A Novel

India Edghill


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Given to the temple of Atargatis as a child, Delilah is raised to be a priestess to the Five Cities that rule Canaan. She grows up under the watchful eyes of high priestess Derceto, who sees her as a valuable pawn in her political agenda. Meanwhile, in the hills of Canaan, the Israelites choose Samson to lead their fight against the Five Cities. When he catches a glimpse of Delilah, he risks his freedom to marry her, and Derceto seizes the chance to have Samson at her mercy. Caught between the two, Delilah is forced to question her own heart.

An inventive retelling of an ancient story, Delilah is a tale of political turmoil, betrayal, passionate friendship, and forbidden love.

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“Long ago and in another land lived a maiden dark as night. Night she was named and night she was. And this maiden served a goddess bright and burning as the sun—and softas shadows and midnight . . .”
Once I blamed the gods for the pain I endured. Later I blamed Samson himself. Only now, too late, did I lay the blame for what came to pass at the feet of the one whose fault it truly was.
Oh, it was the gods who began the game. Yes, all our joy and pain are no more than a game to them—what are men and women to those whose breath is the wind and whose eyes

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Praise for Delilah

“With her vivid attention to historical detail, Edghill keeps readers captivated.” ––People

"A spellbinding, emotionally powerful reinvention of a timeless tale from a master of lyrical language. With Delilah, India Edghill has written a song of the heart set among clashing kingdoms and created an historical novel to savor." ––New York Times best-selling author Nicole Jordan

“In Edghill's beautifully written tale, Delilah and Samson unite to bring down their enemies. This is one biblically inspired historical novel not to miss.” ––Booklist

“Edghill has crafted a powerful, lyrical novel and created two unforgettable characters.––Library Journal

“Focusing on a turbulent political atmosphere, betrayal, and a searing passion, Edghill allows the reader to see a man and woman caught up in a doomed love. Four stars.––RT Book Reviews

"Richly imagined in hauntingly beautiful prose, India Edghill's Delilah is what the Bible may have been like had it been written by a woman. Delilah is a character whose compelling voice will keep you turning the pages in this truly remarkable story." ––Michelle Moran, author of Nefertiti

 “Most people know the story of Samson and Delilah, but you’ve never heard it told like this. In this beautifully crafted tale, an all-too-human Delilah speaks across the centuries and tells us what really happened in the lands of the Philistines so long ago. Her story will draw you in quietly at first –– and then it builds to a roar. It’s both mythic and moving, and rife with surprising twists.” ––Donna Gillespie, international bestselling author of The Light Bearer and Lady of the Light

“A fascinating and unorthodox retelling of the Samson and Delilah story as seen through pagan eyes. Through India Edghill’s extensive research and talent for telling detail, this familiar tale takes on a whole new meaning.” ––Naomi Ragen, author of The Ghost of Hannah Mendes and The Saturday Wife

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India Edghill

INDIA EDGHILL is a librarian living in the Mid-Hudson Valley in New York. She is the author of two other novels, Wisdom's Daughter, which was a Romantic Times Nominee for Best Historical Fiction, and Queenmaker.

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A Novel
India Edghill

Trade Paperback

Trade Paperback
November 2010
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9780312655358
ISBN10: 0312655355
5 1/2 x 8.25 inches, 368 pages

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St. Martin's Press
November 2009
e-Book Agency
ISBN: 9781429925716
ISBN10: 142992571X
368 pages

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