The Queen’s Book Talk #1 : Loving Mr. Daniels by Brittainy C. Cherry

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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 

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“Leave the past behind you so the future can find you.” 

This novel made me so emotional that I had to swoon and cry repeatedly. It did not only revolve about loving a person but it tackled about loving your family and loving yourself as well. The characters are flawed in many ways but the character development as the book goes by, is a key point for me when reading contemporaries.

Ashlyn and Daniel’s relationship may not be your ideal love story but I loved how they went through the consequences of it. Both of them made the wise decisions, which is a relief. Sometimes broken people tend to be with someone as broken with them because it’s easy to be with someone like you but this was not their case. They were together despite being broken and I love that they saw the goodness and brightness of each other despite the darkness each of them are experiencing.

Gabby’s Letters. Oh my fragile heart. Gabby reminds me of Lake’s Mom in Slammed and both teared me up so much that I can’t keep it all in and I just needed to bawl it out. Having a sister like Gabby was such a wonderful thing and Ashlyn is so lucky to have her. The letters and the bucket list are just reminders that even if she doesn’t exist anymore, she still wants to look out for her sister and be there even if she isn’t anymore.

I really liked Henry, he may seem like a jerk for leaving his family but he has his reasons. He wasn’t around for his daughter when she needed him but the fact that he reached out for Ashlyn even though she keeps on rejecting him, is a big step for a father that just lost a daughter he barely spent time with.

Ryan. Oh my pretty Ryan. Sometimes you think the people closest to you will be the ones who will be the first to accept you as who you are but turns out they are not. It hurt so much that I can’t blame Ryan for what he did. Having to look every day to a mother that blames him for the death of his father is such a big burden considering the fact that he lost a father too. 

In conclusion, I liked this book so much because you can really see how two people found each other even though both of them are lost. Sometimes you have to be lost before you get found and new version of you will be stronger than you already are and that is exactly how I can explain Ashlyn and Daniel in this book.

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Giving Loving Mr. Daniels 4 Royal Stars because it has awesome character development and minimal stupid decisions and a Royal Diamond for Gabby’s Letters.

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