You Were There Too
Acclaimed author Colleen Oakley delivers a heart-wrenching and unforgettable love story about a woman who must choose between the man she loves and the man fate has chosen for her in a novel that reminds us that the best life is one led by the heart.Mia Graydon's life looks picket-fence perfect; she has the house, her loving husband, and dreams of starting a family. But she has other dreams too — unexplained, recurring ones starring the same man. Still, she doesn’t think much of them, until a relocation to small-town Pennsylvania brings her face to face with the stranger she has been dreaming about for years. And this man harbors a jaw-dropping secret of his own—he's been dreaming of her too. Determined to understand, Mia and this not-so-stranger search for answers. But when diving into their pasts begins to unravel her life in the present, Mia emerges with a single question—what if?

You Were There Too Details

TitleYou Were There Too
Author
ReleaseJan 7th, 2020
PublisherBerkley
ISBN-139781984806468
Rating
GenreRomance, Fiction

You Were There Too Review

  • Nilufer Ozmekik
    January 1, 1970
    Three my heart broke into tiny pieces, my emotions everywhere but all the angst and sadness are for nothing, I ache for the characters so much stars!This is the first in my life that I got confused what I felt about a book and went back and forth between giving five or three stars. It’s like black and white but there were no grey areas about this book. But then I decided to give three stars. This is not about writing. Actually the author was so talented enough to touch my soul, heart, mind at Three my heart broke into tiny pieces, my emotions everywhere but all the angst and sadness are for nothing, I ache for the characters so much stars!This is the first in my life that I got confused what I felt about a book and went back and forth between giving five or three stars. It’s like black and white but there were no grey areas about this book. But then I decided to give three stars. This is not about writing. Actually the author was so talented enough to touch my soul, heart, mind at the same time. But then she ripped everything and tossed them to the garbage. I felt like somebody slapped me so hard after finishing this book and wanted to climb to the highest mountain and started screaming `WHHHHHHHHY! WHHHHY DID YOU DO THAT! WHY YOU WERE SO MERCILESS TO YOUR CHARACTERS!` Since J.K. Rowling killed Dumbledore or David E. Kelly killed Billy on “Ally McBeal series”, I haven’t want to yell at an author/screenwriter for so long!( Okay, I also wanted to yell at GOT’s writers, but for another reasons. I think yelling is not gonna enough for them!)As soon as I read the blurb about Mia’s dreaming about a man she’s never seen before made me think I was going to read a book like Taylor Jenkins Reid’s “ Maybe Another Time” or Kristin Harmel’s `Life Intended”. I thought it’s a romance about two people reach each other by dreams and fight against the all obstacles to find their HEAs.But this is all different. Firstly; our two heroes, husband Harrison and dream guy Oliver are amazing! At some parts they’re even greater than Mia who is suffering from three miscarriages and about to lose her mind because every time she closes her eyes, she sees Oliver. They coincidentally meet at the market. Then they saw each other at the hospital where Mia’ s husband works. Oliver’s sister is also the patient of Harrison. Mia gets shocked as soon as she finds out, Oliver also sees her in his dreams, too and he tries to save her life but he cannot achieve that in any of them! In the meantime Harrison fights with his inner demons because of the guilt he carries so long after he lost his patient. He blames himself for deciding a risky operation which affects his relationship with his wife, Mia. They start to drift apart. Mia wants to try having a baby but Harrison is not ready, he still deals with the loss of his patient and suffers from depression. Their problems and vivid dreams bring Mia and Oliver closer each day. Even though she has questions about her marriage and undeniable attraction to Olive, Mia does the right thing and always chooses her husband over him. When she finds out, Oliver and she spent time in same circles and common friends, the day she met her husband, she could have also meet with Oliver but he got stuck at his work place, she still stayed strong, restrained her feelings for him.Then she realizes no matter what she always chooses her husband over him! So I thought `Okay great so we got our closure! Nope, not so fast! Don’t jump to the conclusions because there are more to come. And they’re all HEAVY, NASTY, NERVE BENDING, TEAR JERKER STUFF!` The thing about telling the story for several different POVs (we already have three main characters but as soon as I see the POVS of Caroline and Whitney, I got confused but finally I realized the author did it purposely for the ominous part of the book! Yessss, there is a bloody, nail biter, `OHHHH NOOO WHAT DID YOU DOOO!” part close to the ending!)Let’s talk about ending! I hate it! Because any alternative universe options for these three characters will bring us more and more ugly cries, more screams like “ OH come onnn, there must be a solution to fix it”! Mia is honest, noble, lost but at least finally she knows what she wants in her life. But no matter what she wants, her heart is going to be broken!I’m sorry for Mia! Sorry for Harrison, also so sorry about Oliver!I was expecting a book about our different choices end with different consequences, finding your soul-mate, learning more about the secret world of dreams but instead of that, I got frustration, depression, deathly consequences, broken hearts! Nope, the author might be so talented to feel so passionately for those characters but I never ever forgive the writer for being cruel to them! At least some of them need their HEAs!
