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ARC REVIEW: You Were There Too

Title: You Were There Too
Author: Colleen Oakley
Genre(s):  Adult, Romance
Release: January 7th, 2020
Rating: ✭✭✭/5

This first review of 2020 is a very confusing one. You Were There Too has both good and bad aspects, but I'm not completely sure I love the final product. 

We follow Mia, who, though having a seemingly perfect life, has been having dreams containing a guy she's never met. When she comes face to face with the guy in real life, the two discover that they both share the same secret. Now, Mia must choose between her husband and the guy she seems to be irrevocably connected with.

To start off this review with something positive, I was really intrigued by the premise of this book. The paranormal aspect this book possesses isn't something you'd think of when you see the cover. It also reminded me in some way of Josie Silver's One Day in December or Jewel E. Ann's Transcend duet. 

Furthermore, I also really liked the topic at hand. Mia has been dealing with miscarriages all throughout her marriage, and the book really digs into how taxing the grieving process is, as well as the struggles she faces trying to conceive again. Both of these heavily affect her marriage and I liked the drama that it brought with.

Now, here comes my main issue with the book. I didn't fully think this should be classified as a 'romance' per sé. The book does heavily feature romantic relationships, but the ending is so unsatisfying in the romantic department, that I think I would have enjoyed this a lot more if it was marketed as a drama, or women's fiction. I went in expecting some kind of romance to develop, but the end result just didn't fully deliver on that front.

This all being said, I didn't hate the book. I thought it was fine, and certainly kept me reading, however I wouldn't say I was satisfied in the end, which is the main reason I'm giving this book 3 stars. I urge you to pick this up if you're into dramas, and want to read about grief/miscarriage or if you're looking for something with a hint of paranormal, but I'm not so convinced on the romance of it all.

*ARC provided by Berkley in exchange for an honest review.

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