Loving Mr. Daniels by Brittainy C. Cherry
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.
Kelly- 5 Crowns
A modern-day shakespearean love story with soul. Poetic, tragic and beautifully written. This is one book not to be missed! ~ Kelly, Perusing Princesses Blog
What is it about student/teacher romances that just have us flocking together in vast numbers? Is it the element of danger, a notion of the forbidden that gets our hearts accelerating and our inner late-teen vixen purring? I have no idea what it is, but it’s a subject matter that I go into with great anticipation. Some can be overdone and formulaic, whereas others shine, this one can safely be categorised within the latter because ‘Loving Mr. Daniels’ was far from what I imagined, in-fact, it exceeded every expectation.
From the gut wrenching prologue to that incredible and fulfilling epilogue, this story was structured in such poetic ardour that I felt myself falling within the depths of not only a story that focuses on the hurts of life, but on a love so pure, so undeniably perfect that everything else just faded into the background.
From shakespeare quotes to golden doubles, Ashlyn and Daniel’s story incorporated the perfect emotional balance. There are tears and tantrums, smiles & laughter, swoon worthy moments and times you just want to scream your head off at the injustice of certain events as they unfold.
Although this is a forbidden love story between a student and her teacher, there are some pivotal secondary characters here too that made this story go from satisfactory to superior.
This is also the story of two teenage siblings, Ryan and Hailey who are rebelling against their very christian Mother, both afraid to speak out about their own beliefs for fear of retribution. Their lives become entwined with Ashlyn’s when she is demanded by her grieving Mother to go and live with her estranged father and his new family. This is where the story really comes into its own because not only is Ashlyn still in a mess over losing her twin sister, Gabby to the horrors of cancer, but she has to leave Chicago and set up home in a new town in Wisconsin, with total strangers.
The train trip was taken with trepidation, but when she notices the handsome young man with piercing blue eyes, her whole world implodes. Never having felt good enough, her confidence shot, she keeps her distance from this interesting stranger, that is until he starts reciting Shakespeare when he notices her preferred reading material. Is this guy for real? Where did he come from? And why is he looking at her like that?
When he confirms her suspicions of being a musician, Daniel invites her to a show that weekend at Joe’s Bar, and she readily accepts. One night is all it takes to form a deep and soulful connection. One kiss opens up the idea of hope and a future full of smiles and laughter. And one chance meeting in the corridor of her new high-school the following Monday morning shatters the dream before it has truly begun. But, what if that forged connection is so perfect, so undeniably true that everything else becomes white noise? Embarking on a secret love affair sounded like a good plan at the time, that is until their union comes under jeopardy…
Every shakespearean love story ends tragically, and Ashlyn is aware that whatever the outcome, she is certain of one thing…she will never regret, ‘Loving Mr. Daniels.’
Graceful, heartfelt and truly stunning, this is a story not to be missed!