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  • Theresa Alan
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 stars rounded up. In real life, I don’t believe in psychics or premonitions or give much weight to dreams, but the joy of a well-written novel is that I can suspend disbelief and see where the story takes me.I wasn’t particularly interested in the storyline about Mia wanting a baby and her grief over having several miscarriages because I feel like I’ve read that many times before. What makes this story interesting is that Mia keeps having these dreams about a man she’s never met, until she 4.5 stars rounded up. In real life, I don’t believe in psychics or premonitions or give much weight to dreams, but the joy of a well-written novel is that I can suspend disbelief and see where the story takes me.I wasn’t particularly interested in the storyline about Mia wanting a baby and her grief over having several miscarriages because I feel like I’ve read that many times before. What makes this story interesting is that Mia keeps having these dreams about a man she’s never met, until she does meet him in the small town that she and her husband Harrison have moved to. When she meets Oliver in real life, she learns that he has also been having dreams about her. I liked that I couldn’t predict the end. Thanks to NetGalley for the opportunity to read this book, which RELEASES JANUARY 20, 2020.
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  • Jayme
    January 1, 1970
    Though the majority of the books that I read and review fall into the suspense/mystery/thriller category, I read any book that has a premise which intrigues me...This was one of those.Mia loves her husband Harrison.But, she has recurring dreams of another man...one that she has never met.Until, one day, when she comes face to face with the stranger in her dreams and discovers that his name is Oliver, and he has been dreaming about her too.How can this be?What can this mean? Why have they finally Though the majority of the books that I read and review fall into the suspense/mystery/thriller category, I read any book that has a premise which intrigues me...This was one of those.Mia loves her husband Harrison.But, she has recurring dreams of another man...one that she has never met.Until, one day, when she comes face to face with the stranger in her dreams and discovers that his name is Oliver, and he has been dreaming about her too.How can this be?What can this mean? Why have they finally met?This book is a reflection on marriage, grief and fate. It might make you cry.It will probably tick you off.But, as with ALL of Colleen Oakley's work..it will make you feel something! And, isn't that why we read? I have loved all of her work-if you haven't read any of it yet-it's time to change that! Available Jan. 7, 2020.Thank you to Edelweiss, Berkley and Colleen Oakley for providing me with a digital ARC in exchange for a candid review!
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  • Chris C - A Midlife Wife
    January 1, 1970
    Not the way I wanted this one to go... this ending killed me.~~~~~~~~~~The story left me with definite mixed feelings to a degree. It’s even somewhat of a difficult story to explain other than it has to do with dreams.Have you ever dreamt of a person or situation and then it came true? Or maybe you had a déjà vu experience before. That’s usually from a dream that you probably didn’t remember.This book is about dreams where two people who are random strangers, it appears, meet and discover many Not the way I wanted this one to go... this ending killed me.~~~~~~~~~~The story left me with definite mixed feelings to a degree. It’s even somewhat of a difficult story to explain other than it has to do with dreams.Have you ever dreamt of a person or situation and then it came true? Or maybe you had a déjà vu experience before. That’s usually from a dream that you probably didn’t remember.This book is about dreams where two people who are random strangers, it appears, meet and discover many interesting things about themselves. One is married and the other is single. But there’s definitely a connection that both of them feel.I was afraid of those feelings as I read this book. About a third of the way in I already knew the story was not going to end the way I want it to.You see I absolutely loved Harrison and Mia together. They have a deep bond. A beautiful relationship that’s very supportive of each other, or so it seems.Oakley wove the story in and out through the dreams, through this family connection, even through the community connections. It was a guessing game page by page as they desperately try to connect how they knew each other and why there was this intense pull.And then little by little my heart broke. I hate the ending. Honestly I do. And that is where I have mixed feelings.That’s not to say Oakley didn’t give us a highly complex, intricate story that is riveting and emotional. She is a prodigious writer and certainly did. But I so needed a happier ending. This one left me craving more… and knowing her style now, that is probably what she wanted.Not to be missed!*Copy received for review considerationFull Review - https://amidlifewife.com/you-were-the...
