Wednesday, April 8, 2020

Review: In Five Years - Rebecca Serle

In Five Years
by Rebecca Serle
Published March 10, 2020 by Atria Books

Where do you see yourself in five years?

When Type-A Manhattan lawyer Dannie Cohan is asked this question at the most important interview of her career, she has a meticulously crafted answer at the ready. Later, after nailing her interview and accepting her boyfriend’s marriage proposal, Dannie goes to sleep knowing she is right on track to achieve her five-year plan.

But when she wakes up, she’s suddenly in a different apartment, with a different ring on her finger, and beside a very different man. The television news is on in the background, and she can just make out the scrolling date. It’s the same night—December 15—but 2025, five years in the future.

After a very intense, shocking hour, Dannie wakes again, at the brink of midnight, back in 2020. She can’t shake what has happened. It certainly felt much more than merely a dream, but she isn’t the kind of person who believes in visions. That nonsense is only charming coming from free-spirited types, like her lifelong best friend, Bella. Determined to ignore the odd experience, she files it away in the back of her mind.

That is, until four-and-a-half years later, when by chance Dannie meets the very same man from her long-ago vision.

Brimming with joy and heartbreak, In Five Years is an unforgettable love story that reminds us of the power of loyalty, friendship, and the unpredictable nature of destiny.

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5 Stars
Starting this review just makes me want to go back and read the book again, I really don't think there are any words I can put to paper...well, screen, that can do this book justice. It's the most unexpected love story you will ever read. It's heartwarming and heartbreaking all at once, a romance that's hard-hitting and realistic. A book about love and friendship, In Five Years is the unputdownable story of Dannie Cohan and the dream that shakes her entire life up.

Dannie has a five year plan and so far it's going to schedule, she knows just when her boyfriend is going to propose and she has a vision for how all the rest will fall into place. Then she has a dream, the man in her dreams is not her boyfriend and yet he is unforgettable even when she awakes. Though she tries to forget the man in the dream her five year plan begins to crumble, then four-and-a-half years in she sees the man again, this time in person. What she thought was a dream she now suspects might be destiny.

In Five Years is just magical and I knew it would be when I saw it was Rebecca Serle who authored it; her novel The Dinner List is such a fantastic book. Dannie Cohan is a corporate lawyer, she isn't the warm and fuzzy type and she's not the most relatable character, but she does have heart and she's surrounded by some of the greatest secondary characters. It's through her interactions with her fiance, her best friend, her boss, and her best friend's beau that we really get to know Dannie. While she's driven to a fault, we see her relax, we watch her care, and we learn about why her rigid five-year-plan is so important to her. It's through flashbacks and a few tumultuous turns of events that we get the true romance of the story. It's complex, it's heartbreaking, it's thoughtful, and it makes for one of the best books I've had the pleasure of reading. I felt like I was part of the story, I cried when the characters cried, I felt the gut-wrenching pain alongside them, and I was equally shocked by the twists Rebecca Serle wrote. The storytelling in this novel is just magnificent.

Rebecca Serle tells a story of love, friendship, the unexpected moments, and the magical plans destiny just might have in store for you. A clever, read-in-one-sitting novel, In Five Years is the unexpected love story you need to have in your life.

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