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You Were There Too

3.96  ·  Rating details ·  1,894 ratings  ·  613 reviews
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
Paperback, 320 pages
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
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 ...more
Norma * Traveling Sister and proud Grandma!!!
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
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 she
Brenda -Traveling Sister
Jan 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
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
Lindsay - Traveling Sister
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
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 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
Book of Secrets°ღ
Jan 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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
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
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
Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
Jan 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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
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 know though is that
Nov 26, 2019 marked it as arcs-finished-copies-to-read

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

I requested this solely because I saw that it's set in Pennsylvania (where my family is from and where I go every holiday season)

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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
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
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
Jennifer Kyle
Jan 12, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4 Stars
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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
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. ...more
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 ...more
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

Title: You Were There Too
Series: Standalone
Author: Colleen Oakley
Release date: January 7, 2020
Cliffhanger: No
Genre: women's fiction

What initially appealed to me about this book was the metaphysical dream element. The meeting of souls through the dream world and the possible meaning behind it. Could two people know each other before they ever really meet? Are we predestined to be drawn to one person over any other in our lifetime, or is everything purely circumstance and chance? The idea of a
Jan 07, 2020 marked it as dnf  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: edelweiss
DNF @ 37%

I had high hopes for this read. I saw the big heap of high praise and couldn't wait to read it. I just can't get into it. There isn't anything really "wrong" with this, but I'm bored. I took a break from it for a few weeks hoping to try again, but I have no real desire to pick it up again.

It started well enough and I liked the characters, but nothing is really happening to further engage me. I'm not connecting with the story and I feel like it's definitely more me than the book. I do
Jan 03, 2020 rated it liked it
I love the premise of this one, the whole reoccurring dream thing actually fascinates me to no end and this took that idea to a whole new level. It definitely requires the reader to be open minded and just take the book for what it is, but if you can just go with the flow and be open to strange happenings and odd coincidences you may enjoy it.

Based on the description alone I really expected this one to be highly emotional and gut wrenching and I felt like for the majority of the book I was
Oct 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
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
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Sarah Swann
Jan 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Wow! I was completely captured by this book. I read it in two sittings, couldn’t put it down. The characters are so well written. You feel their struggles, their ups and downs. You understand every side of arguments, you feel the love and frustration. This deals heavily with infertility and miscarriages so be warned going in. I wasn’t able to predict what would happen and I loved that. It also made me think a lot about fate or chances and how human lives can intersect in an eerie way. I loved it ...more
Jenny - TotallybookedBlog
Jan 03, 2020 rated it really liked it

4.5 Stars

“It doesn’t feel like this is where I’m supposed to be.”

You Were There Too by Colleen Oakley is our first book by this author, and what an impact she’s left on our hearts! We were intrigued by the synopsis, however, the story is so much more than what is hinted at. In fact, the synopsis really doesn’t touch the depth of the lives of Mia and Harrison. The emotional psychology and human behaviour in the face of tragedy was brilliantly written. It felt raw and painful to bear witness too.
Jacqueline (We Be Book'N)
IF YOU DEAL WITH INFERTILITY, please read my review before reading this book.

I think this has been one of the hardest books for me to rate in my entire life of reading. I honestly have two different ratings for this book, depending on my life circumstances. My initial rating for this book was going to be a 4.5 star, because this book does so many things I love.
I LOVE the emotional writing, I LOVE the heartache, I LOVE the sad story, I LOVE the imperfection marriage, I LOVE the weird
Reading_ Tam_ Ishly
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
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Colleen Oakley’s novels BEFORE I GO and CLOSE ENOUGH TO TOUCH have been named best books by People Magazine, Us Weekly, Library Journal, and Real Simple, and both were long-listed for the Pat Conroy Southern Book Prize. Formerly the editor-in-chief of Women’s Health & Fitness and senior editor of Marie Claire, her articles and essays have been featured in The New York Times, Ladies’ Home ...more

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