In Five Years

Original Title:In Five Years
Published Date:10th Mar 2020
Publisher:Atria Books
ISBN:9781982137441
Edition Language:English
Format:Hardcover
Number of Pages:272 Pages
Rating :
About Rebecca Serle
Rebecca Serle is an author and television writer who lives between New York and Los Angeles. Serle most recently co-developed the hit TV adaptation of her young adult series Famous in Love, now on Freeform. She loves Nancy Meyers films, bathrobes, and giving unsolicited advice on love. She can be found on twitter: @RebeccaASerle

In Five Years Overview

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.

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.

In Five Years Reviews

  • 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. 😢💔
    more
  • 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.
    more
  • 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.
    more
  • ⭐ 𝙁𝙤𝙪𝙧 𝘼𝙘𝙠! 𝙈𝙮! 𝙀𝙢𝙤𝙩𝙞𝙤𝙣𝙨! 𝙎𝙩𝙖𝙧𝙨! ⭐I had heard the hype about this book. I knew what I was getting into, so the fact that my heart was sucked out through my eyes is no ones fault but my own! 𝘈𝘵 28, 𝘋𝘢𝘯𝘯𝘪𝘦 𝘭𝘢𝘯𝘥𝘴 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘱𝘦𝘳𝘧𝘦𝘤𝘵 𝘫𝘰𝘣 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘨𝘦𝘵𝘴 𝘦𝘯𝘨𝘢𝘨𝘦𝘥 𝘵𝘰 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘱𝘦𝘳𝘧𝘦𝘤𝘵 𝘨𝘶𝘺 𝘰𝘯 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘴𝘢𝘮𝘦 𝘥𝘢𝘺. 𝘛𝘩𝘢𝘵 𝘯𝘪𝘨𝘩𝘵 𝘴𝘩𝘦 𝘩𝘢𝘴 𝘢 𝘥𝘳𝘦𝘢𝘮? 𝘱𝘳𝘦𝘮𝘰𝘯𝘪𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯? 𝘰𝘧 𝘸𝘢𝘬𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘪𝘯 𝘢 𝘥𝘪𝘧𝘧𝘦𝘳𝘦𝘯𝘵 𝘢𝘱𝘢𝘳𝘵𝘮𝘦𝘯𝘵 𝘸𝘪𝘵𝘩 𝘢 𝘥𝘪𝘧𝘧𝘦𝘳𝘦𝘯𝘵 𝘨𝘶𝘺, 𝘦𝘹𝘢𝘤𝘵𝘭𝘺 𝘧𝘪𝘷𝘦 𝘺𝘦𝘢𝘳𝘴 𝘪𝘯 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘧𝘶𝘵𝘶𝘳𝘦. 𝘈𝘯𝘥 𝘵𝘩𝘪𝘴 𝘯𝘦𝘸 𝘨𝘶𝘺 𝘨𝘪𝘷𝘦𝘴 𝘩𝘦𝘳 𝘴𝘰𝘮𝘦 𝘴𝘦𝘳𝘪𝘰𝘶𝘴 𝘧𝘦𝘦𝘭𝘴. 𝘞𝘩𝘦𝘯 𝘴𝘩𝘦 𝘸𝘢𝘬𝘦𝘴 𝘣𝘢𝘤𝘬 𝘶𝘱 𝘪𝘯 𝘩𝘦𝘳 𝘢𝘤𝘵𝘶𝘢𝘭 𝘭𝘪𝘧𝘦 𝘴𝘩𝘦 𝘱𝘶𝘵𝘴 𝘪𝘵 𝘢𝘭𝘭 𝘰𝘶𝘵 𝘰𝘧 𝘩𝘦𝘳 𝘮𝘪𝘯𝘥 𝘶𝘯𝘵𝘪𝘭 𝘢 𝘤𝘩𝘢𝘯𝘤𝘦 𝘦𝘯𝘤𝘰𝘶𝘯𝘵𝘦𝘳 𝘣𝘳𝘪𝘯𝘨𝘴 𝘥𝘳𝘦𝘢𝘮𝘣𝘰𝘺 𝘪𝘯𝘵𝘰 𝘩𝘦𝘳 𝘸𝘰𝘳𝘭𝘥. So I didn't really like Dannie. She's shallow and self-absorbed and really, someone who refuses to wear track pants, even while on a TV binge isn't the type of girl I'm gonna mesh with. But that's ok. I don't need to like the character to like the book. I'm not even sure the reader is meant to like her. The setting of New York City was perfect. It's been almost two years since I've been there but I could feel it's vibe on the pages. I also really enjoyed the authors writing style and how Dannie and Bella's friendship was portrayed. I have two reasons for why I reduced a star. First, and it's minor, but there was nothing wrong with David! Dannie's transition from 'he's my everything' to 'meh' was hard to understand. Secondly, the very last scene. It detracts from the message of the story. Dannie needs to take time to recover and figure out what she wants in life. I guess the author was trying to give some kind of closure, or happier ending, but I was bothered by it. I won't soon forget this amazing book and look forward to what the author writes next!!
    more
  • 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!
    more
  • 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.
    more
  • 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.)
    more
  • 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?!)
    more
  • I'm between a 4-4.5 on this. What a fantastic, modern story of self discovery and friendship. Despite the higher rating, it has taken me a few days to put my thoughts in order. This is my first Rebecca Serle book and it won't be my last. I'm pleased to say that this book really resonated with me. It is unfortunate that about 10% through listening to this, I had a major plot point spoiled due to something I saw on Instagram. I thought I knew how the book was going to go and I could feel something taken out of me in terms of how I was "into" the story. However, once that plot point was revealed, I was "glad" to see that it wasn't as I imagined so the book wasn't completely spoiled. I did something I had never done before with In Five Years. I listened to the 50% mark and then transitioned to the kindle ARC for the last 50%. I enjoyed the narration of this immensely. I thought the narrator was PERFECT and sounded exactly how Dannie would be as I imagined her. However, I switched to the kindle version because the book started to drag for me (I kept thinking, when are we going to get to the major plot point I know is going to reveal itself??) and within 5 pages of reading - there it was. From then on, I devoured the book. Dannie's character has caused a lot of internal strife. I'm having trouble reconciling Dannie from the whole book and Dannie at the end. For whole book Dannie, I liked her and I saw a LOT of myself in her. I totally get why people think she was slightly inward thinking and a little crazy with the planning. I think the author did a great job of providing the necessary information to flesh out her character. We know why Dannie was a control freak. Why she lived everything by a plan. I think this book is a lot more complex than what a lot of us initially thought too. It isn't a romance, but as I said above, it's a story about self discovery and friendship. I could give the author a standing ovation for