[Reading] ➶ You Were There Too By Colleen Oakley – Lectinshield.co.uk

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  1. says:

    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 talented enough to touch my soul, heart, mind at the same time But then she ripped everything and tossed them to the garbage I felt like somebody slapped me so hard after finishing this book and wanted to climb to the highest mountain and started screaming WHHHHHHHHY WHHHHY DID YOU DO THAT WHY YOU WERE SO MERCILESS TO YOUR CHARACTERS Since J.K Rowling killed Dumbledore or David E Kelly killed Billy on Ally McBeal series , I haven t want to yell at an author screenwriter for so long Okay, I also wanted to yell at GOT s writers, but for another reasons I think yelling is not gonna enough for them As soon as I read the blurb about Mia s dreaming about a man she s never seen before made me think I was going to read a book like Taylor Jenkins Reid s Maybe Another Time or Kristin Harmel s Life Intended I thought it s a romance about two people reach each other by dreams and fight against the all obstacles to find their HEAs.But this is all different Firstly our two heroes, husband Harrison and dream guy Oliver are amazing At some parts they re even greater than Mia who is suffering from three miscarriages and about to lose her mind because every time she closes her eyes, she sees Oliver They coincidentally meet at the market Then they saw each other at the hospital where Mia s husband works Oliver s sister is also the patient of Harrison Mia gets shocked as soon as she finds out, Oliver also sees her in his dreams, too and he tries to save her life but he cannot achieve that in any of them In the meantime Harrison fights with his inner demons because of the guilt he carries so long after he lost his patient He blames himself for deciding a risky operation which affects his relationship with his wife, Mia They start to drift apart Mia wants to try having a baby but Harrison is not ready, he still deals with the loss of his patient and suffers from depression Their problems and vivid dreams bring Mia and Oliver closer each day Even though she has questions about her marriage and undeniable attraction to Olive, Mia does the right thing and always chooses her husband over him When she finds out, Oliver and she spent time in same circles and common friends, the day she met her husband, she could have also meet with Oliver but he got stuck at his work place, she still stayed strong, restrained her feelings for him.Then she realizes no matter what she always chooses her husband over him So I thought Okay great so we got our closure Nope, not so fast Don t jump to the conclusions because there are to come And they re all HEAVY, NASTY, NERVE BENDING, TEAR JERKER STUFF The thing about telling the story for several different POVs we already have three main characters but as soon as I see the POVS of Caroline and Whitney, I got confused but finally I realized the author did it purposely for the ominous part of the book Yessss, there is a bloody, nail biter, OHHHH NOOO WHAT DID YOU DOOO part close to the ending Let s talk about ending I hate it Because any alternative universe options for these three characters will bring us and ugly cries, screams like OH come onnn, there must be a solution to fix it Mia is honest, noble, lost but at least finally she knows what she wants in her life But no matter what she wants, her heart is going to be broken I m sorry for Mia Sorry for Harrison, also so sorry about Oliver I was expecting a book about our different choices end with different consequences, finding your soul mate, learning about the secret world of dreams but instead of that, I got frustration, depression, deathly consequences, broken hearts Nope, the author might be so talented to feel so passionately for those characters but I never ever forgive the writer for being cruel to them At least some of them need their HEAs

  2. says:

    This book hit me in the feels and then kicked me in the gut hard Colleen Oakley, WOW What an emotional ride you took me on with your evocative storytelling A beautiful story about marriage, grief, and fate Have you ever had a dream and wondered what it meant What if you dreamed about the same person over and over and over again And then you met that person Would you think that it was faded Mia is happily married to Harrison After the couple relocates to a small town in Pennsylvania she meets a man named Oliver Oliver is no stranger to Mia, because he has been making an appearance in her dreams for years When Oliver reveals to Mia that he has been dreaming of her as well she is convinced there is a profound reason for this What follows is an intense story full of what ifs and hard choices I was so invested in this story and it was heartbreaking, there was just no possible good outcome Both these men Harrison and Oliver were genuine good guys with compassionate hearts Mia was going through a terrible time having just gone through her third miscarriage and now questioning everything I totally empathize with Mia having gone through two miscarriages myself I understand what it is like to be consumed with having a baby and simultaneously feeling like a complete failure I could completely understand why she was questioning her marriage even so because Harrison was distancing himself Three remarkable characters in a terrible conundrum I really don t want to say much about this but I have read several reviews that allude to the ending The ending of this book is brutal and heart wrenching, but in my opinion it was the perfect ending I might be in the minority on this, but I thought it was the best way for this powerfully emotional story to end OK well maybe not the best way, but the only way, the ending just really worked for me I highly recommend this if you enjoy emotional stories, but be prepared to have your heart broken and don t forget the Kleenex This book in emojis Big thank you to Berkley for my gifted copy of this book All opinions are my own For of my reviews and bookish thoughts please visit my blog

