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Blue Horizons (A Horizons Novel Book 1) by [Andrews, Kathryn]
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  • Publisher: Kathryn Andrews, LLC (19 Oct. 2015)
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  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0124ES786
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It was my first book by Kathryn. And I'm ashamed to admit that. I own all of her books but there is always something that is more important. But after reading this book, I couldn't wait any longer and started to read her previous books. I want to kick myself that I have always pushed them away. But anyway... let's concentrate on Blue Horizons.

In here we meet Will Ashton. A successful musician who appears to have everything. Money, fame and life he has chosen 10 years ago. But standing on the scene during he concert his thoughts are not full of pride and achievement. There is no adrenaline. No rush he used to feel while performing. There is only feeling of being lost. The only thing he can think of is to run away from there. Far away. Somewhere where no one will be able to find him and somewhere where he will be able to think. To find his path again. After he walks away after the concert we meet him again few months later in the only place he is able to find piece. Among the mountains, on the lake where he used to spend his time with his grandfather. What he did not expect was to find something that was missing. Or rather someone. He did not expect to meet Ava and simply fell for her. It was not in his plans, but once he met her and got to know her, he realized that she was the missing piece to make him happy.

Avery Layne is a troubled young woman. She has lived through something that no one should have. And this traumatic day has damaged and scarred her beyond anyone imaginations. Now she a timid, closed and afraid of simple touch. When I read her memory flashes, I cried, even though it's not an ugly crier. Not at all. But I felt her pain, fear and her drive to be free from this haunting memories.
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Blue Horizons by Kathryn Andrews
4.5 stars!!

“Life isn’t about how many breaths we take, but how many moments take our breath away.”

I have been a fan of Kathryn Andrews since her first book. Anyone who knows me knows that I am an emotional reader, I am all about character connection and I relish when an author can pull me so far into their story that I feel every emotion that the characters feel and Kathryn Andrews never fails to deliver.

Will Ashton is a country music star, something that he has always aspired to be yet at the moment it isn’t proving to be all it is cracked up to be. Will is one of these artists that needs to feel his music, he loves to write his music, but fame comes with a price and that is endless appearances and a lack of time ultimately to them losing “their roots” and losing their integrity. After the culmination of years on the road and tirelessly working reach breaking point, Will escapes into hiding for a few months, he needs to regroup, he needs to sort out his head. He goes to the only place he can relax, the Blue Ridge Mountains, a place where he spent his youth with his grandfather and place he holds dear to his heart.

“All I ever wanted was to be somebody. Somebody to someone and somebody to myself.”

Ava Layne is a musician herself but is more classically trained. Ava and her two best friends are really successful in their own right and their contemporary edge on classical instruments has given them a niche in the market. Ava is escaping her past, a traumatic past and while the physical scars have healed the emotional ones have not. Ava is emotionally closed off and cannot even bare to be touched, her story is heart breaking and no matter how hard she tries she just cannot seem to move on.
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MY REVIEW
Blue Horizon was my first book by Kathryn and let me tell you it will not be my last, i loved the writing style and her words compiled into a wonderful story that had me captivated for a good few hours, i simply could not put this book down.
I adored both the main characters, Ava has a past that haunts her every day, simple things can bring on such horrific panic attacks. Ash a great musician who has lost the passion behind his music and just wants to feel again.
Both these characters carry emotional burdens, but then when their paths crossed they find that they can overcome anything when they lean on each other,trust and love.
The way that Ash helps Ava during her panic attacks really tugged at my heart he is such a beautiful man.
I found myself pulled into this story and felt every emotion within the words, this is a unforgettable story that captures your soul.
Kathryn does an excellent job in painting the scenes throughout the whole book, but especially between Ash and Ava, the story plays out like a movie in your head.
Brilliant book.
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This is a truly delightful book. Once again, the author has taken a difficult topic and handled it with accomplished ease, whilst still creating characters with real depth and chemistry.

With a light touch, the narrative has great relationship development, without resorting to clichés. This was a book that I genuinely didn't want to put down. Emotional, seductive and completely compelling. I loved it.

I received a copy in exchange for an honest review.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x9b8cac18) out of 5 stars 49 reviews
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9b7714ec) out of 5 stars Deeply emotional and absolutely stunning 5 star read! 30 Oct. 2015
By Carra at Making it Happen blog - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
I've got two words for you: simply amazing! And just so you know, I was adding this to my top recommendations list before I even finished reading it...that's how much I think of this book.