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  • Reading Mom.me
    January 1, 1970
    Wow I’m not sure where to even start with this one because I was not expecting that twist and I’m just super emotional about it all!I resonated with a lot of this book the vivid dreams and the raw emotions of a miscarriage the author did an amazing job detailing all of this. I really struggled with the borderline infidelity in this book though I usually hate it I found myself rooting for the other guy for a large portion of the book but once I the issue in the marriage was discovered I was back Wow I’m not sure where to even start with this one because I was not expecting that twist and I’m just super emotional about it all!I resonated with a lot of this book the vivid dreams and the raw emotions of a miscarriage the author did an amazing job detailing all of this. I really struggled with the borderline infidelity in this book though I usually hate it I found myself rooting for the other guy for a large portion of the book but once I the issue in the marriage was discovered I was back on team husband again but not for long 😭😭😭😭I think my only complaint about this book is there’s a few parts in the beginning/middle that I think could’ve been cut out and I would’ve liked more added to the end to give me a bit more closure but maybe the author wanted us to be left feeling empty 🤷🏻‍♀️I highly recommend this book I really truly adored it Triggers of infertility and miscarriages
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  • Renee Rosen
    January 1, 1970
    I was very fortunate to have read an advance copy of this book and I think it's Colleen Oakley's best book yet! A full review coming but in the meantime, please add this to your shelf and keep it on your radar. This novel is truly special.
  • Velvet
    January 1, 1970
    Dios Mia.Oh my, this book! I haven't cried reading a book in years (since Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, truth be told), but this one put a giant ache in the middle of my chest.Whatever your beliefs are with regard to psychics, premonitions and the like, remember suspension of disbelief when you pick up this beautiful novel. It's worth it.The story centers on Mia, her husband Harrison and the mystery man she's been dreaming about since she was a teen. A couple of chance encounters and Dios Mia.Oh my, this book! I haven't cried reading a book in years (since Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, truth be told), but this one put a giant ache in the middle of my chest.Whatever your beliefs are with regard to psychics, premonitions and the like, remember suspension of disbelief when you pick up this beautiful novel. It's worth it.The story centers on Mia, her husband Harrison and the mystery man she's been dreaming about since she was a teen. A couple of chance encounters and it's discovered that he, too, has had eerily similar dreams. The two decide to look into the possible meaning of said dreams.Colleen Oakley's writing is superb, and her attention to detail and imagery are so spot on that on more than one occasion I called to my husband to read him a perfectly written paragraph or two.Thank you to the publisher for allowing me to read this lovely book prior to publication. I'll be looking for her other novels now.
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  • Ashley *Booksbrewsandbarks*
    January 1, 1970
    Going into reading this book, I expected a predictable romance. What I got was a perfectly executed work of Women's Fiction that I couldn't put down. While it begins with the mystery of Mia's dreams and why she has been seeing a man in them for years that she has just recently met in real life, this story is so much more than that. Dealing with the trials and tribulations of marriage, infertility, miscarriage, and depression, this is a heavy read that is done perfectly, allowing the reader to Going into reading this book, I expected a predictable romance. What I got was a perfectly executed work of Women's Fiction that I couldn't put down. While it begins with the mystery of Mia's dreams and why she has been seeing a man in them for years that she has just recently met in real life, this story is so much more than that. Dealing with the trials and tribulations of marriage, infertility, miscarriage, and depression, this is a heavy read that is done perfectly, allowing the reader to digest everything they are reading at a comfortable pace and allowing them room to process all the emotions portrayed by the characters. I loved the fact that the author forced the reader to question the strength of Mia and Harrison's marriage in comparison to the bond between Mia and Oliver. It was a realistic situation, with Mia forced to face the fact that her and Harrison may not be the perfect match she had previously believed them to be while trying to figure out Oliver's place within her life. The ideas in this book are so relatable and portrayed beautifully, with an ending that cannot be seen from a mile away. I forced tears back for the last 40 pages and, when I finished the book, I had a sincere affection for this novel start to finish. It is a perfect example of Women's Fiction and how meaningful words on the page can be. I can't wait to read more from Colleen Oakley and connect with her more in the future. Many thanks to the publisher for my gifted copy in exchange for my honest review and to the author for writing such a beautiful book!
