In Five Years
Perfect for fans of Me Before You and One Day—a striking, powerful, and moving love story following an ambitious lawyer who experiences an astonishing vision that could change her life forever. 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.

In Five Years Details

TitleIn Five Years
Author
ReleaseMar 3rd, 2020
PublisherAtria Books
ISBN-139781982137441
Rating
GenreRomance, Fiction, Contemporary

In Five Years Review

  • Larry H
    January 1, 1970
    Good god, I loved this book even if it left me crying on the plane!"You mistake love. Do you think it has to have a future in order to matter, but it doesn’t. It’s the only thing that does not need to be come at all. It matters only insofar as it exists. Here. Now. Love doesn’t require a future."Dannie is a planner. Everything in her life is meticulously mapped out—the job she wants at the law firm she wants, her dream apartment in NYC, when she and her boyfriend will get engaged and married. Good god, I loved this book even if it left me crying on the plane!"You mistake love. Do you think it has to have a future in order to matter, but it doesn’t. It’s the only thing that does not need to be come at all. It matters only insofar as it exists. Here. Now. Love doesn’t require a future."Dannie is a planner. Everything in her life is meticulously mapped out—the job she wants at the law firm she wants, her dream apartment in NYC, when she and her boyfriend will get engaged and married. That’s the way she’s always been.She and her boyfriend David get engaged the night she interviews for her dream job at a highly prestigious law firm. Everything seems right. She and David have the same vision for their future, they like the same things, they're comfortable in their routines as a couple.When Dannie and David get home from dinner she falls asleep and awakens to a dream in which she’s in another NYC apartment, wearing a different engagement ring, and she’s with another man. She finds out the dream is taking place five years in the future. And then she wakes up.Dannie is utterly shaken by this dream. Who was this man? What happened to the future she planned? As time hurtles toward that date five years later she learns a lot about things she can and cannot control, and how those things shape her life. She doesn't know whether to accept the dream as an inevitable reflection of her fate or if she should fight the things that lead to its realization. In Five Years was an amazing, emotional story full of twists and turns. It was a story about love in its many forms, friendship, ambition, and destiny. Truly an unforgettable book, and one I read in about two hours while waiting at the airport and on my plane.Rebecca Serle is an amazing writer. Her last book, The Dinner List , also blew me away and left me an emotional mess. She's definitely an author worth reading.My thanks to Atria Books for providing an advance copy of this book via a Bookstagram giveaway. The book will publish on March 3, 2020.See all of my reviews at itseithersadnessoreuphoria.blogspot.com.You can follow me on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/the.bookishworld.of.yrralh/.
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  • Nilufer Ozmekik
    January 1, 1970
    I’m so ugly right now! My face is blotchy, my eyes are bloody red, my nails, oh no I have no nails left. I’m a great candidate for any horror movie monster casting call. Even the husband dearest who is normally coolest, mimic-less Scorpio man worried about me and cover my face with trash bag so he stopped screaming when he was looking at me! After I finished this book, I cried so much! I couldn’t help myself. Honestly my friends shaped my life and made me who I am more than my own family. They I’m so ugly right now! My face is blotchy, my eyes are bloody red, my nails, oh no I have no nails left. I’m a great candidate for any horror movie monster casting call. Even the husband dearest who is normally coolest, mimic-less Scorpio man worried about me and cover my face with trash bag so he stopped screaming when he was looking at me! After I finished this book, I cried so much! I couldn’t help myself. Honestly my friends shaped my life and made me who I am more than my own family. They saw my ups and downs and I seriously did too many mistakes to ruin my life because I’m so reckless and hot tempered, crazy redhead Aries woman and they always saved my ass, punched me, shook me and gave me the ugliest true messages I needed. So when I read a book about testing your relationship with your childhood friend, it was impossible for me gather all those broken pieces of my heart. This book shook me to the core and thought me again instead of earning money, being slaves of material things, we have to collect friends who make us lives better and who help us to be a better person. Bella and Dannie’s heartbreaking, emotional friendship affected me deeply. Before starting to read this book let me tell you the facts about it:This book started so