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Reviewed by Tracy A. Fischer for Readers' Favorite
In Dazzled by Darkness: A Story of Art & Desire by debut author Erica Miles, the reader is taken on a wonderful ride to the 1960s art scene. Follow the story of Sara, a 25-year-old Jewish woman working at an art museum, who falls for 19-year-old Gavilan, an art student who happens to be black. Not necessarily something that would raise eyebrows today, but in the '60s, a relationship between such a pair was certainly not accepted in many environments. Both Sara and Gavilan have highly creative and inventive minds in their own right, and their relationship develops, even amongst tumultuous, difficult and amazing times. Along with a fabulous cast of supporting characters, Sara and Gavilan make their way. Will their relationship sustain them or end in an ultimate demise?
I loved this book. Loved. It. Author Erica Miles has done an absolutely fabulous job in creating characters that her readers will connect with, relate to, and continue to think about long after they have finished reading the book. If that isn't a hallmark of a fantastic author, I don't know what is. Dazzled by Darkness: A Story of Art & Desire is an absolute page turner. In fact, the only advice I would have for any reader, besides telling them to read this book, would be to have enough time set aside to read it from start to finish once you pick it up. You simply will not want to put it down. I highly recommend this book to any reader who enjoys historical fiction, books with a very artistic bent, or simply a great read in general. I plan on keeping a close eye on author Erica Miles. With talent like hers, it's very unlikely she'll remain undiscovered for long!