Five Years Gone
The most brazen terrorist attack in history. A country bent on revenge. A love affair cut short. A heart that never truly heals. I knew on the day of the attack that our lives were changed forever. What I didn’t know then was that I’d never see John again after he deployed. One day he was living with me, sleeping next to me, making plans with me. The next day he was gone. That was five years ago. The world has moved on from that awful day, but I’m stuck in my own personal hell, waiting for a man who may be dead for all I know. At my sister’s wedding, I meet Eric, the brother of the groom, and my heart comes alive once again. The world is riveted by the capture of the terrorist mastermind, brought down by U.S. Special Forces in a daring raid. Now I am trapped between hoping I’ll hear from John and fearing what’ll become of my new life with Eric if I do. From a New York Times bestselling author, Five Years Gone, a standalone contemporary, is an epic story of love, honor, duty, unbearable choices and impossible dilemmas. 93,000 words/400 pages

Five Years Gone Details

TitleFive Years Gone
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseOct 9th, 2018
PublisherHTJB, Inc.
Rating
GenreRomance, War, Military Fiction, Contemporary, Contemporary Romance

Five Years Gone Review

  • Nicola
    January 1, 1970
    I can’t deny I was tad nervous going into this after reading the blurb, but Marie Force wrote it—this is the 37th book I’ve read by her so it’s no secret she’s one of my go to authors—and true to her style she has written a heartfelt, emotive story of learning to love and be loved again. I found out what happens when dreams come true and how painful it is when they blow up in your face.” Told from multiple POV’s, although primarily Ava’s, we’re soon privy to the torment she’s experienced having I can’t deny I was tad nervous going into this after reading the blurb, but Marie Force wrote it—this is the 37th book I’ve read by her so it’s no secret she’s one of my go to authors—and true to her style she has written a heartfelt, emotive story of learning to love and be loved again. I found out what happens when dreams come true and how painful it is when they blow up in your face.” Told from multiple POV’s, although primarily Ava’s, we’re soon privy to the torment she’s experienced having lived years in limbo after the love of her life was deployed and went MIA without trace. To all intents and purposes Ava’s relationship with John never ended—there’s been no answers or any closure for her—and then, at her sister’s wedding, she meets Eric, a man who reignites feelings she thought were buried forever. ...you don’t owe anyone an explanation for how you chose to deal with this.” Five Years Gone is one of those books you pick up and don’t tear yourself away from until you’ve finished because you need to know how the story ends for these characters. And whilst I loved the characters, flaws and all, and their handling of what is thrown their way, at the same time certain aspects had a slightly utopian feel due to the privileged lifestyles they lead. But that doesn’t detract from the feeling of hope that this story brings or the uplifting, passionate and poignant romance the characters create. I’m right here with you, and I’m not going anywhere.” And with a preview of what’s coming next year for Eric’s sister, I’m looking forward to One Year Home landing on the Kindle.
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  • Jennifer Kyle
    January 1, 1970
    3.75 Stars !
  • Anne OK
    January 1, 1970
    A new standalone from Marie Force coming in October 2018. One that packs a punch and leaves you a bit breathless and heartbroken, while at the same time happy and filled with hope and new beginnings. FULL REVIEW CLOSER TO RELEASE DATE.
  • 1-Click Addict Support Group
    January 1, 1970
    Kept me guessing all the way to the end…Torn between two lovers may be cliché but that fits Ava’s dilemma perfectly. She has been in limbo for years, not knowing the fate of the man she loved. When waiting ‘long enough’? Never? That state of not knowing, not being able to move forward, is portrayed in heart-aching clarity as Ava struggles to live her life. She is stuck in a relationship that is no longer there, hasn’t been for a long time, but without answers, without closure, she is just that… Kept me guessing all the way to the end…Torn between two lovers may be cliché but that fits Ava’s dilemma perfectly. She has been in limbo for years, not knowing the fate of the man she loved. When waiting ‘long enough’? Never? That state of not knowing, not being able to move forward, is portrayed in heart-aching clarity as Ava struggles to live her life. She is stuck in a relationship that is no longer there, hasn’t been for a long time, but without answers, without closure, she is just that… Stuck. Until a man gives her something to look forward to…. “I’ve walked this journey alone…” I loved this heart-touching story of love found and lost and found again… Ava struggled so hard, so hard, to do the right thing until she realized that whatever way she chose had to be right for her. That clarity was hard won, helped along with family and new friends who provided the right advice at the right time. Ava was strong even as she wrestled a lot with the choices made and yet to make. Eric was a man who had been hurt himself, but found in Ava his own possible future. He could help her break free of the indecision as they both found in each other more than just a friend. John, however, was not to be discounted and the mystery that surrounded him drove the entire story, from start to finish.While I found the drama stretched thinly in spots, as the same questions were posed over and over, that didn’t diminish the need for answers. For Ava, Eric and John. And for me, the reader, now too! The author knew how to pluck the heartstrings and the difficult decision that Ava faced had butterflies in my stomach through much of the read…The ending was bittersweet as closure meant heartbreak as well. Knowing what comes in the next story, however, made it a happier ending. All is not lost… I hope that story is soon! ~Diane, 4.5 stars
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  • Carla Bulian
    January 1, 1970
    4,5. Livro que me prendeu a atenção até o final!Não dei 5 estrelas, porque achei que a personagem principal demorou muito para colocar a cabeça no lugar e com isso seu par sofreu imensamente ( o que não deveria, pois ele adivinhava os pensamentos dela).Mas um excelente livro.Vale a pena a leitura!
