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Blue Horizons (A Horizons Novel Book 1) by [Andrews, Kathryn]
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This is a 332 page full length standalone novel.
Will Ashton
Music is my motivation. I’ve always believed that, because of it, I would be somebody. Somebody to someone, and something to myself.

At age four, I picked up my grandfather’s acoustic guitar and, up until three weeks ago, I’ve never put it down. From a single chord to a full arrangement, music fed my soul. I craved it with every fiber of my being, but now, I just don’t know. That driving force that’s always pushed me has somehow stalled, along with the thrill, the passion, and the familiarity . . . it’s all gone. I’m beginning to worry that my love for music just isn’t enough.

As the summer tour finally comes to an end, I head to the Blue Ridge Mountains instead of returning to Nashville. It’s here that I’ve always been able to lose myself amongst the solitude and the lake, but what I didn’t expect to find was her.

Wild blonde hair, light blue eyes, and a laugh I find myself trying to coax from her has me completely enamored. She’s quiet, incredibly poised, and driven by secrets as big as the mountains around us. They’re what’s made her untouchable, and left me wanting to know more.

Maybe that’s what I need. Maybe I need more. Maybe I need her.


Ava Layne
They say that life isn’t about how many breaths we take, but how many moments take our breath away. But what if those moments aren’t filled with happiness and love, but something dark and haunting? For me, it’s those moments that’ve shaped and taken over my life. I can’t change who I am, God knows I’ve tried, and, because of this, I’ve accepted the silver lining . . . I’m alive.

Fifty-two white keys, thirty-six black keys, ten fingers, seven notes, two friends, and one stage. At the piano, on the stage, with my two best friends, I finally found myself, and I live for those moments. One by one, I collect them, cherish them, patiently waiting for the next, until it arrives and changes everything. That’s the moment I meet him.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1573 KB
  • Print Length: 333 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Kathryn Andrews, LLC (19 October 2015)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0124ES786
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #155,099 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

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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.
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Away from the spotlight 11 February 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
4.0 out of 5 stars 4.5 stars ~ Such a tragic yet beautiful story, love can do amazing things 19 October 2015
By DonnaC - Published on Amazon.com
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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. She keeps herself to herself preferring her own company to others but underneath that frosty façade is a broken soul who is letting her past dictate her future, but she has a heart of gold and desperately just wants to love and be loved but the scars of her past have made that virtually impossible.

“All I want is to gather her in my arms and tell her that nothing bad will ever happen to her again…only I can’t.”

Kathryn Andrews weaves a beautiful tale in her tell-tale magical way. Despite Ava’s past her flash backs are dealt with compassionately and really helps you to understand her and while those flash backs are not in the least bit pretty they are not over the top either. My heart broke for Ava so many times and to see the person she is today, even being broken, is a miracle in itself.

When Will and Ava’s paths cross, they both keep their true identities secret and are both honest about it too, but the more time they spend together the more the little snippets of their realities spill out. These two are so well suited to each other, their connection is undeniable, the only ones in denial are themselves, more so Ava than Will. They have so much in common and Will seems to be able to break through those little fissures in Ava’s armour.

“Never let yesterday use up too much of today.”

Kathryn Andrews really brings these characters to life in this story, you cannot help but feel Ava’s pain and insecurities and Will’s desperation at trying to win the woman he has fallen in love with. This book was perfectly balanced with just enough angst but the emotions are tangible and reduced me to tears on several occasions. But these tears are a true sign that the author has done their job in evoking those deep seated emotions and bringing them to my trusty tear ducts. With each book that Kathryn Andrews publishes I can see the growth in her writing, it just gets better and better, the flow, the construction of so many touching and poignant sentences and paragraphs just really brought to the surface the pain and insecurities of both these characters.

Once again another winner from Kathryn Andrews, I would really love to know Clay’s story, he is Will’s band mate but also his foster brother. His wit and mannerisms really brought some much needed humour to this story and really balanced this emotional story.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful ! 20 October 2015
By Elexis - Published on Amazon.com
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When music is your motivation, you depend on the love it brings, the intensity, the calling.
For Will Ashton this seems to be gone.
When you think you've had enough...have you really?
Ava Layne has found herself, her place among her friends.
Her piano and new life complete her...almost.

Fear...it is an all encompassing feeling.

Love is too, but once you've felt fear, it is harder to allow love.

What will the Blue Ridge Mountains bring?
What demons will surface?

Kathryn Andrews has made me fall in love: with music again, with the mountains, with a simpler life, with love.
Will Ashton is a book boyfriend for the "books"!
Blue Horizons -5 Stars!
(I received an ARC- Honest opinion!)
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Hit 23 October 2015
By TMort - Published on Amazon.com
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Another hit from Kathryn Andrews. Her books seem to always pack a good punch of emotion with a side of giddy anticipation. I adored the Hale Brother series and squealed loudly when I read Beau's small cameo. Man, I miss those boys!

Anyways...This was fantastic and in an effort to leave as little spoilers as possible I will say, Mrs. Andrews seems to really understand and showed there should be no shame. Characters are lovable (as always) and I can't wait for more! Seriously, you should read her books. Hard to imagine you would regret it!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars #NewBookBoyfriendAlert 20 October 2015
By Mary Kennard - Published on Amazon.com
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I just finished Blue Horizons by Kathryn Andrews and absolutely loved it! She wrote another beautiful, emotional love story that just pulls you in from the beginning! This book flows so effortlessly that you feel like you are in the story watching everything unfold. It was unputdownable!
#AshAndAva
#BreatheWithMe

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