My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars
Source: Received to Review
Genre: Contemporary Fiction
Book Description: 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)
My thoughts: Delilah's life has been turned upside down when movie star, Sam, picks her at random ask her to be his date at the Oscars. She is a simple, home town girl. She does not have a desire to be apart of the glamour of Hollywood, even for one night.
A simple bargain is made, for Sam to save face with his public. He will spend two weeks on Delilah's family dairy farm. He will be working and cannot use it for publicity. Delilah doesn't believe Sam will be able to fulfill the bargain, leaving her free on the night of the Oscars.
This is an enjoyable book to read. I don't think I could classify it as romance. It was a book where a smart young woman stays true to herself and her values. Delilah isn't caught up in trying to look like a star, she has simple tastes and has respect for her modesty. She is also in love with a man who can give her more than a fancy house.
The life on the farm is hard but Sam is able to see a side of life that is real. The family has a genuine relationship and love. They don't need things, they see the value of each other.
I enjoyed the book. The characters are well developed. I wasn't impressed with Sam at first or his assistant Cody. Their public persona meant more than people. I liked how Sam grew and became a better person because of his experiences. Josi Kilpack did a wonderful job at showing his evolution.
The book is clean.
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About the Author: (taken from Goodreads) I wrote my first book while on bed rest with my third child in 1998 and haven't stopped. My most recent books have been The Sadie Hoffmiller Culinary Mystery Series and "A Heart Revealed," a Regency Romance novel.
I currently live in Willard, Utah with my husband, children, and cat.
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