My rating: 5 of 5 stars
One of the most amazing things that’s supposed to happen in art is when an artist (whether it be a musician, dancer, painter or author)connects with their audience (even if it’s just one person because thankfully we all have unique, and individual tastes in what we like) and they’re able to capture their audience and share their gift.
I’ve heard and seen so many people over the years put down the romance genre.
I’ve seen readers be embarrassed to admit they were reading a romance novel because they feared they would be judged and considered dumb for liking such things, but what people tend to forget is that any art form that can take a person from their mundane life (even if it’s thru a 4 minute song, a painting, a play, or a well-written story) and let them escape into that moment for a spell… then they’ve succeeded in giving their gift and the audience has been blessed to have been a receiver of that gift.
This book…..is classic Kristen Ashley gold.
It’s stories like this one that I started reading her wonderful tales in the first place.
KA starts this book with a prologue giving her readers a beginning to Daisy’s life. How she grew up, and what she endured to explain the reason she’s the person she is today.
“You get older, you’ll find your style. And don’t you let anyone tell you what that is. You’re a good girl in a way I know you’ll always be a good girl. Be proud of that. Good posture. Chin up. Show your pride, sugar. Be who you are however that evolves and don’t let anyone cut you down.” – Miss Annamae
This story focuses on a terrible tragedy that almost destroys her and all she wants to see is darkness, but alas she has someone looking out for her who wants her to see beauty, and begin to heal.
Daisy’s healing all started with simple bouquets of daisies
Marcus Sloan is a clever man.
He’s a loyal man.
He’s a scary, dangerous man.
He also protects what he considers his, and he considers Daisy his, “…he’s waited 35 years for her” so he handles her with care.
I loved how Marcus courted Daisy.
I loved how patient he was with her.
and… I loved how he handled her with such care, gave her the time she needed, and treated her like she was the most precious person in the world to him (which she is).
With Marcus being the person he is, and giving Daisy what she needed. Daisy was finally able to feel safe and heal.
“… Something else my sister taught me. If you give it, you don’t blink at giving someone you care about something they need or want. No matter how deep it cuts, how much it costs, how steep the price might be in a different way. It’s an honor and it’s a blessing. So giving you the things I can give you means I’m honored and blessed Daisy. Please don’t take that away from me.”
I was engaged, engrossed, entertained, and moved.
In classic Kristen Ashley manner, she wrote a freaking kick-ass epilogue that had me laughing and crying at the same time.
Thank you Ms.Ashley for this gift of your art.