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In Five Years by Rebecca Serle

Dannie Kohan’s life is going just as planned. She nails the interview for her dream job. She accepts her long time boyfriend’s marriage proposal. Her life is looking just as she expected! Ever a planner, she knows exactly where she will be in five years.

Until one night, when she goes to bed and wakes up in a new apartment, a ring on her finger different from the one she just accepted and sees a different man beside her. The television playing in the background of this apartment says the date … December 15– but 2025, exactly five years into her future.

She comes back to the present and tries to forget about the strangeness of what just happened. Her life is so carefully planned, there is no way that was more than a dream. And she believes this. Until four and a half years later she meets this man that shared a bed with her.

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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Okay well this book is nothing like what I thought it would be. In a really good way. As I started the book, I was expecting a light-hearted love story with a unique beginning. Boy was I wrong. Don’t get me wrong, I am so glad I read it. But from that description, you’d never know the pain and sadness you are stepping into. 

Dani, our main character isn’t perfect but I found her to be so relatable with her type-A, list making personality. I also quite enjoyed Bella, Dani’s best friend and thought their friendship was adorable. I wish the author had done a bit more character development throughout but I forgive her because this story is so beautiful. I love that this book turns out to be a love story about friendships rather than relationships.

The theme of grief wasn’t present until the very end and I adored how the author didn’t give us a satisfying ending. Because isn’t that exactly what grief is? She left readers with a broken heart, rather than trying to tie it up with a neat bow. 

Overall, I found this book so beautiful and breath-taking. Seriously, I’m still sad just thinking about it. It’s a great one to listen to as an audiobook; you’ll finish it quickly!

PUBLICATION DETAILS: Atria Books; March 10th, 2020; 1982137444; Fiction/Contemporary

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