Let me tell you something about these characters--they are written so well that you feel like you know them, feel thoroughly invested in their lives and emotions, and especially for Ava...feel her extreme responses right down into your heart, which will truly ache for her and what she's been through (and still goes through as the story unfolds). Even as a reader, I felt very protective of Ava's character. And the way that Ash instinctively knows just what to do when interacting with Ava is just extraordinary. It is plain to see as the story progresses that the two of them are two halves of a whole, and while Ava's issues are completely heartbreaking...the two of them together are absolutely heartWARMING--not to mention healing, loving and just wonderful.

If you think I'm going overboard, I'm seriously not.

The story itself flows seamlessly and draws you in effortlessly, keeping you solidly ensconced within its pages to the point that you won't want to put it down. It has a strong cast of supporting characters whose stories you'll be clamoring to hear as well once you're done (I'm particularly interested in Clay, Ash's best friend). There's a bit of misunderstanding toward the end to rile things up a bit-just enough to make you worry-and emotional turmoil all throughout.

I know I'll be re-reading this many times, it's too wonderful a story to only read once. I highly recommend this deeply emotional, absolutely stunning story...and as I'm sure you've already guessed, this was a 5-star read for me. Be aware that this book does cover the sensitive topic of domestic violence, and some parts may be a trigger for some readers, which leads me to caution that it be for 18+ due to the delicate subject matter. But rest assured, these parts are handled with care and compassion.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9b771408) out of 5 stars Reviews from the Heart Reviews 28 Oct. 2015
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
I was over the moon excited when I got to review this book. I have read the Hale Brothers series and loved it! The Author didn't disappoint!!!

I had a deep connection to this story. I had SOME similar experiences as Ava Layne.

Will Ashton- Lead singer of The Will Ashton Band. He is having a realization while on stage at one of the tour shows and realizes.....He can't do this anymore. So he leaves.

Ava Layne- It has been 7 years and she still gets panic attacks if someone grabs her, gets in her personal space.

Will & Ava run into each other at Smokey's, a local bar in Horizons Valley nestles in the Blue Ridge Mountains. They are both getting away for awhile. Will from the unhappiness of what the band has become & Ava is with some of her friends for a weekend getaway. Ava finds herself invited to Will "Ash's" house to celebrate his birthday. From the beginning, Ash is intrigued by Ava and has a sense that he knows her but can't figure out where.

When an accident happens right before Ava is suppose to head back to the City, Ash takes this opportunity to keep Ava with him longer. During this weekend Ash witnesses some of Ava's panic attacks and somehow without even knowing it helps Ava with them where others have failed to.

This is such a wonderful story of reflections, finding ones own inner strength to conquer demons. Learning to trust again. I laughed & cried and didn't want this story to end. There is so much to this story but I have to make this pretty vague so not to spoil for anyone

One of my most favorite lines ever from a book- "Never let yesterday use up too much of today" This spoke volumes to me and I plan to make it a daily mantra for me yourself a favor and get this book. And be sure to check out the Hale Brothers series.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9b7717b0) out of 5 stars Away from the spotlight 11 Feb. 2016
By Old Dave's Romance Revue - Published on Amazon.com
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Will Ashton has lost the feeling. The rush that comes from being on stage and performing his music ... its just gone, and with it has gone his desire to keep doing what he's been doing for years. Singing, playing, performing, all of it, and so he retreats from the world to his house hidden up in the mountains to be alone, relax, and work out what his next move will be.

Slowly coming out of his funk, he ventures out to a nearby bar, the very place where he, and best friend got their start so many years ago, and of course, as these things go, that's where he first encounters ... her.

After a ridiculously awkward beginning, it quickly becomes obvious that there's a mutual attraction, but equally obvious is the reality that she's not remotely ready to act on it.

Not yet.

I could go on all day about how wonderful this book is. Will is seemingly the perfect guy. For all that he's working through what he wants to do with his career going forward, he's got himself together. Financially independent and emotionally stable, with good looks and a winning personality, he's pretty much got it all together, and this new girl, clearly has no idea who he is, meaning that if she likes him, its for him.

On the flip side, Ava is holding it all together, barely. Everything in her life is structured so that the gossamer thin strands holding her world together aren't tugged too hard lest everything start falling apart, yet life is rarely that accommodating, but this new guy seems to be chomping at the bit, begging for the opportunity to catch the pieces, and the best thing? He doesn't even realize who she is.

