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.
– Ashlyn Jennings
Loving Mr. Daniels is a beautiful, emotionally-packed and character driven book.
This book is so much more than the “forbidden element” involved in the story. So, don’t be thrown off with that aspect. In actuality this book speaks about life, loss, love and relationships. Relationships with parents, sisters, brothers and friends. It instantly became a part of my ‘favourite books’ list. I’m in love with the way the book was presented and the prose was just perfect for the story line.
Loving Mr. Daniels is told from both Ashlyn and Daniel’s POV and it’s always great hearing both of our main characters’ sentiments and their take on things. It immediately hooked me in with its prologue and from that point I lost myself within the story. Everything that happened felt so real with all the angst, raw emotions coming off of our characters and the journey that they’re going through. There are a couple of twists and turns in the story that will pretty much shock the hell out of you. But another thing that I love about this book is the fact that there’s not much drama in it where you’ll feel like strangling yourself already. It only tends to get emotional because of the heartfelt words used and the situation where the characters are in.
With every turn of the page that I did, I got to know more and care deeply for these characters. It feels like that they were even real people and I was hoping to be friends with them. Each smile and every tear that dropped from their eyes affected me too much. With that, I can definitely say that I was always on the verge of tears. There are letters involved in the book and it was definitely a clever move for the author to do. You’ll know the reason why once you read this book. Anyways, once a letter comes up…My tears freely flows out of my eyes. The letters were just filled with emotions and it will really hit you hard with every word that it says. Plus, just knowing the purpose of the whole letter concept will make you tear up.
The way the book doesn’t only focus with the two main characters’ story may or may be the best part about this book. Loving Mr. Daniels is packed with interesting characters and their stories are all fleshed out. Every single character that was mentioned in the book was given proper attention and I’m amazed on how the author was able to craft and play with those characters. She managed to equally give them such fundamental roles in the story within the limited number of pages the book has. Even Gabby (not spoiling anything here about her character) plays a big role in the story and in Ashlyn’s life.
All in all, I can definitely say that Loving Mr. Daniels is a gem and absolutely worth the read. I highly recommend this to you, fellow bookworms.
“The best things in life aren’t easy. They are tough, they are painful, and they are raw. That makes the arrival to the final destination that much sweeter.”