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  • Melissa B
    January 1, 1970
    This book was truly an incredible, gripping, all-consuming TOP READ for 2018! I was so immersed in this story about loss, grief, finding love again that it was unputdownable. I was so consumed, page after page, chapter after chapter, I couldn't stop because I NEEDED to know how this story ended. This read will take you on an emotional journey that will have you crying, laughing and on the edge of your seat with hope, hope for two broken people to find that once in a lifetime love. This book, thi This book was truly an incredible, gripping, all-consuming TOP READ for 2018! I was so immersed in this story about loss, grief, finding love again that it was unputdownable. I was so consumed, page after page, chapter after chapter, I couldn't stop because I NEEDED to know how this story ended. This read will take you on an emotional journey that will have you crying, laughing and on the edge of your seat with hope, hope for two broken people to find that once in a lifetime love. This book, this read is one that I highly, highly recommend. If you read anything the remainder of this year READ this heart-wrenching, soul searching, amazing beautiful love story!
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  • Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews
    January 1, 1970
    Marie Force’s Treading Water series is one of my favorites, and something about the blurb for Five Years Gone reminded me of the first book in that series. It wasn’t the plot or characters that seemed similar, but the ‘love triangle’ component. I expected the same emotional wallop from this new book as I experienced with Treading Water. Ms. Force does an excellent job of conveying the emotional devastation experienced by both Ava and Eric, while entertaining us with their budding romance and f Marie Force’s Treading Water series is one of my favorites, and something about the blurb for Five Years Gone reminded me of the first book in that series. It wasn’t the plot or characters that seemed similar, but the ‘love triangle’ component. I expected the same emotional wallop from this new book as I experienced with Treading Water. Ms. Force does an excellent job of conveying the emotional devastation experienced by both Ava and Eric, while entertaining us with their budding romance and friendship. I enjoyed all the characters in Five Years Gone, especially Eric and Ava. They’ve both been through the emotional wringer in prior relationships—Eric’s former fiancée left him and John, Ava’s boyfriend was suddenly deployed five years after a terrorist attack, leaving her to wonder if he is dead or alive. Ava still has unresolved feelings for John, but is determined to move on. The fact that Eric and Ava’s relationship moves slowly , starting with a friendship worked well for me, as did the random setbacks she experienced. I loved them as a couple, but I also loved Ava and John as a couple. When John suddenly reappears after five years of radio silence, Ava’s emotional turmoil was similar to my own. I didn’t know what she would do, nor did I even know what I wanted her to do. It’s one of those choices where, as a reader I would have been happy for the man she chose and devastated for the one she didn’t, no matter her decision. There are no bad guys, and this wasn’t an easy choice. As a reader, I was right there with Ava, completely torn about what to do and how to process all the emotions. Eric and Ava’s story is very romantic and, for the most part, glamorous. But there is a depth of emotion to keep it from being too ‘easy’. I didn’t feel the same level of intensity I experienced with Treading Water, but Five Years Gone is an emotional story that kept me guessing up until the end. I’m looking forward to more in this series.
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  • Michele
    January 1, 1970
    See the full review at HarlequinJunkie.com - Actual Rating: 4.5 StarsA gut-wrenching emotional roller coaster, Five Years Gone was an incredibly moving novel about the sacrifices we make for the ones we love. ‘This fight, the fight for the love of my life, is the most important fight of all.’I’m going to be honest. I was a bit wary going into this, knowing it was going to be super emotional and would likely have me alternately crying and yelling at the characters. (lol) But I am SO glad I read A See the full review at HarlequinJunkie.com - Actual Rating: 4.5 StarsA gut-wrenching emotional roller coaster, Five Years Gone was an incredibly moving novel about the sacrifices we make for the ones we love. ‘This fight, the fight for the love of my life, is the most important fight of all.’I’m going to be honest. I was a bit wary going into this, knowing it was going to be super emotional and would likely have me alternately crying and yelling at the characters. (lol) But I am SO glad I read Ava’s story. Because even though there were multiple POVs and I felt like we really go to know Eric, Camille and some others along the way, this was truly about Ava and the impossible situation she found herself in. My heart went out to her for spending five years of not knowing what happened to John, the love of her life up until that point. Read More
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  • Luv My Books' Reviews
    January 1, 1970
    Five Years Gone is a Marie Force masterpiece! Marie took this reader completely and deeply into this story with all of its intricate detail through a whirlwind and tidal wave of emotions! I was in awe of her writing. I got blown away at times, made uncomfortable with a bit of a love triangle (with a memory that does not have closure) and, well, I just truly settled into a great love story penned in loving detail. Ava and Eric's love story is epic. Both had wounds to heal and found their sea legs Five Years Gone is a Marie Force masterpiece! Marie took this reader completely and deeply into this story with all of its intricate detail through a whirlwind and tidal wave of emotions! I was in awe of her writing. I got blown away at times, made uncomfortable with a bit of a love triangle (with a memory that does not have closure) and, well, I just truly settled into a great love story penned in loving detail. Ava and Eric's love story is epic. Both had wounds to heal and found their sea legs and a trajectory to bliss together. I loved their chemistry. This story made me happy! This ride of a book also took me way down into grief which I usually try to avoid having recent loss in my life. However, Marie is always a careful author and gave me footing with adding a really great therapist! I loved these parts! Eric's goodness was amazing. He had a backbone, a good foundation and a bright future. He'd been hurt so he exuded empathy. I love a supportive, attentive hero. I also enjoyed his family very much! Ava did the best she could under all her circumstances. She lived a long time in limbo. Her steps to a new life were huge and how her new life evolved was detailed, believable and enjoyable to read. I wanted her to be happy and to be full of determination, to be whole. Her breakdowns were true and the agony she carried thankfully began to find an outlet. I loved the side characters in her story so much! Five Years Gone brought us the story of John as well. I loved John sooo much. Since he was a bit of a ghost, I love how Marie handled him throughout the book giving us a prologue of him and then taking us on a journey that mirrored his real one, very full of uncertainty and no answers. I truly felt on edge all throughout the book until nearer to the end. I loved the ending and the hope of the future! You're an amazing and favorite author, Marie!
