Delilah: Treacherous Beauty

Delilah: Treacherous Beauty

by Angela Hunt


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A Complex and Compelling Glimpse at One of the Bible's Baddest Girls

Life is not easy in Philistia, 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 best her in a war of wits.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780764216978
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 06/07/2016
Series: A Dangerous Beauty Novel Series
Pages: 348
Sales rank: 283,756
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

The author of more than 100 published books and with nearly 5 million copies of her books sold worldwide, Angela Hunt is the New York Times bestselling author of The Note, The Nativity Story, and Esther: Royal Beauty. Romantic Times Book Club presented Angela with a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2006. In 2008, Angela completed her PhD in Biblical Studies in Theology. She and her husband live in Florida with their mastiffs. Learn more at

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Delilah: Treacherous Beauty 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
debhgrty More than 1 year ago
Delilah--Deb’s Dozen: Upper-class woman abused, escapes, forced to fend for herself. Survives and thrives. Egypt's Sister--Deb’s Dozen: Upper-class woman sold into slavery, forced to fend for herself, blossoms richly. You’re in for a double delight. I’ve been on an Angela Hunt reading kick and just finished two of her Biblical fiction books, Delilah: Treacherous Beauty (2016) and Egypt’s Sister (2017). The story of Delilah we sort of know from the Bible–Hunt fleshes out the story and helps us realize why Delilah might have done what she did to Samson. Egypt’s Sister tells of a woman who might have been Cleopatra’s friend and what life was like in Egypt during those days as well as in Rome. First: Delilah. Delilah’s mother has married a man from Philistia. A black woman from Egypt, Delilah’s mother was never accepted by society or by her stepson. Delilah, also dark-skinned, has a rare beauty and is lusted after by the stepson. When the man dies, Delilah’s mother is sold into slavery and Delilah is used and abused by the son. Finally she escapes and through a series of events, ends up a weaver by trade. Her story, and how she meets Samson, is fascinating although I never really empathized with her because she always thought herself better than others. However, Hunt did bring her to life and Samson as well. Four stars. Second: Chava. Chava is the daughter of the Jewish scholar, Daniel, who tutors the children of King Auletes of Eqypt. Hunt has chosen the period between the Old and New Testaments as the setting for this story. Chava is closest in age to Urbi, the second daughter of the king. Chava is rich, privileged, and spoiled. Because of their close friendship, Chava feels Urbi will always keep her close by–in fact, Chava receives a message from HaShem telling her, “Your friendship with the queen lies in my hands. You will be with her on her happiest day and her last. And you, daughter of Israel, will know yourself, and you will bless her.” Unfortunately, royalty rules and Urbi, now Cleopatra, has Chava and her father thrown in prison over a minor issue where they languish for months and are finally sold as slaves. Chava ends up in Italy never quite coming to grips with her new situation. She always thinks of herself as better than others and is fortunate to end up in the household of Octavian Caesar and befriended by Agrippa. Another fascinating, well-researched story you’ll want to read. Four stars. Angela Hunt is a much awarded, prolific author with over a hundred books in print and is known for her Biblical fiction. She is a New York Times best-selling author for three books. Angie holds a doctorate in Biblical studies and a ThD degree. She, her husband, and their mastiffs live in Florida. Bethany books gave me copies of Delilah: Treacherous Beauty and Egypt’s Sister, but I was in no way obligated to write a review.
RGNHALL More than 1 year ago
Delilah is often used as an example of the sort of woman one does not want to model their own life after....the Bible has little to tell us of her background or details about her life before she became involved with Samson, the one whom God had instructed should never have a razor put to his hair. This story is of course fictional and supposes what led an innocent baby named Delilah to become one of the Bible's baddest of the bad girls. We know from historical facts that it was not easy being a woman in a man's world in Biblical times. I did of course read the story of Samson and Delilah from the scriptures in the Bible and what I glean from God's Word is that he intended for Samson to do exactly what he did when he destroyed the entire company of Philistines along with the rulers, giving up his own life as he killed more people with his death than he had in his entire lifetime. God used a weak man, one who loved beautiful women and ultimately lost his eyes and his strength due to one of these women, the beautiful Delilah. He used a woman we truly know little about for his purposes, but we can imagine what her life was like and it has been very captivating to follow Ms. Hunt's version of the possibilities contained within Delilah's life. Her secrets have been given wings with the words of this book. I also must say that the cover of this book is stunning in its beauty. I rate this book 4 stars as I did have to keep referring back to the title of each chapter to remind myself whether this was Delilah or Samson's "voice". This did slow my reading down a bit but did not take away from my desire to keep reading ahead. While this book is the third in a series, it is a stand-alone as well since each of the books features a different "dangerous beauty" of the Bible. I received a copy of this book from netgalley and the publishers and I was not required to write a review, although it was encouraged. The words here are my own and all opinions expressed belong solely to me.
