Seeing Julia (A Love Story)

Seeing Julia (A Love Story)

by Katherine Owen, Michele Swindle

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BN ID: 2940012498724
Publisher: The Writing Works Group
Publication date: 05/13/2011
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 338
Sales rank: 1,169,132
File size: 2 MB

About 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 six novels: Seeing Julia (Zola Award Winner), Not To Us, When I See You, This Much Is True, The Truth About Air & Water, and Tell Me Something True, her most recent release as part of her The Truth About Lies series. She is hard at work on her next novel, Saving Valentines, due to be released in early 2019.

For more information about her novels, writing, and life, in general, visit her website www.katherineowen.net where she sometimes 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 her Facebook fan page www.facebook.com/KatherineOwenAuthor. She'd love to hear from you.

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Seeing Julia 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 32 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Twilightmom78 More than 1 year ago
I liked this e-book. I had hope for Julia early on in this story & I LOVED Jake :D.
Books4Tomorrow More than 1 year ago
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)
Fredreeca2001 More than 1 year ago
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!
LetsBookIt More than 1 year ago
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.
ChelesBells1 More than 1 year ago
"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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of the best I've read in a while. Could not put it down!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book and how the storyline evolved. Nice read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved the story!!! Just hard to keep up with it ,but it all ended well!!!
MScialdone More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The story was compelling and I read it in one setting. I will read additional books by this author.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really good read. I read it in two days. You can feel every emotion the author is writing about.
DanaBurgess on LibraryThing 5 months ago
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.
RtB on LibraryThing 5 months ago
Reviewed by UrsulaReview copy provided by authorSeeing 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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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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