Review: In Five Years

50093704In Five Years
By Rebecca Serle
272 pages
Release date: March 10, 2020
Atria Books
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About the Book:

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.

I was so excited to read this book because I loved the premise! We've all been asked this question so many times . How would you react if you woke up for an hour five years in the future and life was vastly different from what you expected?  This book ended up going a totally different way than I expected but I absolutely loved it. I loved Dannie as a character--while I am not a lawyer, I am all about the numbers and a planner like she is.

Serle's fantastic writing made this book impossible to put down. You don't expect this to be an emotional book, yet you get to the end and find yourself needing tissues and staying up late to finish it.  It's a beautiful story of friendship and love, and a book you won't be able to stop thinking about once you finish it.  I didn't want it to end!  Though it's early in the year, I can definitely see this book ending up as one of my favorites  of the year and it absolutely deserves five stars!