My Review: A well written tale, that tells the story of Samson with great attention to detail and description.
Desired tells the tale of Samson, through the eyes of three women, Samson's mother, his Philistine bride, and Delilah.
The story was well-told, with great attention to detail, and setting. I could literally feel the hard brick of the housetops under my feet, and the smell of the trickling stream.
Desired is a tale that is well-researched, yet at the same time isn't afraid to ask "What if" this, or that. And I really liked how Ms. Garrett gave a different view of Delilah than the typical temptress that we always tend to imagine her as.
Ms. Garrett's story is rich in detail, though at times the details were more sensual than I would have preferred. Though, with a story like this it would be impossible to avoid. But in my opinion there was more sensuality than was necessary, though I wouldn't call any of it explicit. But I would say that a warning is never a bad thing.
Desired is an emotionally heart-rending read, that at times was hard for me to read because of how sad every single one of the main characters' lives were. In my mind this book was almost like two books, because the first half was told mostly by Amara, Samson's Philistine bride, and then the book switched to Delilah, going back a few years to when she was younger. I will admit that this probably wasn't a good choice for me, considering what my personal preferences are, and at times the details were more than I wanted to read.
I received this book from the publisher through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.