You Were There Too by Colleen Oakley

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 ma...

Details You Were There Too

TitleYou Were There Too
Release DateJan 7th, 2020
GenreRomance, Fiction

Reviews You Were There Too

  • Nilufer Ozmekik
    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...
  • Theresa Alan
    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 havi...
  • Jayme
    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...
  • 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 ...
  • Reading
    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 ...
  • Renee Rosen
    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
    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...
  • Ashley *Booksbrewsandbarks*
    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...
  • Sydni
    Just wasn’t for me I don’t think. Pretty sad and sweet! RTC (maybe)ARC provided via publisher. Thank you! <3
  • Amy Reichert
    Emotional and fresh! I read this early and cannot wait for the rest of the world to fall in love, too!
  • Talon
    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....
  • Linda Zagon
    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 rem...
  • Katie Katieneedsabiggerbookshelf
    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 Ol...
  • Kailey (kmc_reads)
    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/escala...
  • Jessica Strawser
    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 sympathe...
  • Tracy C
    1970-01-01 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.
  • Kimberly Belle
    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 dr...
  • Jillian Doherty
    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 s...
  • Lisa Aiello
    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'...
  • Genevieve Trono
    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 emotion...
  • Susan Peterson
    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 ex...
  • Ashley
    “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 perso...
  • Jennifer S. Brown
    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 ...
  • Christine Moore
    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...
  • caitlin
    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.
  • Eva
    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.
  • Molly
    Started slow, but the ending was worth it!
  • Jennifer Mathis
    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
    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 ...
  • Tiffany
    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 th...