writing a book like this. The woman is in control the whole time, she is complex, has flaws and knows how to stand on her own. I also thought the end was near perfect. So let's talk about why I gave this 4 stars instead of 5.This was not a 5 star book for me because of something that happened at the end. Maybe I'm sheltered and a prude, but it wasn't believable to me at all. I think the author did a fine job providing the framework for a lot of people to be okay with it and I'm not criticizing anyone who was okay with how the end transpired. However, to me it just didn't add up for either character involved. So I can end this on a good note, I also want to commend the author for her portrayal of love in varying aspects. I think it's important to show that love can exist in many ways and is different with each person. It took me a very long time to figure this out in my own life and I wish this book could have been around when I was younger to guide me through a few things.Thank you to the Libro.fm ALC program and Simon & Schuster audio for my free audiobook review copy. Also, thank you to Netgalley for my kindle review version, Atria Books and the author, Rebecca Serle. I was extremely fortunate to be able to have both formats to review and provide honest feedback.Review Date: 04/06/2020Publication Date: 03/10/2020
    more
  • 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
    more
  • 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.
    more
  • 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
    more
  • 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.
    more
  • 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.
    more
  • 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/
    more
  • 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 saying to my husband 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 brilliant part of this book... (view spoiler)[because the way the store unravels from then on makes absolutely no sense, and also it becomes overdramatic. We learn that the stranger living in Dannie's future apartment is actually her best friend's boyfriend/fiancee. To resolve this the book introduces a plot that I really dislike: terminal cancer. Yeah, let's get rid of the friend to remove the conflict and all is ok, 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 necessary to bring more angst into the story, so of course, Dannie can just cut him from her life after almost 6 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 of the book makes no sense in the future... The dialogue in the new future context is something no one would say, ever. It's weird, and it doesn't work.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 makes no sense, but the writing is pretty good and effortless.Thank you Netgalley and Quercus Books for sending me an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
    more
  • "Love doesn't require a future." Can I just say I have mixed feelings?Not because I didn’t love the story but because I’m not sure I agree with the ending. What a heartbreaking and beautiful story! In Five Years brought out so many emotions in me.The novel is a story of two best friends, their friendship and the love, loss and hope they experienced.From the first moment I opened this book, I knew I wouldn't be able to put it away for any reason. It's one of those books that demand your attention. This story spoke to me in so many ways. As I said earlier, it made me feel all types of emotions. The characters:We have Bella, a free spirit girl who had absentee parents growing up. As a rich girl, life has brought her everything she wanted except love; Love from her parents or love from a significant other. Yet, Bella falls in love easily. Bella is a good person and a good friend with a good heart.Then, we have Dannie Kohan who is a woman with her feet well planted on the earth. She's all about numbers and she loves her job as a lawyer. When the book begins she’s getting ready for an interview with a new firm but she also suspects her boyfriend, David Rosen is about to propose. Dannie is happy with her life and her five-year plan. Then a dream happens. A very real dream where she wakes up five years into the future, in a different home, in Brooklyn, with a ring on her finger and with a different man. A man named Aaron Gregory. The dream shakes her to her core.Years later, Dannie meets the man of her vivid dream and she tries to stay away from him but fate or her destiny has other plans for her.In Five Years had an amazing writing and a well-developed storyline that I won’t easily forget. Cliffhanger: No5/5 FangsA complimentary copy was provided by Atria Books via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.MrsLeif's Two Fangs About It | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram
    more
  • 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
    more
  • 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.bloginstagramfacebooktwitter
    more
  • 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!
    more
  • 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
    more