Edition]

Eleanor De Jong
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“I found this novel irresistible. It breathes life into a famous historical tale, with very real characters and a gripping pace. It has something for everyone.” Closer Magazine

“A great debut.”

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Maligned as the courtesan who revealed the mighty Samson's secret for money, Delilah has become synonymous with treachery. But behind the myth is a tale far more tragic…

From the moment they met, there was a fire in their relationship, with Samson pitted against Delilah's family. But Samson soon develops an overwhelming passion for Delilah; entranced by her beauty and passionate nature.

Meanwhile the Israelites and the Philistines are in a state of constant conflict, with Samson a seemingly unbeatable warrior. The Philistines are desperate to learn the secret behind Samson's power and enrol Delilah as a pawn to bring him down. Driven by misplaced anger, Delilah agrees to use her wiles to discover the secret of his strength.

But Delilah finds that Samson is far from the ogre that she had assumed. But a sequence of events have been set in motion which both of them are powerless to stop.

The consequences of her mistake have gone down in history and this wonderful novel is as alluring and beguiling as Delilah herself. The perfect treat for fans of Anita Diamant and Helen Dunmore.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 493 KB
  • Print Length: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Avon (14 April 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S. r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1847562388
  • ISBN-13: 978-1847562388
  • ASIN: B0051GUENQ
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #57,699 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic page turner! Highly recommend. 8 May 2011
I started reading this late last night, and I read it till 2 in the morning. I couldn't put it down. I picked it up again this morning, and have just finished it. A fantastic debut novel, and I look forward to more books from Eleanor de Jong. Her writing is clear and easy to read, her characters are all well drawn. For writing to read this well and easily, takes a very good writer.
I'm not one for biblical stories as such, but I love a good historical novel, and this one pressed all the right buttons. It was not quite the story I remember from childhood...
I loved the character of Delilah, she had such a strong character - her character shone all through this book. This book weaves a wonderful tale of 2 strong characters that come together, and their reasons, beliefs and loyalties - which are all sorely tested - and everything that happens because of that. Showing that perhaps things are never quite as straightforward as we originally may have thought.
A fantastic tale, easy to read, and not at all easy to put down. If you enjoy good historical fiction, and would like a page turner, that totally transports you to a different time and place with ease - I would highly recommend this one. I do feel a little lost now that I have finished it, I was so completely immersed in it.
I'm looking forward to her next book; Jezebel - which definitely going straight on my wishlist!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars thoroughly enjoyable read! 23 May 2011
By G_Chana
I really really enjoyed reading this book! It made my 1.5 hour morning and evening commute fly by!

The book was written beautifully, characters well defined and developed, strong story line and an ending which really pulls at you heart strings!

Im not going to give anything away in terms of the story line - go and read it!

To me the sign of a good book is one where you are still thinking about the characters story even after you have finished reading the book - which a couple of weeks on i am still doing!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Mixed feelings about this book 31 Aug 2012
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The book was easy to read and kept the interest with a certain amount of intrigue and some romance as well.
However there were some drawbacks which at times I found frustrating. The historical context was far from accurate - there were some specifics with regard to this but most of it really is just the general feel of the novel just didn't fit the historical period or the culture it was set in and reading it felt like the characters were interacting as they would in a modern western romance novel,but with talk of Israelites, Philistines, walled cities, carts etc.
The other major frustrating drawback was that although most of the major incidents in the lives of Delilah and Samson as recorded in the Bible were in this novel, they frequently differed in more than just the detail as to what happened. I expected to get a novel that was true to the Biblical account but imaginatively filled in the gaps and the surrounding detail, but it when the known events are altered it becomes something else. And finally since when was Delilah an Israelite which is what she is in this novel.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Book I've Ever Read 31 Aug 2012
I have recently found it hard to get into books; but this books has engnited a fire inside of me. The book had me gripped from the very first page, two days and I had finished the book (yes I was that hooked) and I'm giving Jezebel a try next. I have now choosen this type of fiction to read for the foreseeable future.
The story is gripping and even the ending; yet expected; didn't leave me disappointed. Well worth any money for such continues enjoyment.
The characters were well written, and even after finishing it I still continue to think of them. The stamp of any good writer.
Praise for Delilah!

