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Where do you see yourself in five years? When Type-A Manhattan lawyer Dannie Kohan 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 Where do you see yourself in five years? When Type-A Manhattan lawyer Dannie Kohan 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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Where do you see yourself in five years? When Type-A Manhattan lawyer Dannie Kohan 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 Where do you see yourself in five years? When Type-A Manhattan lawyer Dannie Kohan 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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  1. 5 out of 5

    Nilufer Ozmekik

    I’m so ugly right now! My face is blotchy, my eyes are bloody red, my nails, oh no I have no nails left. I’m a great candidate for any horror movie monster casting call. Even the husband dearest who is normally coolest, mimic-less Scorpio man worried about me and cover my face with trash bag so he stopped screaming when he was looking at me! After I finished this book, I cried so much! I couldn’t help myself. Honestly my friends shaped my life and made me who I am more than my own family. They s I’m so ugly right now! My face is blotchy, my eyes are bloody red, my nails, oh no I have no nails left. I’m a great candidate for any horror movie monster casting call. Even the husband dearest who is normally coolest, mimic-less Scorpio man worried about me and cover my face with trash bag so he stopped screaming when he was looking at me! After I finished this book, I cried so much! I couldn’t help myself. Honestly my friends shaped my life and made me who I am more than my own family. They saw my ups and downs and I seriously did too many mistakes to ruin my life because I’m so reckless and hot tempered, crazy redhead Aries woman and they always saved my ass, punched me, shook me and gave me the ugliest true messages I needed. So when I read a book about testing your relationship with your childhood friend, it was impossible for me gather all those broken pieces of my heart. This book shook me to the core and thought me again instead of earning money, being slaves of material things, we have to collect friends who make us lives better and who help us to be a better person. Bella and Dannie’s heartbreaking, emotional friendship affected me deeply. Before starting to read this book let me tell you the facts about it: This book started so similar with Kristin Harmel’s “Life Intended”, when a woman dreams she can meet with her deceased husband at another universe and when she wakes up she resumes her relationship with her actual boyfriend. But don’t worry! At this story our heroine dreams only one time. Is it premonition? A fantasy about a man she never knows? Beginning of love triangle? You have to read and see by yourself. But one thing for sure, this story is more complex than Kristin Harmel’s because Dannie dreams her best friend’s new boyfriend!!! Don’t wait to read a romcom about time traveling or parallel universes kind of fiction. This book is not a romance story. This is about a woman’s self discovery, life choices and love. And of course there is another heavy stuffs hurt your heart deeply. I don’t want to discuss them because I don’t want to be mean person who love to give spoilers (normally I’m mean and told the movie endings to everyone but when it comes to the books, I’m more tight lipped.) but my emotions were everywhere after I closed the book and story occupied my mind, haunted my dreams. There is no bad guy of the story: The characters are not flawless. All of them have their own antics and irritated attitudes but you can understand each of them’s motives and connect with them easily. It’s an amazing memory trip for me at the sightseeings of NYC including Dumbo, Central Park and of course those delicious deli places( when I move to LA, I protest to eat bagel and pizza because they don’t taste like New York’s famous pastries) Overall: I don’t care lack of romance or resemblances with other books including”One Day in December”! I loved the creative, outstanding, smart and realistic writing, heart wrenching ending even the ending really tore my heart out! Rebecca Serle, you’re amazing but I’m not gonna forgive you to sledgehammer my heart. My head is still spinning and I’m so shaky because of the powerful writing. Special thanks to NetGalley and Atria Books for sharing this meaningful ARC COPY and help me to discover a new writer by sharing this book in exchange my honest review. blog instagram facebook twitter

  2. 4 out of 5

    Meredith ( on Semi-Hiatus until February)

    Hated It! Of course I have to be the person who didn’t love this! In Five Years is the story of a woman who has it all: the perfect fiancé, the perfect apartment, and the perfect job. But having it all doesn’t mean that she’s truly happy, and a tragedy is about to test the boundaries of all that she believed to be perfect. The night Dannie, a corporate lawyer, gets engaged she has a wild dream that takes place 5 years in the future. This dream is about to alter her life in ways she could have Hated It! Of course I have to be the person who didn’t love this! In Five Years is the story of a woman who has it all: the perfect fiancé, the perfect apartment, and the perfect job. But having it all doesn’t mean that she’s truly happy, and a tragedy is about to test the boundaries of all that she believed to be perfect. The night Dannie, a corporate lawyer, gets engaged she has a wild dream that takes place 5 years in the future. This dream is about to alter her life in ways she could have never predicted. On a positive note, Dannie's dream and the way that is framed is the one element I really liked about this book. My biggest issues with this book concern the narrative and Dannie’s character. Dannie's character never felt real to me. I actually forgot her name until another character would speak it. Constantly discussing her food choices and commenting on the weather seemed like tropes the author used to make Dannie's character feel real, but these elements didn’t add any depth. Serle also uses food to show how Dannie transforms, i.e. she is going to change by ordering something different from her norm. It also didn’t feel natural the way she was talking about NYC; it was almost like reading a tourist’s perspective of the city. Onto the narrative: There was way too much of Dannie discussing her issues with her fiancé (I already forgot his name and finished this yesterday) and with Bella (her best friend) without the reader getting to see what was truly going on in their relationship. All of the characters felt one-dimensional and clichéd. They didn't elicit any emotion, rather they checked off the boxes to complete Dannie's story. I know a lot of people loved this book and I apologize if I said anything that diminishes one’s reading experience. My personal experience was not a good one. For some reason, this book angered me to no end. I don’t know what exactly triggered my anger, but it might have been because I found this book predictable, one-dimensional, and frustrating to read. I felt like I should have been sobbing in the end, but it left me feeling cold. I received an ARC of this book from NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

  3. 5 out of 5

    chan ☆

    let it be known that i hated every single second of this and it should be retitled, or captioned as follows in five years: your life will suck, bad things will happen, there will be no purpose for any of it

  4. 5 out of 5

    jessica

    huh. i kind of feel like the rug has been pulled out from underneath my feet and im left in a daze. i went into this expecting the story to go in a certain direction (think ‘one day in december’) and i was 100% sure of it right until the last 10 pages, when all of a sudden the story doesnt end like i thought it would. and its not like it comes out of nowhere. it makes sense and im not angry about it at all. i was just so sure it would end in a certain way, i was completely blind to clues through huh. i kind of feel like the rug has been pulled out from underneath my feet and im left in a daze. i went into this expecting the story to go in a certain direction (think ‘one day in december’) and i was 100% sure of it right until the last 10 pages, when all of a sudden the story doesnt end like i thought it would. and its not like it comes out of nowhere. it makes sense and im not angry about it at all. i was just so sure it would end in a certain way, i was completely blind to clues throughout that showed me i was 100% wrong. i feel so disoriented right now and i blame the misleading synopsis entirely! but the more i think about it, the more i like this ending. it fits the tone of the book, makes sense with the characters, and leaves me feeling content. im definitely going to have to reread this now that i know what to expect. i think i will only appreciate how wholesome this story is that much more, because its a great story about the different types of love we have in our life - love for family, love for friends, and even love for work. thank you so much to atria books/simon & shuster for the ARC!! <3 ↠ 3.5 stars

