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You Were There Too

by Colleen Oakley

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You Were There Too by Colleen Oakley
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  • Published in USA  Jan 2020
    352 pages
    Genre: Novels

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  • Lois B. (Eden, VT)
    I Like Dreaming
    You know when you have a dream and see someone so clearly; their face; their movements; their clothes; their voice. Then you wake up and realize you have never known that person or seen them but yet they were so real.
    Well that's just a piece of what this story is about. But there is so much more. Marriage, loss, grieving, the thrill of first falling in love, the laughter you share, the jokes. The author brings all that to the table and makes you feel it and remember it.
    Not my usual book read (at least not since I was in my twenties) but will look for more from this author in the future. Read it! You won't regret it.
    Thanks for the chance to preview this book.
  • Virginia M. (San Antonio, TX)
    Are Dreams a wish your heart makes?
    This is essentially the story about the life of young married couple who live in a small town in Pennsylvania. Harrison Graydon is a Doctor. He loves his wife and, for the most part, life is good except for his emotional trauma over the death of one of his patients during a routine appendectomy. Mia, his wife, is also a happy with her life except she is hugely disappointed that her latest attempt to have a baby ended once more in a miscarriage. It probably does not help that her career as an artist is not going anywhere.

    But there is more. The focus of the story at this point turns to analyzing dreams. She has been having a recurring dreams about the same man. This part of the story fascinated me because I believe many of us have dreams which return again and again to the same situation. My recurring dream happens to involve me once again being a student who can no longer remember how to get into my locker or where my classes are. I have always wondered what this dream is trying to tell me.

    The strange thing is that suddenly Mia one day sees the man of her dreams come to life in the grocery store. And then lo and behold she finds out that his name is Oliver and that he, too, has been having recurring dreams about her.

    The author has done a great job keeping readers interested in finding out what fate has in store for these three people. Further, I think the twist at the end of the story will leave reader's with a sense of satisfaction but wanting more.
  • Peggy C. (Wyckoff, NJ)
    Hard to Put Down
    You Were There Too is a fast-paced unpredictable read that I had trouble putting down. From the very beginning it is hard to know whether this book is a mystery, a love story, fantasy or a combination of all three. The characters are engaging and the plot intriguing. One constructive criticism is that I thought the occurrence of the "dream" relationship between Mia and Oliver could have been better explained by the end of the book.

    However, overall this is an enjoyable book that presents many themes such as love, relationships and fate, all of which would make for good Book Club discussions.
  • SMD
    A YA Book at Best
    After reading some of the pre-publication reviews from respected sources I looked forward to reading this book. However after the first few chapters I kept thinking this has to get better ... which unfortunately it never did. Minus the fertility issues this could've been a YA story ... which is not a compliment. The narrative, such that it was, lacked breadth and depth and purpose, as did the characters which felt flat and one-dimensional. There wasn't anything about or between Mia and Harrison that suggested a relationship much less a marriage. Except dreaming about each other there wasn't any chemistry or passion or sparks between Mia and Oliver. I didn't think that they seemed to be particularly interested or invested in getting to know each other and certainly nothing to justify Oliver leaving town to 'get over' Mia's 'rejection'. These broadly-drawn characters seemed to exist in their own self-made silos to the extent that any interest in or acknowledgment of one other felt cursory and failed to move the story forward. Also I found the ending to be trite and forced.
  • Susan B. (Rutledge, MO)
    well-written, not for me
    Though I found it well-written enough, and I did keep reading to the end, I think I am not the target audience for this book and didn't enjoy it much. I found several of the main characters unappealing and I struggled to feel sympathy for the POV character's struggles. I imagine young women wrestling with fertility issues who are interested in psychic phenomena and enjoy tension-filled stories—or anyone who thinks those things sound interesting to read—would enjoy it.
  • Kenan R. (Liberty, MO)
    So I went back and forth with this review. I did not hate this book, but I did not love it. It was all a little much for me - too summer romance novelly. I did not care for the protagonist - too indecisive and emotionally immature. The idea of dreaming about the same person and then recognizing them (not to mention them doing the same about you) was very intriguing to me, but sadly the execution fell flat for me. No one was particularly objectionable and the story telling moved along at a really nice clip, it just wasn't my jam.
  • Karen J. (Bremerton, WA)
    Bad Timing
    Unfortunately this book arrived right after the loss of my husband of 53 years and so I'm not sure I was in a positive frame of mind for it. Nevertheless, I found the characters and narrative well developed and the story line unfolded with good pace although the dynamic of the shared dreams became a bit belabored for me. I also had difficulty buying into the premise. The narrative does flow easily and so I hung in there hoping for something that might make it believable but that never happened. A diverting read but not one I'd recommend as a "must read".

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