Review: In Five Years by Rebecca Serle

Title: In Five Years

Author: Rebecca Serle

Pages: 272 Pages

Publisher: Quercus Books

The Blurb

Perfect for fans of Me Before You and One Day, this heart-breaking story of love, loss and life will have you questioning everything you thought you knew about destiny…
Where do you see yourself in five years?

Type-A Manhattan lawyer Dannie Kohan has been in possession of her meticulously crafted answer since she understood the question. On the day that she nails the most important job interview of her career and gets engaged to the perfect man, she’s well on her way to fulfilling her life goals.

That night Dannie falls asleep only to wake up in a different apartment with a different ring on her finger, and in the company of a very different man. The TV is on in the background, and she can just make out the date. It’s the same night – December 15th – but 2025, five years in the future.

It was just a dream, she tells herself when she wakes, but it felt so real… 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 Dannie turns down a street and there, standing on the corner, is the man from her dream…

In Five Years is a love story, brimming with joy and heartbreak. But it is definitely not the love story you’re expecting.

The Review

I do love a good weepy story. Don’t get me wrong it doesn’t happen very often. I can probably count on one hand the amount of books that have managed to turn me into a quivering wreck. So when I read the blurb for In Five Years I was hopeful that this would be the next one to add to the list.

Alas, it didn’t make me crumble into a ball of tears but it was a very enjoyable read.

The protagonist Dannie Kohan was likeable in that weirdly neurotic driven sense. You admired her gumption and gusto for all things life and equally other characters were fleshed out and you found yourself fully immersed in this small New York contingent of friends. It was nice to be invited in to watch.

I really enjoyed this book. There was one questionable plot devices which didn’t quite sit as well with me as others would and I think that without them the book may have been slightly more enjoyable to read but when looking at the book as a whole this device didn’t stop me from thinking that the story was really well written (when you read it you will see what I mean).

The story seems to be marketed as a romance and in a sense it is romantic but for me it was the relationships between friends that solidified the story for me. Romance came in second place. It was this element that I enjoyed the most.

In Five Years by Rebecca Serle is available now.

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