Seeing Julia (A Love Story) [NOOK Book]

Overview

"Here’s what I know: death abducts the dying, but grief steals from those left behind."

Compelling and provocative, SEEING JULIA is the story of a young widow struggling to find herself who seeks only a normal life after tragic loss.

Julia Hamilton is at the precipice of her life, looking over the edge and seeing nothing. The unexpected meeting of Jake Winston saves her from reckless self harm, but their illicit connection leaves her ...
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Seeing Julia (A Love Story)

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Overview

"Here’s what I know: death abducts the dying, but grief steals from those left behind."

Compelling and provocative, SEEING JULIA is the story of a young widow struggling to find herself who seeks only a normal life after tragic loss.

Julia Hamilton is at the precipice of her life, looking over the edge and seeing nothing. The unexpected meeting of Jake Winston saves her from reckless self harm, but their illicit connection leaves her questioning her past, her life, and herself most of all. She battles heartbreak over her loss and guilt over the inexplicable attraction to Jake. Then, she learns of betrayal by the one person she thought she knew and discovers that nothing is at it seems about her life or even herself.

SEEING JULIA is rich, edgy, compelling fiction that explores the vast toll that grief can take and all the amazing ways that love transcends just about everything else.

Please Note: Be advised that SEEING JULIA contains adult language and adult situations and is not appropriate for young readers. (Mature Young Adult/ New Adult/Adult Fiction)


Owen won the Zola Award and First Place in Romance category with the Pacific Northwest Writers Association in July 2010 with Seeing Julia. If you enjoy the tender scenes of P.S. I Love You, the poignant story lines of Nicholas Sparks, and the twists and turns in plot lines like those of Jodi Picoult, you are going to LOVE Katherine Owen's novel Seeing Julia!


PRAISE for SEEING JULIA ¿¿¿¿¿

"...an authentic look at grief and love. I believe anyone that has ever loved someone, lost them, and found a life and another love will devour Seeing Julia. Be forewarned: keep a box of Kleenex handy, as you will need them."


"...You get a little of everything in this book. Love, anger, angst, misery, retribution, they're all in there and make for a wonderful read."


"...Seeing Julia was everything I look for in a great book. Heartbreakingly sad, funny, enlightening, and best of all, heart mending...five stars are not enough..."

If you like dark, edgy compelling fiction with elements of love and romance, look for Owen's other works in contemporary fiction by simply searching under NOT TO US or WHEN I SEE YOU.
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Editorial Reviews

A Belle's Tales Blog - Cheles Bells
"Katherine Owen is an amazing story teller. Her beautiful writing pulls you into Julia's grief, and I found my heart aching right along with her." ChelesBells ~ A Belle's Tales Blog
Chick Lit Central Blog - Becky Gulc
"I found this book to be immediately captivating. Yes it's a dark sad subject but I was gripped. I was instantly impressed by Katherine's writing, she conveyed the initial grief and despair at yet another loss so well, I felt this loss with her. The initial chapters reminded me of Maggie O'Farrell's "After You'd Gone," that's how impressed I was." Becky Gulc ~ Chick Lit Central Blog
Books4Tomorrow Blog - Ellen Fritz
"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 ~ Books4Tomorrow Blog
Let's Book It Blog - Dana Burness
"For some reason, I expected 'Seeing Julia' to be a fluffy, unreal romance novel. I don't know where I got this idea but I couldn't have been more wrong, 'Seeing Julia' is so much more. It is deep and real and full of emotion and pain and friendship and love. I can't say enough good about it." Dana Burness ~ Let's Book It
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940012498724
  • Publisher: The Writing Works Group
  • Publication date: 5/13/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 338
  • Sales rank: 204,938
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

AUTHOR BIOGRAPHY

Katherine Owen lives near Seattle in a suburb overlooking Lake Washington in a very old house with her husband and two children. She has written and released three novels: Seeing Julia (Zola Award Winner), Not To Us, and When I See You. She is hard at work on her next novel which is due out this early 2013.

