A USA TODAY BESTSELLER
“A surprising and incredibly satisfying story of chance and fate.”—New York Times bestselling author Taylor Jenkins Reid
“I read it in one long gulp and didn’t want it to end.”—New York Times bestselling 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?
Oakley (Close Enough to Touch) blends an old-fashioned love story with a fresh psychic mystery for a satisfying look at commitment, forgiveness, and fate in this can't-put-it-down story of a young couple whose dreams and regrets challenge their marriage and plans for a family. Artist Mia and her doctor husband, Harrison, have just moved to a small town near Philadelphia when Mia miscarries for the third time. The crisis worsens: Mia's recurring dream of a stranger gets starkly realistic when she meets Oliver, the flesh-and-blood "man from my dreams," who confesses "I dream about you too." Meanwhile, Harrison sinks into depression over the death of a young patient, and rejects the idea of any more attempts at starting a family as Mia and Oliver embark on their own search together for why they've shared versions of the same dream. Their journey, however, becomes increasingly fraught as Harrison retreats further into his grief, and they turn to each other. "I know you're married. And it's messy... I believe that this all means something," Oliver says of their disturbingly prophetic dreams. A visit to a psychic notches up Mia's anxiety about both her marriage and Oliver. There is a splendid blend of humor throughout Oakley's alternately romantic, idiosyncratic, and foreboding love-conquers-all tale that easily engages new readers and will please the author's fans.
Beautiful and funny and heartbreaking.
You Were There Too
First time reading this author and I would read her again. A well imagined story that caught and held my interest throughout. The characters were well rounded and I felt such sympathy for them. The ending brought tears to my eyes.
✨Beautifully Heartbreaking Novel✨
You Were There Too was a beautifully heartbreaking novel. I was fascinated by the blurb and thought the story would go one way, but it ended up zig zagging a few times and ending in a way that may upset some readers, but that I felt was appropriate and fitting for the story. I will say that I would not classify this book as a romance. It has romance and romantic elements, but I think it would be better labeled as women's fiction.
This story was so incredibly relatable. The excitement and exhilaration of new love. The comfort and happiness in the day to day. The struggle and heartache of loss and all the growing pains that go along with creating and maintaining a marriage and family. Harrison and Mia's story really resonated with me and made me reflect on my own marriage and journey to parenthood. My emotions were all over the place and there were times I had to put the book down and simply breathe. It was impacting me so profoundly that I even commented to my husband that the story felt almost too intense at times.
I don't want to spoil the book for anyone, so my review will be purposefully vague, but I will say that Colleen Oakley's writing completely blew me away. I highlighted so many passages and I was definitely reaching for the tissues by the end. The majority of the story is told from Mia's POV, but there are some point of view shifts that helped paint a clearer picture of the events, but that I also found a little distracting. I understand that the way this book concluded might not be for everyone, but for me it made sense. I think the greater message of carrying on is so important. We choose every day to fight or run, love or hate. I like the idea of fate and it's inescapable pull, but I think this quote says it best:
"That in the random chaos of life, you and I met somehow. And out of everyone else in the world that we know, we choose each other. Every day."
You Were There Too is a unique love story that is sure to take readers on an emotional ride.
*I voluntarily read an advance review copy of this book*