  5. 4 out of 5

    Emer (A Little Haze)

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Do you ever just finish a book, sit back and think to yourself 'what on earth did I just read?' I went into this book expecting a sweeping love story for the ages, one with a love triangle that would really feel heart wrenching and give me all those conflicted feels. But no... What I got was a love rhombus?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?! A very weird and very strange love rhombus. Because for so much of this book we knew the ending... We knew the MC would end up in flagrante delicto with this guy who wasn't h Do you ever just finish a book, sit back and think to yourself 'what on earth did I just read?' I went into this book expecting a sweeping love story for the ages, one with a love triangle that would really feel heart wrenching and give me all those conflicted feels. But no... What I got was a love rhombus?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?! A very weird and very strange love rhombus. Because for so much of this book we knew the ending... We knew the MC would end up in flagrante delicto with this guy who wasn't her fiancé because at the start of the book we were given a flash forward sequence, a premonition of sorts, to our MC Dannie getting hot and heavy with a guy named Aaron who gave her all the feels... So when Dannie met Aaron in real time and we discovered who he was... low key spoiler alert but also hella obvs.... her bestie Bella's new man sooooo HELLO LOVE RHOMBUS!!!!! And therefore I couldn't root for Dannie and Aaron to be together... BECAUSE THEY MADE NO SENSE as Aaron was shown to be entirely in love with Bella; he and Dannie had zero chemistry plus the thoughts of Dannie and Aaron together brought a whole duplicitous vibe to the book. Sisters before misters, hoes over bros and all that. And so we had Dannie denying her feels for Aaron... which was good!! Showed she cared about Bella's happiness and didn't want to be a wench of a friend... But I KNEW THAT ENDING WHERE DANNIE AND AARON HOOKED UP WAS ALWAYS GONNA HAPPEN... So it made it difficult to really empathise with Dannie because she was pretty much lying to herself about her true feelings. She was also lying to her fiancé David (even if he was a wet wipe!) And lying to her bestie Bella (even if she was the manic dream pixie of bestie girlfriends who I found quite irksome for the majority of the book)... But then the book threw me for a loop and went another way... So I'm sort of shook. I appreciate that this book took a plot twist I wasn't expecting but because I was expecting a traditional romance I feel somewhat shortchanged... BUT THEN AGAIN THERE WAS A TRUE LOVE STORY BECAUSE IT WAS ABOUT THE LOVE BETWEEN BESTIES AND YAY FOR RAISING UP FEMALE FRIENDSHIPS!!!! Honestly I don't know what to say about this book. This review is a lol! What the book has in its favour is that it's a quick and easy read. I read it in a day and was happily distracted by it. However it's also one that will had me going wtf from time to time but because I was low key dreading the inevitable hanky-panky between Danni and her bestie's boy and it made me feel too annoyed with the characters and therefore unable to empathise with them as I should. Ultimately I think my mixed feelings leave me rating this at three stars. *An e-copy of this book was kindly provided to me by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review* For more reviews and book related chat check out my blog

  6. 5 out of 5

    Miranda Reads

    Galentine's Day is right around the corner...so why not curl up with a good book? Check out my latest BooktTube Video - all about five fabulous books on female friendship! The Written Review This book was amazing. It made me ugly cry. I honestly don't want to write a review for this one cause wow. I went in there nearly blind and I was just so blown away. I want other people to have that experience. But in brief - this is a story about love and loss and friendship and findi Galentine's Day is right around the corner...so why not curl up with a good book? Check out my latest BooktTube Video - all about five fabulous books on female friendship! The Written Review This book was amazing. It made me ugly cry. I honestly don't want to write a review for this one cause wow. I went in there nearly blind and I was just so blown away. I want other people to have that experience. But in brief - this is a story about love and loss and friendship and finding yourself in the darkest of places. Truly one of my favorite stories of the year. YouTube | Blog | Instagram | Twitter | Facebook | Snapchat @miranda_reads

  7. 4 out of 5

    lazybookconqueror

    2.5 Stars. I went through so many different emotions reading this book and that is not necessarily a good thing. The first few pages of In Five Years are enthralling - Rebecca Serle can write. I remember thinking when I was 15% in that I could already tell that this had the potential to be a five-star book. Unfortunately, not long after, everything came crashing down. Dannie is the type-A-personality-person that has her life together. She is methodical and mechanic. She has clear plans for life. S 2.5 Stars. I went through so many different emotions reading this book and that is not necessarily a good thing. The first few pages of In Five Years are enthralling - Rebecca Serle can write. I remember thinking when I was 15% in that I could already tell that this had the potential to be a five-star book. Unfortunately, not long after, everything came crashing down. Dannie is the type-A-personality-person that has her life together. She is methodical and mechanic. She has clear plans for life. She wants to work on one of New York's most successful law firms and she goes to the interview with a suit she picked out for the occasion three years prior. She lives with her longtime boyfriend and knows exactly when he's going to propose. They have the same ambitions and dreams. Everything is clockwork-perfect, until... something weird happens. Dannie falls asleep and wakes up five years in the future. The year is 2025 and she is now living in a completely different apartment in Brooklyn, she's using a different engagement ring and living with another man who is NOT her fiancee. Dannie spends 1 hour in this future-time/alternate reality and then goes back to her scheduled life in 2020. Of course, she cannot understand what happened but is at the same time haunted by this vision. She even goes to a therapist and tries to make sense of what this could represent in her life. Then we jump forward 4 years, and the events from the vision are getting very close to the present timeline Dannie is on, and here is where my rant will start, so beware of spoilers. I loved the premise of this book, until around 30/40% I was completely captivated by Dannie's tale and I saw this vision being a catalyst for her to understand so many things about herself. So, my 2.5 stars rating are exclusively for this first part of the book... (view spoiler)[because the way the story unravels from then on makes absolutely no sense. We learn that the stranger living in Dannie's future apartment is actually her best friend's boyfriend/fiancee. To resolve this conflict the book introduces a plot that I really dislike out of left-field: terminal cancer. You see, what was supposed to be a contemplative romantic fiction became an overdramatic mess. Yeah, let's get rid of the friend to clear the path for Dannie, right? No, not right. What about Dannie's current and lovely fiancee that does everything for her? Apparently, they have no chemistry and he was only a prop to bring more angst into the story, so of course, Dannie can just cut him from her life after almost six years together. After Bella (her best friend) passes, Dannie has a sort of one night/day stand with her ex-fiancee (yeah, that happened and it came from absolutely nowhere), but it was out of grief?! And so they can't be together.... but in the end, it's implied that she ends up with Bella's oncologist?! WHAT A MESS. And the amazing future scene from the beginning doesn't fit in this new context anymore... The dialogue (jumping forward five years) is absurd and disconnected. Basically, that's not the way humans communicate with each other. It's weird, and it doesn't work. Again, this was such a letdown, because I was so intrigued about the true meaning of that conversation, and I was robbed of the emotional payoff it was supposed to give. Honestly, I didn't know it was possible to mess up a beautiful premise so much... (hide spoiler)] So, anyway... In a nutshell, the first half of this book is amazing. The second part is chaotic, frustrating, and 100% illogical. Thank you Netgalley and Quercus Books for sending me an ARC in exchange for an honest review. More reviews in the Blog Bookstagram

