From the publisher:
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 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.
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 started this book thinking that I had read something with a similar plotline, but I couldn’t figure out what it was. So I shrugged it off and read this interesting book that straddles the line between romance and women’s fiction, which seems to be more and more prevalent.
I know I have dreamt about strangers, people who I would swear I’ve never seen before or since. But not repetitively, and that is what is happening here. Mia has been dreaming about the same man for years since she was in high school. She’s never told her husband but when she meets the man of her literal dreams, she is thrown. Then she meets him again. His sister is a patient of her husband.
Mia keeps thinking there must be some preordained meaning to this, especially when he admits he’s been dreaming of her, too. Both have sex dreams, but his take on a much darker turn as well. They start spending time together, trying to figure out why this is happening. But at the same time, Mia’s perfect marriage is starting to crumble. When they married, neither wanted children but all of a sudden Mia does. Her husband goes along with it, but one devastating miscarriage after another shakes his resolve while firming hers; hence the start of what could be the end.
I wasn’t sure who to root for through much of the novel, an uncomfortable feeling for a romance. I wanted the marriage to work, but could understand the attraction and curiosity about the man of her dreams, too. This was an interesting plotline, but as much as I liked the premise of the book, ultimately, I just didn’t love it.
2/2020 Stacy Alesi, AKA the BookBitch™
YOU WERE THERE TOO by Colleen Oakley. Berkley (January 7, 2020). ISBN 978-1984806468. 352p.
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