Jessica Koch was born in Ludwigsburg, Germany, and began writing short stories when she was still in high school - but never submitted her work to publishers. Shortly after finishing school, she met Danny, a German-American dual citizen. Her experiences with him eventually formed the basis for So Near the Horizon, though it was nearly thirteen years before she felt ready to bring the manuscript to the public.
The author describes a life lived somewhere between hope and fear, between optimism and despair. She reflects on events from her own past with raw honesty, confronting more than one difficult subject along the way.
Jessica Koch lives near the city of Stuttgart with her husband, their son, and two dogs.
The second and third books in the trilogy, So Near the Abyss and So Near the Ocean, are already best-sellers in Germany as well.
What an incredible read. I wasn't sure at first as it had a trivial teenage feel at the start and the characters seemed quite shallow. However, quite quickly as we followed the blossoming relationship between Danny and Jessica, these two lead characters grew and developed. The issues they were dealing with on a daily basis were handled with a maturity beyond their years. Danny's backstory is so harrowing and disturbing that it made for really difficult reading at times. Danny's close friend Tina is similarly damaged and this formed an incredible bond between them. I hadn't done my research properly on this book before I read it and I was totally unaware that it was based on a true story. I only realised towards the end when the story became unbearably heart-breaking to read and it meant the book had even more of an impact. It's a must read that will stay with you for a long time after.
This book is amazing! Though it starts out sweet and flirty, it soon delves into deeper and darker subjects. The main characters are very well developed, especially the heroine, Jessica, does a lot of growing up. The hero, Danny, is sweet and funny, somebody you'd want at your side while wanting to protect him at the same time.
This book is categorized as a romance novel, though it's actually autobiographical.
I can only stress how wonderful this book is and that EVERYBODY should read it!
I was given a copy by the author to review this book, thank you so much Jessica, this is honestly the best book I have been asked to read.
My heart is well and truly broken, knowing that this is based on a true story, I honestly can't even comprehend everything that must have happened throughout the time frame, I'm still crying from the last 50 odd pages. Due to this being based on a true story this review will be slightly different.
"But every wound leaves a scar."
For me I wish I could give this the full 5 stars, but I've given it 4.5 Stars the only reason I've done this, is because for the first few chapters I didn't really like what was happening and Jessica wasn't someone I particularly liked as a character (that completely changed just to add).
This was such a beautiful book and I honestly urge people to read this!
Overall I honestly loved this book, it had me smiling, scowling, angry and heartbroken but I am so glad that I read this. I think this book made me realise a lot, and to not judge something before I fully know what's going on.
Once again thank you so much Jessica for sending me a free copy!
I started reading this book and couldn't stop. I ended up reading it in one day. Though the circumstances are incredibly sad, this is the most beautiful love story I have ever read. I think it's the first time I didn't want to read a book to it's ending. I knew what the end would mean. I'm putting this book at the very top of my all time favorites. Thank you for sharing your's and Danny's love story with me. My heart is forever changed believing it's possible to have a love like this 💜
5.0 out of 5 starsToday it is only $.99 today and well worth it.
5 April 2018 - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
If I could give this a 6*, I would, and it is a true story. Jessica meets Danny. He has the bluest eyes and she tries not to fall for him because he is so different. He takes her out and she gets drunk, and he brings her back to his apartment, where a girl, his best friends, lives with him, but he doesn't touch her. Later he tells her why he is so different. This is about abuse, drug addiction and more....