WHY I READ IT
I love a good student/teacher book and this one had great reviews.
WHAT I RATED IT
WHAT IT’S ABOUT
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.
Wow! Just wow! I am not even sure that I have emotionally separated myself from this book yet to give it a proper review, but I have been left in such a book fog, that I am unable to move onto something new until I get all my thoughts out.
I started this book at 8:30pm, just going to check out the beginning before going to sleep for the night. To be honest, I wasn’t even sure I wanted to read it. The premise sounded too much like one of my absolute favorite books, and the short excerpt I read (where Daniel discovers that Ashlyn is his student) did nothing to dissuade me. But then I read the prologue. That prologue!!! I was hooked! I had to keep going and before I knew it, it was after midnight and I had finished the entire book.
I want to give absolutely nothing away because you need to experience every beautiful, breathtaking word for the first time, but here is a brief summary. Ashlyn suffers a tremendous loss. Shortly, after, she moves away to live with her father, whom she has little interaction with her entire life. She meets Daniel on her way there, and they have that instant connection. He invites her to see his band play, she goes and they just hit it off. You can tell they are going to have one of those epic love stories…. Until a few days later, when Daniel finds her in the hallway outside her classroom. He is her teacher, she is his student.
Regardless of how attracted they are to each other, given the circumstances, a relationship between the two of them cannot happen. Sometimes, the obstacles are not stronger than the love two people feel, and that is the situation here. Daniel and Ashlyn cannot fight the pull they have to each other, and risk their futures to be together. They are two broken souls, whom together, can heal each other. The road is not easy for them, in fact, it’s damn near impossible. At every corner there are reasons staring them in the face to just give up. Heck, it would be easier if they did. But easy is not what they want. They want the happy ending, they want each other.
I am not a crier, and I cried actual real tears three or four times in this book (once, so loudly, I woke my husband). To say this book is emotional, or tugs at your heart is an understatement. This book is 300+ pages of emotion. Every single page is filled with it. My heart was being broken and mended over and over in the four hours I spent with it. I can’t remember highlighting so many passages in my Kindle at one time. Sometimes, I have whole pages that are bright yellow.
“I love you slowly. I love you deeply. I love you quietly, I love you powerfully. I love you unconditionally. I love you gently and hard, slow and fast. Before time and after. I love you because I was born to do so.”
To be cliché, Daniel and Ashlyn’s story is one for the ages. I have read a lot of good books, but few have emotionally crippled me the way Loving Mr. Daniels has. Grab a box of tissues, lock yourself in your room and do yourself a favor. READ THIS BOOK!