So Near the Horizon by Jessica Koch.
The first book in the Danny trilogy.
My Rating – 5*/5*
‘From the moment she crosses paths with Danny, Jessica is fascinated. The dashing, confident twenty-year-old has everything she dreams of—looks, success, independence, money—and his kind, infinitely cheerful nature is spellbinding.
Yet Jessica sees something else lingering underneath Danny’s perfect facade. Bit by bit, she manages to pick it apart, unveiling harrowing truths about a deeply traumatic childhood that has left more than just emotional scars. Now, far away from his home and family, he is fighting to build a normal life for himself—even though he may be destined for a future as dark as his past.
Despite all adversity and against all reason, a deep and intimate love develops between Danny and Jessica. But soon they find themselves confronting the harsh realities of a superficial world, battling against prejudice and exclusion at every turn… and, worst of all, racing against time…’
I’ve been sitting on this review for quite a while now because I just don’t know what to say. Seriously, this book was so heartbreakingly beautiful and I loved it way more than I ever thought I would. What makes it worse for me was knowing that this was a true story, that this happened to Jessica, I don’t cry at books that often but I was a crying mess reading the last few chapters of this book.
There is nothing sweet and fluffy about Danny and Jessica’s romantic, it’s hard and painful but it is so full of love – it is one powerful story that’s for sure.
I’m not sure how to write a review without spoiling anything for this book but I’m going to try my best not do give anything too big away but I apologise in advance if I do.
”Someday,” he said, “when I’m not around anymore. When you’re near the horizon, you’ll be near me, too..”
When we first met Danny, I didn’t really like him, he seemed a bit of an arrogant player and I just didn’t really like him very much – but as the story goes on and we learn about his back story it just broke my heart, he had got through so much but I believe it shaped him into an amazing, loving and thoughtful (very stubborn) man who so clearly loved Jessica with all his heart.
Tina is another character who has a terrible back story who is trying to overcome it and be the person who Danny knows she can be.
It’s so lovely to read this book and watch how Jessica impacted on their lives and how they impacted on hers and I highly recommend this to every single person please read this lovely book, you won’t be disappointed!
Thank you so much to Jessica for sending me a copy of her book to review!