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When I See You (A Love Story)
     

When I See You (A Love Story)

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by Katherine Owen
 

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WHEN I SEE YOU
She believes that love can never last, promises are usually broken, and true happiness is extremely elusive in the long run. He believes that most risks are worth taking, that the promises he makes can be kept, and that love doesn't factor into his relationships any longer.

Jordan Holloway has never fully recovered from the unexpected

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WHEN I SEE YOU
She believes that love can never last, promises are usually broken, and true happiness is extremely elusive in the long run. He believes that most risks are worth taking, that the promises he makes can be kept, and that love doesn't factor into his relationships any longer.

Jordan Holloway has never fully recovered from the unexpected deaths of her famous Hollywood parents. At 27, she is still slow to trust and remains uncertain about the true duration of love and happiness. Yet, it's been four years since she fell in love with Ethan when he rocked her world even as he marched off to war leaving her alone with their young son Max. Now, Ethan tells her this will be his last tour in Afghanistan and that soon the three of them will be together. Still anxious at his leaving again, Jordan extracts a promise for Ethan's safe return from Brock Wainwright, her husband's sniper partner and best friend. But, can she put all her trust in Brock and can he keep such a promise?

At 29, Brock Wainwright fully embraces the dangerous life of a Navy Seal. He enjoys his freedom and not being committed to anyone; and, there's been a long line of women who can attest to that. Everything changes for Brock after he meets Jordan. When the two men return to Afghanistan, Brock's intent on keeping his promise to Jordan about keeping Ethan safe for a variety of reasons, including the most disturbing one of all, he is more than just attracted to his best friend's wife. This revelation plagues Brock on the battlefield and in a violent moment changes everything.


PRAISE for "WHEN I SEE YOU" ¿¿¿¿¿

Owen's latest novel "When I See You is intensely heartbreaking, at times achingly romantic, and will keep you turning the pages long into the dead of night.

Owen's writing is beautiful; captivating...the storyline is compelling and emotionally driven. I dare you to put it down.

"This book is not a fast pace 'on the edge of your seat' mystery, not an erotica, no vampires or make believe animals this book. It's simply an emotional roller coaster that I highly recommend to everyone..." JerseyGirl

"...Jordan and Brock have an inordinate amount of bad karma going on...What pulls this story out of the hellish mire it could be stuck in, is this amazing thread of almost palpable hope that winds its way through the narrative..." Dana Burness - Let's Book It

"I love a book that touches my heart and keeps me thinking about the characters long after I have turned the last page. When I See You is exactly that kind of book." Cheles Bells - A Belle's Tales

"When I See You is yet another brilliant romance in which Katherine Owen proves that, not only can she create excellent characters, but she can put them through the wringer and make them come out on the other side as even better characters..." Ellen Fritz - Books4Tomorrow

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If you enjoy Nicholas Sparks' The Lucky One or Dear John and the twists and turns of storylines like those of Jodi Picoult, you've got to read "When I See You". Look for Katherine Owen's other novels: Seeing Julia and Not To Us by searching under these titles or the author's name.

