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Not To Us  : A haunting love story by [Owen, Katherine]
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Length: 323 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 928 KB
  • Print Length: 323 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: The Writing Works Group; 1 edition (29 April 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004YWMO4A
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 10 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #357,123 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Well one thing I can say about this story is that it was def. an emotional rollercoaster. Betrayed by her best friend and husband Ellie seeks solace in the arms of the her best friends husband Michael, who has also just told that she has breast cancer, and that is just in the first few pages. The first half of the book you see her unravel completely, as she is left to fend for herslf and three children, and doesn't get a wake up call until she has to accept the help of the person, who not only took her life and husband, but now plans to make him hers.Can I just say at this point that her friend Carrie should have been tarred and feathered , and after the things she subsequently goes on to do, I would also cover her in honey and bury her in the desert up to her neck. (I am not the forgiving type) The main characters fight with breast cancer is a storyline I don't want to put into any negative light, other than the fact it is unrealistic that she has all her procedures straight away and often on a Sunday, because it fits in with the rest of the story. I thought it was great that the writer highlighted, that often the old boys school of medicine doesn't give females all the options, when it comes to being pregnant during cancer treatment. Ellie and her family are then struck by yet another tragedy and when faced with the ultimate betrayal she just up and leaves, and this is when the writer sort of lost me. Up until then these are all events that I can relate to and actually think do happen, but she goes and meets a younger internationally famous man, who embarks upon a journey with her. That was just completely out of sink, don't get me wrong her leaving everything behind for someone was "normal" under the circumstances of her tragedy, but did it have to be a really rich famous man.Read more ›
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This author weaves a gripping, and emotionally taut story. Robert & Ellie's perfect marriage is suddenly destroyed by infidelity. Ellie's world comes toppling down on her as she battles breast cancer, anger, resentment and betrayal.

If that wasn't enough, more things come at Ellie that shake her to her very core. Ellie's breast cancer is not the main issue here. It's about healing, forgiveness, and learning to trust again. This story is not predictable by any means and there are several twists that I did not see coming.

The author does an outstanding job fleshing out these characters. They seem real and I truly cared what happened to every one of them. The dialogue is well-written as is the interaction between the characters. The book flows at a steady pace and does not get bogged down in it's own plot. Be warned though, this is a two-hanky book.

It's an excellent read!
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Michael - he was so loveable but irritating. Michael and Ellie were well matched - neither can be trusted. I found it hard to understand how a mother could up sticks and leave her children but I suppose in a rich world this is easier than the likes of a normal mother. Courtney - could someone so young fall in love with a pregnant complicated older woman with all Ellie's "baggage, betrayals from others"? I can see why Michael was trying with this relationship - would it survive in real life - tenable or untenable? I loved this story, twists and turns and surprised at the final ending and saddened that it didn't turn out the way I wanted it to. This story was well written and I look forward to reading more books by Katherine Owen.
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I admire every single person who writes a book. I may not like the book, it may have faults, but I can’t ever take away from an author that he or she has poured out thousands of words to fulfil a dream to pen a novel. Truly admirable.

So, here’s the thing: the key word there is the ‘a’ in 'a great idea'. I can’t help thinking that this author scribbled down a number of ideas and thought, I know, I’ll put them all into one book. Result? Idea overload. (Which stretched to covers as well: I've seen four for this book.) Can you have too much drama in one book? Quite possibly.

Ellie’s husband has an affair with her best friend. The big C rears its ugly head. Ellie marries best friend’s husband. That’s probably enough to make a pretty good story, but no, let’s throw in two tragic deaths, a pregnancy, infidelity (yes, more) and you find yourself pretty stuffed after this smorgasbord of cheesiness.

And now, just to confuse you…despite what I’ve said, I…er…actually quite enjoyed it. (quite…let’s not get too carried away).

I found it a little hard to understand how Ellie seemed to be able to have men…three of them…falling at her feet. She was full of cancer and babies and not much personality, and yet they were all declaring undying love for her. It was all a bit mushy, despite dealing with some pretty full-on issues, and none of the characters were developed enough. It was hard to like, or even dislike, any of them.

Four things irritated me: the repetitive ‘bodacious tah tahs’. First time was amusing. The second, a little less. The third raised a titter. But after the seventeenth time, I’d had enough. I was also a little irked by the habit-of-stringing-a-whole-sentence-together-with-hyphens-to-make-it-an-adjective.
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