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  • Sydni
    January 1, 1970
    Just wasn’t for me I don’t think. Pretty sad and sweet! RTC (maybe)ARC provided via publisher. Thank you! <3
  • Amy Reichert
    January 1, 1970
    Emotional and fresh! I read this early and cannot wait for the rest of the world to fall in love, too!
  • Talon
    January 1, 1970
    This review will be a little different. Maybe a little “story-telling-ish”. For that, I am sorry. If you only like to read about opinions on a book, or why I loved / didn’t love a book, I’d maybe skip this review of mine. Firstly: You Were There Too was electrifying. Jarring. Captivating. And raw. If you like the types of books that Taylor Jenkins Reid writes— you will devour this one. It was FULL of characters with depth. Full of them. I thought the author did a fantastic job with the This review will be a little different. Maybe a little “story-telling-ish”. For that, I am sorry. If you only like to read about opinions on a book, or why I loved / didn’t love a book, I’d maybe skip this review of mine. Firstly: You Were There Too was electrifying. Jarring. Captivating. And raw. If you like the types of books that Taylor Jenkins Reid writes— you will devour this one. It was FULL of characters with depth. Full of them. I thought the author did a fantastic job with the relationships, the struggles, and the way they reacted and handled the things they did. Okay, story time: For years, I’m talking years. Like, the first I can remember is from when I was 13. I have dreamed about a person. He’s always in my dreams, he has no name, sometimes I don’t even think he has a face. But he’s always there. And when I am around him there is such a powerful pull. A connection. Something so strong I wake up and still feel the ping in my chest of his absence. Our interactions are always platonic, strictly friends being around each other, sometimes at places as random as Walmart. Or me seeing him in the audience at my wedding. But the pull is there for him.But I’ve never met him.For 16 years I’ve never once come across this person. Not even for a brief second. I would know it. I know I would. So reading about Mia’s experience meeting Oliver after the years of dreaming about him, in a non-sexual way, was SO enjoyable for me to read. I loved it. I loved them together, the way they fit, the way they responded to each other. They complimented each other so well. But I also loved Harrison. I loved him and Mia together. I respected the way Mia handled everything so much. I just really loved this book. You Were There Too was a fun journey for someone like me who has experienced this type of re-occurring dream. Or even the ones who are hopeless romantics. Or even the ones who like to have your heart ripped out and handed to you on a silver platter. Enjoy!
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  • Linda Zagon
    January 1, 1970
    Colleen Oakley, author of "You Were There Too" writes an emotional, compassionate, thought-provoking, suspenseful and intriguing novel. The Genres for this Novel are Contemporary Fiction, Fiction, Romance and Suspense. The timeline for this story is set in the recent present and goes to the past when it pertains to the characters or events in the story. The author describes her dramatic characters as complex and complicated.How many of us can remember a dream, yet a recurring one that keeps us Colleen Oakley, author of "You Were There Too" writes an emotional, compassionate, thought-provoking, suspenseful and intriguing novel. The Genres for this Novel are Contemporary Fiction, Fiction, Romance and Suspense. The timeline for this story is set in the recent present and goes to the past when it pertains to the characters or events in the story. The author describes her dramatic characters as complex and complicated.How many of us can remember a dream, yet a recurring one that keeps us wondering why this occurs? Is this from the sub-conscious? Perhaps overeating and drinking before sleeping? Something predicting a future event? Symbolic occurrence? Is this a form of anxiety or emotional disturbance? Mia Graydon often has dreams that star a man she has yet to meet.Mia is happily married and hoping to have children. She is very artistic and has a nice house. When she and her husband move to this community, she meets the man she has been dreaming about. When they start talking, he tells her that he has had dreams with Mia in his as well. As they try to discover what the dreams mean, they have no idea what danger lies ahead.I like the way the author vividly describes the characters, landscape, and setting. I also appreciate the importance of thinking things through, following your heart, the importance of family, friends, love, and hope. I would highly recommend this thought-provoking and emotional novel.
