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You Were There Too

By: Colleen Oakley
Narrated by: Sophie Amoss,Dan Bittner
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Publisher's Summary

A USA Today best seller

“A surprising and incredibly satisfying story of chance and fate.” (New York Times best-selling author Taylor Jenkins Reid) 

“I read it in one long gulp and didn’t want it to end.” (New York Times best-selling author Jill Santopolo)

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 it, 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?

©2020 Colleen Oakley (P)2020 Penguin Audio

Critic Reviews

"You Were There Too is a surprising and incredibly satisfying story of chance and fate. From the book's enticing first pages to its startling and electrifying conclusion, Colleen Oakley knocks it out of the park." (Taylor Jenkins Reid, New York Times best-selling author)

"A beautifully woven story of love, grief, and the power we do and don’t have to choose our fate, You Were There Too brought me to tears. I read it in one long gulp and didn’t want it to end." (Jill Santopolo, New York Times best-selling author)

"Oakley delivers a story that overflows with compassion, humor, and the impulsive need to read just one more chapter until you reach the very satisfying end." (Patti Callahan Henry, New York Times best-selling author of The Bookshop at Water's End)

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Not What You Think You're Getting

The blurb for this book says it's about two people dreaming of one another and then meeting in real life. And while that is an aspect of the story, that is not what this book is really about. It's about grief. It's about the miscarriages suffered and a marriage slowly eroding. I would not have picked this book for my romance book club had I known it was majorly about miscarriages.

Written by Olivia (Stephen's daughter)

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What dreams may come...

Sometimes love is inexplicable. Harrison and Mia are the most unlikely of couples. He's a doctor; rational, even-tempered, in control. She's an artist; creative, unpredictable, and sometimes temperamental.

Her dreams are invaded by a man she soon comes to know as Oliver, and it throws her world in a tizzy. When dreams come true, is that because she "should be" with someone she's not? What does it all mean?

This story questions the significance of dreams and the nature of love. And while it is sometimes self-indulgent, I think that's part of human nature. We process the world through the lens of our own wants and needs. But in this microcosm, it does come across as a bit more self-centered than is comfortable.

But overall, the story is an intense one that I did enjoy. And as much as I did enjoy both narrators, I did feel that the male narrator may perhaps have been miscast. He was excellent but sounded more mature than seems appropriate for the storyline.

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Disappointed

Too reflective with no point, storyline not strong, characters lack depth or were not "real," moved at a snail's pace. What was the point?

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Romantic and Hopeful

Thought provoking, proving not every love story has the ending you come to expect. I really enjoyed this different kind of story

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Entertaining but …

The audiobook was entertaining and kept me busy but, it was a bit cheesy and drawn out in sections. The incessant “what does my dream MEAN” got irritating. The ending was not what I expected, but satisfactory.

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Engaging thru to the end!

I love exploring the meaning of dreams so I was intrigued to see how this book did it. The story does not play out as a traditional rom-com/meet cute and while that’s a smidge unsatisfying, I actually really appreciate the deviation from the expected.

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Not bad

This book was only ok. It was a bit slow through most of it. It was a realistic portrayal of marriage and how people change and have to choose each other again every day. No HEA

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Worth every minute

What a unique awesome book! 10 out of 10 for me! A must read book. Greta characters and unique story line.

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What a beautiful love story! This book has all the feels. The narrator's delivered a perfect performance. Highly recommended!

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Slow to start but then, wham! I was taken in by the characters and story. I didn’t love the ending but thought it was very fitting for the story!

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Unexpected

Three words....
You
Will
Cry
And if you don't you're a goddam monster.
This book was absolutely not what I was expecting. It's about love, loss, what could be and what should be.
From the minute I started, I struggled to step away.
The quandary that plagues Mia is fascinating and the way the story evolves and reveals characters that are critical to the conclusion kept me on the edge of my seat (or rather, firmly settled in my seat not wanting to move).
Sophie Amoss delivers Mia's perspective perfectly. I was confused about Dan Bittner's casting in the beginning because his chapters are read in the third person, but if you know in advance that he is a "supporting actor", it makes better sense.
This book is going into my "read again" list and I'm definitely going to seek out more Colleen Oakley titles.