FaithH0peL0ve More than 1 year ago
I love Angela Hunt's Dangerous Beauty series! The books are a great way to learn about the women of the bible and see the story in a different perspective. However, Delilah fell flat in a few areas that the other two books of this series succeeded. I found it hard to believe Delilah's motivations behind her actions, and Samson seemed to be the better developed character. Overall, the book is better than Hunt's Esther, but not as good as the story of Bathsheba.
LoraineN More than 1 year ago
I will never view Delilah from the Bible in the same way again. Wow. It was so easy to dislike Delilah while I viewed her as just an evil woman in the pages of the Bible. Granted, this is a fiction account so we don’t really know what she was like, but the author made her human for me. It was a riveting read. (Full review at my website)
NadineTimes10 More than 1 year ago
"Perhaps it was his use of the word half-breed, but in that shadowy chamber I realized why Achish hated me. I was not a mistress, not a slave. Not a Philistine, an Israelite, or even a Canaanite. Not a Cushite, not an Egyptian. Not worthy of any kind of respect or recognition. "I was an other." I wondered what kind of angle author Angela Hunt would take on such a notorious woman from the Bible in Delilah: Treacherous Beauty. And I respect the angle. I'll admit I had a hard time deciding whether or not I would read this book. Though I've read and enjoyed many novels from this ChristFic publisher, it's not hard to see they don't put out many books with brown faces on the covers, especially books unrelated to slavery/the American Civil War. I wasn't exactly thrilled when, finally seeing a new release with a brown face, it was there to portray a figure widely regarded as nothing more than a seductress: a woman who must appear in the Scriptures only to warn people of the dangers of unfaithfulness, manipulation, and sexual indiscretion. Because there is a wider problem in the arts world concerning women of color being relegated to sex symbol roles—yeah. I wasn't sure if I'd read this novel. Yet, considering this is an author whose work I trust, I eventually figured there had to be something deeper she'd be doing with this character. And the author does indeed humanize Delilah. She's not depicted as a perfect person, of course, but she's fully human. As is Samson. They're both outcasts, in different ways. And their artfully woven story is a human story. Now, I do feel that in a couple places, Delilah and Samson don't make total sense. It seems their characterizations and the story's timing isn't always the most natural, as if the flow of the novel has an awkward time meshing with some of its necessary biblical points. Still, I accept that ancient stories won't always make complete 21st Century sense, and the way the author ultimately brings it all together in the last few chapters is what tipped me over into five stars. In tears. It's a tragic story in so many ways, but its illustration of the impact of faith and love in imperfect people's lives gives this novel its power.
MelissaF More than 1 year ago
When I have thought of Delilah before I always thought of a sneaky, tricky woman. But after reading this version of the story I have a little more understanding for her and what she might have been going through. Angela Hunt has done a wonderful job of bringing this story to life and making Samson and Delilah very real. In this story Delilah is an abused young woman left with a child she doesn’t want. She is very hard-hearted toward men and doesn’t really trust them. But something draws her to Samson. Samson seems to not want to be the man God created him to be. He is struggling with his identity and almost doesn’t want the responsiblity put on him. One thing I think we need to remember was that Samson was human like the rest of us. He made mistakes. He liked women a bit too much and chose them over God. He did pay a price for that. I struggled with reading about Samson and Delilah living together, as I disagree with that practice but Delilah definitely didn’t know the Lord. I also struggled a little with Delilah’s motivation for turning on Samson, I just had trouble believing it to some extent. However, I can’t say too much because I don’t want to ruin the ending for you. I loved how Angela reminded us that faith comes from the inside not the outside. As long as we hold on to faith in our hearts no one can take it away. The ending was beautiful and satisfying and Samson finally sees his errors in thinking and repents. Oh, and I especially enjoyed Rei, another character in the book that gave me a bit of surprise. Overall, an enjoyable read and that most Biblical Fiction readers will enjoy. A copy of this book was given to me by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Different than Delilah i imagined. Made her more human & caring! Good book, easy read follows Sampson very nice.