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  • Donna Hines
    January 1, 1970
    John's deployment challenges the notion of loving from afar as he may or may not be alive and well.That was 5 yrs prior and now she's met Eric the brother of the groom at her sister's wedding.What if John is still alive, what if he's found injured, what if things between them are forever torn.So many questions and so little answers but one thing is for certain ," Love is blind."When or if John comes back may not be the main question at the heart of it all. The real question may be what will happ John's deployment challenges the notion of loving from afar as he may or may not be alive and well.That was 5 yrs prior and now she's met Eric the brother of the groom at her sister's wedding.What if John is still alive, what if he's found injured, what if things between them are forever torn.So many questions and so little answers but one thing is for certain ," Love is blind."When or if John comes back may not be the main question at the heart of it all. The real question may be what will happen to her heart if he does...A heartwarming story of love and sacrifices for our nation and beyond.
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  • Dawn
    January 1, 1970
    When Ava met John in San Diego, she found a man who consumed her, fell in love with and was just happy as can be in the two years they were together. Then John was called to duty in the military and that is where her life she lived with John went to hell in a handbasket because he went away and never returned. Five years has passed, and Ava decides to leave San Diego and move back to New York City, to her family and try to put her life, her heart, back together again. But not knowing where John When Ava met John in San Diego, she found a man who consumed her, fell in love with and was just happy as can be in the two years they were together. Then John was called to duty in the military and that is where her life she lived with John went to hell in a handbasket because he went away and never returned. Five years has passed, and Ava decides to leave San Diego and move back to New York City, to her family and try to put her life, her heart, back together again. But not knowing where John is, what happened to him or even if he is still a live or dead, has colored everything even as she tries to move past the past and embrace a possible new romance with a new man but John lingers in her mind and heart. Can Ava finally put to rest the past in order to have the present and future she longs for? Can she ever find peace with someone new while the man who left her behind haunts her every moment of every day?FIVE YEARS GONE is a story that will leave you emotionally gutted. It’s a story that literally ripped me asunder and I was left shaking with emotions that I just could not process. Ms. Force delivers a powerful story that will leave you breathless as you follow Ava’s journey from the moment she met John to the present where she tries to figure out how to live with no answers to so many questions and a heart that is shattered beyond belief. With each page you flip, the reader is drawn more and more into Ava’s story and we get to see how she copes, her relationships with family, new friends and more as she tries to live once again. What go to me the most was how real the characters were. Ava, John, Eric and all the rest as they helped move the story along even as I was eager to see what Ava’s would find out in the end. The author does an amazing job in capturing each character’s vibrant and at times annoying personality quirks. Though yes, I have to say sometimes I really wanted to shake Ava at times and say to her to get help or to talk about what happened. Several twists had me on the edge of my seat and I swear I was just about ready to bawl when the last few chapters came about and I really don’t want to give away to many things because, man, this book just guts you to a level I haven’t experienced in a long time while reading a book.FIVE YEARS GONE is a story about moving on even when you can’t think of doing so, of forgiveness, of love, duty and more. Ms. Force delivers a stunning story that will keep you on the edge of your seat and flipping the pages till the very end of the book is closed. With characters like Ava, Eric and more to keep the pace moving we get to see how one woman chose to move on with her life even though the answers she seeks may never materialize. FIVE YEARS GONE is a departure over this author’s past books and yes, she is still one of my favorite authors that I will auto-buy when ever she has a release coming up. FIVE YEARS GONE is a different kind of story than what her readers may be used to. The only draw back I got was the constant character back and forth chapter wise. One minute we are in Ava’s head, next chapter maybe Eric’s or a friend or back to Ava. It got confusing at first and yes, a bit annoying, until the story started to smooth out and we got to see how Ava was and the path she was trying to forge by herself. I recommend not coming into this book expecting a classic Marie Force story. What we get with FIVE YEARS GONE is something different, emotional and downright perfect in this world we live in today. Yes, its intense and keeps you running the gauntlet of emotions but the ending though not one I might of though t would happen in the beginning but where Ava finally ends in the final chapter is the perfect ending in my opinion. But get the tissues and keep them handy because you WILL cry with this story. You will go and hug your partner/lover/husband/family tight for a few minutes and just feel because I can say with all honesty, Ms. Force, you deliver a story that left me gutted emotion wise and I can’t wait to see where the sequel will go next.
