Book Review: Casting Samson by Melinda Hammond.

I liked the sound of this book by Melinda Hammond because it mixes history with modern day. I enjoyed delving into the past and seeing how it affected the present.

The Blurb.

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…

My Review.

I'll start by saying that I wasn't a fan of Deborah's ex-boyfriend and was glad that she left London and went to help her Dad out and to spend time with her family. Her town seemed so cute and I enjoyed spending time with her there. I liked that the whole community got together for this big event and that they all knew each other and helped out. It made for a very cosy, warm atmosphere. 

I really enjoyed reading the historical parts to this story and felt like the whole story that Melinda came up with just for this book could have been a book in itself. I found it both fascinating and heart breaking. Every time I stepped back in time with Anne I was rooting for the Templar's and eager to find out more about their story and what happened to them, especially Sir Hugo.

Josh was very lovely indeed. I liked that he was very straightforward with his feelings. He didn't play games or mess with Deborah's head (only Deborah did that to herself - I so wanted to give her a pep talk on numerous occasions.) He was clear in his feelings and was very sweet towards her. They connected very quickly and at first I was thinking 'woah slow down,' but then they had chemistry so who could deny them that!? They also had a few hilarious misunderstandings and took them all with a pinch of salt, which made me laugh! 

If you're looking for a light hearted read, that has humour and history then 'Casting Samson' could be the book for you.

Happy Reading!

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