  8. 4 out of 5

    Giorgia ~ Reads

    EDIT 06/11/20: So, I just saw this is nominated in the romance category for the Goodreads Choice Awards and I’m beyond baffled. This book does not have a romantic storyline. This book is not about people finding love and living happy ever after blah blah. This book should not be on that list. This is a book about friendship! The romantic relationships that the two female leads have in this book do feature quite a bit, but they are not the focus. It is a tragic story about friendship that does no EDIT 06/11/20: So, I just saw this is nominated in the romance category for the Goodreads Choice Awards and I’m beyond baffled. This book does not have a romantic storyline. This book is not about people finding love and living happy ever after blah blah. This book should not be on that list. This is a book about friendship! The romantic relationships that the two female leads have in this book do feature quite a bit, but they are not the focus. It is a tragic story about friendship that does not have an HEA in the traditional sense cause spoiler alert - someone dies. It’s so frustrating to see this kind of book there. It just goes to show that those awards are a joke and that mostly, the already established and traditionally published authors and books make it in there, regardless if they are right for the genre or not. At least half of the books on that list are either not romance or they are simply not awards material. I repeat, it’s such a joke! 3 Stars This is one of those books where you can just tell it tried to be so much more than it actually was. You can notice that in the philosophical nuggets a character will throw out of nowhere which do not fit with the person or moment in the book. The writing was basic and the descriptions were so .. clinical, I just couldn’t like it. The only thing that was good - was the twist (towards the end) But it wasn’t good because I saw it as some sort of deep life lesson and I felt all emotional (cause I didn’t) maybe I’m being too cynical but I just feel like this book really tried to make you cry. You know when someone tries too hard and it becomes awkward because being pushed into something will never feel the same as naturally reacting to it. Anyway, so about that ending, it was good because I didn’t see it coming (maybe at about - 65% I started to suspect). My final thoughts on this.. hmm, it’s not a bad book but throughout the story I just didn’t feel any connection to any of the characters, and also, not much happened, and I have a feeling this was intentional.. We’re supposed to be moved by these small, inconsequential day to day interactions and feel a certain way about the characters. I didn’t. They weren’t special. They weren’t new. And without an interesting plot to fill that void .. all we were left with were the “sad” scenes where I’m told I’m supposed to cry.. I didn’t. PS: This is not a love story! At all! I kept waiting until 80% for the love to happen. It didn’t. It’s about friendship. Also, the book would have been so much better imo, if it had followed the path we were led to believe it would( the whole, you’ll find your soulmate and he won’t be anything like you thought he’d be or need - instead we got something totallyyy different and it could have been good but it wasn’t, it felt too ... convenient?!)

  9. 5 out of 5

    Melissa ~ Bantering Books (On Reviewing Hiatus)

    Be sure to visit Bantering Books to read all my latest reviews. Rebecca Serle’s newest novel, In Five Years, caught me by surprise. In a couple of different ways. First off, it’s not the story I believed it to be. I expected a romance -- it’s not. Not really. It is, but it isn’t. Secondly, I had no clue I would love it. I thought I would like it, at best. But love it? Nope. I never saw it coming. “Where do you see yourself in five years?” We all have had this asked of us at some point in our lives. Be sure to visit Bantering Books to read all my latest reviews. Rebecca Serle’s newest novel, In Five Years, caught me by surprise. In a couple of different ways. First off, it’s not the story I believed it to be. I expected a romance -- it’s not. Not really. It is, but it isn’t. Secondly, I had no clue I would love it. I thought I would like it, at best. But love it? Nope. I never saw it coming. “Where do you see yourself in five years?” We all have had this asked of us at some point in our lives. With In Five Years, Serle seizes the age-old proverbial question and thematically runs with it. Dannie Kohan lives strictly by the rules. Her five-year plan is meticulously outlined; every personal and professional goal is listed. To her, words such as “spontaneity” and “flexibility” do not even exist. They belong more in the world of her carefree best friend, Bella – not in Dannie’s. Life is great. Perfect, even. And just when Dannie thinks life cannot be any better, she has the best day of her life. She nails her interview for her dream job and becomes engaged to her boyfriend, David. That night, Dannie falls asleep contentedly on the couch, knowing her life is on track, heading in the right direction. But when she awakens, she is no longer in her apartment. She is wearing a different dress and a different ring. And there is a very different man next to her, who is most definitely not David. Within a matter of minutes, Dannie quickly realizes she has somehow been forwarded five years into the future. But after only one hour, she awakens once again in her own home, beside David, back where she belongs. Shaken and haunted by her remembrance of that fateful dream, Dannie is determined to forget the entire experience. She focuses instead on her five-year plan and her engagement, pushing aside all lingering memories of her potential future. That is, until the night Dannie crosses paths with the man she met in her dream, and she finds herself being uncontrollably propelled closer and closer to that one inescapable hour. And that’s it. That’s all I’m going to give you. Because In Five Years works best if you know nothing further of the plot. The narrative takes a very unexpected turn, and if you see it coming, the profound impact of the story will be greatly lessened. But what I will share with you is this – The novel is utterly captivating. It is emotional and heartfelt. It is elegantly written by Serle, with prose that is beautifully sparse. Its size is slim, making for swift consumption, possibly in one sitting. And how you will ultimately feel about the novel will likely mirror your emotional reaction to Dannie. Because none of the secondary characters are fleshed out. Not fully. At least, not enough to genuinely feel much of anything towards them. She is the anchor of the story. The foundation. She is the only one we come to truly know. The problem is that even though we may know Dannie, it is difficult to like her. She is the Type A-est of Type As. She is selfish. Controlling. She is extremely possessive. To be honest, I didn’t care for her at all in the beginning – and I still don’t know whether I fully like her. But by the end, I understood her. I felt empathy and compassion for her. And it proved to be enough. Albeit feeble, this appreciation of her character allowed me to be entirely immersed in the novel, my whole heart and all. As well as be emotionally wrecked by it. All of us know that every reader experiences a novel differently. Not every person connects with every character. That said, I suspect that if you do not form a similar bond as I did with Dannie, or at the very minimum, accept her, then the novel will not be a read you will remember. It may be tedious. It will not be enjoyable. Consider yourself lucky, however, if you do find some sort of solid footing with Dannie. Or share enough common ground with her to care. For In Five Years will move you. It will break your heart and renew it. It will bring emotion to the surface and leave rawness in its place. And the experience will be unforgettable. Bantering Books Instagram Twitter Facebook