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  • Kim
    January 1, 1970
    (Spoiler Fee)Oh my! My heart has been beaten and battered, but at the same time filled with hope. This is one of those books that sucks you in from the first page and does not let go. It is powerful and emotional, but also has humor, sweetness, and passion. It cycles through times of devastation and heartbreak, and others of happiness and hope. These characters are faced with challenges and unexpected trials.Ava Lucas had love in the past, but lost it when he went on a mission never to be heard (Spoiler Fee)Oh my! My heart has been beaten and battered, but at the same time filled with hope. This is one of those books that sucks you in from the first page and does not let go. It is powerful and emotional, but also has humor, sweetness, and passion. It cycles through times of devastation and heartbreak, and others of happiness and hope. These characters are faced with challenges and unexpected trials.Ava Lucas had love in the past, but lost it when he went on a mission never to be heard from again. She is reserved, sweet, funny, kind, and loyal. She was unprepared, broken, and lost. And after waiting five years for John to come home, she is finally making some changes. She is spending time with family and new friends, finding purpose in work, and trying to allow herself to move on. She unexpectedly meets Eric Tisdale at her sister's wedding. He is a man who should have everything going for him with money, success, good looks, and a popular family. But he is also a man who knows and understands loss. He is intuitive, caring, protective, even though he is also a bit cautious and cynical. But these two broken hearts attract and understand each other.Ava has been living in limbo and is torn by her unresolved feelings from the past and her new inspiration. She is trying to truly start living again, but is also held back. And as the current news starts focusing more on new military developments, it opens up old wounds and she cannot help but wonder if someday answers about John will come...and what might happen if they finally do. Can she let go of the past for good and be able to move on? Or will she continue to suffer setbacks and never be able to allow herself true happiness?I was fascinated not only by the main characters, but all of the side characters. So many of them had their own tragedies and loss that made them bond even more. I loved the way that they supported each other through hard times and also had a positive effect on each other. I enjoyed getting multiple points of view to get more sides of the story.My heart hurt so much for these characters. They had so much grief, anger, pain, fear, and insecurities. They were so well developed that they seemed real. Their lives were messy, complicated, unpredictable, and at times out of control. Their emotions were raw, intense, and overwhelming. There were parts of the past that were gradually revealed but kept you guessing and wondering as it went on. I was so tense and stressed reading it as it kept building. Even while reading sweet or happy parts, I would start worrying when something was going to throw it into a tailspin. And there were some parts that totally ripped my heart to shreds.I honestly was not expecting to feel the way I did when I went into this book. But I figured out early on how I wanted the story to go and was actually worried about getting to the end. I could not put it down and feel like I have been put through a gamut of emotions. It was an amazing and well written story about love, hope, overcoming, and healing that kept me mesmerized and invested throughout.I received this book for free from the author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Follow Me: Reviews by Tammy & Kim (Rachel and Jay) | Facebook | Twitter
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  • Rachel
    January 1, 1970
    Ava Lucas didn’t lose someone in the tragedy that rocked the country five years ago, but she loved a man who never came back after he left on deployment. That was 5 years ago, but until the fifth anniversary of the attack, Ava has lived in limbo. Five years is the limit she set for herself when it became clear he wasn’t coming back. Five years and it’s time to move on.But even though Ava moves on, meets a new man, and tries to put her past behind her, she lives in constant fear that she’ll have Ava Lucas didn’t lose someone in the tragedy that rocked the country five years ago, but she loved a man who never came back after he left on deployment. That was 5 years ago, but until the fifth anniversary of the attack, Ava has lived in limbo. Five years is the limit she set for herself when it became clear he wasn’t coming back. Five years and it’s time to move on.But even though Ava moves on, meets a new man, and tries to put her past behind her, she lives in constant fear that she’ll have to choose between the new life she is building for herself, and the life she once dreamed of, if John ever does come back. Ava has always been private, quiet and reserved. When she moved to San Diego, she didn’t fill her family in on much of her daily life, preferring to keep her own little world on the other side of the country. When she moves home again, she chaffes at having everyone so involved in her life. She keeps secret the entirety of her life in San Diego, though her family knows something happened, they don’t know what.When she meets Eric at her sister’s wedding, they hit it off immediately. Ava is still hesitant to start anything, especially with her decision to move on so fresh. Eric is the perfect gentleman, expressing his interest and desires, but allowing Ava to set the pace entirely. He is so devoted, even from those early interactions that it was easy to fall in love with him and to feel the depth of his feelings for Ava. This book gutted me in the best possible ways. It was so full of emotional ups and downs from all the characters. I loved the way the side characters were intertwined not only with the main story, but with the events of the attack in the past. There are little reminders all over in Ava’s life to that fateful day. There were aspects that I predicted and was able to see coming, but they still caught me. I know, that sounds like an oxymoron, but it’s true. I was fully involved in Ava’s journey from start to finish, because that’s really what this was -- her journey to create a life that she could live to the fullest no matter where or with whom. I received a copy for free from the author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
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  • Kimberly / Love Notes Book Blog
    January 1, 1970