similar with Kristin Harmel’s “Life Intended”, when a woman dreams she can meet with her deceased husband at another universe and when she wakes up she resumes her relationship with her actual boyfriend. But don’t worry! At this story our heroine dreams only one time. Is it premonition? A fantasy about a man she never knows? Beginning of love triangle? You have to read and see by yourself. But one thing for sure, this story is more complex than Kristin Harmel’s because Dannie dreams her best friend’s new boyfriend!!!Don’t wait to read a romcom about time traveling or parallel universes kind of fiction. This book is not a romance story. This is about a woman’s self discovery, life choices and love. And of course there is another heavy stuffs hurt your heart deeply. I don’t want to discuss them because I don’t want to be mean person who love to give spoilers (normally I’m mean and told the movie endings to everyone but when it comes to the books, I’m more tight lipped.) but my emotions were everywhere after I closed the book and story occupied my mind, haunted my dreams.There is no bad guy of the story: The characters are not flawless. All of them have their own antics and irritated attitudes but you can understand each of them’s motives and connect with them easily. It’s an amazing memory trip for me at the sightseeings of NYC including Dumbo, Central Park and of course those delicious deli places( when I move to LA, I protest to eat bagel and pizza because they don’t taste like New York’s famous pastries) Overall: I don’t care lack of romance or resemblances with other books including”One Day in December”! I loved the creative, outstanding, smart and realistic writing, heart wrenching ending even the ending really tore my heart out!Rebecca Serle, you’re amazing but I’m not gonna forgive you to sledgehammer my heart. My head is still spinning and I’m so shaky because of the powerful writing. Special thanks to NetGalley and Atria Books for sharing this meaningful ARC COPY and help me to discover a new writer by sharing this book in exchange my honest review.
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  • Holly B
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 STARS Couldn't put this one down! Although I'm not a huge romance reader, every now and then a book comes along that just warms (and breaks) my heart.After reading the intriguing synopsis, I knew I wanted to read this one and find out just what In Five Years was all about.Dannie is a Manhattan lawyer with a five year plan (I love that!). She has a wonderful career, boyfriend, New York life, BUTwho is this man in her dreams? He seems so alive and "real" to her, but he is not in her five year 4.5 STARS Couldn't put this one down! Although I'm not a huge romance reader, every now and then a book comes along that just warms (and breaks) my heart.After reading the intriguing synopsis, I knew I wanted to read this one and find out just what In Five Years  was all about.Dannie is a Manhattan lawyer with a five year plan (I love that!). She has a wonderful career, boyfriend, New York life, BUT who is this man in her dreams? He seems so alive and "real" to her, but he is not in her five year plan! Oh no!!I felt a touch of magic in this tale, had some tears (oh my dear), laughs and just wanted a few more chapters.Thanks to Atria for my review copy! OUT MARCH 2020
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  • Nenia ⚡ Aspiring Evil Overlord ⚡ Campbell
    January 1, 1970
    Instagram || Twitter || Facebook || Amazon || Pinterest"Where do you see yourself in five years?" is the quintessential interview question that most of us are required to BS our way through when getting our first job. Dannie, on the brink of getting her dream job, answers this question as well in an interview at the very beginning of the book. Things are going swell for Dannie: she has the dream boyfriend, a ritzy Manhattan lifestyle, and if she gets her position at this law firm, the perfect Instagram || Twitter || Facebook || Amazon || Pinterest"Where do you see yourself in five years?" is the quintessential interview question that most of us are required to BS our way through when getting our first job. Dannie, on the brink of getting her dream job, answers this question as well in an interview at the very beginning of the book. Things are going swell for Dannie: she has the dream boyfriend, a ritzy Manhattan lifestyle, and if she gets her position at this law firm, the perfect job, too.But when Dannie goes to sleep one night, she wakes up an hour before midnight in the year 2025, and finds out exactly what her life is like in five years. To her shock and horror, she isn't with her fiance, David, but with a different man, a different engagement ring, in a different apartment, with a very different life.She stays in that new life only an hour before waking up back in her own bed, but the vision haunts her. Especially when she meets the other man in the flesh-- and he's dating her best friend.I