  10. 4 out of 5

    David Putnam

    I loved this book. A real gem. Wonderful voice, wonderful prose. A strong female protagonist who easily carries the story. The three-dimensional characters are so well drawn they could walk right off the page and have a cup of coffee with you. The writing craft here is amazing and will spoil me for the next book I pick up. The prose is economic and yet dense and lush, a unique juxtaposition difficult to pull off. I read mostly Thrillers and mysteries which have acute plot points in the four C’s I loved this book. A real gem. Wonderful voice, wonderful prose. A strong female protagonist who easily carries the story. The three-dimensional characters are so well drawn they could walk right off the page and have a cup of coffee with you. The writing craft here is amazing and will spoil me for the next book I pick up. The prose is economic and yet dense and lush, a unique juxtaposition difficult to pull off. I read mostly Thrillers and mysteries which have acute plot points in the four C’s of writing, Conflict, Complication, Crisis, and Conclusion. In stories like this one the prose and voice in the four C’s are mere blimps. I was swept along in the enchanting Fictive Dream. At first, I believed the motivation was set too firmly, (MAR, Motivations, Action, Reaction) and that the Conclusion would be overt. The premise also made this problematic. But again, the prose and engaging voice had me by the throat pulling me along. So, I didn’t care if the ending was a foregone conclusion. This story is loaded with emotions and takes those emotions right to the edge of melodrama without crossing over. You come out the other end of this book shaky and weak, wrung out from the emotional roller coaster. It’s that kind of book. I highly recommend this book. I might not have spotted this little gem if not for my friends on Goodreads. David Putnam author of The Bruno Johnson series.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Larry H

    Good god, I loved this book even if it left me crying on the plane! "You mistake love. Do you think it has to have a future in order to matter, but it doesn’t. It’s the only thing that does not need to be come at all. It matters only insofar as it exists. Here. Now. Love doesn’t require a future." Dannie is a planner. Everything in her life is meticulously mapped out—the job she wants at the law firm she wants, her dream apartment in NYC, when she and her boyfriend will get engaged and married. Th Good god, I loved this book even if it left me crying on the plane! "You mistake love. Do you think it has to have a future in order to matter, but it doesn’t. It’s the only thing that does not need to be come at all. It matters only insofar as it exists. Here. Now. Love doesn’t require a future." Dannie is a planner. Everything in her life is meticulously mapped out—the job she wants at the law firm she wants, her dream apartment in NYC, when she and her boyfriend will get engaged and married. That’s the way she’s always been. She and her boyfriend David get engaged the night she interviews for her dream job at a highly prestigious law firm. Everything seems right. She and David have the same vision for their future, they like the same things, they're comfortable in their routines as a couple. When Dannie and David get home from dinner she falls asleep and awakens to a dream in which she’s in another NYC apartment, wearing a different engagement ring, and she’s with another man. She finds out the dream is taking place five years in the future. And then she wakes up. Dannie is utterly shaken by this dream. Who was this man? What happened to the future she planned? As time hurtles toward that date five years later she learns a lot about things she can and cannot control, and how those things shape her life. She doesn't know whether to accept the dream as an inevitable reflection of her fate or if she should fight the things that lead to its realization. In Five Years was an amazing, emotional story full of twists and turns. It was a story about love in its many forms, friendship, ambition, and destiny. Truly an unforgettable book, and one I read in about two hours while waiting at the airport and on my plane. Rebecca Serle is an amazing writer. Her last book, The Dinner List , also blew me away and left me an emotional mess. She's definitely an author worth reading. My thanks to Atria Books for providing an advance copy of this book via a Bookstagram giveaway. The book will publish on March 3, 2020. See all of my reviews at itseithersadnessoreuphoria.blogspot.com. You can follow me on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/the.bookishworld.of.yrralh/.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Emily May

    "What are the odds?" "In a city of nine million? Less than zero." On occasion - but not often - I read a book and I really don't know how I feel about it. Not in that way where I say I don't know how I feel to soften the blow before I explain why I didn't really like it... but a way where I liked certain aspects of it, really disliked others, and couldn't ever balance out my thoughts into anything resembling a star rating. This book was one of those. I'm going to leave the rating blank. Firstly "What are the odds?" "In a city of nine million? Less than zero." On occasion - but not often - I read a book and I really don't know how I feel about it. Not in that way where I say I don't know how I feel to soften the blow before I explain why I didn't really like it... but a way where I liked certain aspects of it, really disliked others, and couldn't ever balance out my thoughts into anything resembling a star rating. This book was one of those. I'm going to leave the rating blank. Firstly, I picked up this book because I was genuinely looking for a sweet romance. I was hoping for something light and fluffy, and I can say now that this book is most definitely not that. I would not categorize this as a romance - in fact, I removed it from my 'romance' shelf - but either chick-lit or women's fiction (with a dash of magical realism), and I would also say this is on the more sentimental, weepier end of those genres. I actually quite liked that this book was not what I was expecting. Even when it became clear that the genre wasn't what I thought it was, there were still surprises to come. I became really annoyed with the book around the halfway point, in large part because I thought I knew how it would end. But I got at least part of that wrong, too. The plot revolves around that common interview question: "Where do you see yourself in five years?" On the exact same day that Dannie Cohan nails an important interview and gets engaged to her boyfriend, she falls asleep and wakes up in a strange apartment with a man she has never seen before. The date on the TV says December 15, 2025. Exactly five years later. Then when she wakes up again, Dannie is back in 2020. But she can never quite forget that bizarre and intense hour she spent in a different life. Then, of course, the mystery guy comes into her life in a way she could never have predicted. I say I really don't know how to rate this because I think of how it surprised me at the end and some of the themes that touched me and I feel positive thoughts toward it, and then my mind goes to what I hated (view spoiler)[cancer as a plot device, for one (hide spoiler)] and I think ugh. I am at least thankful that predictions one and two on my part were wrong. If you're curious about them... (view spoiler)[ Prediction 1: Cheating. Prediction 2: Bella's death would be used as an excuse for Dannie to be with Aaron. (hide spoiler)] Arc kindly provided by Atria Books in exchange for an honest review. Facebook | Instagram

  13. 4 out of 5

    Danielle

    I kinda went into this one blind, which is not necessarily a bad thing. 😎 So much time passes from the time I read the synopsis of a book, add it to my library queue and wait for my turn to check it out- that I often forget what the book is even about. 🤷🏼‍♀️ Within the first couple of chapters I was wondering, is this a time traveling story? Split personality? Alternate universe? 🤔 I was hung up on figuring that out, which made the first quarter of the book (character development) a bit slow. Bu I kinda went into this one blind, which is not necessarily a bad thing. 😎 So much time passes from the time I read the synopsis of a book, add it to my library queue and wait for my turn to check it out- that I often forget what the book is even about. 🤷🏼‍♀️ Within the first couple of chapters I was wondering, is this a time traveling story? Split personality? Alternate universe? 🤔 I was hung up on figuring that out, which made the first quarter of the book (character development) a bit slow. But once I let that go and got sucked into Dani’s world, I really fell. Grab tissues, this is a sad story of heartache and friendship. 😢💔