mymissdaisy More than 1 year ago
About The Book . . . Publisher's Description A Complex and Compelling Glimpse at One of the Bible's Baddest Girls Life is not easy in Philistia, 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 best her in a war of wits. And I thought . . . I was pleased to get the opportunity to read this book; and looked forward to it's arrival! I wasn't disappointed. Almost at page 1 I was drawn into the story. I was a little ambivalent about the author taking characters and stories from the Bible and weaving them into fictional stories. But I was pleasantly surprised at the authors expertise and ability to make the story real and interesting to read. Miss Hunt is known for the extra care she takes in research which makes the fiction part of the story seem real and come to life. The Biblical story of Samson and Delilah is in this writers opinion is superbly brought out through this fictional work. The characters are well developed (fictionally) and makes you think about their individual circumstances. The story made me want to read my Bible and reread their stories. And that's a good thing! I would recommend Delilah as a great read! Because of the of the way Delilah's story is depicted and the struggles she went through I would not suggest this as a read for an impressionable teenager. Miss Hunt and Delilah deserve my 5 star praise. Information about the author . . . The author of more than 100 published books and with nearly 5 million copies of her books sold worldwide, Angela Hunt is the New York Times bestselling author of The Note, The Nativity Story, and Esther: Royal Beauty. Romantic Times Book Club presented Angela with a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2006. In 2008, Angela completed her PhD in Biblical Studies in Theology. She and her husband live in Florida with their mastiffs. Learn more at I received a complimentary copy of Delilah from Baker Publishing in exchange for my honest review. This post will be re-printed at My Journey Back at linked at Create With Joy, The Art of Homemaking, Share Your Cup.
VJoyPalmer More than 1 year ago
Oh. My. Goodness! Yeah, I loved Delilah. Maybe not as much as Bathsheba, but pure, crazy book love fore sure! It's important to remember that this is a fiction story. Very little is known about Samson and Delilah, but what we do know, Angela Hunt made sure was Biblically accurate. I'd recommend reading the author note at the end of the book before you dive into Samson and Delilah's story. Angela created a devastating backstory for Delilah. It was so vivid, and I understood Delilah. I understood her desperation, her desires, her pain. It helped me understand why she would rationalize betraying Samson. Samson warred with his desire for love and to be his own man which clashed against God's will for his life. I thought Angela Hunt's portrayal of Samson was very insightful. Instead of reading a judgmental or placating story, we saw a man. A man who screwed up, but loved God. Delilah is the third and final book in the Dangerous Beauty Series. The description of the setting, the political struggle, the devastation of God's people was depicted beautifully. This was a breathtaking, heart crushing, insightful story. This story has everything - romance, betrayal, battles, hope, and forgiveness. Everyone should read this incredible series, but that's just the opinion of one bookworm. I received a copy of Delilah by Angela Hunt from Bethany House in exchange for my honest opinion, which I have given.