Editorial Reviews

Kathleen Higgins-Anderson
Told in the first person narrative with alternating perspectives by Jordan Holloway and Brock Wainwright, the reader will find themselves caught up in Jordan and Brock's story. This is a riveting story full of raw emotion and endless plot twists, with attention to detail of Jordan and Brock's trials and tribulations, and rich descriptions of the settings (Malibu, Afghanistan, and Austin), it will make the reader feel like they are on the journey alongside Jordan and Brock..." Jersey Girl Reviews
Jersey Girl Book Reviews - Kathleen Higgins-Anderson
Told in the first person narrative with alternating perspectives by Jordan Holloway and Brock Wainwright, the reader will find themselves caught up in Jordan and Brock's story. This is a riveting story full of raw emotion and endless plot twists, with attention to detail of Jordan and Brock's trials and tribulations, and rich descriptions of the settings (Malibu, Afghanistan, and Austin), it will make the reader feel like they are on the journey alongside Jordan and Brock..." Jersey Girl Reviews
Let's Book It Blog - Dana Burness
"...Jordan and Brock have an inordinate amount of bad karma going on...What pulls this story out of the hellish mire it could be stuck in, is this amazing thread of almost palpable hope that winds its way through the narrative..." Dana Burness - Let's Book It
Dana Burness
"...Jordan and Brock have an inordinate amount of bad karma going on...What pulls this story out of the hellish mire it could be stuck in, is this amazing thread of almost palpable hope that winds its way through the narrative..." Dana Burness - Let's Book It
Cheles Bells
"I love a book that touches my heart and keeps me thinking about the characters long after I have turned the last page. When I See You is exactly that kind of book." Cheles Bells - A Belle's Tales
A Belle's Tales Blog - Cheles Bells
"I love a book that touches my heart and keeps me thinking about the characters long after I have turned the last page. When I See You is exactly that kind of book." Cheles Bells - A Belle's Tales
Books4Tomorrow Blog - Ellen Fritz
"When I See You is yet another brilliant romance in which Katherine Owen proves that, not only can she create excellent characters, but she can put them through the wringer and make them come out on the other side as even better characters..." Ellen Fritz - Books4Tomorrow
Ellen Fritz
"When I See You is yet another brilliant romance in which Katherine Owen proves that, not only can she create excellent characters, but she can put them through the wringer and make them come out on the other side as even better characters..." Ellen Fritz - Books4Tomorrow
Autumn Review
"Overall, I really loved this book. Jordan and Brock broke my heart, but put it back together. The love these two share for each other is real. It's been a while that I've read a book that's affected me so strongly. I cried more than once, but I also felt the joy that Jordan and Brock ultimately found with each other. When I See You was beautifully written and certainly won't be the last Katherine Owen book I read. I definitely recommend it." Autumn - The Autumn Review
The Autumn Review - Autumn Review
"Overall, I really loved this book. Jordan and Brock broke my heart, but put it back together. The love these two share for each other is real. It's been a while that I've read a book that's affected me so strongly. I cried more than once, but I also felt the joy that Jordan and Brock ultimately found with each other. When I See You was beautifully written and certainly won't be the last Katherine Owen book I read. I definitely recommend it." Autumn - The Autumn Review

Product Details

BN ID:
2940016068640
Publisher:
The Writing Works Group
Publication date:
12/21/2011
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
340
Sales rank:
959,294
File size:
3 MB

Meet the Author

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 Truth In Lies series. She is hard at work on her next novel, Saving Valentines, due to be released in early 2016.

