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Friday, March 25, 2016

#Review #Excerpt Through Her Eyes by Ava Harrison @RSofRomance

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Meet Chase Porter in Through Her Eyes by Ava Harrison!

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One phone call changed me.
Three simple words and I was shattered.
So I started over.
And my journey of rediscovery led me straight into his arms.
Chase Porter.
The stranger who showed me life from a different perspective.
But we both had secrets…
His would destroy my world.
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Review- 4 Stars
4 teary eyed philosophical Stars
Through Her Eyes by Ava Harrison will make you laugh, make you cry, and leave you with a sense of wonderment about life. It will make you think about not only about life, but who you are as a person. As we follow Aria on her journey of self-discovery, you will feel what she feels. You will question what she questions, and you will fight for her when she doesn’t want to fight for herself. Her journey will be just as much yours as you follow her on it.
Aria made a mistake. A big one. One that she can never make right. One that will have everlasting consequences. She sees herself as toxic, and everyone that she loves gets hurt. When faced with utter devastation and crippling self-doubt, she runs and escapes on a trip to find the piece of herself that is missing. This is Aria’s story of pulling herself up off the floor after hitting rock bottom and her search for who she is meant to be.
“Have you ever felt like life your life was passing you by and you didn’t know how to push pause and take the time to appreciate it? I’m giving you that chance. Each one of us is meant to have a journey to find our truth. Maybe this will be your journey.”
Aria escapes her life and runs to Italy. Away from her mistake- Parker, her best friend who she loves, but who she thought only saw her as his best friend’s younger sister. A trip that she had previously planned with him. On a layover in England on her way to Italy, she meets an American photographer also on his way to Italy named Chase. They click immediately and arrange to meet when they both get to Italy. Although it makes no sense to her, Aria agrees to travel Italy with Chase while he works on his photography. Chase is an adrenaline junkie with a thirst for life. He experiences as much as he can to get as much as possible from life. He is incredibly philosophical and helps to guide Aria to find the piece of herself that is missing. Without his help and guidance, I don’t think that she would have ever succeeded on her own.  
Even though they only know each other for a short amount of time, Aria and Chase have an undeniable connection, even with her love for Parker. She trusts Chase explicitly and begins to discover things about herself that she never knew. There is a spring in her step, a weight lifted from her shoulders, and a happier feeling about life. That will all come crashing down as real life intrudes and she must return home to face the events that she was trying to escape.  She must face who Chase is, what will become of Parker, and where she is meant to end up.
This was a great story. There were teary eyed times that made it hard to read because I felt Aria’s devastation. I hurt with her and I hurt for her. But I was just as much happy for her as well. Where she ended up is where she was meant to be. There was a great Instagram element included with the story that enhanced the reading experience. It was an addition that I felt tied everything together and helped to really identify with the characters. I highly recommend reading Through Her Eyes, but be prepared for an emotional rollercoaster. You will laugh. You will cry. You will hurt with them and for them. But it will be worth it as you experience Aria’s journey with her. And you will be better because of it.  
“A moment that changed everything. Life is measured by all of these moments. That’s what it’s all about. The little dreams. The little flashes of time. And seeing how beautiful life is… through your own eyes.”
I was a horrible person.
        But I had goals, and he didn’t fit into them.
I didn’t know how to take back the words I’d said. They filtered through my brain like a bad dream that I just couldn’t awaken from. Just when they started to slowly slip away, they resurfaced. Rooted so deeply in my psyche, there was really no place for them to hide.
        If only I’d known the ramifications of my actions. If only I’d known how my decisions would hurt me beyond repair.
        But at the time, I couldn’t let him halt my progress. I was so close . . .
        “Are you in love with me, Aria? Do you want to be with me?” Parker asked, and my heart completely stopped. I had waited so long to hear those words, for him to see me as more than a friend.
        “No. I don’t want to be with you,” I replied. Even as the words left my mouth, I knew they were a lie.
        I didn’t just love him. It was so much more than that. So much more than love. He was my rock, my friend. He was the lifeline that ran through me.
        At the time, I thought I had no choice . . . I thought he would be able to see that after everything I’d been through I needed to succeed. I needed to make up for the loss of my brother Owen. In the end, though, my decisions were always toxic.
        Toxic to him.
Toxic to Owen.
        Toxic to everyone.
“No, I don’t love you.”
Those were the last words he heard as he turned and walked away.
        My heart tightened in my chest as the words replayed over and over again that afternoon. A record skipping that I just couldn’t turn off.
Then the phone rang.
Three words were uttered.
Three words that changed my life.
The phone slipped from my trembling hand, and I dropped to the floor.
I couldn’t swallow. I couldn’t scream.
Cemented in place.
My shoulders curled in, and I clutched my stomach through dry heaves.
I’d lost my soul mate, and now I’d lost my future.
Everything I’d worked for crumbled, and it all no longer mattered.


About the Author:
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Ava Harrison is a New Yorker, born and bred.
When she’s not journaling her life, you can find her window shopping, cooking dinner for her family, or curled up on her couch reading a book.

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