    3.25 stars. This was a pretty good book. This book is Ava's story. It will be hard to describe this book without spoiling it, so I won't say much. Ava was in a relationship with John, who was in the military and was deployed. He disappeared without a trace and she had no answers as to what happened to him. Left heartbroken, it has taken her five years to try to pick up the pieces and move on with her life. She moves across country and, while attending her sister's wedding, she meets Eric. Eric a 3.25 stars. This was a pretty good book. This book is Ava's story. It will be hard to describe this book without spoiling it, so I won't say much. Ava was in a relationship with John, who was in the military and was deployed. He disappeared without a trace and she had no answers as to what happened to him. Left heartbroken, it has taken her five years to try to pick up the pieces and move on with her life. She moves across country and, while attending her sister's wedding, she meets Eric. Eric also has a past with a terrible breakup and heartbreak. Together the two attempt to build a new love between them, but will their pasts come back to haunt them?I liked this story a lot. It was suspenseful and interesting. However, there was a good bit of telling instead of showing and I think that kept me from fully connecting with the emotions of the book. This book had the potential to be a very emotional story and I expected to cry. But I wasn't able to connect enough to feel those strong emotions and I'm not sure why. There were several different POVs in this book and that may have contributed to that surface level feel. I am not sure why this book missed the mark a bit for me. It had all the makings of a good, emotional read, but never quite got there for me. But I did still enjoy the book. It was entertaining and interesting. I liked Ava and all the characters involved. I was satisfied with the ending and was happy Ava got the future she deserved. Overall, I do recommend this book. I enjoyed it, even if I didn't completely love it. This was my first book by Marie Force and I will definitely try her work again in the future. *arc provided in exchange for an honest review*
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  • Chasidy
    January 1, 1970
    Can someone please tell me what rock I have been hiding under? Five Years Gone is my first read by Marie Force and it will not be my last. The story captured my interest from the very beginning and I did not want to let the story go.John and Ava have an instant connection and have a beautiful relationship for two years until he is suddenly pulled away without warning. He never told Ava what exactly he did in the military. Ava was destroyed by his absence and waiting five long years for him. Afte Can someone please tell me what rock I have been hiding under? Five Years Gone is my first read by Marie Force and it will not be my last. The story captured my interest from the very beginning and I did not want to let the story go.John and Ava have an instant connection and have a beautiful relationship for two years until he is suddenly pulled away without warning. He never told Ava what exactly he did in the military. Ava was destroyed by his absence and waiting five long years for him. After five years, Ava has decided to move on with her life. What better way to do that than moving home. Ava meets Eric at her sister’s wedding and they develop a friendship that leads to more. Eric becomes the rock Ava needs to move on. Both are haunted by past relationships. Will they be able to heal each other or will the past show back up to turn everything upside down?I felt so many emotions reading Five Years Gone. Marie did a phenomenal job with their story. This was my first Marie book and it wil not be my last.
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  • Julie
    January 1, 1970
    There is not a doubt in my mind that this book will be one of the top books of 2018 for me. Marie Force takes us on this emotional journey between the past and the future. It's absolutely gut-wrenching and you spend the entire book wanting to fall in love, but guarding your heart so you don't get crushed. It's a classic tale of following your heart and listening to your head. I devoured every word, every page, every syllable. I wanted to rush through it, but didn't want to because I was terrifie There is not a doubt in my mind that this book will be one of the top books of 2018 for me. Marie Force takes us on this emotional journey between the past and the future. It's absolutely gut-wrenching and you spend the entire book wanting to fall in love, but guarding your heart so you don't get crushed. It's a classic tale of following your heart and listening to your head. I devoured every word, every page, every syllable. I wanted to rush through it, but didn't want to because I was terrified of it ending. I'm not spoiling this book for you - you need to go in without having any preconceived notions of any of the characters. Open your heart and let Marie Force take you on a journey that will leave you riding an emotional rollercoaster like no other book before.
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  • Isha Coleman
    January 1, 1970
    When you lead with your head, it's hard to hear your heart. Five Years Gone is an emotion packed tale of love lost, hearts found and secrets revealed. Marie Force appeals to vulnerability. Ava's journey is one inspired by tragedy, yet empowered by strength. There will be plenty of ugly cry moments, so make sure to keep the tissues close at hand, but there are also glimpses of the power of the human spirit. That inner voice that guides us to break through the darkness and found our way back to th When you lead with your head, it's hard to hear your heart. Five Years Gone is an emotion packed tale of love lost, hearts found and secrets revealed. Marie Force appeals to vulnerability. Ava's journey is one inspired by tragedy, yet empowered by strength. There will be plenty of ugly cry moments, so make sure to keep the tissues close at hand, but there are also glimpses of the power of the human spirit. That inner voice that guides us to break through the darkness and found our way back to the light. Force entices with heartbreak, but inspires with tales of courageous sacrifice and hope. If truth is more powerful than fiction, Ms. Force blurs the line between the two.
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  • Tracy is a Bookcraver
    January 1, 1970
    3 1/2 stars. This will not be a lengthy review because I don't want to give anything away. This story will require some suspended reality to not get too frustrated with the major plot line. I did get a bit annoyed at Ava's crying all the time. There were a few things that happened in the story that really didn't have any real bearing on the plot. I was a bit confused why the part about Eric's mother was in there. And there were several chapters from side characters POV that didn't really feel ne 3 1/2 stars. This will not be a lengthy review because I don't want to give anything away. This story will require some suspended reality to not get too frustrated with the major plot line. I did get a bit annoyed at Ava's crying all the time. There were a few things that happened in the story that really didn't have any real bearing on the plot. I was a bit confused why the part about Eric's mother was in there. And there were several chapters from side characters POV that didn't really feel necessary. It was a very heartbreaking yet uplifting love story and I did like the way it ended up.
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  • Teresa
    January 1, 1970
    I went into listening to this audiobook with great heart pounding trepidation because I knew there was fantastic writing and major angst ahead. I was not disappointed. I am left gutted, drained, and so very devastated for Ava, Eric and John. I’m not sure but with Marie Force I suspect there is a more to come in this story line. Can’t wait!
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  • Loretta Cerrato
    January 1, 1970
    Amazing another great book by MarieJust finished and want to read it all over againLove the format
  • Kristen Spate
    January 1, 1970
    Five Years Gone...I have no words...one of the best, most heartfelt books that I have read in a very long time. Wow...