For more information about her novels, writing, and life, in general, visit her website at where she uses edgy language and a little bit of sarcasm in observing life as a writer. Get in touch with her via her contact page at the website or via email: . She'd love to hear from you.
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Customer Reviews

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 6, 2012

    Amazing book

    I couldnt put this book down. It was so good. I read this book in a days time. Katherine Owen needs to put more of her books on here. She is becoming my new favorite author. I could feel Julias pain. I wanted to smack Jake a few times.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 29, 2011

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    A good short e-read

    I liked this e-book. I had hope for Julia early on in this story & I LOVED Jake :D.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 17, 2011

    A TOUCHING STORY!!

    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)

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 22, 2011

    Really good read!!

    This was a really good book. It was a little "wordy" in places and maybe could have left some scenes out, but all in all it was a quick read. This book had a lot of insight about certain things. I love the part where Julia just wants to "get lost". I think everyone experiences that at some point. All around enjoyable read!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 24, 2011

    emotional and lovely

    There was before. And, there was after.
    Before was magical, embraced promise,
    and bequeathed good things.
    Before was for the innocent.
    After was the haunted, and relinquished all promise. (pg 5)

    'Seeing Julia' has one chapter of before; the rest is after. The after starts with Julia at her husband's funeral. And this is where I began to cry. Katherine Owen is able to write Julia's story with so much emotion that I was almost overwhelmed. Reading it is a truely emotional ride! Julia tells us her story in first person present so each feeling, each action is immediate and real to the reader. We follow Julia through loss and grief and through the agonizing process of trying to redefine herself as a 27 year old widow and mother to seven month old Reid. Julia's 'inner circle' of close friends becomes her strength when she can find none in herself. They hold her up and pull her through.

    For some reason, I expected 'Seeing Julia' to be a fluffy, unreal romance novel. I don't know where I got this idea but I couldn't have been more wrong, 'Seeing Julia' is so much more. It is deep and real and full of emotion and pain and friendship and love. I can't say enough good about it. The main characters in the novel are very well developed and the story is easy to follow and read. I could feel Julia's pain from the beginning and I could also see the inner strength that she was struggling to reach. At first I wondered at her relationship with Jake, husband Evan's best friend. The intensity of her feelings for Jake seemed out of place considering the circumstances, but as we become privy to what is really going on in Julia's mind and how her grief is affecting her, understanding dawns. The reader begins to accept this relationship for what it is as secrets are revealed and Julia's past is explored.

    If there is a negative about this book it is the lack of development of the relationship between Julia and her nanny, Lianne. For playing such an important role in Julia's life, Lianne remains a shadow in the story. She just seems to be a convenient plot ploy so that Julia has more freedom to grieve without having to think of Reid. I would have liked her to have more substance.

    Julia's story will stay with me for a long time. I'm a little sad that this is a stand alone book, I would like to spend more time with all of the characters involved. As it is, I look forward to reading more by Katherine Owen.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 23, 2011

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    Beautiful book!

    "Here's what I know: death abducts the dying, but grief steals from those left behind." Julia is no stranger to loss. She has had more than her share of grieving over lost loved ones. Her life seemed to have taken a better turn after marrying Evan Hamilton and especially since the birth of their beautiful son, Reid. But in a strange twist of fate, Julia finds herself grieving once again when her husband, Evan, dies a tragic death. Can Julia start over? Will she start over? Jake Winston believes so. Julia sees Jake at Evan's funeral, and being around her deceased husband's best friend proves to be more than a little disconcerting. Being torn between her grief over Evan and the guilt of this incomprehensible, yet undeniable connection to Jake becomes all too much for Julia, nearly pushing her over the edge. Fortunately for Julia, she has an amazing support system in her friends and, surprisingly, . in Jake. Julia begins a journey of healing, knowledge, and finding her way back to the living. Katherine Owen is an amazing story teller. Her beautiful writing pulls you into Julia's grief, and I found my heart aching right along with her. "It won't be stopped. Will it? The happiness is really gone forever. This pain is never going to go away. Is it?" The story was so gripping, and all of the characters were so easy to love - I quickly became invested in all of them. Jake and Julia were mesmerizing, but I also adored Julia's friends. Her "inner circle", as she called them, is loving, supportive, and more than ready to kick your butt when you need it. We should all be so lucky to have wonderful friends like these. For me, the best part of this incredible read was the extraordinary message in the story: Realizing we aren't perfect - no one is. Learning to be comfortable with who you are. See yourself - just be you. Beautiful! I'm very excited to read more of Katherine Owen's work. She is sure to become a favorite.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 14, 2013

