ARC: In Five Years by Rebecca Serle

Good Morning All,

It’s Monday! The start of another week and my last working Monday for a while as I go away on holiday this upcoming weekend. I’ve been trying to save up some books ready for reading on the beach but I have so many good books lined up to read and review, I’m getting through them all too quickly. Let me know if you have any awesome beach read recommendations!

Book 📖

In Five Years

Thank you to @RebeccaASerle and @QuercusBooks for a copy of this book in return for an honest review.

In Five Years by Rebecca Serle is due for publication on 10th March, 2020 and you can grab yourself a copy here.

Description 🔖

Dannie Kohan has planned her entire life meticulously and there is no room for deviation, so when she interviews for her dream job and gets engaged all in the same day everything is going just as it should. Until she dreams about herself, five years in the future to the day and everything is wrong. The apartment is wrong, her engagement ring is wrong and her man is 100% wrong.

The dream has knocked her for six, but soon becomes something she just writes off as a silly dream. Until four and a half years later when Dannie bumps into the dream man and he is most definitely real.

General Thoughts 🤔

This book ended up being something completely different to what I was expecting. I don’t want to give too much away and spoil it but it truly did surprise me and totally in a good way. This is a story about love and relationships and happiness and heart ache but not in the way that I expected.

I haven’t read a book that’s made me shed a tear in a while, but I lay in bed last night with tears falling down my face as I finished this book. Sad tears and happy tears all mixed together and for so many different reasons.

Characters 👫👭👬

When I first started reading, I knew straight away that Dannie was a younger me. The Dannie with the five year plan, the milestones, the controlling girl. I’d like to think I’ve kind of grown out of some of the negative sides of that by now and I feel like Dannie did the same.

I also have friends just like Bella and have a friendship dynamic just like Dannie and Bella do. It’s kind of the stereotypical childhood friendship; one achiever, the A-type and one fanciful “live in the moment” friend. It’s a friendship pairing that I’m sure nearly everyone can relate to in some way.

Writing Style ✍🏽

When I first started reading I thought this book had the potential to turn into some kind of supernatural, time travel romantic sci-fi but I was proved very wrong and I loved how this book ended up being something completely different.

Rebecca Serle has a fantastic talent for making the reader emotive and drawn in to the story as well as putting themselves into the shoes of the characters. I related to each and every character in this book at some point and and I think that is what ultimately makes a book tug on the heartstrings.

Conclusion & Scoring 🎖

This was a perfect Sunday afternoon read and I would definitely recommend it for anyone looking for a book to snuggle up with and shed a tear or two (we all know we need a good cry now and again). The beginning made me question what on earth was happening, the middle made me smile and weep and the ending tied everything off with a perfectly satisfying bow. Fabulous book!

😍😍😍😍😫

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