Early Reviews for This Much Is True…And what readers are saying is the biggest reward of all…
“…Just loved this story line, incredible love story with angst, emotions, heartbreak and the power of true love.” Amazon ★★★★★
“…Loved This Much Is True! Katherine Owen tells the story of Tally with great sensitivity and wisdom.” Amazon ★★★★★
“…If you enjoyed Not To Us and When I See You, expect to love This Much Is True.” Amazon ★★★★★
“…If you’re looking for something a little different, something that will frustrate you as well as break your heart from start to finish, while also making you envy the possibility that a love-bond that unbreakable could truly, possibly exist out in the real world… “This Much Is True” by Katherine Owen definitely fits that bill.
This much is true: no matter how much of a book slump you’ve been in lately, you will definitely feel something if you attempt to read this story… And chances are, more than likely, you’ll be just as much in love with both Tally and Linc, as you are infuriated by them… I hope that helps!” Amazon ★★★★★
And this one which takes down the rating to a reasonable 4.2 of 5
Way out there too many lose ends with things that happen.
I had to stop reading and step away with the bad storyline…” signed Bad Ending ★
Katherine Owen’s long-awaited, fourth novel, This Much Is True, has just been released!!!
Fate brings them together
Fame & Lies keep them apart
One truth remains…
She’s become the Paly High girl with the most tragic story… At 17, Tally Landon just wants to graduate and leave for New York to pursue ballet. Her best friend Marla convinces her to attend one last party—a college party—where she can be among strangers and escape the whisperings about her tragic loss that follows her everywhere she goes. She meets Lincoln Presley, Stanford’s famous baseball wonder and has a little fun at his expense when she lies about her age and who she really is intent on being someone else for the night and escaping her tragic story.
His only focus is baseball, but he can’t forget the girl he saved on Valentine’s Day… At 22, Lincoln Presley’s star is on the rise—about to finish at Stanford and expected to be taken early in Major League Baseball’s upcoming draft—his cousin’s party serves as a welcome distraction. But then, he sees the girl from Valentine’s Day that he saved from that horrific car accident and can’t quite hide his disappointment when she appears to look right through him and not remember him at all. He vows to learn her name at least before he leaves. What’s the harm in getting to know this girl? What’s the worst that can happen?
They share this incredible connection, but fate soon tests these star-crossed lovers in all kinds of ways… And yet, despite the lies being told to protect the other, and the trappings of fame that continually separate them, and in lieu of the deception by those they’ve come to trust the most; one truth remains.
This much is true.
In Print ~ TRADE PAPERBACK 6″ X 9″ coming soon…
I’ve had this incredible week–the unplanned kind that you start and you’re too far in to turn back? Yes, that kind of week. I can’t even begin to tell you how arduous it was, but the results are this much improved, edited version of Not To Us for both avid eBook readers and print-only ones as well (as soon as next week with the updated trade paperback version). Today, Not To Us will be featured on BookBub, an advertising site that features a finite amount of eBooks and easily catapults novels to the top of bestseller lists for days at a time. People love a good read and a bargain (value; right?) rolled into one. So, Today, June 22nd, Not To Us (the eBook version) will be on sale for the awesome price of $0.99 cents at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Apple, and Kobo (hello, Canada!).
I don’t put her on sale very much because this particular novel is often misunderstood. Don’t read it, if you have a problem with infidelity and love triangles or books that will make you cry. Do read it, if you like roller coaster stories where it’s hard to guess what happens next. That is this novel.
After reading through the story multiple times for the edited updates, (because; yes, I’m a comma queen) I have to say I LOVE the story of Ellie and Michael. Don’t judge. I think this story is powerful and true and moving. Yes, there’s tragedy, but out of the ashes of these broken people is immense strength and love. So, if you haven’t read Not To Us, you should. It’s fiction for adults. There’s bad language and shocking story lines, but it will carry you away for an afternoon. Enjoy!
Here’s the premise:
There are all kinds of ways for a relationship to be tested, even broken, some, irrevocably; it’s the endings we’re unprepared for. Ellie
Ellie’s perfect world unravels.
A best friend’s betrayal ends her marriage.
An alarming diagnosis threatens her life.
It all leads to Michael…
But, fate soon tests their perfect union.
And, begs the question: if you get a second chance, do you take a different path?
What “they” say… Praise for Not To Us
“Strong characterizations and intriguing plot lines kept me riveted to this novel. The storyline of couples facing midlife crisis that tears them apart and still brings them together is very moving…” Marta Hartman BookRooster
“This book was the epitome of an emotional rollercoaster, and I say that with a smile on my face…I read through this book rather quickly, because it captivated me so much…” Stephanie Goodreads
“… I have to say I loved it. It is the story of how a woman’s life falls apart from one day to the next and how she keeps it together. Or not…” pj “pj” Bookrooster
My answer when asked…
What was the basis for Not To Us?
I wanted to explore a few heavy themes and started with these types of questions: What happens in a relationship that seems to have everything? What happens when one is betrayed? By a husband? By a best friend? What happens to a person when they’re confronted with a life-threatening illness? Does he or she strive to change their course? Choose a different path? These story lines intrigued me and became the basis for Not To Us. In this novel, both Michael and Ellie strive to do the right thing, most of the time, but they both respond to grief in the same kind of way, seeking consolation from others, not trusting each other, or themselves. I wanted to write about how tragedy can change or alter a person’s life, and even, perhaps, change their behavior and choices.
Here’s the cover update coming for the print edition of Not To Us. I went back to an earlier photograph for the back cover. Note the darkened sky and the whited-out couple holding hands as if they’re not really there. This captures the epitome of Michael and Ellie, I think. Also, see the shadowed hands below? I love that. Their shadow exists even when the rest of them doesn’t. It captures the essence of their love story quite well. Love the front cover because the guy looking at the blond is truly a reflection of Michael and Ellie. And, you say you haven’t read it yet? You should. Oh, I said that already; didn’t I?
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
LOVED IT!!!!!! I just finished reading The Sea of Tranquility for the second time. I have more to say, but I have to think about how to give my review the justice this book so deserves. Wow!!!
Finally wrote a review…
I LOVED this book. It’s so good that it’s staggering and almost makes it impossible for me to write myself. Almost.
My favorite line are these: “Daylight won’t protect you from anything. Bad things happen all the time; they don’t wait until after dinner.”
A powerful line indeed because it is the epitome of the story and where she is coming from so clearly.
And then, there is this one (a stunner line if there ever was one):
“I live in a world without magic or miracles. A place where there are no clairvoyants or shapeshifters, no angels or superhuman boys to save you. A place where people die and music disintegrates and things suck. I’m pressed so hard against the earth by the weight of reality that some days I wonder how I am still able to lift my feet to walk.”
Nastya is shattered in what would seem permanent ways; and then there’s Josh Bennett, who painstakingly seems to put her back together piece by piece. I also think Drew and Tierney do the same for her in different ways. I LOVED this book!!!!
I am a writer. I have a huge crush on Gillian Flynn because of Gone Girl and now Katja Millay because her writing and character development is at the perfection level like Flynn’s in a different way.
I’ve read enough New Adult or Mature Young Adult or whatever “they” want to call it these days to unequivocally state that The Sea of Tranquility outstrips them all. This book is so well written from its believable dialog to the exceptional first person point of view to pacing to plot development to story line that it could serve as a study guide for how good writing is done by any writer who desires to improve their own work by learning from Katja Millay.
As for readers, this book is a must-read because it’s incredible and captivating and the story will stay with you long after you’ve read the last page.
I LOVED it!!!