“The future is the one that you can count on not abandoning you, kid, he’d said. The future always finds you. Stand still, and it will find you. The way the land just has to run to the sea.” -Marianne Wiggins
Thank you Atria Books for gifting me a copy of In Five Years by Rebecca Serle.
“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.”
When I received a copy of this book, it came with a flyer that read “This is the next great love story. It’s just not the one you’re expecting” and after finishing In Five Years I couldn’t agree more. As I settled in with this book, I thought to myself that this would be a romance about how one woman falls in love with a man other than her fiancé and how she learns to follow her heart. While it was definitely about Dannie learning to follow her heart, it was so much more than a woman falling in love with a man.
Not to mention, I love a good book that makes me ask, what if?
About halfway through the book, I started to have a sinking feeling as to where the storyline might be going and it crushed me. Told in such a beautiful, heartbreaking and real way— I couldn’t get enough of Rebecca Serle’s writing. She managed to transport me into the lives of the characters and feel all of their emotions; their pain, their love, their heartbreak. The last 20 pages left me a blubbering mess, but somehow, Serle managed to write an ending that left my heart full of hope.
I can’t recommend this book enough. It received five-glowing stars from me and I will be nudging all of my friends to add this one to their reading list.
Thank you Rebecca Serle and Atria Books for gifting me a copy of this book.