6 June 2014

Loving Mr. Daniels Review

Loving Mr. Daniels
by Brittainy C. Cherry

What they say: 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 soul mates. 
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. 

-Ashlyn Jennings.

What I say: I’ve read a few student/teacher based romances and I’m never sure about them (I did really enjoy When Summer Ends). I love the concept but sometimes the story is simply the forbidden relationship and nothing else. I liked Loving Mr. Daniels because it’s a very different kind of student/teacher story. It was both poyiant, heartbreaking and beautiful!

The plot focuses on Ashlyn Jennings who has already suffered far more tragedy than any one person should and Daniel Daniels (I loved the double problem parts) who is also suffering. I don't want to spoil the plot for you so I'll just say this isn't your usual forbidden romance story, both the MC's have far more going on. Ash moves to stay with her absentee father and her new step-siblings Hailey and Ryan (who by the way I loved). On the way there she meets a handsome stranger...

The writing is very clever and Loving Mr. Daniels is my favourite Brittiany C. Cherry's book so far. The storytelling is punchy and romantic. Both Ash and Daniel love the written word and I LOVED the Shakespeare references - their mutual appreciation for the Bard was one of my fav aspects of the story.

I cried more than I thought it was possible to cry over a book. Cherry certainly puts her characters throughout it. I kept wondering if we were going to get a Ned Stark, George R.R. Martin style twist. There was one particular point where I had to walk away from the book and put it in the naughty corner for a while, because a certain event was SO painful and heartbreaking to read. I'm not sure I 100% agree with why it happened but it was sort of poetic and I guess it made sense, but I full on ugly cried! 

I adored both Ash and Daniel, they just made sense. The 'golden' idea was so sweet and the idea really made me smile. Ash is a fighter and survivor; Daniel is both of these and more. He fights for them, yet supports her decisions. I loved how caring and patient Daniel was with Ash and the Gabby letters. He's on the BBF list for sure!

Loving Mr. Daniels is a story that will stay with me for a long time and although Cherry broke my heart I loved every word!

4.5 Stars in my Sky!

My fav non-spoilery quotes:
  • Beautiful. Breathtaking. Brilliant. Blue eyes.
  • "I think we were meant to be us.
  • "Hailey, no offense...but you're really odd for someone who's so pretty."
  • "Everyone has a golden. It could be anything - a song, a book, a pet, a person. Anything that makes you so happy your insides cry of pure joy."
  • Why didn't anyone ever throw reading parties? I would be all over that crap.

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