  14. 5 out of 5

    Brandice

    In Five Years is a great story about Dani, a Type-A (ahem, relatable) woman, her love life, and friendship. She is a hard-working lawyer who crushes an interview for her dream job and gets engaged to her boyfriend, David. After falling asleep that night, Dani wakes up five years later in an unfamiliar setting with unexpected company. She then wakes up again, back in her current life, but has a hard time shaking this mystery premonition. Four years later, Dani is startled to meet this person in r In Five Years is a great story about Dani, a Type-A (ahem, relatable) woman, her love life, and friendship. She is a hard-working lawyer who crushes an interview for her dream job and gets engaged to her boyfriend, David. After falling asleep that night, Dani wakes up five years later in an unfamiliar setting with unexpected company. She then wakes up again, back in her current life, but has a hard time shaking this mystery premonition. Four years later, Dani is startled to meet this person in real life, and does everything she can to keep her carefully planned life in tact. Of course, fate has other plans. While there is a romantic storyline throughout In Five Years, to me, the real theme is the power of true friendship. The relationship Dani and her best friend Bella had felt authentic - Their care for one another was evident. I liked both of them and appreciated that they each had flaws. Elements of this story were predictable, but one in particular was unexpected, shifting the whole focus of the plot. There are also good reminders about knowing your worth and refusing to settle. I don’t dish out 5-star ratings often, but the emotions this story evoked were that good. I’m glad I decided to read this, as I strongly preferred it over The Dinner List. Thank you to Atria Books for providing an advance copy of In Five Years in exchange for an honest review.

  15. 4 out of 5

    demi. ♡

    ❥ 2 / 5 stars [ e-ARC received from NetGalley ] Here’s some advice from me : Before reading this book, read others’ reviews first because the story is not what you think. It’s not the same as the synopsis said. [This review might contain some spoilers so make sure you don’t continue reading this if you don’t want to know beforehand about some major events in the story.] I started having bad feelings about it when Dannie fell asleep and dreamed about her new life in the next five years with an unknow ❥ 2 / 5 stars [ e-ARC received from NetGalley ] Here’s some advice from me : Before reading this book, read others’ reviews first because the story is not what you think. It’s not the same as the synopsis said. [This review might contain some spoilers so make sure you don’t continue reading this if you don’t want to know beforehand about some major events in the story.] I started having bad feelings about it when Dannie fell asleep and dreamed about her new life in the next five years with an unknown guy named Aaron. I found it pretty weird that even though she didn’t know him, she still had sex with him anyway after a little talk. I was like WTF. In real life, you just got engaged with your two-year boyfriend and then, in your dream, you fucked another guy? 😅 But it became worse when she met him again four years later as her bestie’s boyfriend. As soon as I read that part, I immediately thought of One Day in December and I was so afraid because I didn’t want to read that kind of story again. Once is enough. And thank god, it’s not the same. In this book, Aaron really loved her friend, Bella. So, it was out of the question that he would cheat on her and had sex with Dannie while he was still with Bella. Thus, to make the impossible happen, the author then decided to kill this Bella character off by giving her a cancer. (Again, WTF!) And the story after that, I would say that it was a complete mess. Nonsense came one after another and the worst thing about it was the ending. It came out of nowhere (completely out of nowhere) that I was shocked and speechless. I usually like plot twists but no, not like this. I felt like the whole story I’d been reading for hours was worthless in the blink of an eye. Nonetheless, there is still a great thing about the story: the friendship between Dannie and Bella. Without that, I might give it only one star. Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for providing this e-ARC to me in exchange for an honest review.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Christy

    4 stars This book was nothing like I expected. If you're looking for a swoony romance or easy to read chick-lit type book, that's not what you're getting here. This was a hard-hitting contemporary fiction that hit me right in the feels. After reading the blurb, I thought I had an idea of how this book would go, but I wasn't prepared for what happened. It had twists and turns I didn't see coming, but I loved it. Dannie is an attorney and a number oriented person. As a fellow Type-A person who 4 stars This book was nothing like I expected. If you're looking for a swoony romance or easy to read chick-lit type book, that's not what you're getting here. This was a hard-hitting contemporary fiction that hit me right in the feels. After reading the blurb, I thought I had an idea of how this book would go, but I wasn't prepared for what happened. It had twists and turns I didn't see coming, but I loved it. Dannie is an attorney and a number oriented person. As a fellow Type-A person who knows it takes 24 minutes to get to work without traffic, and 7 minutes to get to my mom’s house, I appreciated Dannie’s character. She's just interviewed for her dream job on the same day she got engaged to her long-term boyfriend. Her life is going pretty perfect. She falls asleep and wakes up to her life, 5 years later. 5 years later, she's in a different apartment and engaged to a different man. It was just a dream, but it didn't feel like a dream to Dannie. It's something she held on to for years... Dannie's story isn't a romance. It feels weird calling it a coming of age story, but it felt that way. Dannie had growth and figured out the person she wanted to be with the help of her best friend, Bella. Her friendship with Bella was my favorite part of the book. The last 10% of this book had me sobbing, and even though the ending wasn't what I thought it would be, I feel like it fit the book and it fit Dannie's story. This book was complicated, made me think, and really made me feel. The writing felt effortless and had a great flow. Even though it wasn't easy to read at times, I flew through it and never wanted to put it down! Love doesn’t require a future.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Kaceey

    One huge….WOW! Where will you be in 5 years? Have you thought about it? Dannie has methodically planned out every detail of her life from the time she was a young girl. You name it…career, family, every single aspect of her future. What happens when she actually gets a glimpse into the future? Five years to be exact. Is it anything close to what she had imagined or planned? Is it too late to change her destiny and reverse course? This was a superbly written story of love and friendship that wrappe One huge….WOW! Where will you be in 5 years? Have you thought about it? Dannie has methodically planned out every detail of her life from the time she was a young girl. You name it…career, family, every single aspect of her future. What happens when she actually gets a glimpse into the future? Five years to be exact. Is it anything close to what she had imagined or planned? Is it too late to change her destiny and reverse course? This was a superbly written story of love and friendship that wrapped itself around me from the start. Though I could have finished it in one sitting, I started it late in the evening and had to wait till the next day to finish. Until then, it was all I could think of. I couldn’t wait to lose myself in this read once again. By 70% the tears were rolling down my face and didn’t stop till long after finishing. I believe the term is emotional wreck! I haven’t been moved so deeply and left crying that hard reading a book in a long, long time. Such a touching, soulful experience. Highly recommend! A buddy read with Susanne that we both just loved and devoured! Thank you Susanne for gifting me this incredible book!

