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You Were There Too

3.89  ·  Rating details ·  10,189 ratings  ·  1,664 reviews
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 ...more
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Published January 7th 2020 by Berkley
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Nilufer Ozmekik
Jun 22, 2019 rated it liked it
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 th
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Berit Talks Books
Jan 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book hit me in the feels and then kicked me in the gut... hard! Colleen Oakley, WOW! What an emotional ride you took me on with your evocative storytelling! A beautiful story about marriage, grief, and fate. Have you ever had a dream and wondered what it meant? What if you dreamed about the same person over and over and over again? And then you met that person? Would you think that it was faded? Mia is happily married to Harrison. After the couple relocates to a small town in Pennsylvania s ...more
Larry H
Jan 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
Wow, talk about a crazy, thought-provoking, emotional ride!⁣

Mia and her husband move to Hope Springs, a small Pennsylvania town, to escape personal and professional disasters. But while Harrison takes a job as a surgeon at the local hospital, Mia can’t seem to find anything to occupy her time or her mind, which makes her worry about her pregnancy, her third after two miscarriages.⁣ An artist, she also can't seem to find the focus to create anything new.

She is also troubled by her dreams. Since
Evocative, distressing, & absolutely heart-wrenching!

YOU WERE THERE TOO by COLLEEN OAKLEY is a moving, intense, emotional, and an original love story that was quite the emotive and beautiful book to read. I was immediately intrigued and sucked into the narrative and absolutely loved the mysterious dream aspect to the storyline which had a slight supernatural vibe to it.

The tale is original and fresh! Something that I have definitely never read before. I was totally invested and all in the first
Lindsay - Traveling Sisters Book Reviews
3 stars.

An emotional start that slowly fizzled out.

This book wasn’t what I expected. The writing was good, the characters were vivid, but the storyline was lacking. I enjoyed the novel, but didn’t love or truly connect with it. What started off strong and promising, became slow and lacklustre.

I read and loved this author, Colleen Oakley’s, book Close Enough To Touch. Perhaps my expectations were set too high after loving that one so much. I really enjoyed this book up to the 50% mark and then t
David Putnam
Jun 03, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Loved this book. Great writing craft. I dropped right into the story and was held in The Fictive Dream. I would rate the character voice above average, even superior. It’s written in first person present tense which adds to the immediacy of the story. I also have to admit I’m a sucker for a great premise and this one has it. Two people who don’t know each other dream about each other in different scenarios and eventually meet. The main character Mia is happily married to Harrison a wonderfully d ...more
Brenda ~Traveling Sisters Book Reviews
You Were There Too explores love, commitment connections, chances, fate and what-ifs. It's a beautiful love story, and the more I think about it in more ways than one.

Our main characters here married couple Mia and Harrison experience challenges due to the heartache they experience as a couple. Each of them also has their conflicts within themselves. Mia has a secret and she literally meets the man of her dreams who is not Harrison. The man from her dreams has been dreaming of her too. The stor
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
May 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
4.25 stars

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“Maybe instead of wondering why we're all connected, whats important, the only thing thats important is to know that we are.”
You Were There Too is one of those unforgettable reads. It’s also one of the saddest books I’ve ever read. It has such a bittersweet ending, but I cried buckets while reading it. It’s so hard to say that I ‘enjoyed’ this read, because it broke my heart, but I did love so much about it.

I went into this book with zero knowledge about the storyline
Tucker  (TuckerTheReader)

Many thanks to Berkley Publishing Group for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest review

The romance genre has its problems which I discussed in my latest booktube video that you can click here to watch) but there are occasionally books like these that break down the problematic tropes.

Skip to 12:33 to here my thoughts on this specific book and what it does to push back against problems with the romance genre.

"What do you want? It's as simple as that.
Diana | Book of Secrets
YOU WERE THERE TOO was a wonderful, heartbreaking book. It was one that I couldn't wait to get back to, while at the same time dreading that it will end. I knew going in, with that premise, how could it not be a tearjearker? And it was, for sure, though surprisingly in a different way than I expected. The characters are genuine and flawed, and I cared deeply about them. This is a gripping story about love and fate, dreams and their meanings, and about what is and what could have been. Unique and ...more
Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
Jan 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: drtbr2
I love Colleen Oakley’s books, and I have been awaiting this new release! You Were There Too did not disappoint.

Mia Graydon appears to have it all with a loving husband and the plans of starting a family together. The problem is she keeps having dreams of the same man, a man who is not her husband. A man she doesn’t know.

When she moves to Pennsylvania, she runs into this stranger, only to find out he’s been dreaming of her, too.

Digging into their pasts, Mia is determined to find out what is hap
Theresa Alan
Aug 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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 d
May 08, 2021 rated it it was ok
Shelves: audiobooks
Review to be posted on blog: https://books-are-a-girls-best-friend...

“You Were There Too” left me feeling little until the very end and THEN finally, a tear escaped.

A Case of Too Little Too Late.

When a novel drags on with a storyline that seemed wholly far-fetched, such that I almost dnf’d it several times but kept on, and felt absolutely nothing until the last 7-10%, I realize that I should have given up early on.

But alas I did not. A mistake on my part.

Mia is an artist, and her husband Harris
Kelly (and the Book Boar)
Find all of my reviews at: http://52bookminimum.blogspot.com/

^^^^tearjerker survival kit – copious amounts of snacks, Kleenex, tea (to drink and save the bags to put on your puffy eyeholes), warm fuzzy cuddly thing, etc.

