book review

In Five Years by Rebecca Serle

In Five Years
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. 

I read a lot of books this year. Thanks to the pandemic, two separate injuries that have kept me out of work for weeks at a time, and a toddler who is increasingly learning to play independently…it has been a good reading year. The only problem is though, although I have read a lot and a good majority of those books have been solidly good to solidly great books…there hasn’t been one book that has completely destroyed me in the way the truly great books have. You know, the books that cause ugly crying. In Five Years ended up being that book for me. In fact, I ended up sobbing so hard that one of my cats ended up running to the living room to make sure I was okay.

I had put a hold on this title months ago, I am not even sure why. I had glanced over the summary and honestly, it didn’t really jump out at me as being a book I’d typically go crazy over but I liked the cover and based on the popularity I figured I’d give it a try.

I am so so glad that I tried it. While initially I thought I knew where the story was going to go, it completely threw me off guard and I ended up loving every single moment of this story and it ended up being the book that completed my marathon reading year. There’s still a few weeks of 2020 left of course, and there’s a possibility that I will end up reading another book to displace this book from the number one spot…but I doubt it.

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