  • Sandy S
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 stars-About the book: Release Date October 9, 2018 The most brazen terrorist attack in history. A country bent on revenge. A love affair cut short. A heart that never truly heals. I knew on the day of the attack that our lives were changed forever. What I didn’t know then was that I’d never see John again after he deployed. One day he was living with me, sleeping next to me, making plans with me. The next day he was gone. That was five years ago. The world has moved on from that awful day, b 4.5 stars-About the book: Release Date October 9, 2018 The most brazen terrorist attack in history. A country bent on revenge. A love affair cut short. A heart that never truly heals. I knew on the day of the attack that our lives were changed forever. What I didn’t know then was that I’d never see John again after he deployed. One day he was living with me, sleeping next to me, making plans with me. The next day he was gone. That was five years ago. The world has moved on from that awful day, but I’m stuck in my own personal hell, waiting for a man who may be dead for all I know. At my sister’s wedding, I meet Eric, the brother of the groom, and my heart comes alive once again. The world is riveted by the capture of the terrorist mastermind, brought down by U.S. Special Forces in a daring raid. Now I am trapped between hoping I’ll hear from John and fearing what’ll become of my new life with Eric if I do. From a New York Times bestselling author, Five Years Gone, a standalone contemporary, is an epic story of love, honor, duty, unbearable choices and impossible dilemmas. •••••••••••REVIEW: 4.5 stars--FIVE YEARS GONE by Marie Force’s is a contemporary, adult romance story line focusing on the aftermath of a terrorist attack on a US cruise ship blown up by suicide bombers. This is PR consultant Ava Lucas, and acquisitions specialist Eric Tilden’s story line.Told from several third person points of view including Ava and Eric, FIVE YEARS GONE focuses on the building relationship between PR consultant Ava Lucas, and acquisitions specialist Eric Tilden. Five years earlier Ava met and fell in love with John West, a member of the US Navy stationed in San Diego, California, but a man who disappeared in the blink of an eye. With an attack on the US cruise ship- The Star of the High Seas- blown up by suicide bombers that killed over 4,000 people, John’s deployment took him to places unknown, and our heroine waited for close to five years before finally moving on. With the approach of her sister’s wedding, Ava moves back to New York, in the hopes of starting over, and forgetting about the past. Enter acquisitions specialist, and the son of the New York governor, Eric Tilden, and the man with whom Ava would fall in love. What ensues is the building relationship and romance between Eric and Ava, and the potential fall-out as Ava struggles to let go of the past.For five years Ava has struggled to overcome the grief and heartache of loss but a loss that has left our heroine without closure or relief. Meeting and falling in love with Eric Tilden meant the possibility of a new start and moving forward but a start scarred by too many questions left unanswered. Eric Tilden knows betrayal first hand as he too was unable to get the closure he needed when his last relationship imploded leaving him a shell of his former self. Meeting Ava meant, he too, was given a second chance at love but a second chance mired in the murky unknown.The relationship between Ava and Eric is one of immediate attraction but Ava has never revealed what happened or why. Neither her parents nor her sister knew about the man she once loved, and revealing the truth frees up our heroine to begin anew. The $ex scenes are passionate but mostly implied.We are introduced to Ava’s sister Camille who married Eric’s brother Robert; Eric’s parents Bob and Sarah Beth Tilden; his sisters Amy and Jules, as well as Ava’s parent; Ava’s co-workers Trevor, Carlos, Miles Ferguson, and her roommate Skylar; and Jessica’s therapist Jessica Trudeau. Jessica has some great advice, advice that is difficult under the current circumstance.The world building focuses on the secrets and lies, heart break and loss. As the Tilden and Lucas siblings move beyond the past, a sudden and new revelation widens the chasm between child and parent. We get a brief glimpse into the relationship between Ava and John, a relationship mired in secrets and lies, but a relationship that elicits more questions than answers.FIVE YEARS GONE is a heart breaking, tragic and emotional story; a roller coaster of what-if and why; of unanswered questions; and the battle to move forward without looking back. The premise is strong, compelling and truly thought provoking story. The characters are broken, wounded but willing to take a chance; the romance is tender and releasing. FIVE YEARS GONE is a dramatic and impassioned look at the personal fall-out and destructive nature of hatred and war.Copy supplied for reviewwww.thereadingcafe.com
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  • Teresa (Reads_Romance)
    January 1, 1970
    THE ANGST. Oh dear lord, the angst. Why you gotta do me like that Marie??There have been a few books I’ve read and thought, “these people need therapy.” But Marie Force’s is one of the first books I’ve seen where the heroine acknowledges how much she needs help and gets it. Thank goodness.To be honest, I was a few pages from DNFing this book before Ava decided to get professional help. Basically, she dated a man in secret for two years. He told her he was in a super, top-secret, military group s THE ANGST. Oh dear lord, the angst. Why you gotta do me like that Marie??There have been a few books I’ve read and thought, “these people need therapy.” But Marie Force’s is one of the first books I’ve seen where the heroine acknowledges how much she needs help and gets it. Thank goodness.To be honest, I was a few pages from DNFing this book before Ava decided to get professional help. Basically, she dated a man in secret for two years. He told her he was in a super, top-secret, military group so he didn’t introduce her to anyone in his family and she kept him from her family and friends as well. There is a terrorist attack on an American cruise ship and her boyfriend tells her goodbye and leaves without a word.I love the premise. John (the disappearing boyfriend) is a big question mark and an integral part of the plot. I wouldn’t necessarily call this a love triangle romance, but it has a similar feel. It’s more like love triangle lite. What I liked less is that Ava spent the five years he’s been gone as a huge sad sack. She cried and mourned and missed him for YEARS. She was basically in limbo. The book starts when she decides to take her life back and move back home to New York City after her sister’s wedding where she meets Eric, her hot and successful new brother-in-law.I finally started to get into this book around 40%. I am a huge Marie Force fan but this is a pretty big jump from her usual books. The parallels to 9/11 are obvious and sometimes a little heavy handed. The important and interesting aspects of this book are how different people deal with grief. Most of the characters in the book have dealt with some kind of personal tragedy and Five Years Gone is their recovery story.Overall, I was interested enough to finish and even started liking Ava by the end, even though I was super annoyed every time she cried (seriously, don’t make that a drinking game while reading this book, you’d be dead. The girl has serious tear ducts). The supporting cast was interesting. If you’re looking to start Marie Force’s books, I probably wouldn’t start here, her Green Mountain series is my favorite!**I received an ARC of this book in order to provide an honest review**Find/Follow me on Twitter Instagram and my blog !!
