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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 Dec. 17, 2011 :
For Julia there is the 'before' and the 'after'. In the before part she has her parents and the unbelievably handsome boy who gives her, her first kiss. In the ‘after’ she loses her parents, then her fiancée and then her husband. Now she is afraid to love and let anybody get too close, for fear of losing them too. All this sets her on a course of battling grief, self-discovery and unearthing of secrets which turns her entire way of thinking upside down.
A romance with a whole lot of depth, “Seeing Julia” is not the kind of book you want to read in a hurry. To experience the depth of the emotional turmoil caused by the devastating losses Julia suffers in her life, you'll probably find yourself rereading large portions of the book. The in-depth descriptions of her heart-wrenching sense of loss, is balanced by the beautiful caring nature, and actions, of friends.
The story is masterfully written in a first person present tense perspective. It brings the reader in very close contact with the thoughts and feelings of the main character. I effortlessly identified with Julia's desire to be a normal person, doing normal things, in a normal life. All she wants is to be seen for who she is and not as the widow of the highly successful businessman, Evan Hamilton. Above all, she wants to spend her life caring for her son and securing a future for him. But getting to that point, she has to undergo a journey of self-discovery.
Realistic characters always impress me and in this book they are plentiful. The way in which Julia's friends supported her throughout the ups and downs of her life, was heartwarming and enduring. No matter what happened in Julia’s life, her inner circle of friends were always there to not only support her emotionally, but to also take an active role in her business affairs, and also in her love life.
I recommend this novel to all who enjoy a highly emotional story that tugs at your heart strings with a main character who shows remarkable growth throughout the book. “Seeing Julia” rightly deserves its 5 stars! (Ellen Fritz)
(reviewed long after purchase)
on Aug. 27, 2011 :
I did enjoy reading this book, in fact had a hard time putting it down but I think that’s more because of the ‘train wreck’ syndrome feeling for the main character. Julia is a mess. Makes me feel so much better about my life. I think her attitude towards her life and sometime outright whining kind of got to me after a while. I would have like to of seen more dimensions to her other than her massive effort, failed, at the end to bring things together.
I don’t like her disregard for motherhood and just had a hard time believing her attitude generally. Granted I’ve never grown up with money so I don’t know how someone already spoiled and used to getting their way would react when put in this situation but some stuff in the story I just couldn’t conceive happening.
I was happy for the ending and the way the author made it all come together.
As a note to the author, the formatting towards the end of my copy was really bad. There were words left out, major pieces of text missing, words missing and some places paragraphs repeated. I don’t know if that is a result of the text/formatting of the book when you published it or if it just didn’t get edited properly … my guess is it’s a formatting issue. Might check it out before many more copies are sold.
Overall, I think the concepts behind Seeing Julia are great and the author does a good job conveying the idea.
(reviewed long after purchase)