Friday, March 20, 2020

Julie's Review: In Five Years

Author: Rebecca Searle
Series: None
Publication Date: March 10, 2020
Publisher: Atria Books
Pages: 272
Obtained: publisher via Netgalley
Genre:  Contemporary Fiction
Rating: 5/5
Bottom Line: Romantic love isn't the only kind of love that is important

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Summary: 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. ~amazon.com

Review: Well I didn't really know what to expect going in because it wasn't supposed to be a typical love story. I devoured this book in about 36 hours which given our schedule is pretty amazing. Sure, it's not long but as we all know if the story doesn't grab you it doesn't matter how long or short.

Dannie is a control-freak. She's had her life planned out for years and is on track after she gets her dream job as a lawyer at a top-tier law firm. She knows it'll be hard work, long hours, etc but she's excited and ready for it. She knows her long-time boyfriend is going to propose after she gets the job, so it is all just falling into place for. Except aftr drinking too much champagne to celebrate, Dannie has a vision of her life in 5 years and it's nothing that she's familiar with in her life today. It totally throws her off her game until some time goes by and her vision doesn't come true. Until one day pieces of the puzzle start to come into place.

This is a book that will have you on the edge of your emotional seat because like Dannie you ar wondering what that vision meant for her. And when you get to what it means, it will gut you. I really wasn't prepared for where this novel took me emotionally. 

I listened to Ms. Searle's previous novel, The Dinner List a couple of months ago and enjoyed it but In Five Years was much more emotional for me. The way she builds up the story and the relationships is pheonomenal.

If you think you are in for a typical romance then you would be wrong. Over a week later and I'm still thinking about these characters and the affect on me.

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