20 July 2016

I Am Delilah by Josi S. Kilpack

I Am Delilah by Josi S. Kilpack.
Audience/Genre: Contemporary, Clean Read.
Publication: June 1st 2016 by Mirror Press.
Although Delilah works in New York, she’s a small-town girl and eager to finish her job as a nanny and return to Big Fork Montana where she’ll marry her high-school sweetheart. When she ends up the focus of a Hollywood stunt centered around her being the Oscar date of Hollywood heartthrob Sam Hendricks, life as she knows it becomes a thing of the past. Delilah promptly refuses him, only to find that it isn’t so easy to step out of the limelight once you’ve ended up in the middle of the public eye.

Sam Hendricks is not used to taking no for an answer, and when his rejection become a leading story, he determines to do whatever it takes to turn the tide of public opinion back in his favor. Again and again Delilah refuses him until she proposes an offer—if he’ll spend two weeks on her family’s dairy farm, she’ll be his date to the Oscars. In no way is this a fair trade, but Sam feels he has no choice and therefore agrees to her proposal—they both agree no one will ever know.

Unfortunately for them both, there are plans other than their own at play, and when everything goes wrong they are faced with another fallout, bigger than the first.

(I AM DELILAH was originally published as STAR STRUCK in 2004).

Reviewed by Kelly.

I did not like Sam at first! But he changed over time, so he was redeemable. Sam’s assistant was also not likable but I guess we weren’t really supposed to like him. Serves Sam right picking him as his assistant in his nonredeemable phase.

I liked Delilah. She lost her job as a nanny because of Sam. He made her look scandalous asking her to be his date to the Oscars. Now she will have to go home. She was working in New York to earn money before she was to be married to her fiancĂ©. Sam, being the famous actor with money, doesn’t take the “NO” Delilah gives him. So after being harassed enough, Delilah says she’ll go with him if he spends 2 weeks on her family’s ranch for 2 weeks with no one knowing where he will be. She doesn’t think he will go for it. But Sam doesn’t back down from a challenge and they go to her family’s ranch. Delilah knows he won’t last long as he has never had to do anything by himself.

Sam is absolutely ridiculous at the ranch and Delilah doesn’t have any compassion for him. She is a little mean to him at first. She doesn’t have time for someone who can’t handle her world. Eventually, someone calls her on it.

Then just when she starts to have some compassion for him, the paparazzi find them. Now, everything is upside down.

I also love their names from the Bible and the story touches a little on the biblical story and it is hilarious. Sorry, it just is!

So, if you like stories of celebrities, people changing for the better, horses, hard work, milking cows, biblical story retellings, and the Oscars, then this is for you!

Josi S. Kilpack hated to read until her mother handed her a copy of The Witch of Blackbird Pond when she was 13. From that day forward, she read everything she could get her hands on and credits her writing “education” to the many novels she has “studied” since then. She began writing her first novel in 1998 and has written twenty-five novels, one cookbook, and been part of multiple collaborations since then. She is a two-time Whitney Award winner and Best of State winner in Fiction. Josi currently lives in Willard, Utah, with her husband and children.

For more information about Josi or her books, please visit her blog, What is a Sundial In the Shade?

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