Becoming Delilah, a review by Shelley

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Sara Marchant

Fairlight Books
Publication Date: June 15th, 2023
224 Pages
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I had a really hard time getting into this book. We get Delilah’s story in two timelines. The current timeline is the 1970s but we also get Delilah’s backstory when she was a child. When she was five years old Delilah’s father murdered her mother, so she was raised by her abuela. I really enjoyed these chapters and wish the book was more focused on that. I adored Delilah’s grandmother.

In the current timeline, Delilah is a kept woman having an affair with a married man, trying to live up to his expectations and being gossiped about in the community. These chapters weren’t nearly as enjoyable or charming as the childhood ones and really dragged in parts. What I did like was learning about her garden and flowers and how her relationship with the local police officer and some of her other neighbours flourished. I liked that Delilah started to grow and bloom just like her flowers.

I can’t finish this review without mentioning how much I love the cover of this book and how it perfectly fits the story inside as Delilah loves to garden and there is a lot of mentioning of flora.

Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for the Advance Readers Copy.

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