think IN FIVE YEARS is a really good book for what it is. Which is chick-lit. People say that "chick lit" is disparaging but I personally don't think that is the case. Chick lit was my gateway into the romance genre, and in the early 2000s, books about bright-eyed and busy-tailed upper middle class women working the 9-to-5 life in Los Angeles and New York were all the rage, so IN FIVE YEARS is a nice call-back to the popularity of that genre.The writing is breezy and the author is really good at setting up suspense. The pacing actually gets a little too fast towards the end-- almost rushed-- but I didn't mind because I was really curious to see how the book would end. I saw a blurb somewhere saying that IN FIVE YEARS doesn't end how you expect it to and while I actually agree, I'm not entirely sure that's a good thing. Also, speaking of blurbs, beware the blurb on Goodreads. It has a pretty big spoiler in it (although not in the way you might think). I wish the book had ended differently but I can see why the author did what she did. Subverting the genre, and all that. I get it. Still, I think some people may take issue. It's strange.Funnily enough, I think it kind of worked, too.Thanks to the publisher for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest review!3.5 to 4 stars
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  • Gabby
    January 1, 1970
    I really enjoyed this story. I do agree with other reviewers that the blurb is a little misleading - this story is about a woman who is working in New York and on the night she gets engaged to her boyfriend she wakes up five years into the future in a different apartment with a different man in her bed. That makes it sound like the book is going to have time travel or some crazy sci-fi elements to it, but that is a single event at the beginning of this book, and the rest of it is a contemporary I really enjoyed this story. I do agree with other reviewers that the blurb is a little misleading - this story is about a woman who is working in New York and on the night she gets engaged to her boyfriend she wakes up five years into the future in a different apartment with a different man in her bed. That makes it sound like the book is going to have time travel or some crazy sci-fi elements to it, but that is a single event at the beginning of this book, and the rest of it is a contemporary romance.The thing I enjoyed so much about this book is the friendship between our main character and her childhood best friend Bella. They were incredibly adorable and this story really centers around that friendship. I also love that this book takes place in New York and features a lot of my favorite areas in New York like Rockefeller, Dumbo, Brooklyn bridge, Bryant Park, Washington Square and so many more! The New York vibes were really freaking great. This book actually reminded me a lot of the book One Day In December it just had a very similar love triangle vibe and it also spans many years like that book does. I will say that I agree with some of the negative reviews when they say: (view spoiler)[the romance at the end between Aaron and our main character seems totally random and fast and doesn't really make sense. I didn't even really enjoy this book for the romance, I enjoyed it because of Bella and her friendship with her. I thought they were so sweet and the whole cancer thing really made me cry my eyes out a few times. (hide spoiler)]I finished this book all in one night and it made me cry many times and it also gave me all the warm fuzzy feelings. I just feel like I read this book at the perfect time, I just took a trip to New York earlier this month and this book just made me feel like I was back in the city, and as the main character says: there's nothing more romantic than New York in December. Thank you to Atria Books for an ARC!
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  • Emer (A Little Haze)
    January 1, 1970
    Do you ever just finish a book, sit back and think to yourself 'what on earth did I just read?'I went into this book expecting a sweeping love story for the ages, one with a love triangle that would really feel heart wrenching and give me all those conflicted feels. But no...What I got was a love rhombus?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!A very weird and very strange love rhombus.Because for so much of this book we knew the ending... We knew the MC would end up in flagrante delicto with this guy who wasn't Do you ever just finish a book, sit back and think to yourself 'what on earth did I just read?'I went into this book expecting a sweeping love story for the ages, one with a love triangle that would really feel heart wrenching and give me all those conflicted feels. But no...What I got was a love rhombus?