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  • Katie Katieneedsabiggerbookshelf
    January 1, 1970
    Mia and Harrison have the perfect life. A new home in the suburbs, and a baby on the way. Until Mia suddenly sees him in the local Giant. The man she has seen in her dreams for years is suddenly there in the flesh. Through some odd circumstances, Oliver and Mia get to know each other and Oliver reveals his own secret, he dreams of her too. So begins their quest to find out what this is all supposed to mean. But will heading down this road with Oliver derail Mia’a perfect life? Dios Mio. This Mia and Harrison have the perfect life. A new home in the suburbs, and a baby on the way. Until Mia suddenly sees him in the local Giant. The man she has seen in her dreams for years is suddenly there in the flesh. Through some odd circumstances, Oliver and Mia get to know each other and Oliver reveals his own secret, he dreams of her too. So begins their quest to find out what this is all supposed to mean. But will heading down this road with Oliver derail Mia’a perfect life? Dios Mio. This book. This was my 150th book for the year and it completed my goodreads challenge. I wanted an amazing read to finish my challenge and this one did not disappoint. I absolutely loved this book. I have always been fascinated by dreams so I was incredibly drawn to that aspect of the story, but I was also captivated by all of the characters. This is one I wish I could forget and read from the beginning for the first time again!
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  • Kailey (kmc_reads)
    January 1, 1970
    Thanks to the publisher for my free copy.I wanted to love this one SO MUCH. I'm between 3-4 stores. The first 80% of the book was a 3 for me and I was very lukewarm about the story honestly. No spoilers, but I figured we'd feel more strongly about one of the men than the other, but I really didn't. I wasn't sure that I wanted her with either guy really... I felt most of the story lacked romantic emotion... however, there's a pivotal moment/escalation of events that really changed how I felt and Thanks to the publisher for my free copy.I wanted to love this one SO MUCH. I'm between 3-4 stores. The first 80% of the book was a 3 for me and I was very lukewarm about the story honestly. No spoilers, but I figured we'd feel more strongly about one of the men than the other, but I really didn't. I wasn't sure that I wanted her with either guy really... I felt most of the story lacked romantic emotion... however, there's a pivotal moment/escalation of events that really changed how I felt and the ending just killed me. I wanted to feel more of that throughout the story, and not just feel like it was thrown in at the end.
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  • Jessica Strawser
    January 1, 1970
    From the second I read the premise of YOU WERE THERE TOO, I was eager to read it—and not just because I've been a fan of Colleen Oakley's previous novels. The idea of a parallel life or an unrealized fate is one I can't seem to get enough of -- whether I'm reading about it, watching it play out on stage and screen, or even writing about it myself -- and Oakley's take did not disappoint. The characters were authentically complicated and sympathetic even in their mistakes, and the plot twisted From the second I read the premise of YOU WERE THERE TOO, I was eager to read it—and not just because I've been a fan of Colleen Oakley's previous novels. The idea of a parallel life or an unrealized fate is one I can't seem to get enough of -- whether I'm reading about it, watching it play out on stage and screen, or even writing about it myself -- and Oakley's take did not disappoint. The characters were authentically complicated and sympathetic even in their mistakes, and the plot twisted every time I thought I'd figured out where it was going. The result is by turns heartrending, bittersweet, and utterly unputdownable. I loved this book and didn't want it to end.
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  • Tracy C
    January 1, 1970
    Well..how to review without spoilers but say my feelings....I didn't hate it. This was my first Colleen Oakley book. The actual writing was excellent. I did not like the plot. Kind of. I will say that this is a somber book. I felt like I had a gray cloud over me the whole time. And it got progressively more somber. I read to escape the real life awfulness so I needed a pallet cleanser after this.
