Desired : The Untold Story of Samson and Delilah by Ginger Garrett ~ Review

Desired: The Untold Story of Samson and Delilah
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.


  1. I did have my eye on this book, because I love reading an author's retelling of Biblical stories. Thanks for the sensuality warning, if a scene disturbs me too much, I'll just skim over it. I agree -- its hard to read stories about real people who did wrong and suffered the consequences, especially when you know it won't have a happy ending. Thanks for the review, Faye!

  2. Gwendolyn, it was a very interesting book, that is for certain. It is a tough book to read, but really well-written. You're welcome :)
    And thanks for dropping by!


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