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I’m delighted to be sharing my review for Casting Samson by Melinda Hammond today and I would also like to say a big thank you to the author for my copy. First of all let’s take a look at the description for the book…
ABOUT THE BOOK
Her life in London shattered by finding her boyfriend in the shower with another woman, Deborah Kemerton retreats to sleepy Moreton-by-Fleetwater. To keep her mind off her broken heart she joins the committee organising a pageant to celebrate the 700th anniversary of the village church. They need to cast the perfect Samson, and Deborah thinks Josh Lancaster perfect for the part…Anne Lindsay, a fellow committee member, comes into conflict with historian Professor Toby Duggan when she uses a local legend of Sir Hugo, a 12th century crusader and founder of the church, to publicize the event. By the day of the pageant Anne is no nearer to finding the truth and as things begin to go disastrously awry, she and Deborah fear that all their hard work will be wasted, without some sort of miracle…
Set in a small village this story begins with Deborah returning home after her relationship ends, keeping busy she finds herself in the middle of organising a pageant. Now even though it is only a small village it certainly isn’t a sleepy one as the pageant brings all kinds of drama! Casting Samson was such a fun story, one that had me smiling away to myself throughout. I loved that you got to see both Deborah and Anne’s story play out but with me having a soft spot for anything historical I really enjoyed the snippets from the past. It really helped to bring the story full circle and added an extra depth to keep me invested in all of the characters in this book.
There is a little bit of everything in Casting Samson from a mystery to romance and even a little bit of drama too. There were plenty of misunderstandings and crossed wires between the characters and it definitely kept things interesting. Let’s just say the romantic relationships in this story do not run quite so smoothly! I thought that Melinda Hammond managed to get the romance balanced pretty well between all the characters along with keeping the story fun at its heart. I will say that one of the things I loved most about this book was the setting with its intriguing history along with the people who lived there. There is such a warm and uplifting feel to Casting Samson, it really was the perfect book to start the new year with. Any book that can make me smile and lift my mood gets a big thumbs up from me!