  18. 5 out of 5

    Holly B

    4.5 STARS Couldn't put this one down! Although I'm not a huge romance reader, every now and then a book comes along that just warms (and breaks) my heart. After reading the intriguing synopsis, I knew I wanted to read this one and find out just what In Five Years  was all about. Dannie is a Manhattan lawyer with a five year plan (I love that!). She has a wonderful career, boyfriend, New York life, BUT who is this man in her dreams? He seems so alive and "real" to her, but he is not in her fiv 4.5 STARS Couldn't put this one down! Although I'm not a huge romance reader, every now and then a book comes along that just warms (and breaks) my heart. After reading the intriguing synopsis, I knew I wanted to read this one and find out just what In Five Years  was all about. Dannie is a Manhattan lawyer with a five year plan (I love that!). She has a wonderful career, boyfriend, New York life, BUT who is this man in her dreams? He seems so alive and "real" to her, but he is not in her five year plan! Oh no!! I felt a touch of magic in this tale, had some tears (oh my dear), was somewhat disappointed in the end, had some laughs and just wanted a few more chapters. Thanks to Atria for my review copy! OUT MARCH 2020

  19. 4 out of 5

    Yun

    In Five Years starts off with Dannie living the life she's always wanted: she's got a great career as a corporate lawyer, she's about to be engaged to her boyfriend of two years, and everything is going exactly as she's planned. On the night of her engagement, she falls asleep and seemingly catches a glimpse of her life five years in the future. That glimpse, in which she's with a different man, throws her entire world into turmoil. The premise of this story immediately caught my attention. There In Five Years starts off with Dannie living the life she's always wanted: she's got a great career as a corporate lawyer, she's about to be engaged to her boyfriend of two years, and everything is going exactly as she's planned. On the night of her engagement, she falls asleep and seemingly catches a glimpse of her life five years in the future. That glimpse, in which she's with a different man, throws her entire world into turmoil. The premise of this story immediately caught my attention. There's always something fascinating about the concept of knowing one's own future. Does it change the way you act today? Is there any way you can avoid your destiny if you don't like it? Those are tough questions, and the scenario facing Dannie is especially hard because this peek into her future self plants the seeds of doubt about the direction of her life and the person she's with. And yet, this book is about so much more than that. It sets forth Dannie's personal journey of growth and discovery. It also provides a detailed look into friendships and relationships, and on dealing with loss. The characters in here are fascinating, as well as the choices they are forced to make. I found that it all combined into the best mix possible, leaving me riveted throughout the whole story. However, the ending threw me a bit. Without giving anything away, I'll say that the story led the reader in a specific direction, and it was a profound conclusion. It would have made the whole story come together and arrive at an insightful destination. But it didn't go that way. It went somewhere else, and that direction took a bit away from the story that the author was trying to craft. It somewhat cheapened the whole journey, in my opinion, and that was unfortunate. Still, I ended up loving most of the story. I found the characters interesting, their choices difficult and nuanced, and the plot line compelling. Even though the ending wasn't as stellar as I had hoped, I still very much enjoyed the journey. Reflecting on it, I think this is one of those memorable stories that will stick with me for a long time.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Susanne Strong

    5 Crying through my Tears Stars! Pass Me the Tissues Please!! Falling asleep on what has been the best day of her life, Dannie couldn’t be happier. Attaining her dream job and getting engaged to David, the perfect fiance all in one day, she is excited about what life holds. When Dannie wakes up an hour later she finds herself somewhere else completely, with a different man, wearing a completely different ring. The date on the calendar is five years into the future. Falling back asleep, she wakes b 5 Crying through my Tears Stars! Pass Me the Tissues Please!! Falling asleep on what has been the best day of her life, Dannie couldn’t be happier. Attaining her dream job and getting engaged to David, the perfect fiance all in one day, she is excited about what life holds. When Dannie wakes up an hour later she finds herself somewhere else completely, with a different man, wearing a completely different ring. The date on the calendar is five years into the future. Falling back asleep, she wakes back up the next day in 2020, with her fiance, David. The future. Dannie has seen it and nary a moment goes by that she puts “Aaron” out of her mind. Then it happens and she meets him. For real. In that moment, Dannie's mind is blown. Talk about a game-changer. Every second thereafter, I was on the edge of my seat. Hanging on. Holding on. Holding my breath. Holding back tears. What can I tell you? “In Five Years” by Rebecca Serle is not what it purports itself to be. It will rip your heart out and leave you in tears. You will be so immersed in these characters and their lives that you will definitely need a hanky or two by the time you finish this novel. It is a story about love, friendship, family, heartache and so much more. If this book is not on your radar, it should be. If you have not considered reading it before now, you need to. “In Five Years” will most definitely appear on my Goodreads Best of List for 2020 and has made me a huge fan of Rebecca Serle, such that I am currently reading her prior novel, “The Dinner List.” This was an amazing buddy read with Kaceey, which left us both in tears. A huge thank you to Mimi at Goodreads for the galley, Atria Books and NetGalley for the arc to read and review. Published on Goodreads on 6.7.20.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Dilek VT

    The book has an open ending and I hate it when it is like that. From the very beginning I had a bad feeling about this book so I couldn't read it properly, I just skimmed and scanned it to see where it goes. And in the end, I was happy that I didn't spend 5 or 6 hours on this book because the ending would frustrate the hell out of me. Here is the result of my skim-scan and quick reading. It has all the spoilers so make sure you don't uncover it if you really want to read this book. (view spoiler The book has an open ending and I hate it when it is like that. From the very beginning I had a bad feeling about this book so I couldn't read it properly, I just skimmed and scanned it to see where it goes. And in the end, I was happy that I didn't spend 5 or 6 hours on this book because the ending would frustrate the hell out of me. Here is the result of my skim-scan and quick reading. It has all the spoilers so make sure you don't uncover it if you really want to read this book. (view spoiler)[Dannie is engaged. She sees a premonition about her life in 5 years. She is in a different house with a different man with a different ring on her finger. This vision feels like real and it devastates her. She keeps cancelling her wedding and after 4,5 years, she sees the man in her vision in real life. His name is Aaron. Her best friend Bella introduces him as her new boyfriend. Later, they get engaged. Aaron loves Bella. Bella soon gets ill. She has cancer. She dies. After her funeral, the fiancé, Aaron, gives her ring to Dannie. And they are in their house. Dannie suddenly realizes that the vision she saw 5 years earlier was that day. The ring on her finger is her dead best friend Bella's ring. The man she saw herself with is Aaron, her dead best friend's fiancé. The house is theirs. That was the vision! Maybe out of grief or whatever other reason beyond my comprehension, they have sex after the funeral. Then, Aaron leaves, saying maybe they will have coffee sometime next week. They will maybe stay as friends or become lovers, we don't know. Dannie comes across her dead friend's handsome doctor, Dr. Shaw, at a café she goes after Aaron leaves. There is a hint that maybe she will be with this handsome doctor... but again, we don't know for sure. We know nothing about the future. (hide spoiler)] Did I say I hate open endings? ********************************************* You can follow my instagram page from here

  22. 4 out of 5

    Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)

    This was such a bizarre reading experience for me. I was completely hooked to this from start to finish and I did VERY much enjoy this book, but I have some complicated feelings. I really liked all of the characters and I truly believed in all of their bonds and the messiness of their relationships/actions, but there were some things about this book that just made me feel a bit weird and I'm not really sure how I feel about it. I'm going with a 4 star rating for now because I really enjoyed the This was such a bizarre reading experience for me. I was completely hooked to this from start to finish and I did VERY much enjoy this book, but I have some complicated feelings. I really liked all of the characters and I truly believed in all of their bonds and the messiness of their relationships/actions, but there were some things about this book that just made me feel a bit weird and I'm not really sure how I feel about it. I'm going with a 4 star rating for now because I really enjoyed the writing and I absolutely flew through this one, but that rating is definitely subject to change (in either direction!) the more that I mull this one over. TW: terminal illness, false pregnancy, death of a loved one

