This book will be released on July 28, 2015. I received a copy through NetGalley.
One of my favorite genres (or subgenres) is retellings or fractured fairy tales. I love when an author can take a story we already know and give it new life, more depth, give a background character a voice.
The Touch of Betrayal tells the story of Samson and Delilah, but specifically Delilah’s. Instead of getting a few lines in the Bible where she is seen as wicked, here she gets her own life and own desires.
Delilah saw her parents killed in front of her and was left an orphan, so she had to fend for herself. A kindly widow took her in and they got along well enough, but they constantly struggled to feed themselves. Delilah resorted to ‘turning tricks’ when she saw that she had what men wanted, and they had what she wanted, money.
She runs away from her town when her lifestyle is found out and people think she is a sorceress, bewitching men into her bed and into giving her things. Delilah is starting over when she is blackmailed by someone who knows her secrets. She is to seduce this warrior Samson, find out his secret, and no one will know hers.
She didn’t count on falling in love with him.
I liked that this book gave human characteristics to Samson and Delilah, not merely making them out to be good or evil. It also gives them hope for a happy ending. I’d give this book a 4.5/5, and I would definitely read it again, especially since it’s a novella and a very quick read.