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!A very weird and very strange love rhombus.Because for so much of this book we knew the ending... We knew the MC would end up in flagrante delicto with this guy who wasn't her fiancé because at the start of the book we were given a flash forward sequence, a premonition of sorts, to our MC Dannie getting hot and heavy with a guy named Aaron who gave her all the feels... So when Dannie met Aaron in real time and we discovered who he was... low key spoiler alert but also hella obvs.... her bestie Bella's new man sooooo HELLO LOVE RHOMBUS!!!!!And therefore I couldn't root for Dannie and Aaron to be together... BECAUSE THEY MADE NO SENSE as Aaron was shown to be entirely in love with Bella; he and Dannie had zero chemistry plus the thoughts of Dannie and Aaron together brought a whole duplicitous vibe to the book. Sisters before misters, hoes over bros and all that. And so we had Dannie denying her feels for Aaron... which was good!! Showed she cared about Bella's happiness and didn't want to be a wench of a friend... But I KNEW THAT ENDING WHERE DANNIE AND AARON HOOKED UP WAS ALWAYS GONNA HAPPEN... So it made it difficult to really empathise with Dannie because she was pretty much lying to herself about her true feelings.She was also lying to her fiancé David (even if he was a wet wipe!)And lying to her bestie Bella (even if she was the manic dream pixie of bestie girlfriends who I found quite irksome for the majority of the book)...But then the book threw me for a loop and went another way...So I'm sort of shook. I appreciate that this book took a plot twist I wasn't expecting but because I was expecting a traditional romance I feel somewhat shortchanged... BUT THEN AGAIN THERE WAS A TRUE LOVE STORY BECAUSE IT WAS ABOUT THE LOVE BETWEEN BESTIES AND YAY FOR RAISING UP FEMALE FRIENDSHIPS!!!!Honestly I don't know what to say about this book. This review is a lol! What the book has in its favour is that it's a quick and easy read. I read it in a day and was happily distracted by it. However it's also one that will had me going wtf from time to time but because I was low key dreading the inevitable hanky-panky between Danni and her bestie's boy and it made me feel too annoyed with the characters and therefore unable to empathise with them as I should.Ultimately I think my mixed feelings leave me rating this at three stars. *An e-copy of this book was kindly provided to me by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review* For more reviews and book related chat check out my blog
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  • Ashley
    January 1, 1970
    Reviewed on: Ashes Books & Bobs.Many thanks to Netgalley and Atria Books for the chance to read this novel early.It's no secret I love mindbending books that play with the concept of time. As soon as I read the blurb for this one, I knew I would be bumping it to the top of my to be read list. I'm so glad I did because this book was very nearly perfect and not what I was expecting at all.The blurb for In Five Years is a little misleading, but I'm actually glad it was. Oftentimes the blurbs Reviewed on: Ashes Books & Bobs.Many thanks to Netgalley and Atria Books for the chance to read this novel early.It's no secret I love mindbending books that play with the concept of time. As soon as I read the blurb for this one, I knew I would be bumping it to the top of my to be read list. I'm so glad I did because this book was very nearly perfect and not what I was expecting at all.The blurb for In Five Years is a little misleading, but I'm actually glad it was. Oftentimes the blurbs give so many details away, it removes the mystery of the story. This book, on the other hand, gives nothing away and I was left guessing about what would happen throughout. In fact, I enjoyed not knowing what would happen next so much, I'm loathe to give too much away in my review. I want every reader to have the experience I did with this story! I would encourage readers not to read too many reviews and simply dive in.I was certain this was going to be another love-triangle, cheating story but I'm pleased to report this wasn't even remotely the case. Instead, this novel deeply explores fate, friendship, and romantic relationships in a way that wouldn't let me go even after I turned the last page. I was sucked in from beginning to end, unable to put this book down until I knew what would happen!As I said, this novel was very nearly a five-star read for me. My only hangup about the story was, unfortunately, I didn't connect with our main character, Dannie, as much as I would have hoped to. I'm not sure where the disconnect came from, other than my inability to relate to her lifestyle and choices, because I thoroughly enjoyed reading the story from her perspective. I think if I had felt a deeper connection to her, this would have easily become one of my favorite books. Despite that, I was still impressed by the beauty and creativity of the story, the important lessons it tackled, and its ability to tug on my heartstrings. I highly recommend this to lovers of Women's Fiction looking for a quick, compulsive read. In Five Years by Rebecca Serle releases on March 3, 2020.
