Not To Us (A Love Story)

Not To Us (A Love Story)

by Katherine Owen
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Not To Us 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
CaroB36 More than 1 year ago
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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tb_in_mn More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was just okay, I probably would have like it more is the main character had less issues.
Books4Tomorrow More than 1 year ago
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)
RtBBlog More than 1 year ago
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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