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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When I See You 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 41 reviews.
LetsBookIt More than 1 year ago
There is a pattern I follow when I start a new book. Kind of like a ritual, I guess. Something I do without even thinking. First, I look at the front cover for a minute and try and see it all. Then I flip the book over to read the back cover. You know, the blurb and/or review comments and/or the author's bio. So, I picked up When I See You and the front cover is nice enough; kind of soothing in earthy tones. Then I flip the book over ... and am totally blown away! It is NOT what I expected. There is a small - very small - author bio at the very bottom of the cover. But the rest of it is beautiful! Why has no one (that I know of) thought of this before? Is there a reason the back cover can't be a highlight? Why should the front cover get all the attention? On to opening the book. The first thing that pops out is that the whole book is a study in feminine pretty: the font of chapter headings, the graphics, the little quotes ... it is all very appealing to the eye. As for the story, there was a pretty even balance of good and bad points but the weight of the good outweighs the weight of the bad. Here's what I mean: on the negative side there is almost too much tragedy in the protagonists lives. Jordan and Brock have an inordinate amount of bad karma going on. One has to wonder what these two have done to incur the wrath of every god out there. What pulls this story out of the hellish mire it could be stuck in, is this amazing thread of almost palpable hope that winds it's way through the narrative. No matter the depth of tragedy, Jordan pulls herself up by the bootstraps and carries on. Brock is a little more apt to wallow (he is a man after all) but he also manages to find his way through. The good out weighs the bad. The characters and relationships in the book are, for the most part, well developed and believable. The only relationship in the book that I didn't feel, was the relationship between Jordan and her young son Max. She seems rather disconnected from him. This can be explained by the fact she spends almost the entire book going through a grieving process, however. And I was so impressed by Katherine Owen's portrayal of grief. It was honest and took time to plough through; it wasn't pretty or easy. I did wonder at the role of sex in the process but, never having been through it myself, that may also be real. There were also quite a number of editing errors throughout the pages. Normally, I won't even read a book with more than one, or maybe two, editing errors but I found myself overlooking these because I was so caught up in the story. Having read two of Katherine's books now, I can say with great certainty that she is a fantastic story teller!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Would love to see the next chapter of this story unfold. I would totally recommend this book, with a warning tag, have your box of tissues nearby and preferably don't read in a public setting. Wow all I can say is wow. I started this book late last night and when it was 3 AM I realized I only had three more hours of sleep till I had to get up for work, I closed my Nook. I don't know that I have cried this much in a book since I read The Shack. I found myself as a character watching my own friends struggle through the extreme emotional turmoil of the loss of a loved one. My heart broke for them. The one downside to the book, not trying to give away anything, although a “happy ending” I felt the book wrapped up too quickly and there is still more story to be told. ?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
WOW
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is wonderful....there is hurt, lost, and amazing love that touches your heart. I love it when you get lost in a book and can't put it down until you reach the last page.
TheAutumnReview More than 1 year ago
The first thing I said after I finished reading this book was, "That was a great book." I swear, I went through every emotion possible while reading. I knew going into this book that it wouldn't be a heart and flowers type of story. When I See You is emotionally charged and I felt every single moment.  We meet Jordan as she and her husband are getting ready to say goodbye, yet again. Her husband, Ethan, is a Navy SEAL Sniper and is heading out for another tour. His partner and childhood best friend, Brock,  is also there to finally meet Jordan. Something about the energy that surrounds this group just feels off. Brock is somewhat captivated by Jordan. Even though it's the first time they meet, he's read her letters to Ethan, hears stories about her and her son, and has formed an attachment to her in a way. But, when he meets her for the first time in person, he really sees her. He sees her in a way that Ethan never did. Jordan is a wounded person. She has protected her heart after the loss of her parents. It's not easy for her to let people in. After a devastating turn of events, her life changes yet again and she's not sure if she can recover.  As the story moves on, we see Jordan and Brock become closer. While they each have a tragic story to tell, they find solace in each other. It takes time, but they do learn to trust each other and their feelings. But, as they once again face a devastating loss, their relationship is tested. They both run from what is happening and cope in their own way. It was truly heartbreaking to see. However, in the end, they come back together.  Overall, I really loved this book. Jordan and Brock broke my heart, but put it back together. The love these two share for each other is real. It's been a while that I've read a book that's affected me so strongly. I cried more than once, but I also felt the joy that Jordan and Brock ultimately found with each other. When I See You was beautifully written and certainly won't be the last Katherine Owen book I read. I definitely recommend it.  Quotes: ~Here's what I know so far about today. I don't have anything to wear in Texas. I should have gotten a manicure instead of the bikini wax. I came to these conclusions about an hour ago.-pg 129 ~"You asked me what I wanted," I finally say. "I heard you." "You did?" Brock asks. "My answer is you. I want you. I'm sure of only you." I smile wide. "And you kept your promise," I say with a laugh. And that's when he starts to cry. -pg 322