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  • Kimberly Belle
    January 1, 1970
    I discovered Colleen thanks to her debut (Before I Go), which made me cry and laugh and ugly cry-laugh, so I couldn't wait to get my hands on You Were There Too. The story begins on a brilliant premise: two strangers who know each other through dreams, one of them happily married to another man until their lives intersect. Colleen is brilliant at creating real-life characters and injecting the most heart-rending subjects with an unexpected and dry humor. And the ending! OMG the ending was so I discovered Colleen thanks to her debut (Before I Go), which made me cry and laugh and ugly cry-laugh, so I couldn't wait to get my hands on You Were There Too. The story begins on a brilliant premise: two strangers who know each other through dreams, one of them happily married to another man until their lives intersect. Colleen is brilliant at creating real-life characters and injecting the most heart-rending subjects with an unexpected and dry humor. And the ending! OMG the ending was so emotional and so perfect, I will be thinking of Mia and Harrison and Oliver for years to come. All the stars 💛
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  • Jillian Doherty
    January 1, 1970
    This may be one of my favorite reads from our upcoming list; I sat in my car for half an hour - balling – this morning, because I couldn’t put it down. There haven’t been too many effective titles that well characterized ups and downs in a marriage. So many highlight the lusty start or the devastating end, but the challenges that come along the way are often overlooked. Oakley does a bang up job tackling the cathartic roller coaster, plus she adds this really delightful déjà vu element that This may be one of my favorite reads from our upcoming list; I sat in my car for half an hour - balling – this morning, because I couldn’t put it down. There haven’t been too many effective titles that well characterized ups and downs in a marriage. So many highlight the lusty start or the devastating end, but the challenges that come along the way are often overlooked. Oakley does a bang up job tackling the cathartic roller coaster, plus she adds this really delightful déjà vu element that brings the story to a tear jerking, and heartfelt conclusion. Galley borrowed from the publisher.
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  • Lisa Aiello
    January 1, 1970
    That was phenomenal...and packed exactly the emotional punch I was needing right now. It was a four star read up until the last 10%, when everything came together and it ratcheted up to a 10 star read for me. The storytelling was very reminiscent of reading Taylor Jenkins Reid - something that just reaches in and stirs your soul. This is a story about people who come into your life and what we perceive those reasons to be. Whether you believe it's by fate or by happenstance, it is our job to That was phenomenal...and packed exactly the emotional punch I was needing right now. It was a four star read up until the last 10%, when everything came together and it ratcheted up to a 10 star read for me. The storytelling was very reminiscent of reading Taylor Jenkins Reid - something that just reaches in and stirs your soul. This is a story about people who come into your life and what we perceive those reasons to be. Whether you believe it's by fate or by happenstance, it is our job to figure out why they are there, what we can or need to learn or take away from the experience, and how everything isn't always as obvious as it seems at the time. We can all look at the same thing, but based on the experiences we have had, we come away with something completely different and our own version of our truth.
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  • Genevieve Trono
    January 1, 1970
    You Were There Too is a unique take on the regular contemporary romance novel. This genre can be hit or miss for me but You Were There Too ended up being a surprise hit. It was one of those books that when I saw that it included elements of dreams I wasn't sure exactly where it was going to go. Anything that takes on a more fantastical side can sometimes lose me quickly as a reader. I am so glad I hung on though!This book was so much more emotional and the characters had a depth that made this You Were There Too is a unique take on the regular contemporary romance novel. This genre can be hit or miss for me but You Were There Too ended up being a surprise hit. It was one of those books that when I saw that it included elements of dreams I wasn't sure exactly where it was going to go. Anything that takes on a more fantastical side can sometimes lose me quickly as a reader. I am so glad I hung on though!This book was so much more emotional and the characters had a depth that made this book one of those ones I felt super connected to. The dream elements added so much to the storyline, I think because there were so many "real life" issues and situations that pulled it into reality for me. This was a lot more emotional than I was expecting. The storyline was full of smaller twists and turns that kept me guessing and I just loved the uniqueness of this one. I am part of the Blog Tour for this book in January 2020 and I look forward to sharing more then!
