Book: Samson & Amish Delilah
Author: Thomas Nye
Genre: Christian Amish Fiction
Release Date: August 19, 2019
Everyone in America has fallen in love with Delilah, leading lady in a bestselling Amish novel. When media giants discover that Delilah is a real person, the pursuit is on. Dave joins the search not realizing that by finding her, he would fall into the story and become Samson.
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I can honestly say, from the title, I really had no idea what to expect from this book, as well as the fact our author is a man (I don't know of any others that do Amish fiction). What I enjoyed was the unexpectedness of the story line showing the world and the Amish ways truly coming in a head to head clash. I also enjoyed the unexpected and redemptive romance between our very English hero and very Amish heroine. I felt the plot provided a lot of unexpected twists and turns that kept you really guessing until the end, and the characters I felt developed and grew a lot through the story. I felt the dual timeline was understandable and woven together well, and the thread of faith was really relevant including young adult audiences. What I struggled with was the title oddly enough. The comparison just didn't work for me- like I understood it logically, but it just didn't fit for me as a reader and threw off my reading experience because when I think redemption, Samson and Delilah is the last comparison I would think of. I'm also not sure if it was meant for young adult audiences or just adult audiences- I think the content may be relevant to the young adult, but at the same vein, I'm not certain the book in entirety would be intriguing for young adult audiences, so I felt a little torn on that. Overall, I though the author made a bold move in an unexpected Amish fiction, and brought about a dual timeline with a nice thread of faith. I would recommend this one for those looking for an out of the box Amish fiction, possible a mature young adult audience.
I received a complimentary copy of this book, and all opinions given are entirely my own.
About the Author
Thomas Nye writes novels about horses and Amish life, with a touch of romance, and a foundation of faith in Christ. He and his wife, Shari, live on her family farm where they raised five children. Their six grandchildren love to visit Karma and Karla, a team of draft horses which Thomas purchased from an Amish friend. Walking a mail route for the U.S. Postal Service keeps Thomas close to nature and affords him many quiet hours which he uses to dream up novels. Over three decades of friendships with Amish neighbors has revealed a simple wisdom that he weaves into his writing.
More from ThomasMost authors agree that during the course of writing a novel, the characters seem to come alive and emerge with personality traits we ourselves didn’t originally plan to give them. Not only did the lead characters of Samson and Delilah take on a life of their own, they also pulled the story in a direction I never planned to go. Samson and Amish Delilah is a book about a book. You will soon discover that the characters are reading along with you. They even try to guess the ending and have discussions about it. As I worked on the final few chapters, I could almost feel Samson and Delilah urging me forward, as though they needed me to write out solutions to the issues they were facing. I could almost hear them calling to me, “Please—finish this book—we want the world to hear our story.” Maybe all of this is just me projecting my feelings on them. LOL. Either way, I’ve gotten to know Samson and Delilah pretty well and I’m sure they would want you to smile, laugh, cry, and learn about the power of forgiveness along with them.
P.S. It so happens that I feel Samson and Delilah nudging me forward with a follow-up novel. Wink, wink.
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To celebrate his tour, Thomas is giving away a Thomas Nye Gift Box, which includes four books by Thomas Nye: Samson and Amish Delilah, Under the Heavens, Amish Park, and Plain Everyday Heroes!! Along with bookmarkers and an Amish designed coloring book!!Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.