ChelesBells1 More than 1 year ago
Beautiful, Heartwarming story! It was a whirlwind romance. Jordan, an amazing chef, met the gorgeous Ethan Holloway when she exasperatingly confronted the man who kept sending his food back to the kitchen. Ethan swept Jordan off her feet, married her, and, before she could catch her breath, she became a mother to their first child. Almost every woman's fantasy... well, maybe not the part where Ethan Holloway is a Navy Seal and spends the majority of his time away from his family. The brave soldier loves Jordan and their son Max more than anything in the world - a love shared only with serving his country. They have been married for 1,428 days, and, out of those 1,428 days, have only spent 297 of them together. And now he's leaving... again. Ethan and his best friend/snipe partner Brock Wainwright had one more tour in Afghanistan. The week before they leave, Ethan brings Brock to spend that last week with his family. He wanted Jordan to meet his best friend and Brock to meet his best girl. When Brock looked at Jordan, he saw her. Really saw her. Saw to the very depths of her soul. Saw who she was, who she wanted to be, and, most of all, the part of her that she tried to hide from everyone else in her life. So, when Jordan asked Brock for his promise to bring Ethan back home... he only hesitated for a moment before saying yes. But it was a promise Brock shouldn't have made, and it was a promise he wasn't able to keep. Jordan and heartbreak have been fast and furious friends since she was 17 years old. She was the daughter of bigger-than-life, famous, Oscar-winning parents. Loving parents who were slain in the most horrible, gruesome ways one can imagine - the details of which were covered up and known only by Jordan and the police. Details that Jordan has pushed down to the furthest corners of her mind, heart, and soul. Jordan has always been able to get away with the tragedy that is... well, Jordan. She can hide it from Ethan, as well as her best friend, Ashleigh. So, how is it that the arrogant, too-handsome-to-be-legal Brock Wainwright can completely undo her with one look? How does he know that she stopped believing in happily-ever-afters a long time ago? Not to mention he has the audacity to assume he knows her better than anyone else in her life. And even more frustrating... it would seem he actually does. Oh, the things I have to say about Brock Wainwright. The pages I could fill with details about this man! He was gorgeous, yes... but he was deep and reflective, and, of course, I could never get enough of his sarcasm and the amazing banter he has with Jordan. He has his flaws, which, if I'm being honest, made him even more appealing. He was strong, but he had the most tender moments that were so completely endearing. The author wrote the alternating POV's between Brock and Jordan flawlessly. Those can be tricky, but having the insight into both of these characters was my favorite aspect of the book. Brock's POV made my heart flutter and my toes curl! Katherine Owen does it again with her latest novel, When I See You. A brilliant story filled with brilliant characters. Her amazing and beautiful story-telling abilities captivate and mesmerize. I love a book that touches my heart and keeps me thinking about the characters long after I have turned the last page.
Books4Tomorrow More than 1 year ago
“When I See You” is yet another brilliant romance in which Katherine Owen proves that, not only can she create excellent characters, but she can put them through the wringer and make them come out on the other side as even better characters. Jordan Holloway has everything; a good husband, a sweet little son, a promising career and a Malibu beach house. Lieutenant Brock Wainwright is Ethan Holloway's sniper partner in the army. Brock promises to keep Ethan safe for Jordan, but can such a promise be kept? During the year covered by this book, Jordan learns that promises are lightly made but not often kept and Brock finds out that trust, once lost, must be earned before it can be given again. While she is still mourning the violent and tragic deaths of her parents, Jordan is flung into a world of unbelievable heartbreak as she loses more loved ones, her trust in Brock Wainwright and almost her own life. As though this isn't enough, she learns that one can feel betrayed by deceased loved ones. Once again I was pleasantly surprised by the realistic characters this author creates. Not only are the main characters strong and unique but they are normal enough not to be above self-pity, dishonesty and pettiness. When one of the characters is blinded in the line of duty, his response to his condition as well as the reactions of those around him, is absolutely natural and realistic. I was extremely impressed with the accuracy with which Katherine Owen wrote about the subject of the newly blinded, which she must have researched thoroughly. As she uses the first person narrative present to tell the story, I was there with the characters as they experienced their trials and joys. She also shifts the perspective between the two main characters - a technique which brings the reader even more into the centre of the story and the thoughts of the characters. Although this book is mostly a serious look at the lives of Jordan and Brock, there were times when I had to smile at Jordan's inner dialogue and thoughts. As a romance this book has all the required ingredients; from romantic moonlit love scenes to monumental shouting matches. It proves that, although two people can be attracted to one another, they must first fight their own inner demons before they can move on and make a success of a romantic relationship. . I happily give “When I See You” 5 stars and urge all who are looking for an excellent romance novel with far more depth than your normal little love story, to get hold of this book asap! (Ellen Fritz)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What an emotional ride! I don't like to give anything away when leaving a review. This story was truley memerizing, a must read if your a fan of Kathrine Owens! Enjoy, I couldn't put it down.
