#Review: Stronger Than This – David-Matthew Barnes
Losing a loved one is never easy. Most especially when it happens moments after you’ve spoken to them. This is a lesson Daniel Pryor is learning all to well. He’s had a hard time in accepting that his partner is now gone. That he’ll never see him again. In his mind, he keeps hoping it’s just a cruel twist of fate, and that Martin will come waltzing through the door any minute now. Sadly, he knows that will never be.
Determined in coming to terms with his grief, he dives head-first into a support group, never once imagining just how much his life would change. It’s there that Daniel meets the beautiful and enigmatic, Charlene. The two hit it off the bat, forging a friendship that allows them to grieve together while trying to reestablish their chaotic lives.
Though the journey to letting the pain go has its up’s and down’s, the fact that the two of them can lean on each other goes a long way. Daniel and Charlene are two souls that understand one another. Granted, their lives are as different as they come. Both have experienced adversity in face of who and what they are. It’s that adversity that allows them to make the most of the situations they find themselves in no matter what else comes their way.
Told through a series of letters, Stronger Than This is a story that will stir your heartstrings in more ways than one. David has penned a tale that’s thought-provoking as well as being a tear-jerker. We meet two souls who are struggling to make sense of the changes occurring in their lives. Changes they have no control over. Still, there’s always a silver lining to every cloud. Anything is possible when there is someone there to lean on. Bittersweet, you’re going to want to have a box of tissues ready. I definitely recommend Stronger Than This.
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Charlene’s soul mate, Samantha, has been killed in a car accident. Daniel’s partner, Martin, has been murdered in a robbery gone wrong. Seeking comfort, Charlene and Daniel attend a support group where they meet for the first time.
Emotionally devastated and discarded by their loved ones’ conservative families, Charlene and Daniel feel an immediate connection. Rather than reveal their pain to a room full of strangers, they decide to see each other through their shared anguish.
As a beautiful friendship emerges from grief, slivers of new hope are found.
About The Author:
David-Matthew Barnes is the bestselling author of ten novels, including the young adult novels Swimming to Chicago and Wonderland, which were nominated by the American Library Association for their annual Rainbow Books, a list of quality books with significant and authentic GLBTQ content for children and teens.
He is also the author of a collection of short stories, Boys Like Me, and two collections of poetry, Roadside Attractions and Souvenir Boys. He has written over forty stage plays that have been performed in three languages in eight countries. Collections of his theatrical works include Deuces: Stage Plays for Two Actors, Monologues That Kick Ass, You Think You Know Us: Stage Plays for Teen Actors, and more. He is the writer and director of the feature film Frozen Stars and the dramatic short film Threnody.
His literary work has been featured in over one hundred publications including The Best Stage Scenes, The Best Men’s Stage Monologues, The Best Women’s Stage Monologues, The Comstock Review, and The Southeast Review. He earned a Master of Fine Arts degree in Creative Writing at Queens University of Charlotte in North Carolina.
He teaches college courses in writing, literature, and the arts.
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