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ARC Book Review: ‘In Five Years’ by Rebecca Serle

Title: ‘In Five Years ‘

Author: Rebecca Serle

Length: 272 pages

Publisher: Quercus

I was pleased when I was gifted a copy of this book from Quercus, it didn’t sit on my tbr long before I picked it up.

Synopsis: 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…

Ohhh, I really enjoyed this book. A lot. Funny, intriguing and super emotional. It wasn’t what I thought it was going to be and I loved that.

In ‘In Five Years’ we meet Dannie as she is close to getting the life she has always dreamed of. The job, the finance, the best friend. But when all that is thrown into question when Dannie sees what her life will be in five years and it’s nothing like she planned.

This was a love story but not the kind I expected. I have to say after reading the first few pages, I thought I knew how this book was going to end. But boy was I wrong. I even found myself smiling as I was reading. I was looking forward to finding out what was going to happen. How everything would unfold. It was so intriguing.

Then the twist came. Oh that twist. I didn’t see it coming and it broke my damn heart. Don’t worry, I’m not going to spoil it for you. All I’ll say is get your tissues ready. Bring a few, trust me you’ll need more that just one. It’s been a while since a book has made me cry like that.

I have to be honest and say there are still a few things that I question about the book and the story. Why did Dannie see how her life would turn out? It was never explained. Also some of the choices Dannie made confused me, or the lack of reasoning behind the choice. But it didn’t take away my enjoyment, or my love for this book.

I read this around the two year anniversary of my mums death. The whole time I was reading it, all I could think was how much my mum would’ve loved this book. How I wish that I could share it with her. And I can’t really think of a higher compliment than that.

I can’t recommend this book enough. It a heartfelt, heartbreaking, emotional book that will remind you what’s important in life and the power of love and friendships. I’m so glad I read this book.

JUST REMEMBER TO HAVE SOME TISSUES WITH YOU WHEN YOU READ THIS BOOK. YOU WILL NEED THEM.

Don’t say I didn’t warn you…

Thanks to Quercus books for gifting me with a copy of this book in return for an honest, unbiased review. It’s out March 5th.

Until the next review

JTH

6 thoughts on “ARC Book Review: ‘In Five Years’ by Rebecca Serle”

  1. Wonderful review! I’ve heard it’s quite emotional so I’m definitely queuing this up for when I need a good cathartic cry coz I feel like it’ll certainly give it to me! I love when romance stories have good unexpected twists. Hopefully it’s a positive one? 😂

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