March 4, 2020

In Five Years

"And I think that maybe that is what love is. Not the absence of space but the acknowledgment of it, the thing that lives between the parts, that thing that makes it possible not to be one, but to be different, to be two." ~ 69%

We all have a rehearsed answer to the oh-so-asked question: Where do you see yourself in five years? Dannie Cohan, a lawyer in Manhattan, is asked this question during the most important interview of her career. Of course she lands the job. Then accepts her boyfriend's marriage proposal. It seems Dannie is on the right track with her five-year-goal.

Then a vision changes her whole life. She drifts off to sleep after saying "yes" to marriage (how romantic, right?) and wakes up in an unfamiliar apartment, a different engagement ring on her finger and an entirely different man beside her. The date on the TV news scrolls by: December 15, 2025! The very detailed vision continues until Dannie wakes up back in 2020, chalking it up to a weird dream.

Should she live differently knowing what may come in five years? Or should she continue down the path of where she wants to be? And what does it mean when she meets the mystery man in real life? All of this plays out in the new chick-lit novel, In Five Years, by Rebecca Serle.

I expected something cute, cliché, and very similar to a book I read almost nine years ago titled 29. Oh, was I wrong! It was more substance than I expected with a dose of irony. I predict this new novel will be on bookshelves everywhere for readers pondering where their own lives will be in five years. Anything can happen!

Happy Early Pub Day, Rebecca Serle! In Five Years will be available Tuesday, March 10.

Disclaimer: An advance copy was received directly from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Opinions are my own and would be the same if I spent my hard-earned coins.

Title: In Five Years
Author: Rebecca Serle
Published: March 2020
Pages: 266
Edition: Galley
Challenge: Popsugar—A Book with a Main Character in Their 20s
Rating: 🖤 🖤 🖤

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