    Good Read

    First book I've read from this author. I was pleasantly surprised. Poor Julia and all that she had to endure in 12 years. Tragic events at every stage. I'm glad it had a happy ending.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 27, 2013

    Great Book

    One of the best I've read in a while. Could not put it down!!!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 24, 2013

    Great book

    I really enjoyed this book and how the storyline evolved. Nice read!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 19, 2013

    Loved this book !! Even though it was hard to keep up with at times!! But it was worth it in the end!!!

    Loved the story!!! Just hard to keep up with it ,but it all ended well!!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 22, 2013

    Great book, couldn't put it down!

    I loved this story, it had a lot to it. You love Julia, and feel her pain. You want her to be happy and get through her heartache. She is strong and likable, as are many of the other characters.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 16, 2013

    Good

    The story was compelling and I read it in one setting. I will read additional books by this author.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 9, 2013

    Heartwrenching

    Really good read. I read it in two days. You can feel every emotion the author is writing about.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 29, 2013

    MOAR

    I want MOAR!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 29, 2013

    MOOOOOORE

    ~Thrackerzod

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 29, 2013

    OMG AWESOME MORRE

    YEP

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 29, 2013

    PREVIEW: Cutie Mark Gone Wrong

    CHAPTER ONE: "What should we do today to earn our cutie marks, Crusaders?" I asked. "I don't know..." Scootaloo replied. "We've tried everything! Read the list, Sweetie Belle." Sweetie nodded, then pulled out a long piece of paper from the desk. "Lets see here....um..Skydiving.....knitting.....-" "Which was boring!" Inturrupted Scoots. "The knitting, I mean." Sweetie narrowed her eyes in frustration and kept reading. "Sushi eating...pet sitting....stuffed animal making...." I sighed. "That was sure hard." I said. "Remember how I kept getting pricked by the needle?" I looked wryly at my scarred hoof. Scoots nodded. Sweetie Belle continued down the list, and we soon became bored. "Why don't we go outside? We could get a good idea on our next cutie mark mission." I said. "Yeah...." said Scoots. "But this is starting to get really tiring. I mean, I really hate to say this...but maybe...everyone is right." "No!" Squeaked Sweetie Belle. "We will get our cutie marks...TODAY!" I moaned as she said this. We went outside and sat in the grass boredly. Suddenly, I felt a tingle on my flank. A tell-tale blue circle appeared and a few sparkles zinged out. " I think my cutie mark is coming!!!" I said excitedly. Then, I felt it. An agonizing jolt on my flank. "Owww!" I yelped. Was this what getting a cutie mark felt like? "What?" Asked Scootaloo. "It....hurts." I replied. It was the worst pain I had ever felt. "Hurts?" Sweetie Belle asked. "Ya-huh." I nodded, feeling little pangs from time to time. The jolt returned, knocking me off my hooves. I had tears in my eyes, it hurt so bad. "Lets go to Twilight Sparkle. Now!"

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 14, 2013

    Trite and predictable. One step above a Harlequin romance. 

    Trite and predictable. One step above a Harlequin romance. 

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 6, 2013

    I wanted to rate this book more than 3 stars, but, I found after

    I wanted to rate this book more than 3 stars, but, I found after really reflecting on it that I couldn't. The first part of the book
    Was extremely tedious, and repetitive. Julia did have many tragedies in her young life, but to talk about them and 
    wallow in her grief for chapters after chapter did not benefit the the book.  I thought about putting the book down more than once.
    If it was not for a couple of other characters in the story that the author made more 3 dimensional, I would have put it down. 
    The book redeems itself a little more than 1/2 way through ( on the nook version) and becomes an excellent story, with Julia finally fining her voice. When she does that, the book gets 5 stars.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 27, 2013

    Ruin

    What

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