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  • Erin Lewis
    January 1, 1970
    Five Years Gone is the latest stand alone novel by Marie Force and may I say what an amazing book it was to read. This is the beautifully written story of Ava Lucas and John West which had me in tears on numerous occasions.I am not sure how to write this review. Once in a while a book comes along that blows your mind, during and after you have finished it. Five Years Gone is one of those books for me that absolutely captivated me from the first chapter to the last (and oh what a last chapter).Av Five Years Gone is the latest stand alone novel by Marie Force and may I say what an amazing book it was to read. This is the beautifully written story of Ava Lucas and John West which had me in tears on numerous occasions.I am not sure how to write this review. Once in a while a book comes along that blows your mind, during and after you have finished it. Five Years Gone is one of those books for me that absolutely captivated me from the first chapter to the last (and oh what a last chapter).Ava knows that being with John is a risk, (after all he is military and he may be gone at a moments notice for parts unknown with little or no contact) but it is a risk she is willing to take, that is until the day it happens.When John is deployed, neither know whether it will be years, or if ever till, they meet again. After no contact for five years, Ava realises she must move on, but can she? Will she ever get over not knowing what happened or if John is even alive?When she meets Eric Tilden at her sister’s wedding Ava slowly begins to “come back to life”. Is Eric the man who can be there and support her and love her? Can Ava come to terms with a life without John and move forward with Eric?This book was such an emotional roller coaster of a read that it had my head and heart spinning in a variety of directions. In truth, at times I was scared where the story would lead but as Ms.Force is a master story teller I knew that my ride would eventually slow down. There is life after tragedy, that is the message throughout Five Years Gone, it is a story of sacrifice, of courage, of love, of devotion, of determination to overcome what life throws in your path Marie Force managed to shatter my heart and mend it whilst reading Five Years Gone. One click this book and be prepared for the ride of your life.
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  • Diane
    January 1, 1970
    The premise is good, but I found the characters too emotionally unstable and just not worth my time. I won't read the second book - others may love this book, just not me.From the blurb: The most brazen terrorist attack in history. A country bent on revenge. A love affair cut short. A heart that never truly heals.I knew on the day of the attack that our lives were changed forever. What I didn’t know then was that I’d never see John again after he deployed. One day he was living with me, sleeping The premise is good, but I found the characters too emotionally unstable and just not worth my time. I won't read the second book - others may love this book, just not me.From the blurb: The most brazen terrorist attack in history. A country bent on revenge. A love affair cut short. A heart that never truly heals.I knew on the day of the attack that our lives were changed forever. What I didn’t know then was that I’d never see John again after he deployed. One day he was living with me, sleeping next to me, making plans with me. The next day he was gone.That was five years ago. The world has moved on from that awful day, but I’m stuck in my own personal hell, waiting for a man who may be dead for all I know. At my sister’s wedding, I meet Eric, the brother of the groom, and my heart comes alive once again.The world is riveted by the capture of the terrorist mastermind, brought down by U.S. Special Forces in a daring raid. Now I am trapped between hoping I’ll hear from John and fearing what’ll become of my new life with Eric if I do.From a New York Times bestselling author, Five Years Gone, a standalone contemporary, is an epic story of love, honor, duty, unbearable choices and impossible dilemmas.
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  • Jackie Wright
    January 1, 1970
    Five Years Gone is the new stand-alone from Marie Force and I have to say it shows how very talented and diverse this author is, this book is certainly going to be amongst my top reads of 2018.This book is so much more than a story it’s a journey and it will have your emotions all over the place but if I’m really honest there were times I wanted to jump off what looked like a train wreck about to happen but I couldn’t put this book down it captivated me I needed to keep turning the pages. This j Five Years Gone is the new stand-alone from Marie Force and I have to say it shows how very talented and diverse this author is, this book is certainly going to be amongst my top reads of 2018.This book is so much more than a story it’s a journey and it will have your emotions all over the place but if I’m really honest there were times I wanted to jump off what looked like a train wreck about to happen but I couldn’t put this book down it captivated me I needed to keep turning the pages. This journey is inspired by tragedy but that doesn’t make our heroine weak in fact it makes her stronger, every character in this book gives a piece of themselves but surprisingly this also enables them to find themselves. Please be warned this book is an emotional roller coaster you will cry in fact you will ugly cry but this is a amazing beautifully written love story that shows us that there is light at the end of the tunnel and you can leave the darkness behind if you just trust your feelings. Five Years Gone is a story I didn’t want to end and for me that is a sure sign you are reading something very special. Please go and one click this must read !!!!!!
