Seeing Julia (A Love Story)

Katherine Owen
The Writing Works Group , English
3 ratings

A tragic past defines her. Will love save her or destroy them both?

Julia Hamilton is defined by a decade of loss—from her parents’ deaths in Athens to her fiance’s tragic end in Afghanistan and now her husband’s fiery death in a car crash just when she was beginning to believe in happily ever after again. At her husband’s funeral, she is plied with martinis by her best friend Kimberley, but Julia’s been secretly taking too many painkillers to cope with the overwhelming sadness. Soon, her deadly, mind-altering cocktail has Julia kissing a virtual stranger, Jake Winston, whose quick thinking ultimately saves her life. Julia battles grief and guilt over this inexplicable attraction to Jake and flees to Paris with her young son intent on starting over. Months later, Jake accuses her of merely hiding out and cajoles her to face the responsibilities she left behind in Manhattan so Julia reluctantly returns to New York to save Evan’s investment firm. Once there, she is forced to confront her feelings for Jake head-on, but soon discovers that the guy she’s come to depend upon has his own set of problems and hides behind secrets as much as she does.

Jake Winston is doing his best to do the right thing—help out his best friend’s widow and eventually marry Savannah, so he can get on with his life. Jake holds onto secrets of his own with good reason; and yet, he cannot quite overcome these feelings he has for his best friend’s widow. The young lawyer is busy convincing himself, along with everyone else, that there is nothing more to his relationship with Julia Hamilton than friendship even though that platonic line has been crossed more than once already.

When they separately encounter a tangled web of lies and learn of unexpected betrayal from the ones they have come to trust the most, all the lies and deception by others threaten to tear them apart forever. Julia discovers that you cannot always trust the one you thought you were destined to be with, and Jake learns that doing the right thing can hurt the only one you truly love.

“The writing was just, no words for how beautiful the writing was…” Chelcie ~ Addicted Soul’s Blog

“I found this book to be immediately captivating… 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

“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

“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

Katherine 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 like dark, edgy compelling fiction with elements of love and romance, look for Katherine’s other works in contemporary fiction by simply searching for NOT TO US or WHEN I SEE YOU or THIS MUCH IS TRUE.

Please be advised that SEEING JULIA contains adult language and adult situations and is not appropriate for young readers. (New Adult Fiction, Contemporary Romance)

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