Monday 20 April 2020

Review: In Five Years by Rebecca Searle

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.


Review: Everyone has been saying how unexpected this book was but really I know that love stories are normally straight forward but I love when they're not. This love story gave me something different in a wonderful setting with a main character that was very intriguing. So it was definitely a hit for me. 

I really liked reading about Dannie because she wasn't necessarily easy to like right from the get go. She seems a little entitled or some might even say spoiled. As you get to know her though, you realise she is full of heart and she really does want the best for her loved ones. It's not easy being young and trying to move your life forward on today's society, especially not in a big city like New York but she is trying her best. 

I loved Dannie's relationship with Bella. I really love when the friendship is at the forefront of a novel and in this novel, that is definitely the case! Bella was also a bit of a prickly character, a bit difficult to get through to but that meant that this book felt like going on a journey with these two and you were really part of that journey!

The thing that comes second to the amount of love and heart in this book, for me, was the setting. I fell in love with the parts of New York city these characters were socialising in, where they lived and it was all described so beautifully. I could picture Dannie going to work, I could picture them heading to the rainbow room. I could feel the buzz and the energy from the streets and that feeling of being hemmed in amongst all those tall buildings. If you love New York this is definitely one that reflects the city in its best light. 

Overall there are some emotional moments in this book and whilst it might not be what people were expecting from the description, I loved it and a highly recommend it. 

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