I have had Loving Mr. Daniels on my Kindle for a couple of weeks. It’s been waiting patiently in my To-Read folder but it was constantly getting overlooked. Finally, I decided to give it a go and see where it took me. Why the hell didn’t I read this book sooner??? Like, the day it came out! Someone should have whacked me on the head and told me to bump it up the list! I LOVED it.
To Whom it May Concern,
It was easy to call us forbidden and harder to call us soulmates. Yet I believed we were both. Forbidden soulmates.
When I arrived to Edgewood, Wisconsin I didn’t plan to find him. I didn’t plan to stumble into Joe’s bar and have Daniel’s music stir up my emotions. I had no clue that his voice would make my hurts forget their own sorrow. I had no idea that my happiness would remember its own bliss.
When I started senior year at my new school, I wasn’t prepared to call him Mr. Daniels, but sometimes life happens at the wrong time for all the right reasons.
Our love story wasn’t only about the physical connection.
It was about family. It was about loss. It was about being alive. It was silly. It was painful. It was mourning. It was laughter.
It was ours.
And for those reasons alone, I would never apologize for loving Mr. Daniels.
This book has had a ton of amazing reviews written about it already so instead of writing a big long review with aaaaaaall of my feelings (there are a lot) laid out, I’m going to write this as a list of the main things I loved.
1. The dedication at the start of the book –
“To all of the Tonys of the world.
I see you.
I hear you.
I feel you.
I love you.
And you are not alone.“
It didn’t mean much to me at the start of the book but I reread it when the book had ended and the meaning behind it is beautiful. Perfect. Brittney C. Cherry is obviously not only very clever, but has an amazing heart (sorry I can’t say anything more about it or it will be spoilery).
“History sometimes repeated. Tonight, souls cried both on earth and in heaven.”
2. The originality of the story. Often when you pick up a book the story can feel very familiar. This wasn’t the case at all with Loving Mr. Daniels. All the characters, scenes and situations were unique and interesting. Even the romance was different to anything I have read before. It made for a super enjoyable read.
“Before her, I never knew life. After her, I’d never know death.”
3. The ‘coming of age’ element that the story had. I loved how it wasn’t all about the romance all of the time. Ashlynn and Daniel weren’t so completely wrapped up in each other that no one else existed. Plenty happened outside of the romance. The supporting characters each had their own struggles, and their stories were well thought out and portrayed in an authentic, touching, and heartbreaking way.
“Why was it that you wanted those who ignored you to love you the most?”
4. The song lyrics by Romeos Quest at the beginning of each chapter. Most of us have read a book that had cringe worthy song lyrics in it. It happens in books. A lot. However, these lyrics didn’t make me cringe at all. They were poetic and beautiful and I LOVED the meaning behind them.
“Touch me when you’re gone. Leave me when you’re near. Love me with my shattered pieces ~ Romeos Quest”
So there you have it. These four things were my main loves in this book but there were so many other things about this book that kept me completely hooked. It really was a brilliant read. Beautiful and heartbreaking. Warning – I spent a good portion of time crying while reading it, so have tissues handy. It’s the type of story that will stick with you for a long time afterwards but still leaves you feeling satisfied at the end. I’ll definitely keep an eye out for more from Brittainy C. Cherry in the future!