Review: You Were There Too

This book was EMOTIONAL and I AM NOT OKAY. I have been a huge fan of Colleen Oakley’s engaging and unique women’s fiction since I read her first novel a few years ago (I highly recommend checking out her backlist) so I knew I needed to read this one—especially when I read the hook: “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.”


I gulped this down in two sittings. This story had one of the most unique love triangles I’ve ever read, as Mia wrestles with issues in her marriage against the unexplainable but real feelings she has for the man in her dream. The story went in an entirely different direction than I expected or maybe even wanted it to go, and left me with my jaw on the floor and tears in my eyes. This is a book you want to immediately discuss with your bestie, so I highly recommend buddy reading it or choosing it for a book club. (In fact, my friend chose it for our IRL book club this month). There will be discussion! There will be disagreements! Everyone will need to process this one—and that’s what I loved about it. This story wrestles with some complicated and achingly deep questions, with no easy answers or perfect resolution, and isn’t that how real life is?

In short: read it and we can discuss/argue/cry/rage together!

Thank you to Berkley publishing for the gift of my advanced copy.

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