Monday, January 24, 2022

In Five Years by Rebecca Serle

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.

Hardcover, 255 pages 
Published March 10, 2020
 by Atria Books
4/5 stars

I'm really glad that I went with the audiobook for this read.  Coming in at 256 pages or just over 6 hours in the audio made for a relatively quick read/listen.  To be honest I'm not sure I would have enjoyed it as much if I had read the book.

Dannie is a very driven person, bother professionally and in life.  She knows what she wants and goes after it. She has the perfect fiance, the perfect apartment and job, and her best friend is the total opposite in both personality and traits. But waking up 5 years later and spending a relatively short period of time there impacts the next 5 years for Dannie.

I can't say that I connected with Dannie, she was a little overbearing but the story line was interesting and took a turn that I didn't expect. With the last part being quite emotional.  

In Five Years is story of relationships, change and healing. I would not call this romance or a rom/com but rather woman's fiction showcasing self discovery. It pulls at the heart strings so keep the kleenex handy.

My print copy obtained from public library with audio via Scribd.

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