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  • Susan Peterson
    January 1, 1970
    Colleen Oakley, I don’t even know where to start, how to put my feelings into words. First off, I had to stop the flow of tears, my heart alternating between beating out of my chest, to stopping altogether. This book is stunningly beautiful, poignant, complex and unpredictable. First of all, the characters, starting with Mia, who might be one of the most confused, complex, and warm-hearted characters ever. My own emotions echoed hers, as she experienced grief, loneliness, wonder—a woman who Colleen Oakley, I don’t even know where to start, how to put my feelings into words. First off, I had to stop the flow of tears, my heart alternating between beating out of my chest, to stopping altogether. This book is stunningly beautiful, poignant, complex and unpredictable. First of all, the characters, starting with Mia, who might be one of the most confused, complex, and warm-hearted characters ever. My own emotions echoed hers, as she experienced grief, loneliness, wonder—a woman who loved wholeheartedly but whose life takes unexpected twists that leave her . Harrison, Mia’s husband, is a dedicated doctor, a loving husband, until his own faults, worries, and doubts become exposed. Last, but certainly not least, is Oliver, a virtual stranger, but a man that Mia has dreamt about for years; his appearance in the flesh brings about so many complications to Mia’s life, and has her questioning all of the events in her past, as well as what she wants in her present and her future. This books explores so many themes: destiny, fate, the people who come into our lives for a reason, and those people whose paths never cross ours—until by happenstance, they do. These characters are warm and real, and I wanted so many times to wrap my arms around them, to celebrate, to mourn, to love. You Were There, Too is sure to be a favorite for book clubs, as there is so much to discuss! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️
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  • Ashley
    January 1, 1970
    “No. I think your brains confused. You keep trying to figure out what you’re supposed to do. Like life is some big game show with right and wrong answers. It doesn’t work like that. You have to put all that aside and really ask yourself: What do you want? It’s simple as that. Who do you love? Who do you want to be with? Forget everything else.”What if you dreamed of a total stranger and actually met them in real life? What if this person might be your soul mate? This is what Mia Graydon is “No. I think your brains confused. You keep trying to figure out what you’re supposed to do. Like life is some big game show with right and wrong answers. It doesn’t work like that. You have to put all that aside and really ask yourself: What do you want? It’s simple as that. Who do you love? Who do you want to be with? Forget everything else.”What if you dreamed of a total stranger and actually met them in real life? What if this person might be your soul mate? This is what Mia Graydon is trying to figure out, when one day at the supermarket she meets this familiar face she has been dreaming about for years. She has a loving husband, Harrison, who she dreams of starting a family with. Mia wants nothing more than a baby, though it seems like it’s never going to happen for her with losing not one, but a couple in miscarriages. Mia is devastated, understandably so. I don’t think I’ve ever read a book like this before. It was so interesting to me and I really enjoyed the idea of it all. Can you imagine dreaming about someone consistently that you didn’t know and then BAM! one day they are standing right in front you? That’s wild to think about. While I really did enjoy this book, there was something missing for me. I’m still trying to decide what that is. On the other hand, I definitely would and will recommend this book. Colleen Oakley has a beautiful way of writing that grabbed my attention. I needed to take my time with this one, I wanted to savor it. Thank you to @berkleypub #partner for the complimentary copy in exchange for review. This book comes out on January 7, 2020.
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  • Jennifer S. Brown
    January 1, 1970
    This lovely novel tricks you into thinking it's a simple story about a woman who has reoccurring dreams about a man she's never met, only to meet him and discover that he's dreaming of her. However, this book is so much more than that, and I don't want to say too much, because the ending of this book is so emotional and so perfect, and I don't dare say anything that could spoil it. The characters are well developed, and I appreciate how everyone is flawed (including the main character Mia), but This lovely novel tricks you into thinking it's a simple story about a woman who has reoccurring dreams about a man she's never met, only to meet him and discover that he's dreaming of her. However, this book is so much more than that, and I don't want to say too much, because the ending of this book is so emotional and so perfect, and I don't dare say anything that could spoil it. The characters are well developed, and I appreciate how everyone is flawed (including the main character Mia), but there are no "bad guys." These are real people grappling with fertility issues, coping with difficult issues (Mia's miscarriages; Harrison works as a surgeon), identity (Mia, an artist, is having a hard time making her career work). It's not clear who we should be rooting Mia will end up with: her husband Harrison or the dream man Oliver. Really enjoyed this read. Thanks to Netgalley for the advanced copy.