InkVamp More than 1 year ago
Totally obsessed with this book! Sleep? Not interest. Finals due? Don't care. I haven't even finished it and I am certain this is going to be one of my go to rereads. Beautifuly sad, heart breaking, cry your eyes out amazing! Totally obsessed!!!
lucieparis2011 More than 1 year ago
This novel has made me eagerly turned the pages, kleenex in hands! The author has embarked me into her beautiful romance from the beginning to the end! A deeply distressing and amazing voyage... It has been a long time since I had not read a romance taking time to live with its characters and make them known and discovered intimately to the readers.  Katherine Owen put her framework, pictured its landscapes and has described them with details for you to live as if you were a part of her world. At the beginning, the reader follows Jordan in her life as a military wife with a husband who has to go back to war.  Feelings of loneliness, anger against the noble but selfish husband's professionals choices. Because although, he loves his job and his country, every time he goes to Afghanistan, he leaves a wife and child behind. A difficult experience for all parties because the craving is an important part of their life. The author then takes another direction when involving Brock in its romantic plot. A delicate love triangle, full of unspoken words and feelings, with an impossible promise to hold as a key word for drama.  The story is emotionally charged with lightness touch of charming moments but also with horrible fate's blows that make you run hot tears. All the disasters, that are linked like a cruel joke from fate, have seemed difficult to bear. Jordan is so unlucky with all the heavy crap she has to deal with, that I wondered how she did not end in therapy. Her strength and determination are admirable but a little less horror in her life would have been nice. Meanwhile, this novel has made me eagerly turned the pages, kleenex in hands! A romance to devour absolutely ... Lucie newbooksonmyselves.blogspot.fr
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
When I See You is one of the best novels I've read in a long time. The storyline effortlessly goes back and forth between the two main characters without ever missing a beat or leaving the reader confused. Highly recommend this book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is such a beautifully heartbreaking and heartwarming story. Very well written story with well developed characters. I was sad this book ended & would love to read more about these characters, I don't want to let them go. I read this book all day * could not stop til the end! A terrific value at over 750 pgs.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was the first book I have read by this author but it won't be my last. From the moment I started reading it I could not put it down. I was on a roller coaster ride and didn't know what was coming next. I don't want to spoil it for you so take my word for it that it is well worth reading.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
When I See You... This is one of the best books I've read all year. A must read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Omg,.what an amazing story from front to back.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What an emotional roller coaster! It isn't often that a book can make me cry. What a beautiful story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book kept me captivated. Never knowing what was going to happen. Highly recommending this book as a great read
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
More melodrama than a lifetime movie with cardboard characterizations
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the first book I've read by this author, but it will definitely not be the last. Jordan goes thru plenty of heart - aches in her young years, but she Def has to figure out if giving her heart to another is worth the possible loss that could also occur. Beautiful story of learning to truly "see" in the dark. Be prepared for tears!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What an amazing book! This story had me in tears so many times, I just wish Jordan had more of a breakdown. She's a strong woman but needed more grieving. The forbidden attraction was palpable. I loved it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book. Definitely not the typical romance novel, but keeps you in your toes. I couldn't put it down!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
While the book drew me in and compelled me to keep reading.I felt the character of Jordan was well developed while I felt that the character of Brock was somewhat less dimensional. The amount of personal tragedies that befell Jordan became relentless. Although Jordan was a very stoic character, I felt that her minimal reaction to one particular death was not fully dealt with. The ending to the book was sudden.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a forbidden romance that was burning from within from the beginning. It was a comfort to read that after losing so much, a person can find happiness within themselves and with others.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Emotional roller coaster ride is an understatement! I loved Ethan, Max, Brock and Jordan...so much love, so many things shattered, but, yet I feel there is so much left to be said and done! I can only hope that means there is to be another book for Brock and Jordan. I know I would be first on their list to read it!!