Book Review – In Five Years by Rebecca Serle

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.

Published March 10th 2020 by Quercus

~ Review ~

This is one of those books that I’d seen everywhere. It was making waves across book twitter and bookstagram and everyone was raving about it. Yes, I was completely sucked in by the hype and FOMO, desperately trying to get my hands on a copy by entering every competition going but it wasn’t until it popped up on Amazon Vine a couple of weeks ago that I finally got my mitts on it.

* The hype was 100% Justified *

I started this book almost immediately, and within seconds was completely and utterly captivated. Rebecca Serle’s writing is just stunning and with a magical little twist early on, where main protagonist Dannie catches a brief glimpse of a surprising future, I was caught – Hook, Line and sinker – and devoured this story in two wonderful sittings.

In Five Years is exactly the type of love story I adore. It’s smart, surprising, tender, emotional, flawed and raw. I thought I had this book weighed up right from the start. Nope. While it might not have been the love story I expected, I utterly adored it and my heart both soared and shattered in tiny pieces through the duration of this book. Dannie is written with such clarity that, despite being the very antithesis of myself, I understood her wholeheartedly.

Love isn’t all hearts and rainbows, and isn’t always about the epic romance – and In Five Years reflects this beautifully. I know in five years, I’ll still remember this book and feel gratitude. Because that’s what this book is ultimately all about. Being grateful for the people who love you and living every moment.

I read a free proof copy courtesy of the publisher & the Amazon Vine program

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