You Were There Too by Colleen Oakley
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review!
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 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?
I am a ball of mixed emotions. I finished reading this book last night anddd I’m still not sure how I feel about it. I both loved it and hated it at the same time.
I loved: the writing style, the characters, the creativity that went into the story and how intriguing and unputdownable it is.
I didn’t like: the ending. My heart and soul were put through the freaking ringer and back throughout the entire book only for it to have a VERY unfulfilling ending.
I guess it also doesn’t help my case that I went into it expecting romance and was very disappointed to find out it’s not that kind of story. At all. It’s more of a very dramatic story so keep that in mind because you’ll be left feeling very unsatisfied otherwise. Right now I’m thinking I would have liked it more if this book had started exactly where it ended (go read it so you understand what I’m talking about).
All in all, although I did enjoy some things about this book, it didn’t win me over completely so I’m giving it 3.5 stars.
And before you pick it up, here are some content warnings: miscarriage, shooting, death.