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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars why why why? 22 Aug 2011
- sorry couldn't resist! I was really disappointed by this novel. It had so much potential but unfortunately turned out to be just a - rather poor - historical romance. The Delilah of this story, an Israelite living in a Philistine household, comes across as a headstrong womanchild (i.e: spoilt brat) - she hates her sister, goes on about pretty dresses and hairstyles constantly and tumbles her household servants without really thinking too much about it. She also seems to have too much freedom - especially sexually - for an Israelite girl of the period, living under Philistine domination. In romance parlance, she's TSTL. Samson is no more than an adjunct - she loves him, she loves him not, but in any case, decides to sell him down the river for money on a whim. Samson's character development fares no better - he is a Nazirite,& a rebel leader, forbidden to cut his hair, imbibe wine or be around the dead - but in this book, he tends to hang out around wine a lot (it's a plot twist, those nasty Philistines won't look for him in the pub!) However, having almost married Delilah, he does get to see her in lots of pretty dresses, and sometimes out of them too! (but he never questions where her virginity went in the interim) I think at this point, I lost the will to live, but luckily, Samson's betrayal came pretty fast, the book having dragged along for two thirds... Naturally, our plucky Valley Girl heroine didn't realise that his jailers would actually, like, torture him or something once he was in the slammer... oops! I'll spare you the ending but suffice it to say, I almost wept in frustration - or gratitude! This could have been an amazing book, set in one of the most interesting periods in Biblical history, but it's a HP romance in drag. Read more ›
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4.0 out of 5 stars Immersion into another world
The story piqued my interest from the start and was easy to read. The descriptions were good although I detected a bit of 'info-dumping' at times (I really didn't need to know in... Read more
Published 5 months ago by LB
4.0 out of 5 stars Very descriptive
This book makes the subject come alive with the descriptions making the story believable.
As I didnt know anything about the author before I would now recommend her
Published 10 months ago by Mrs.Patricia A.Wilson
5.0 out of 5 stars WOW
After reading brilliant RED TENT by Anita Diamant I was looking for something similar. I like biblical stories with the twist and DELILAH fulfill that expectation. Read more
Published 10 months ago by borievka26
4.0 out of 5 stars Delilah
One of a series of books by this author that I have very much enjoyed. Not yet read, but at least I can live with the anticipation of a good Biblical Story, as soon as time... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Duncan Paul Matthews
4.0 out of 5 stars Fiction
Good book. Read it in a couple if days. Flew through the pages. Fiction as cannot be factually written but entertaining none the less.
Published 11 months ago by egyptian
5.0 out of 5 stars Delilah
An imaginative tale, told from her point of view - a woman who did all for love but got caught out in the end.
Published 12 months ago by Jane
3.0 out of 5 stars Delilah
An interesting idea with some good ideas, generally adequate development of characters, development of ideas & writing, but De Jong failed with the ending.
Published 15 months ago by David Kernow
2.0 out of 5 stars Cheap bodice ripper
Disappointing. Unconvincing plot with characters who contradict themselves. Is Samson a hero willing to sacrifice himself for a cause, or is he a mindless brute and terrorist,... Read more
Published 17 months ago by MK
3.0 out of 5 stars Full Of History
A very interesting account of that period of history in parts.A lot of literary licence about the relationships but I enjoyed it.
Published 20 months ago by joujou
4.0 out of 5 stars Gripping for every second
This is possibly the best interpretation book I have ever read. the characters were well formed and each had a clearly defined significance. Read more
Published on 9 Dec 2011 by LouiseAtlanta22
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