Annie732009 More than 1 year ago
This was such a great book! This is the third book in the Dangerous Beauty series (you don’t need to read this book in order because it can be a stand alone book). We read two different stories in this book. We read Delilah’s story and also Samson’s story (it starts before they met). The story’s will go back and forth so some readers may not enjoy that but I didn’t mind it. Angela Hunt takes Delilah and Samson’s story from the bible and brings it alive (of course this is a biblical fiction take from the true bible story). Even with this being a fictional story, reading Delilah’s story I felt different towards her. I felt like she really could had a hard life, I really never thought about her past until I read this book. This book has love, faith, forgiveness, and temptation. I highly recommend this book. Rather you have been reading biblical fiction for awhile or this is your first book, you won’t be disappointed. *I received this book from Bethany House Publishers for my honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Delilah: Treacherous Beauty is book 3 in A Dangerous Beauty series written by Angela Hunt. At the age of 17 Delilah's step-father dies. Her step-brother denies the marriage between his father and her mother and sells Delilah's mother as a slave. He has Delilah locked in his room for his pleasure. Delilah eventually escapes and is take care of by 3 brothers who take her to a widow. Delilah becomes her help mate with tending the fields, weaving and greeting people who come to the well. Delilah gives birth to her step-brother's son and the widow takes on the role of his mother. When the widow dies Delilah struggles with mothering her “enemy's” son. During this time, Samson is to marry and offers a prize to the person who can solve his riddle. His bride to be gets the answer from him and tells Delilah's step-brother the answer. To fulfill the prize Samson murders people. Samson becomes a hunted man and eventually Delilah's love. One day Delilah's step-brother comes to the well and recognizes Delilah. He tells her he will come back to her for information regarding Samson and if she does not give it to him, he will abuse and kill her. Delilah goes to the authorities and makes a deal with them to turn in Samson for her own safety. This is a good story that is loosely based on the Bible. I like how the author does extensive research to make the story true to the time. The story is so well written is is hard to remember that most of the story is fictional. The Bible gives us very little information on Delilah. The story tells us the story of Samson from the angel visiting his mother before his birth, to his death. This part of the story is very powerful. God give Samson the strength to accomplish what God wants him too. Samson has very strong faith and ability to forgive, feeling what he goes through is part of God's plan for him. I received a copy of this book from Bethany House Publishing for an honest review.
gccbookworm More than 1 year ago
Deliverance Meet "Delilah" in Angela Hunt's third book of the Dangerous Beauty Series. This is a fictional account of the Biblical Samson and Delilah. Hunt does a great job with building believable characters in her newest book. Delilah is a beautiful young woman living with her mother, step-father and step-brother in Gaza, enjoying a previleged life. But all changes with the sudden death of her step-father. Her step-brother, Achish, becomes head of the household, selling Delilah's mother into slavery and abusing Delilah. When Delilah escapes she vows to get revenge on the man who took advantage of her and free her mother. First, though, she must find a way to survive. And then she hears about Samson, Judge of the Isrealites... Hunt notes "Samson and Delilah were not heroes or villains.They were people...because people, with all their flaws, are what God uses to work His divine will (p. 341)." Enjoy this fast paced story of a man devoted to God and a woman devoted to revenge. Two people with a story whose paths cross to fulfill God's will. I received this book free to review for Bethany House Publishers and give my honest opinion.
Mocha-with-Linda More than 1 year ago
I have often stated Angela Hunt is a must-read author for me, and that I rarely read any other Biblical fiction but hers. I loved the first two Dangerous Beauty novels, Esther: Royal Beauty and Bathsheba, Reluctant Beauty, and was eager to see how she crafted Delilah's story. I was not disappointed. While the Bible gives little information about Delilah, Hunt's extensive research and study of human behavior results in a captivating and plausible tale that is true to the Biblical account. Delilah is often despised and disdained, yet Hunt makes her a likable and believable character whose flaws and scars inform her choices. Delilah: Treacherous Beauty is riveting, and I read it almost non-stop in a weekend. Grab your copy of this must-read novel today, and pick up the rest of the series as well. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a copy of this book free from Bethany House Publishers. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I received a copy of DELILAH: TREACHEROUS BEAUTY by Angela Hunt in exchange for an honest review. It is the third installment in the “Dangerous Beauty” series. I have not previously read the other books, so I can safely say this works fine as a standalone novel. This is the fictional tale of the Biblical couple Samson and Delilah. This is the first time I’ve read historical fiction about either of them, so I was eager to gobble it up. The historical detail is incredible. You can taste the air in Philistia! As a child, my mom and I would read Bible stories for kids, and Delilah was often painted as a horrible person. I remember on one book, the cover contained Samson and she lurked in the shadows. My favorite aspect of DELILAH is that she is a real person. She has her good points and her bad, her skills and her flaws. Not once do you see her as wholly good or wholly evil. She is just real. I can see this sparking many conversations, and this would work great in a church reading group. I highly recommend this to fans of Christian fiction and historical fiction. Regarding the historical fiction part, you don’t need to be of strong religious beliefs to find this an engaging story.
