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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite
Dalila is a work of fiction centered around the themes of family, secrets and sins of the past, and was penned by author Fleur S. Lewis. Suitable for mature audiences due to sexual content and some intense adult themes, this heart-wrenching drama looks at love and life over a long span of time. The central titular character is Dalia, who was once an exotic dancer who had desensitized herself to the world of real feelings. But when she shares a night of passion with Joe, both of them are awakened. Eleven years later, Dalia’s son finds a card from Joe in a coat pocket, and so begins the unraveling of two pasts and the possibility of disaster in the future.
Dalila is a deep and enrichingly emotional work into which author Fleur S. Lewis has clearly put a lot of development. Its strongest element is the emotional arc of the characters through the events of the plot, which is really well shaped to go through a realistic series of events that also forces the main characters to face the truth about their pasts and the impact this will have on their current lives. Despite his dalliances, Joe is a likable protagonist with relatable dialogue and narration, and it’s easy to imagine oneself in his place because of Lewis’s descriptive and immersive writing style. Overall, Dalila is an accomplished work with an intelligent sense of drama and timing and is highly recommended for fans of emotive, realistic fiction with mature themes.