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Katherine Owen has written four novels, SEEING JULIA, NOT TO US, WHEN I SEE YOU, and her latest release THIS MUCH IS TRUE. Owen's writing delves into the complexities of relationships, often from both love and loss perspectives, because as an author she enjoys the unpredictability and uniqueness she finds there. Owen's writing is not for the faint of heart; it'll take readers through a proverbial emotional wringer before reaching resolution and the endings are somewhat surprising. Owen's writing tends to be dark, moody, and sometimes funny. Sometimes, it can be a bit lyrical or even literary. It's often edgy, so be forewarned. Her stories are comprised of broken heroines, who are often lost and not always intent on finding their way back; even the heroes in her books have a few flaws that cause trouble or disappoint. Many of her readers complain they can't put the novel down or just when they think they've figured the story out, it changes and becomes something else. Owen has garnered a wonderful following of readers who enjoy her work, but she's always looking for more.
In late July of 2010, Owen was recognized by the Pacific Northwest Writers Association's 2010 Literary Contest, where she was awarded the coveted Zola Award and first place in the romance category (women's fiction) for her novel, SEEING JULIA.
Katherine Owen lives near Seattle and is hard at work on her next novel, SAVING VALENTINES.
on Feb. 12, 2012 :
Isn’t it true that when horrible things happen to others, we are quick to think that it won’t happen to us? That’s exactly what “Not To Us” is centered on.
Friends since college, Ellie, her husband and their mutual friends had it all. Each with successful careers, children and living comfortable lives, when out of the blue divorce, infidelity, breast cancer, death and betrayal swoops down on all of them, especially Ellie - cutting a swathe of destruction on many levels through her life.
At one point I was asking myself: what else can go wrong in these people's lives? To add to all the upheaval in her life, Ellie meets a man who means well but causes the ultimate complication in an already out of control situation. It thoroughly baffled me that so much can go wrong between two couples - including a complete partner swop - while they still try and hang on to their friendship.
The romantic relationships in “Not To Us” are masterfully described. In fact, the sweet parts as well as some of the almost poignantly sad moments often brought tears to my eyes. The romantic involvements of especially the main character is put under the microscope with the main relationship being put to the test multiple times until I thought that there was no way in which any relationship can withstand this much trial. You will have to wait right up to the end to see whether this happens or not.
The story is written in the present tense and from the first person perspective of the main character, which deeply involves the reader in Ellie’s thoughts, emotions and moral struggles. This makes the whole story just that much more realistic and believable. The problems addressed are those that happen to people all the time: Ellie's best friend betraying her again and again, ensuing divorce; the onset of breast cancer; an unexpected pregnancy - and all of that within the group of friends who had been together for twenty years and more.
Reading this book was quite an emotional roller coaster ride for me, as things don’t end with these trials and tribulations but declines further into more betrayal and sorrow. This is not your average quick-read romance, but a book to be read at leisure so as to enjoy every moment thereof. It touches you on different emotional levels and forces the reader to face many truths; that we have no control over our lives, no matter how hard we try. What makes the difference though, is how we deal with it.
“It's true; my mind has already begun the slow descent into disbelief. It races with this one pervasive thought: this can't be happening, not to us.” (Ellen Fritz)
(reviewed long after purchase)