In yet another display of how much I channel my inner Cartman on the regular and do what I want, let’s get real unconventional and “review” two books at once. I read these about a week or so apart. They have similar covers, they both have the modus operandi of destroying the
Chris  C - A Midlife Wife
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 i
Reading_ Tamishly
Jan 09, 2020 rated it it was ok
Exactly the kind of book which I tend to love but actually end up hating.
Yes, I read each and every word of the entire book afraid that I might miss out on the teeny tiny bit of the read that would make all the difference. Oh boy! It was really tiresome and useless to do so. Midway I wanted to DNF this book. But some things which did not make me dnf were : the characters were annoying and confused all the time yet they were engaging; the main couple were dealing with miscarriages and loss so I w
Jan 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020
4 broken-hearted stars

This is my first read from Colleen Oakley and my emotions were all over the place! This one features Mia and her husband Harrison, a doctor. They’ve just moved to a small Pennsylvania town and Mia, an artist, is trying to get settled.

They’ve been struggling to start a family and her husband doesn’t think he can watch her go through another miscarriage. This has led to a great deal of strain on their marriage. I was really rooting for them to make it!

The really intriguing pa
Astrid - The Bookish Sweet Tooth

AUTHOR: Colleen Oakley
RELEASE DATE: January 7, 2020
GENRE: Fiction, Women's Fiction
THEMES & TROPES: Family, Marriage, Supernatural
CLIFFHANGER: No, but open ending


Maybe instead of wondering why we’re all connected, what’s important—the only thing that’s important—is to know that we are.

I think you need to experience this story with as little information as possible. What you need to kn
Suzanne Leopold (Suzy Approved Book Reviews)
For years Mia has had dreams involving a man that she has never met. These recurring visions seem so real yet she has never shared their existence with anyone. She recently moved to a small town in Pennsylvania where her husband Harrison is a surgeon. He has a demanding schedule and Mia tries to occupy her time painting and looking for a crafty job. Together they dream of building a family but several miscarriages have put stress on their relationship.

While shopping with her husband, Mia sees t
Jun 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: library-3
Whew, this book! The premise is that a woman has been having dreams of the same man ever since she was in high school… and then suddenly, he appears in her life. Of course, she’s already married and has her own life. Complications. This was an interesting story that kept me reading from start to end. The author had wonderful pacing, lots of surprises and oh the twists I didn’t see coming! (view spoiler) ...more
Feb 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
A friend recently gave me this book and told me to not make any snap judgments after reading the blurb on the back - she knows I am not a big fan of books focusing on magical realism and/or telepathic, prophetic dreams and not even a big reader of the romance genre. I agreed and must say that I was pleasantly surprised and charmed by this book!

Admittedly, I read a few reviews prior to reading it, and thought it might end up being a "cheating-is-okay-because-he's-my-dream-soulmate," book, but it
Dec 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Pensive, fresh, and absolutely heart-wrenching!

You Were There Too is a moving, mysterious tale that takes us into the life of Mia Graydon, a young, married woman struggling with the recent move to a small-town, a marriage strained by multiple miscarriages and stressful careers, secrets, depression, and the sudden real-life appearance of the man of her dreams.

The prose is heartfelt and immersive. The characters are flawed, troubled, and genuine. And the multi-layered, unpredictable plot is an abs
Jennifer Kyle
Jan 12, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4 Stars
Pavlina Read more sleep less blog
4-4,5 STARS

A really unique,emotional and unforgettable story.I don't know what to say with this one, I think you should go blind.It's a book that will make you have so many feelings, and also wondering for things.


I find the story brilliant, and realistic in the relationships.What I loved most about this story is that I couldn't decide how this story I wanted to end.This changed a lot through the end.I have different opinions.

I'm definitely going to read more books from this author!I love the wri
Aga Durka
Jan 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs-2020
The only reason why I decided to read this book, since I don’t tend to request ARCs of contemporary romances, was that I got to read one of the author’s previous books, Close Enough to Touch, which I enjoyed tremendously. And I am so happy that once again I ventured out of my comfort zone and read this book. This turned out to be so much more than just another romance book. One of the things that I really loved about this story is the topic of dream interpretations, psychics, and premonitions. O ...more
Apr 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book will be at the top of my favorites list for the year.
Jan 18, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction, edelweiss
3.5 stars

This is a book that left me conflicted and struggling for quite some time trying to sort out how I felt about the story and its characters. When I read the summary and understood the premise of the story would be about a woman who repeatedly sees the same man in her dreams and then upon meeting him in real life, she finds out he sees her in his dreams as well, the first thought that popped into my head was that this would perhaps be yet another love story involving time-travel. I’ve act
Nov 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
I finished You Were There Too late, late last night as I needed to know how this emotional and thought-provoking book ended. My initial reaction was, "Huh? That's it? Over?" And I decided not to write my review and thought it best to let the story of Mia and her two loves percolate. I now come back to the table with a stronger review than I would have written if I had rushed to it last night. The premise of two people who may or may not be destined for one another having each been dreaming of th ...more
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Colleen Oakley is the USA Today bestselling author of The Invisible Husband of Frick Island, You Were There Too and other unconventional love stories. Her books have been named best books by People Magazine, Us Weekly, Library Journal, and Real Simple, and long-listed for the Pat Conroy Southern Book Prize. Her fifth novel THE MOSTLY TRUE STORY OF TANNER & LOUISE will be published by Berkley/Pengu ...more

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