Not To Us

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Overview

Ellie's perfect world unravels.

A best friend's betrayal ends her marriage.

An alarming diagnosis threatens her life.

Yet.

It all leads to Michael...

But, fate soon tests their perfect union.

And, begs the question: if you get a second chance, do you take a different path?...

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Overview

Ellie's perfect world unravels.

A best friend's betrayal ends her marriage.

An alarming diagnosis threatens her life.

Yet.

It all leads to Michael...

But, fate soon tests their perfect union.

And, begs the question: if you get a second chance, do you take a different path?

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Editorial Reviews

Macktastic Blog - Emily Boursaw
"...a gripping story about love and loss. Owen does an outstanding job of creating complex characters who endure unimaginable loss in their lives and are able to get through it and come out even stronger in the end...Excellent work..." Emily Boursaw - Macktastic Blog
Author Review - Elene Aitken
5 of 5 Stars - "Owen has an incredible ability to create characters who endure amazing loss and overcome it, and wind up being stronger in the end..." Elena Aitken, author ~ Nothing Stays In Vegas
BookRooster Reviews - Marta Hartman
5 of 5 Stars "Strong characterizations and intriguing plot lines kept me riveted to this novel. The storyline of couples facing midlife crisis that tears them apart and still brings them together is very moving..." Marta Hartman BookRooster Review
Books4Tomorrow Blog - Ellen Fritz
"...not your average quick-read romance, but a book to be read at leisure so as to enjoy every moment...It touches you...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." Ellen Fritz - Books4Tomorrow
A Belle's Tales Blog - Cheles Bells
"I know this: I will read anything and everything that Katherine Owen writes. She can turn the most ordinary words into a beautiful work of art... Not To Us is an astonishing story with many unexpected twists and turns..." ChelesBells A Belle's Tales Blog
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780983570707
  • Publisher: The Writing Works Group
  • Publication date: 4/26/2011
  • Pages: 324
  • Sales rank: 1,256,043
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.73 (d)

Meet the Author

Katherine Owen graduated with a journalism degree and a minor in English from the University of Washington and promptly went into high tech sales because someone told her it was fun and there would be stock options.

For years, she damped down the urge to write and spent money like Evian water. But after a successful, storied career in high tech sales and public relations, she finally made what felt like a necessary, soul-calling leap to writing full-time in April of 2009. Ever efficient and professional, she took writing classes with The Writer's Studio for the next two and half years. Her persistence and perseverance paid off. In late July 2010, she'd won the Zola Award for her debut novel, SEEING JULIA.

By early January 2011, Owen was close to signing a contract with a literary agent, however she had become more and more intrigued by idea of "going it alone" with independent publishing. Convinced that what she really wanted was complete control over her work, including its production as well as promotion, in May 2011, Owen released: SEEING JULIA and NOT TO US.

By late December of that year, she'd finished her third novel, WHEN I SEE YOU. All three of Owen's novels made various best seller lists on Amazon.com by May of 2012.

Interested in her work? Look for her novels as ebooks for Kindle Amazon or as trade paperbacks at most online book retailers.

Owen lives near Seattle in an old house with a fabulous view with her husband and two children. When she isn't writing, she can be found cheering at her son's football games or her daughter's volleyball games or heating up frozen dinners for the "fam-dam-ily" as she fondly refers to them.

Want to know more about her? Owen can be contacted by email at: , or at her website: In all these social media places, she talks about her writing life and what inspires her as well as her novels and, sometimes, her latest work-in-progress.
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  • Posted February 12, 2012

    AN ENJOYABLE READ!

    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. Excerpt: “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)

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 18, 2011

    Couldn't put it down!

    Katherine Owen's writing first captured me earlier this summer with her first novel, "Seeing Julia". My summer got busy and I put off reading this book, "Not To Us". Last weekend, I finally picked it up and read the paperback version; I couldn't put it down! I had to know what was going to happen to Ellie next! The story of Ellie Shaw just draws you in. You feel for this character and the ups and downs her life takes. Owen aptly describe's Ellie's life as a roller coaster ride and I would have to agree. I can't wait to read more of Katherine Owen's work. I hope she has another book coming out soon!

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  • Posted June 23, 2013

    First let me say I did enjoy the book. Having said that, I foun

    First let me say I did enjoy the book.

    Having said that, I found myself being less than sympathetic with the main character, Ellie. She is betrayed by her husband and best friend, but she in turn betrays them. There is a disclaimer before you buy this book that there is infidelity (big time) in this book and if that bothers you, this is not the book for you. True!!! There is a line in this book, "infidelity is easy", and it is proven over and over in this book.

    I can't decide if Ellie is selfish, spoiled, self-centered, stupid, impulsive, or what her problem is. She had a lot of things happen to her and without giving anything away, it is almost too much. Can all these horrible things truly happen to one person in such a short amount of time? And is her reaction to these tragedies realistic? Putting myself in her shoes I would like to think that I, and most women, would respond to all her challenges in a more mature way. All in all, things worked out for her in the end. I read this book in one sitting. As I said, I did enjoy it and would recommend it. Just remember as you are reading it, it IS fiction!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 9, 2013

    Ok not add good as Seeing Julia

    This book was just okay, I probably would have like it more is the main character had less issues.

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  • Posted August 27, 2011

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    Unrealistic reactions to real life situations.

    Review by Judy:

    Not to Us is crafted flawlessly in first-person present tense, a difficult mechanism. Ellie's emotional journey is explored in depth; readers will recognize and identify with many of her thoughts and feelings. However, the overall plot strains belief.

    Ms Owen writes well. The story has tremendous possibilities, but in the opinion of this reviewer the characters' actions and reactions to the situations in which they find themselves seem unrealistic. The topics of surviving cancer, divorce, and personal tragedy are certainly relevant but call for a more balanced approach by mature adults. While people may feel they are on a rollercoaster, as rational (or even irrational) human beings, they are well aware of the necessity to traverse the ground below with some plan and purpose.

    At this writing, the novel has received four five-star reviews at Amazon, so readers considering the book might want to check there for another insight.

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