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  • Kelly (and the Book Boar)
    January 1, 1970
    Find all of my reviews at: http://52bookminimum.blogspot.com/ Love doesn’t require a future. This is most likely my final review of the year and although I failed by leaving more than 30 books on my “Currently Reading” shelf (which were 100% already read and only left there to serve as reminders of my failure to post things in a timely fashion), I can at least finish up the decade as a rightreader for once and with a glowing recommendation for In Five Years when it gets released this Spring.So Find all of my reviews at: http://52bookminimum.blogspot.com/ Love doesn’t require a future. This is most likely my final review of the year and although I failed by leaving more than 30 books on my “Currently Reading” shelf (which were 100% already read and only left there to serve as reminders of my failure to post things in a timely fashion), I can at least finish up the decade as a rightreader for once and with a glowing recommendation for In Five Years when it gets released this Spring.So here’s a little confession about a movie trope I love but don’t seem to find too often in books: The “WAKE UP WITH A DIFFERENT LIFE.” You know what I’m talking about? You go to sleep and when you wake up you live in a different house with a different spouse with either zero or additional children than what you had when you went to bed and you don’t know how it happened? Lordy be, that is a fave for me. If you know me, you know I’m not really a blurb reader so the only thing I knew about this before begging endlessly for it requesting it was that it begins with Dannie falling asleep on the eve David proposes to her and when she wakes up . . . . “It’s 2025, a man I’ve never met is my boyfriend, and I live in Brooklyn.” I was like . . . . . Then Dannie actually wakes up and apparently it was only an extremely lucid dream – but one she just can’t seem to shake as she goes on about her life up to the December 15, 2025 date where her future apparently has taken a turn her meticulous life-planning obsession hasn’t quite accounted for.I’m not going to say much more other than readjust your expectations and don’t go in believing you’re going to get a love story, but rather a life story. I haven’t felt feelings like this since . . . . . And the fact that Rebecca Serle caused the following to happen . . . . . Means there’s no way she deserves less than 5 Stars. I avoided The Dinner List when it was released because I just wasn’t sure (still haven’t read that blurb, either). Now I think I probably should check it out.Endless thanks to Atria and NetGalley for letting me wrap up 2019 with such an excellent story in exchange for this review.
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  • Pavlina Read more sleep less blog❤❤
    January 1, 1970
    3,5 - 4 stars This started well , it has a great premise and I was intrigued to see how this will go!I find it unique and brilliant and I was expected to find an emotional read but for me it wasn't!I still loved it and I find myself hooked but I didn't love it as much as I wannted! This is about love and friendship, I have to say that the main heroine was ok for me, I couldn't connect with her so I couldn't empathise her either.Overall, it was a great read if you are looking for something ❤️3,5 - 4 stars ❤️ This started well , it has a great premise and I was intrigued to see how this will go!I find it unique and brilliant and I was expected to find an emotional read but for me it wasn't!I still loved it and I find myself hooked but I didn't love it as much as I wannted! This is about love and friendship, I have to say that the main heroine was ok for me, I couldn't connect with her so I couldn't empathise her either.Overall, it was a great read if you are looking for something refreshing then you definitely has to read this one!     
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  • Suzanne Leopold (Suzy Approved Book Reviews)
    January 1, 1970
    Dannie Kohan has always been a planner and manages her life with long-ranging aspirations. One goal was met when she got engaged to her long-term boyfriend, David, after living together in New York City. Another goal is on the horizon after interviewing for a position at a prestigious law firm. This job is in line with her career ambitions as an attorney. Among her long term goals are to buy an apartment and eventually have children.Dannie becomes unsettled after having a dream that takes place Dannie Kohan has always been a planner and manages her life with long-ranging aspirations. One goal was met when she got engaged to her long-term boyfriend, David, after living together in New York City. Another goal is on the horizon after interviewing for a position at a prestigious law firm. This job is in line with her career ambitions as an attorney. Among her long term goals are to buy an apartment and eventually have children.Dannie becomes unsettled after having a dream that takes place five years into the future. In her dream, she lives in a Brooklyn apartment with an unknown man named Aaron. Every detail from this dream feels so genuine including a different engagement ring. She constantly thinks about this scenario as she contemplates her future wedding date. In Five Years by Rebecca Searle is a thought-provoking book about love, friendship, and relationships. This heartfelt and absorbing novel will lead readers through an emotional journey.
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  • Jessica Jeffers
    January 1, 1970
    There was so much that I hated about this book, I don't even know where to begin. I am hesitant to flat-out trash it because I do know that writers sometimes read these and there are others who will like something more than I did—it’s been more than three years since I’ve given out a one-star review, but this one absolutely deserves it.
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  • Esil
    January 1, 1970
    I liked In Five Years way more than I expected — especially as the story develops. Dannie is a serious type A. She’s a corporate lawyer in New York City and she happily calibrates every minute of her day. She has a five year plan that includes being a partner at her firm and marrying her corporate finance boyfriend. The only part of her life that is a bit less controlled is her strong bond with her childhood friend Bella. Then a dream or premonition shakes her up — she sees herself in 2015 with I liked In Five Years way more than I expected — especially as the story develops. Dannie is a serious type A. She’s a corporate lawyer in New York City and she happily calibrates every minute of her day. She has a five year plan that includes being a partner at her firm and marrying her corporate finance boyfriend. The only part of her life that is a bit less controlled is her strong bond with her childhood friend Bella. Then a dream or premonition shakes her up — she sees herself in 2015 with a man who isn’t her boyfriend. This part seemed hokey. But the story doesn’t end up going where I expected. This is really a lovely emotional story about friendship. I won’t say more to avoid spoilers. But Kleenex is a must! Short and powerful and worth the read. Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for an opportunity to read an advance copy.