  23. 4 out of 5

    Brenda ~Traveling Sisters Book Reviews

    In Five Years is a stunningly beautiful, brilliant and insightful love story that gave me so much to think about! The story starts with a hook that had me asking myself a few questions and anticipating the answers. I do have to admit I was a bit worried about the direction this one might go. I am a romance eye-roller, and I went into this one expecting to exercise my eyelids with some eye-rolling. Lindsay, my eye-rolling partner, read this faster than I did and loved it, so I figured there had t In Five Years is a stunningly beautiful, brilliant and insightful love story that gave me so much to think about! The story starts with a hook that had me asking myself a few questions and anticipating the answers. I do have to admit I was a bit worried about the direction this one might go. I am a romance eye-roller, and I went into this one expecting to exercise my eyelids with some eye-rolling. Lindsay, my eye-rolling partner, read this faster than I did and loved it, so I figured there had to be an emotional pull to it, and she warned me to have some tissues handy. Well, I was so happy with a major turning point in the story that packs in some emotional depth to the story, I wasn't excepting! I loved the contrast between long time friends Dannie and Bella, and it added so much depth to the story giving me so much to think about. I was expecting not to like one, but they both are likable, interesting, well developed and insightful characters This is such a well-done story that challenges us to look at how unpredictable life is, how hard it is to control, and sometimes the choices we make are not ours to make, making this one an excellent one to discuss. Through my discussion with Lindsay, I saw love a bit differently then I did going into this one. I highly recommend it!

  24. 4 out of 5

    Kylie D

    In Five Years is a wonderful book, both heart warming and heartbreaking at the same time. We follow Dannie, a lawyer on the rise in NYC, who at the start of the book gets engaged, and following the celebrations falls asleep. When she wakes everything is very different. She is in a different apartment, with a different man, and realises it's five years in the future. When she eventually wakes up back in her own timeline, she thinks it's a dream, though a very realistic one, and puts it behind her. In Five Years is a wonderful book, both heart warming and heartbreaking at the same time. We follow Dannie, a lawyer on the rise in NYC, who at the start of the book gets engaged, and following the celebrations falls asleep. When she wakes everything is very different. She is in a different apartment, with a different man, and realises it's five years in the future. When she eventually wakes up back in her own timeline, she thinks it's a dream, though a very realistic one, and puts it behind her. Until one day, after four and a half years have passed, she sees the man from her dream on the street. This book then goes on to tell the tale of how Dannie gets to that point five years in the future. It covers life, love and grief, and is full of surprises. At times it was a little slow, and got bogged down a bit, but all in all it's a moving tale, and I have no hesitation in recommending it to readers. My thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Lindsay - Traveling Sisters Book Reviews

    5+ stars! Keep tissues handy! Emotional. Surprising. Intense. Thought-provoking. Heart wrenching. Dannie and David are both highly motivated in moving up in their careers. They “get” each other and fully support one another in their career progressions. Dannie and David get engaged after dating for two years, yet over four years later, they still haven’t found the time to plan their wedding. Bella is Dannie’s life long best friend. Their friendship is the one stable thing in Bella’s life. Bella is 5+ stars! Keep tissues handy! Emotional. Surprising. Intense. Thought-provoking. Heart wrenching. Dannie and David are both highly motivated in moving up in their careers. They “get” each other and fully support one another in their career progressions. Dannie and David get engaged after dating for two years, yet over four years later, they still haven’t found the time to plan their wedding. Bella is Dannie’s life long best friend. Their friendship is the one stable thing in Bella’s life. Bella is spontaneous and emotional, she falls in love easily and hasn’t had a relationship last more than a few months before she is on to the next thing....that is until she meets Greg. This storyline wasn’t anything like what I had expected. It was shocking, raw and highly affecting. It was a unique, emotional love story like no other. I’m not one to read love stories so don’t let that deter you if that isn’t generally your thing. This novel started off strong then lost a bit of intensity before the halfway point. After the halfway point, the storyline dug its way deep into my heart and didn’t let up until the end (I’m still not over these characters and it’s been days since I finished). This novel is a tear jerker. It’s full of heart, love, loyalty, true friendship. It lived up to the hype and surpassed my expectations. The writing was excellent. The characters were endearing and unforgettable. This story will make you think - so much to contemplate. I highly recommend! I will end with my favourite quote from the book which I found extremely powerful: “You mistake love. You think it has to have a future in order to matter, but it doesn’t. It’s the only thing that does not need to become at all. It matters only insofar that it exists. Here. Now. Love doesn’t require a future.” Thank you to my lovely local library for lending me a copy of this outstanding book. I look forward to what this author comes out with next!

  26. 4 out of 5

    Norma

    Soul-stirring, striking, & an unexpected gem! IN FIVE YEARS by REBECCA SERLE is an engaging, touching, heartwarming, and absolutely beautiful story of love and friendship that I was immediately drawn into and quickly devoured. The storyline definitely kept me intrigued and took me on an emotional rollercoaster ride right to the very end. REBECCA SERLE delivers a fantastic, captivating, emotional and beautifully written story here with some startling twists and turns that will definitely give you Soul-stirring, striking, & an unexpected gem! IN FIVE YEARS by REBECCA SERLE is an engaging, touching, heartwarming, and absolutely beautiful story of love and friendship that I was immediately drawn into and quickly devoured. The storyline definitely kept me intrigued and took me on an emotional rollercoaster ride right to the very end. REBECCA SERLE delivers a fantastic, captivating, emotional and beautifully written story here with some startling twists and turns that will definitely give you all the feels. The characters are so relatable and genuine that it is extremely easy to get emotionally attached to them and be fully absorbed in their lives. I was thoroughly impressed with the storytelling here and the direction that this story took was downright ingenious. You think you know what is going on but wait, what just happened? Totally surprising the reader, well me anyway. There were definitely some aspects to this story that kind of ruffled my feathers a little bit but on reflection I thoroughly enjoyed how everything played out. Norma’s Stats: Cover: N/A this time around because my ARC didn’t have a finished cover. Title: Intriguing, effective, relevant, emotive, meaningful, and a significant representation to storyline. Writing/Prose: Well-written, witty, engaging, readable, and beautiful. I absolutely loved the writing style! Plot: Intriguing, unpredictable, poignant, emotional, twisty, heartwarming, touching, moving, thought-provoking, insightful, entertaining, captivating, and steadily-paced. Ending: An emotional, thought-provoking, and slightly vague ending which I thought worked out very well. Overall: 4.5 Stars rounded up! Our main character here, Dannie totally captured my heart and fully consumed my thoughts while I was reading this story. I highly recommend it! Thank you so much to Mimi from Goodreads for the ARC. This review can also be seen at Traveling Sisters Book Reviews blog: https://travelingsistersbookreviews.com/