MNGringa1 More than 1 year ago
Delilah was an interesting read. Hunt has done her research, and brought out some interesting possibilities as to her back story. While the story was well written and held my attention, I wonder if this is really her back story. This is Hunt's third book in the Treacherous Beauty series. We all know the story of Samson and Delilah. Hunt writes this as a first person tale from both Samson and Delilah's viewpoints. This was interesting, but at the start of each chapter, my brain had to shift thinking about the story line and whose voice I was hearing. The story starts with: "No woman sets out to be wicked." So what makes a woman wicked and what are her circumstances that lead to wickedness? Hunt takes us on the adventure to find out. We learn about Delilah's family life, and how family can set our course of life. Hurts and fear set Delilah on a quest to hide away from life. Delilah finds a quiet life in the desert and learns a trade. Later when fear comes roaring back into her life, we pick up the familiar Biblical story line to the conclusion of the book. Samson's first line: "You think she lives here?" Introduces us to Samson's greatest weakness... beautiful women. We are introduced to this Nazarite judge, who does things in his own way. I like the way Hunt presents Samson's selfish, spoiled ways. She also brings out the loving father as Samson befriends and teaches Delilah's son the ways to be a man. While the characters are strong, and writing well researched, I found that my heart wanted a more traditional view of Delilah's backstory. My thanks to Bethany House Publishers and Netgalley for the complimentary copy of this book for my review.
MotherofPeace More than 1 year ago
Beauty is a curse This is the second book I have read by Angela Hunt, and I am now a fan. This book was esquisite, moving and compassionate. She put Delilah on a new light, a more humane light, that of a woman caught up in a situation she had to find a way out of. She showed a daughter, mother and woman in love. It shows how the thirst for revenge can have a great impact on your life and others around you. Delilah's father had died when his ship sank. Delilah's mother had just been married three months to a Philistine businessman who had shone her nothing but compassion and thoughtfulness, unlike his son, who never spoke a kind word. Delilah's stepfather, Adinai, died and her stepbrother, Achish, took over the estate. Delilah's mother couldn't prove Adinai had married her. Achish starting treating Delilah and her mother like slaves. Her mother was of Egyptian descent and her skin was black, Delilah was Egyptian and Crete descent and had skin the color of mud. He sold Delilah's mother as a slave and took her as his concubine. He begins to abuse her. How to escape from this prison. Who would help her? Travel along with Delilah and see where her life goes. While Delilah is going through changes in her life, Samson is also having problems, his marriage is ill-fated and his bride and father-in-law are killed. How do Delilah and Samson's life cross? What surprises are along the way? Pick up a copy today and be enthralled. You will not be able to put it down. The book cover is awesome, the raised lettering is so smooth. Keep up the good work, Angela. Looking forward to your next book. I received a complimentary copy from Bethany House Publishing for this review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I received a copy of Delilah: Treacherous Beauty by Angela Hunt from Bethany House to review. I was interested in this one because I previously reviewed Esther and Bathsheba by the same author and series. I was fans of the other two, but I just couldn't get behind this one. I will admit, I always enjoy a different perspective on stories. In the other novels, we've gotten the main character and then a supporting character that adds to the story. This time the story was told from Delilah and Samson's perspective, and I'm going to be honest - it went a little cheesy. The author spun it as a love story (including betrayal) between the two, and I just couldn't believe it. Is it that I've just been conditioned to view Delilah as the harlot temptress? I'm not sure. I will say that I got a decent view of Samson as just a man, which is always interesting, but the author went a little too far in trying to paint him as an outsider who never belonged anywhere because of his "gift." I also had a huge beef with the fact that I need historical fiction to be just that- historical. Hunt missed the fact that rabbits aren't kosher, and she had Samson hunting and eating them several times. Maybe she just figured he'd break that part of the Torah since he was lax in other areas? I don't know, but it just got under my skin somehow. All in all, this was an interesting and quick read, but my least favorite of the series.