Take It Slow is a journey as much as it is a story and has all of the points that make AKM Miles a favorite author: the journey, the characters, doesn't pull any punches, but shows feeling too. It is a story of love, forgiveness, and strength - all of which are embodied in Daniel and how he slowly finds his way back to a little bit of the young man he was before his father's fateful words that sent him running away. Benny also embodies that (as do all of the characters in varying degrees) and is a great match for Daniel. The only thing that mars the story a little bit for me may be that the point may have been made a little too much, but it isn't done so much that it detracts from the story (at least it doesn't for me).
Sometimes you need a little help from your friends -- even ones who you may not have met yet. Daniel receives that help after living in purgatory for two years. That help does come through his dad's efforts, and Daniel is leery about re-starting a relationship with his father as it is his father's words that sent Daniel running in the first place, but he is safe and it's a start. Benny is another young man in similar straits and what starts as a friendship may turn into something more. As Daniel heals and time passes, will he be able to move on? And what of him and Benny?
When Daniel Webster returns to Nashville after two years of hell, he doesn’t go back to his dad’s house. After an amazing rescue he ends up at Mama Sasy’s diner and finds out that it’s a safe place for young gay guys in trouble. He certainly fits that bill.
Daniel has problems mentally and physically after all he’s been through, and it’s going to take a lot to get him back to any form of normal. He finds a great ally in Benny Adams and they begin a relationship. He’s so thankful for Benny, but why can’t he embrace Mama Sasy and her group of happy helpers who throw love at him left and right? Maybe because she’s so close to his dad, the one Daniel ran away from two years ago because he was so cruel upon hearing that Daniel thought he was gay. Benny makes him believe in love, and the broad spectrum of characters at Mama Sasy’s eventually make their way into his heart. As time moves forward, Daniel gets an idea about what he wants to do with his life. Benny helps him and they set forth a bold plan. It’s gonna get better, but he’s got to get them all to understand that he needs to take it slow. 203 pages