Both knowing that the other is keeping secrets this engaging drama is beautifully sweet, sad and tragic, humbling and inspiring and incredibly poignant interspersed with some laugh out loud moments set against the breathtaking backdrop of the Blue Ridge Mountains.

Secrets come out, people get hurt, and love may or may not conquer all. Loved it, loved it loved it.

Looking forward to more books in this series from Kathryn Andrews​
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9b77181c) out of 5 stars Ash & Ava Forever! 25 Oct. 2015
By Brenna R - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
I'll be the first to admit that I love a good rocker romance. Blue Horizons, though? It was SO MUCH MORE!

Will Ashton is disillusioned by the continued fame and pressures of being in a band that hit "the big time." He longs for days of simplicity, where he could play music purely for the love and joy that it brought him. Feeling a bit like a sell-out by catering to what the fans want to hear, Will decides that he needs to disappear to reevaluate his life direction- will he continue on with the way things have been going? Will he completely give music up? Will he forge a new path with a simpler direction? To decide, he heads back to the Blue Ridge Mountains to find his peace.

Avery Layne wants nothing more than a sense of inner peace. Thoughts of her past, her home, and her parents no longer give her that emotionally; her world was shattered at the age of 18, and she's still working to overcome the events that forever changed her. Now living in New York City, she longs for the fresh mountain air, the calm of the lake, and the quiet that being in Horizons Valley provides.

Neither wanting to, both Avery and Will are dragged out to Smokey's, a local bar, by their friends. Their chance encounter pushes the two on an adventure that will challenge them both in many ways, but that neither can seem to say no to. Will ("Ash") and Avery ("Ava") develop a connection that neither can deny. The details, the events, and the people that have shaped who they are are left out of the picture, but eventually threaten to destroy the fragile bonds that they slowly formed over one perfect weekend.

Can either admit who they really are? If they do, will anything change?

Emotionally charged, Blue Horizons kept me flipping pages until I could unlock the doors of Ava's mysterious past, and fighting for Ash's happiness. I absolutely loved this book, and would recommend it to anyone who is a hopeless romantic, like me. Or, just anyone with a heart, really.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9b771ccc) out of 5 stars Amazing book 19 Oct. 2015
By Heavenly Good Books - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Copy gifted by the author in exchange for an honest review.

It was my first book by Kathryn. And I'm ashamed to admit that. I own all of her books but there is always something that is more important. But after reading this book, I couldn't wait any longer and started to read her previous books. I want to kick myself that I have always pushed them away. But anyway... let's concentrate on Blue Horizons.

In here we meet Will Ashton. A successful musician who appears to have everything. Money, fame and life he has chosen 10 years ago. But standing on the scene during he concert his thoughts are not full of pride and achievement. There is no adrenaline. No rush he used to feel while performing. There is only feeling of being lost. The only thing he can think of is to run away from there. Far away. Somewhere where no one will be able to find him and somewhere where he will be able to think. To find his path again. After he walks away after the concert we meet him again few months later in the only place he is able to find piece. Among the mountains, on the lake where he used to spend his time with his grandfather. What he did not expect was to find something that was missing. Or rather someone. He did not expect to meet Ava and simply fell for her. It was not in his plans, but once he met her and got to know her, he realized that she was the missing piece to make him happy.

Avery Layne is a troubled young woman. She has lived through something that no one should have. And this traumatic day has damaged and scarred her beyond anyone imaginations. Now she a timid, closed and afraid of simple touch. When I read her memory flashes, I cried, even though it's not an ugly crier. Not at all. But I felt her pain, fear and her drive to be free from this haunting memories. And she found her hope in Ash. A mysterious guy who she met during her weekend at her friend's parents house.

Kathryn has touched a really difficult topic here and what I liked the most is the fact that she didn't concentrate only on this. On ho Ava was damaged. Hurt. Scared. But on how Will wanted to help her even though he didn't know what has happened to her and what to do. He simply took his own personal experience and tried to help her as once he was helped by his foster parents.

Kathryn's writing is flawless. She has amazing style that pulls you straight away. I have fallen in love with Will instantly. And I have fallen in love with Clay. His quiet best friend. Even though he is not appearing in the book as often as I would like, I loved him for his kindness and understanding he gave to Will, when he needed it.

Beautiful story that will make you laugh, cry and sigh every so often.

5 heavenly stars <3
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