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    You Were There Too explores love, commitment connections, chances, fate and what ifs It s a beautiful love story, and the I think about it in ways than one Our main characters here married couple Mia and Harrison experience challenges due to the heartache they experience as a couple Each of them also has their conflicts within themselves Mia has a secret and she literally meets the man of her dreams who is not Harrison The man from her dreams has been dreaming of her too The story takes an interesting and unique turn as they take on a journey to research their dream connection.This is a story that I felt different about after I finished it then as I was reading it It s heart wrenching and shocking sad and at first, it was not the way I wanted it to go, but the I think about it, I see how well it all together in the end I highly recommend for anyone who loves a love story I received a copy from the publisher

  4. says:

    Evocative, distressing, absolutely heart wrenching YOU WERE THERE TOO by COLLEEN OAKLEY is a moving, intense, emotional, and an original love story that was quite the emotive and beautiful book to read I was immediately intrigued and sucked into the narrative and absolutely loved the mysterious dream aspect to the storyline which had a slight supernatural vibe to it The tale is original and fresh Something that I have definitely never read before I was totally invested and all in the first half of the story and then the spark fizzled out for me a little bit and never really caught again There was this niggling that I had with one aspect of the storyline that never really sat well with me, ultimately affecting me and my thoughts towards this one The story takes quite the unexpected and shocking turn that I never seen coming and threw me for a loop After thinking about it I think this definitely worked and was quite clever but unfortunately my mind was already made up I don t think I have ever been as stubborn or unforgiving as I was with this one COLLEEN OAKLEY delivers quite the intriguing, raw, compelling, evocative, and well written read here that definitely touched me in a deeply profound way I think if a book can produce so many different emotions from we whether that be from deep affection to ruffling my feathers a little bit then the author has definitely produced one heck of a story whether I fully enjoyed it or not I read this one with my lovely friend and fellow Traveling Sister, Lindsay Thanks so much for reading and discussing this one with me Norma s Stats Cover Intriguing, calming, tender, warmth, love, and a fitting representation to storyline.Title Clever, relevant, intriguing, and an effective and fitting representation to storyline Love this title Writing Prose Well written, easy to follow, evocative, entertaining, engaging and readable Plot Unforgettable, heartfelt, intriguing, distressing, maddening, compelling, immersive, shocking, thought provoking, steadily paced, unpredictable, and entertaining.Ending I m speechless, somewhat shaken, and a little bit perturbed about that ending Overall This book was an unusual and intense read for me and even though I go into all my books blind the direction that this book took was nothing at all like what I expected Would recommend Thank you so much to Elisha at Berkley Publishing for kindly sending me a copy of this book This review can also be seen at Two Sisters Lost in a Coulee Reading book blog

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    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 meThis was one of those.Mia loves her husband Harrison.But, she has recurring dreams of another manone 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 this be What can this mean Why have they finally met This book is a reflection on marriage, grief and fate It might make you cry.It will probably tick you off.But, as with ALL of Colleen Oakley s work..it will make you feel something And, isn t that why we read I have loved all of her work if you haven t read any of it yet it s time to change that Available now Thank you to Edelweiss, Berkley and Colleen Oakley for providing me with a digital ARC in exchange for a candid review

