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Seeing Julia

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  • Posted August 27, 2011

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    Tugs at heartstrings.

    Review by Ursula:
    Seeing Julia by Katherine Clare Owen is a moving, emotional and turbulent ride through the eyes of a young widow. Julia has had a lot of tragedy in her nearly 30 years of life, starting with the loss of her parents at 16. The scenes described, such as the funeral scene, is a no holds barred description of what Julia is going through. You really feel her pain and desolation at the loss of her husband.

    While the story details the sorrow and devastation Julia is going through, and the infallible support from her inner circle, it drags it out and makes you feel depressed. The story is well written, but you almost feel like you are in mourning yourself. Almost the entire book is about Julia's coping, or lack of coping, with the loss of her husband. She is refusing to move on and, even though she is a new mom, she neglects her child. There are token mentions of him here and there but it seems that when he doesn't 'fit' into the flow of the story, a nanny or friend is there to just take over his care.

    The story gets better for a while when she finds out things about her husband and revelations are made about him that Julia didn't know. But she makes these 'grand plans' to get her life back on track and winds up back into the not coping, black hole life she'd been living in since the death of her husband. There is also the intrigue of Jake's fiancee that stirs up some interest and it's the highlight of Julia coming back from the abyss of unbearable grief.

    Jake is someone Julia meet once when she was 15. She doesn't realize who he is, but he's known for a long time and is just waiting for her to realize who he is. The relationship between them at times is well written and believable, but at other times, it's not realistic. At the end of the story, Julia manages to get her entire life in order in a matter of a few pages. Julia and Jake manage to come to terms with all the 'secrets' and insecurities, and in the end, declare their undying love for each other. It doesn't come as much of a surprise that Jake declares his love, but for Julia to do a complete turnaround and declare her undying love so fast is. Normally, a happy ending is exactly what a reader wants, but this seemed to be too neatly tied up, too fast to be in line with the rest of the book.

    I wouldn't re-read this book, but it was interesting enough to want to see how it ended. It isn't something I would recommend to everyone, but those that like stories that tug at the heartstrings and evoke strong feelings would enjoy this story. It is more of a true to life story of grief and sorrow, well written, but hard to feel happy when reading.

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  • Posted August 27, 2011

    Seeing Julia

    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.

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  • Posted June 3, 2011

    Highly recommend this book. I read the paperback and bought it for my Nook.

    Seeing Julia is an amazing story. It kept me up late to try and finish it in one night. It's that good! At 27, Julia has experienced a great deal of loss and just when she thought her life was going to work out, her husband Evan dies. The book picks up quickly at Evan's funeral where best friends, Kimberley and Stephanie, try to cheer her up at Evan's wake with a regular supply of chocolate martinis...Yum! But Julia is unsure she can start over again and a chance encounter with Evan's best friend,the mysterious Jake Winston,leads to all kinds of trouble for her. I'll leave it at that. The story will keep you riveted because the author does a great job with the writing and keeps you guessing as to how it will all turn out for Julia. I thoroughly enjoyed this book because the story was so moving and the plot kept me engaged until the very end. I look forward to reading Owen's second book, Not To Us, next!

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  • Posted June 3, 2011

    Highly recommend this debut book from a very talented author

    Seeing Julia is an amazing story. It kept me up late to try and finish it in one night. It's that good! At 27, Julia has experienced a great deal of loss and just when she thought her life was going to work out, her husband Evan dies. The book picks up quickly at Evan's funeral where best friends, Kimberley and Stephanie, try to cheer her up at Evan's wake with a regular supply of chocolate martinis...Yum! But Julia is unsure she can start over again and a chance encounter with Evan's best friend,the mysterious Jake Winston,leads to all kinds of trouble for her. I'll leave it at that. The story will keep you riveted because the author does a great job with the writing and keeps you guessing as to how it will all turn out for Julia. I thoroughly enjoyed this book because the story was so moving and the plot kept me engaged until the very end. I look forward to reading Owen's second book, Not To Us, next!

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