  27. 5 out of 5

    Dem

    Magical and Heartbreaking and a wonderful love story for readers who enjoy emotional and whimsical tales. I picked this one up after seeing a few of my Goodreads friend’s reviews and while I am not a fan of love stories this one appeared to be a little different and peaked my curiosity. “ What would you do if you glimpsed your life five years from now..... Dannie Lohan has just nailed the most important job interview of her career and gets engaged to the perfect man , she is well on her way to Magical and Heartbreaking and a wonderful love story for readers who enjoy emotional and whimsical tales. I picked this one up after seeing a few of my Goodreads friend’s reviews and while I am not a fan of love stories this one appeared to be a little different and peaked my curiosity. “ What would you do if you glimpsed your life five years from now..... Dannie Lohan has just nailed the most important job interview of her career and gets engaged to the perfect man , she is well on her way to fulfilling her life goals. That same night Dannie falls asleep only to wake up in a different apartment with a different man. the TV is on and she spots the date on screen, It’s the same night but 2025 five years in the future............... A clever and moving novel that I read in one day. It’s one of those books you start late at night and just cant put it down as its enjoyable and easy reading. I was in the mood for something light and fluffy and this certainly fitted the bill. The perfect weekend/holiday read that is entertaining and delightful in every way. I was going to rate this one 3.5 but rounded up to 4 as I really did enjoy the story and it was compelling reading. Readers who enjoy books like, Me Before You might well love this one too.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Gabby

    I really enjoyed this story. I do agree with other reviewers that the blurb is a little misleading - this story is about a woman who is working in New York and on the night she gets engaged to her boyfriend she wakes up five years into the future in a different apartment with a different man in her bed. That makes it sound like the book is going to have time travel or some crazy sci-fi elements to it, but that is a single event at the beginning of this book, and the rest of it is a contemporary I really enjoyed this story. I do agree with other reviewers that the blurb is a little misleading - this story is about a woman who is working in New York and on the night she gets engaged to her boyfriend she wakes up five years into the future in a different apartment with a different man in her bed. That makes it sound like the book is going to have time travel or some crazy sci-fi elements to it, but that is a single event at the beginning of this book, and the rest of it is a contemporary romance. The thing I enjoyed so much about this book is the friendship between our main character and her childhood best friend Bella. They were incredibly adorable and this story really centers around that friendship. I also love that this book takes place in New York and features a lot of my favorite areas in New York like Rockefeller, Dumbo, Brooklyn bridge, Bryant Park, Washington Square and so many more! The New York vibes were really freaking great. This book actually reminded me a lot of the book One Day In December it just had a very similar love triangle vibe and it also spans many years like that book does. I will say that I agree with some of the negative reviews when they say: (view spoiler)[the romance at the end between Aaron and our main character seems totally random and fast and doesn't really make sense. I didn't even really enjoy this book for the romance, I enjoyed it because of Bella and her friendship with her. I thought they were so sweet and the whole cancer thing really made me cry my eyes out a few times. (hide spoiler)] I finished this book all in one night and it made me cry many times and it also gave me all the warm fuzzy feelings. I just feel like I read this book at the perfect time, I just took a trip to New York earlier this month and this book just made me feel like I was back in the city, and as the main character says: there's nothing more romantic than New York in December. Thank you to Atria Books for an ARC!

  29. 5 out of 5

    Nursebookie

    Dannie Cohan is on the right path in her five year plan personally and professionally - a budding lawyer on a path to a successful career and a stable relationship with her fiancée. Her meticulously planned life suddenly takes a turn when a vivid dream takes her 5 years into the future Dec 15, 2025, wearing a different ring, in a different apartment, and with a different man! She wakes up back into the present in 2020, but can’t seem to shake off how real the vision was and have always kept her Dannie Cohan is on the right path in her five year plan personally and professionally - a budding lawyer on a path to a successful career and a stable relationship with her fiancée. Her meticulously planned life suddenly takes a turn when a vivid dream takes her 5 years into the future Dec 15, 2025, wearing a different ring, in a different apartment, and with a different man! She wakes up back into the present in 2020, but can’t seem to shake off how real the vision was and have always kept her vision tucked away in the back of her mind. Fast forward 4.5 yrs later and she runs into the same man in her vision and the series of events that follows are what makes this book completely and utterly clever, moving, and heartbreaking. I loved how the course of life’s unexpected moments and the unpredictable nature of destiny will take its course no matter what we do to try to avoid it. I loved this book for the characters, the plot twists, and the beautiful relationships between life-long friends and the power to love and be loved.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Jonetta

    I’ve always hated that question, “Where do you see yourself in five years?” Not Dannie Cohan. She’s known who and what she’s wanted to be and with whom since she was ten years old. Danni plans her life out to the minute and she’s happy that way. The people who care about her both personally and professionally do more than accept her for how she is...they admire her. She’s not that proverbial type A personality that rubs people the wrong way or has a hole in her soul or life. It works for her in I’ve always hated that question, “Where do you see yourself in five years?” Not Dannie Cohan. She’s known who and what she’s wanted to be and with whom since she was ten years old. Danni plans her life out to the minute and she’s happy that way. The people who care about her both personally and professionally do more than accept her for how she is...they admire her. She’s not that proverbial type A personality that rubs people the wrong way or has a hole in her soul or life. It works for her in all aspects. When she goes out to dinner with her boyfriend one evening after nailing the most important interview of her career, Danni has even predicted he’s going to propose and you bet she’s prepared. However, after imbibing just a bit too much, she awakens in a strange apartment, with a strange man and a ring on her finger that’s not the one she accepted the night before. The television is on and it’s still December 15....but 2025, five years later. She proceeds to spend the weirdest hour of her life before she falls asleep again, only to awaken to the real present and her familiar life. That’s all I’m willing to tell you about the details of this story because it was enough to lure me in and keep me engaged without a break. Yes, I listened to this story in one day because I literally couldn’t find a breakaway point. Danni isn’t a frivolous or head-in-the-sky kind of woman so this wasn’t a dreamy fantasy, at least not on the surface. What happens in the five years from the dream going forward was not anything I anticipated. It’s an emotional experience where I wasn’t sure of how I wanted it to go. One thing was certain was that I felt I eventually knew this woman, inside and out, as well as the other characters important to her life, and that had me completely connected to everything about her and the outcome. This is not a predictable story, which adds to its allure. I listened to it (thank goodness!) and the narrator was outstanding. She was Danni, making her real and whole like you want to experience in an audio performance. There are romantic elements and mystery (not the scary kind) but at its heart it’s a tale of destiny and self exploration. One of the things I’ve believed about foretelling the future is things aren’t always as clear as you think they might seem. Keep that in mind as you read or listen, as I highly recommend. This one grabbed me and refused to let go. Posted on Blue Mood Café (Thanks to Simon & Schuster Audio and Libro.fm for my complimentary copy. All opinions are my own.)

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