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  • Christine Moore
    January 1, 1970
    Mia and Harrison have a good marriage and they are starting a family. The only problem is Mia has been having a dreams of stranger she has never met for years. When Mia meets the man she has been dreaming of, she finds out he has been dreaming about her! Is Mia's future with her husband Harrison or does fate have other plans and want her with Oliver? This book is the ultimate love story! It shows the ups and downs of marriage, the deep sadness of fertility problems, and the pure joy of love. Mia and Harrison have a good marriage and they are starting a family. The only problem is Mia has been having a dreams of stranger she has never met for years. When Mia meets the man she has been dreaming of, she finds out he has been dreaming about her! Is Mia's future with her husband Harrison or does fate have other plans and want her with Oliver? This book is the ultimate love story! It shows the ups and downs of marriage, the deep sadness of fertility problems, and the pure joy of love. This book ripped my heart out and made me bawl like a newborn baby. I loved every single word, paragraph, and page. This is THE book I will be recommending to everyone as the MUST read book! I received an advanced readers copy and all opinions are my own.
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  • caitlin
    January 1, 1970
    Review copy courtesy of Edelweiss.This book ends up being more for Jodi Picoult fans than it starts out sounding. The book is a supernatural story that is about a woman who has been dreaming for years about a man, and she finally sees him in real life when she’s moved to smalltown Pennsylvania. Too bad she’s already married to another, perfect man! The book was long on the dramatic longing and short on the pleasant scenes for this reader.
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  • Eva
    January 1, 1970
    I really enjoyed this novel. I found it hard to put down, reading much later into the night than was a good idea for work nights - but it was worth losing some sleep. I liked all of the characters and couldn't decide how I wanted it to turn out, nor could I guess the ending. The writing was great, flowing smoothly and easy to read. Thanks, Goodreads for this giveaway! I will look for more by this author.
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  • Molly
    January 1, 1970
    Started slow, but the ending was worth it!
  • Jennifer Mathis
    January 1, 1970
    I cried. My heart sank. I never get the feels like this. Not my normal genre, but one of the better books I've read this year.
  • Stephanie
    January 1, 1970
    Trigger Warning: Violence. I don't want to give anything away so I'll keep this vague.This book ripped my heart out and tore it into tiny pieces. It has such a creative premise but I didn't feel completely satisfied with the ending. It was just too.MUCH. I can't say more than that but it literally made my heart hurt and felt a little emotionally manipulative.I will definitely think about it for a long time which, to me, is the hallmark of a good book.
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  • Tiffany
    January 1, 1970
    This book has a unique premise from the get-go: a happily-married woman has been having dreams of another man for years. No harm, no foul. They are only dreams. The twists begin when she runs into him in real life. Oh, and secondary twist? He’s been having dreams of her, too. The out-of-the-ordinary play upon an alternate lives yet "everything happens for a reason" theme, as if you could almost see where the characters might have ended up if they had made different choices, was very appealing. This book has a unique premise from the get-go: a happily-married woman has been having dreams of another man for years. No harm, no foul. They are only dreams. The twists begin when she runs into him in real life. Oh, and secondary twist? He’s been having dreams of her, too. The out-of-the-ordinary play upon an alternate lives yet "everything happens for a reason" theme, as if you could almost see where the characters might have ended up if they had made different choices, was very appealing. Each character is battling their own internal struggles. And while not being too heavily focused on any one of the minor players, their problems are linked and fleshed out for the best possible understanding of each person. And for good reason, when the ending in revealed. It was gasp-inducing and tear-jerking with a twist ending that I (gratefully) did not see coming. This may have been my first Colleen Oakley novel but it certainly won’t be my last. In fact, I wanted to re-read it the second I closed the cover.Five heart-wrenching stars and a huge thank you to Book Browse, Colleen Oakley, and Berkley Publishing for supplying me with this advanced copy in exchange for an honest review.
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