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    3 stars.An emotional start that slowly fizzled out.This book wasn t what I expected The writing was good, the characters were vivid, but the storyline was lacking I enjoyed the novel, but didn t love or truly connect with it What started off strong and promising, became slow and lacklustre I read and loved this author, Colleen Oakley s, book Close Enough To Touch Perhaps my expectations were set too high after loving that one so much I really enjoyed this book up to the 50% mark and then things went downhill One of my main issues was the many times the main character put herself in vulnerable situations After the halfway mark, I couldn t feel for her and quite honestly, I grew frustrated and slightly annoyed with her This was a Traveling Sister read with Norma and we felt similar Brenda read this earlier than us and enjoyed it so Please check out the many raving reviews before deciding on this.Thank you to Edelweiss for providing me with an ARC

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    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 having these dreams about a man she s never met, until she does meet him in the small town that she and her husband Harrison have moved to When she meets Oliver in real life, she learns that he has also been having dreams about her I liked that I couldn t predict the end Thanks to NetGalley for the opportunity to read this book, which RELEASES JANUARY 20, 2020.

  8. says:

    YOU WERE THERE TOO was a wonderful, heartbreaking book It was one that I couldn t wait to get back to, while at the same time dreading that it will end I knew going in, with that premise, how could it not be a tearjearker And it was, for sure, though surprisingly in a different way than I expected The characters are genuine and flawed, and I cared deeply about them This is a gripping story about love and fate, dreams and their meanings, and about what is and what could have been Unique and thought provokingtissues a must Disclosure I received a copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

  9. says:

    I love Colleen Oakley s books, and I have been awaiting this new release You Were There Too did not disappoint.Mia Graydon appears to have it all with a loving husband and the plans of starting a family together The problem is she keeps having dreams of the same man, a man who is not her husband A man she doesn t know.When she moves to Pennsylvania, she runs into this stranger, only to find out he s been dreaming of her, too Digging into their pasts, Mia is determined to find out what is happening and why.What a beautiful, tender, original love story I m sure many of us have wondered what if for many of the decisions we have made in life One right turn here, a visit to the local coffee shop there, and lives can turn out completely differently perhaps for the better, perhaps not I have to stop there This is a book that must unfold for you as you read it.Colleen Oakley has written emotionally tender books from her very first one She doesn t hold back She makes us feel I LOVED these characters, and I could feel her love for them Mia was like a friend, really struggling, but really good at choosing what was right Both of the male leads were upstanding, good people Loving with big hearts The kind of men we want to read about.How will this all end and with whom will Mia end up You just have to read it It s a story to get lost in, and I had no idea where the conclusion would lead until I got there Thank you for another powerful book, Colleen Oakley I received a complimentary copy from the publisher.Many of my reviews can also be found on my blog www.jennifertarheelreader.com and instagram www.instagram.com tarheelreader

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    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 d j vu experience before That s usually from a dream that you probably didn t remember.This book is about dreams where two people who are random strangers, it appears, meet and discover many interesting things about themselves One is married and the other is single But there s definitely a connection that both of them feel.I was afraid of those feelings as I read this book About a third of the way in I already knew the story was not going to end the way I want it to.You see I absolutely loved Harrison and Mia together They have a deep bond A beautiful relationship that s very supportive of each other, or so it seems.Oakley wove the story in and out through the dreams, through this family connection, even through the community connections It was a guessing game page by page as they desperately try to connect how they knew each other and why there was this intense pull.And then little by little my heart broke I hate the ending Honestly I do And that is where I have mixed feelings.That s not to say Oakley didn t give us a highly complex, intricate story that is riveting and emotional She is a prodigious writer and certainly did But I so needed a happier ending This one left me craving and knowing her style now, that is probably what she wanted.Not to be missed Copy received for review considerationFull Review

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You Were There Too summary pdf You Were There Too, summary chapter 2 You Were There Too, sparknotes You Were There Too, You Were There Too 0468fbe 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 HeartMia 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 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

  • Paperback
  • 320 pages
  • You Were There Too
  • Colleen Oakley
  • 11 July 2019
  • 9781984806468

About the Author: Colleen Oakley

Colleen Oakley s novels BEFORE I GO and CLOSE ENOUGH TO TOUCH have been named best books by People Magazine, Us Weekly, Library Journal, and Real Simple, and both were long listed for the Pat Conroy Southern Book Prize Formerly the editor in chief of Women s Health Fitness and senior editor of Marie Claire, her articles and essays have been featured in The New York Times, Ladies Home