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 them, 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 harbours 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?
(Synopsis from Goodreads)
You Were There Too by Colleen Oakley should be sold with a complementary box of tissues. Bookstores, take note. This book will break your heart, kick you in the gut, and make you feel like curling up in with a pint of Ben & Jerry’s and cry your eyes out. Move over Nicholas Sparks, Colleen Oakley is the queen of romance.
My enjoyment of romance novels varies. This is largely down to the writing style in a lot of romances. I don’t want to make a huge assumption here, but I have found that some romance novels do not tend to be as well written as other novels. Again, this is not a sweeping assumption, because I have some read some truly excellent romances, but some of them can be a bit cheesy and cliched. I know that some people love a cheesy story, but I do not fit into that category. Well, I should clarify: if a story is going to be cheesy, I need it to have some substance too. I could go on about my thoughts on romance novels all day (and perhaps will do so in a different post), but the point of all this is that You Were There Too is one of the few romance novels that I cannot fault. The writing is excellent, the storyline is insightful, and the characters are well-developed and realistic.
If you are a romance fan, then please read this book. Also, if you are interested in fate and the meaning of dreams, I think you will really enjoy You Were There Too. I am purposefully keeping my review of this book short, because I do not want to risk giving anything away.
Colleen Oakley is an American author. She has written multiple books, including Before I Go and Close Enough to Touch. Her novels have been listed as best books by a number of media publications, including People Magazine, US Weekly, and Real Simple.
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