In When I See You by Katherine Owen, Jordan and Ethan Holloway have been married for four years and have a young son. For the majority of those four years, Ethan has been away serving in Afghanistan as a Navy SEAL sniper. Jordan hates that Ethan is away so much from their family and has made Ethan promise that this will be his last tour. On the final weekend before Ethan leaves, his partner and best friend since childhood, Brock Wainwright comes for a visit. Jordan isn’t sure how she feels about Brock but she makes him promise that he will bring Ethan back to her alive. It’s a promise that Brock is unable to fulfill. In a blink of an eye, Jordan is now a young widow and Brock is left blinded with an unsure future ahead of him. As the two try to find their way after Ethan’s death, Jordan learns that her husband has kept a huge secret from her. Can she forgive both Ethan and Brock?
I originally downloaded this book in March of 2013. Unfortunately, it sat on my Kindle for nearly 3 years until I decided to read it as part of the Forgotten Book Challenge (if you are interested, look the group up on Facebook. Anyone is welcome to join! ). I am seriously kicking myself right now for having waited so long to read this amazing book.
The book bills itself as a contemporary romance. There are romantic elements to the book but this was more of a general fiction read to me. The book largely deals with the subjects of grief and trust. The interaction between Jordan and Brock is very interesting. When they first met, Jordan doesn’t know what to think of him. Meanwhile Brock is mad at himself for being attracted to his best friend’s wife. As the story progresses and after a lot of arguments the two become friends and eventually lovers.
One of the hardest parts of this book is reading about all the tragedy. First Jordan looses her parents as a young teenager, which we find out about as she talks with others. Then Ethan is killed in Afghanistan (the scene where Jordan is informed of his death had me crying my eyes out). Without going into details and spoiling anything else, there are two more deaths that occur that left me shocked and completely overwhelmed.
When I See You is an amazing read about love, grief, and trust. It’s a very hard book to put down once you start it. Anyone who loves a good work of fiction with romantic elements will enjoy this book.
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About the Book:
Title: When I See You
Author: Katherine Owen
Release Date: December 20, 2011
Publisher: The Writing Works Group
Category: Contemporary Romance
Source: Purchased from Amazon
She believes that love can never last, promises are usually broken, and true happiness is extremely elusive in the long run. He believes most risks are worth taking, the promises he makes can be kept, and love doesn’t factor in his relationships any longer. They’re both wrong.
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.
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.