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  • Crystal's Book World ~ Crystal Cordova
    January 1, 1970
    You know we have our TBR 's all categorized with our "Must Reads" "Rereads" "The best book of all tine" "Unforgettable"...Well Five Years Gone hits each category. And yes I am going there and stating that this is a very emotional and heart wrenching book. Ava, Eric, John. Camille, and so much more. They each give a piece of themselves and you find that you are in love with these characters. I felt the standstill. I was trying to tug the chains free with these characters and was swallowed in the You know we have our TBR 's all categorized with our "Must Reads" "Rereads" "The best book of all tine" "Unforgettable"...Well Five Years Gone hits each category. And yes I am going there and stating that this is a very emotional and heart wrenching book. Ava, Eric, John. Camille, and so much more. They each give a piece of themselves and you find that you are in love with these characters. I felt the standstill. I was trying to tug the chains free with these characters and was swallowed in the dark. But then there was hope. The light was shining through and at the end, I got my HEA with these characters. Their choices were what I was rooting for. So why am I still heart broken. I am haunted by a certain character. I am excited that we will be able see a continuation of these characters and the snippet that Marie gave us has me dying here. Five Years Gone had me going from tears, to joy, to feeling a bit crazy. My heart was fully invested with these characters and I related to Ava on a deeper level. John was her first love, but will he be her last? Five Years Gone is a story of loss, love, and above all strength. I am in awe with this book and cannot get it out of my head. MUST READ FOR 2018!
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  • Konny
    January 1, 1970
    Five Years Gone by Marie Force is a standalone, contemporary romance novel.*******************SpoilerFree**********************From a New York Times bestselling author, Five Years Gone, a standalone contemporary, is an epic story of love, honor, duty, unbearable choices and impossible dilemmas. - the author.And I wholly and with all my heart second that.Five Years Gone is the story of three people that gutted me, put me in a roller coaster of emotions, put me inside out and then put me back toge Five Years Gone by Marie Force is a standalone, contemporary romance novel.*******************SpoilerFree**********************From a New York Times bestselling author, Five Years Gone, a standalone contemporary, is an epic story of love, honor, duty, unbearable choices and impossible dilemmas. - the author.And I wholly and with all my heart second that.Five Years Gone is the story of three people that gutted me, put me in a roller coaster of emotions, put me inside out and then put me back together. When I started reading Five Years Gone I was captivated from page one. I read the book in one sitting , I couldn't put it down. And that I finished this fantastic read, I'm sitting here with a major bookhangover and can't get the story and the characters out of my head and I know one thing for sure, Five Years Gone is one of my few favorite reads in 2018.The writing is excellent and I can't express how much I love the story and the characters, all of them.The main characters are all a bit mangled, struggle daily and I will not spoiler here, only so much, I'm calling dibs on Eric, he's a prince among men.Five Years Gone is a heart-wrenching read, a slow burn with just the right amount of everything. My favorite : " serial philanderer ".I highly recommend Five Years Gone and really, really can't wait for One Year Home, the next book.
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  • Sascha
    January 1, 1970
    Five Years Gone has a compelling idea. A soldier disappears from a woman's life. She waits for five years until she decides it's time to live her life again, and she falls in love with someone else. What would she do if he returned to her life?I have never read a Marie Force novel before so I wasn't familiar with her writing style, which for about half of the book I disliked. There were at least five POVs, and far too much unstylish exposition for me. The form gave me the impression of plotting Five Years Gone has a compelling idea. A soldier disappears from a woman's life. She waits for five years until she decides it's time to live her life again, and she falls in love with someone else. What would she do if he returned to her life?I have never read a Marie Force novel before so I wasn't familiar with her writing style, which for about half of the book I disliked. There were at least five POVs, and far too much unstylish exposition for me. The form gave me the impression of plotting via a television show rather than a novel.It wasn't until action happened in the form of a military raid that I really began to appreciate the book. From then on, it became a question of what will happen? Unfortunately, there are no surprises here. Not if you read a lot. And I came away feeling disappointed that the author didn't take any real risks with this story when the opportunities were rich for it.Regarding the characters, I really liked Eric, a good guy who'd been ghosted by his previous girlfriend, although there was one instance when his temper came out and made me think that perhaps he could be bad news, but the author didn't go there. As for Ava, there were times when I thought she was a bit ridiculous. How can you be with someone, soldier John, in this case, for 2 years and not ask questions about them? Not know anything about him? Whether he had a family? She even seemed to have given up her friends. He didn't share her with his friends. They never spoke of the future. Their's was a strange world of contented ignorance as well as a little off-kilter, to say the least. And, Ava has to be one of the most obsessive characters I'v encountered who is not part of a psychological thriller.Five Years Gone is a YMMV. It is for those of you who love the angst in relationships, who love mentally tortured characters. It is for Marie Force fans.I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Marcy
    January 1, 1970
    Unbelievable storyThis story was absolutely amazing. It is the kind of story that holds your heart in it's pages. I think I went through the whole spectrum of emotions while reading. Ava has been through the unimaginable. I really felt her grief and the complete standstill of her life since John left. When Eric comes into her life, it was so bittersweet. She came to life again, yet she really struggled with it. It was a wonderful journey to be a part of. I have to admit that I was a little scare Unbelievable storyThis story was absolutely amazing. It is the kind of story that holds your heart in it's pages. I think I went through the whole spectrum of emotions while reading. Ava has been through the unimaginable. I really felt her grief and the complete standstill of her life since John left. When Eric comes into her life, it was so bittersweet. She came to life again, yet she really struggled with it. It was a wonderful journey to be a part of. I have to admit that I was a little scared to read this book. I knew it would be an emotional rollercoaster, but it was so worth it. It was truly beautiful. I am very excited to read the next story related to Five Years Gone.
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