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  • Cortney LaScola - The Bookworm, Myrtle Beach
    January 1, 1970
    I don't think I could have loved this book more... easily in my top 5 for the entire year. Definitely add it to your TBR piles!
  • ♡ ᴅ ʀ ᴇ ᴀ ᴍ ♡ (semi-hiatus)
    January 1, 1970
    [ e-ARC received from NetGalley ]Release Date : 3rd March 2020 [ e-ARC received from NetGalley ]Release Date : 3rd March 2020 ♡
  • ♡ Kim ♡
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 - Absolutely loved this one!
  • Dennis
    January 1, 1970
    Imagine having a premonition five years into the future and your life is completely different—living somewhere you never thought you'd live and being married to someone you never met! This happened to Danielle "Dannie" Cohan and it's turned her life upside down. Currently, she is engaged to her fiancé David and the two live in Midtown Manhattan. Dannie is an star attorney, interviewing for one of the most influential law firms in the world, and her husband David works in the financial services Imagine having a premonition five years into the future and your life is completely different—living somewhere you never thought you'd live and being married to someone you never met! This happened to Danielle "Dannie" Cohan and it's turned her life upside down. Currently, she is engaged to her fiancé David and the two live in Midtown Manhattan. Dannie is an star attorney, interviewing for one of the most influential law firms in the world, and her husband David works in the financial services industry. After her premonition, Dannie reflects on her future, but ultimately moves on. Fast forward four and a half years later, Dannie comes face to face with the man in her dream. How is this possible? Was this premonition actually fate? In Five Years is a cute, yet predictable, love story that really tugs at your heartstrings at times. It's a quick, one-sitting type of read—definitely something that could be a Hallmark Channel or Netflix holiday romcom-esque type of book. Fans of romcoms and these types of books will 100% enjoy In Five Years .
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  • MaryBeth's Bookshelf
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you to the publisher for gifting me an advanced copy in exchange for an honest review. I give this one 4.5 stars!Oh how I love Rebecca Serle. I love her ability to make us question and ask "what if." In Five Years tugged at my heart strings. Dannie Cohan has played by the rules and achieved every goal she has set for herself. She's on the path to becoming partner at a prestigious law firm, she has an incredibly thoughtful fiancee, and she has the support of a loving family and best friend. Thank you to the publisher for gifting me an advanced copy in exchange for an honest review. I give this one 4.5 stars!Oh how I love Rebecca Serle. I love her ability to make us question and ask "what if." In Five Years tugged at my heart strings. Dannie Cohan has played by the rules and achieved every goal she has set for herself. She's on the path to becoming partner at a prestigious law firm, she has an incredibly thoughtful fiancee, and she has the support of a loving family and best friend. Everything is going as she planned it. But, life does not always go according to plan. Dannie has a dream that she believes alters her future five years down the road and this changes everything. Or does it? Dannie is not sure what to believe. She becomes stuck in a monotonous routine. Until the day when she comes face to face with that dream.I was totally in love with this story, the characters, and Serle's easy going writing style. You can't help but be swept up into this one. It does take a turn that I did not see coming at all and I wasn't sure I wanted to continue (due to my own triggers, not the story), but I am so glad that I did. Serle crafts a story that can not be unwound until the very last page. I was literally ugly crying in the hall at school. I wavered between 4 and 5 stars and I think my hang up was simply that I just wanted more. I don't know what I wanted more of exactly; maybe I just wanted to know more about Dannie and feel a deeper connection with her, but I definitely was not ready for this one to end.
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  • Laura Rash
    January 1, 1970
    All the feels buddy, all the feels! Perfect for fans of One Day In December! Thanks to the publisher for this review copy:)
  • Sherri Thacker
    January 1, 1970
    Thanks to the publisher for an early release of this book for my honest review. A beautiful story about friendships, love and heartbreak. It’s very moving. I really enjoyed it!
  • Cindy Burnett
    January 1, 1970
    IN FIVE YEARS is absolutely phenomenal. I firmly believe that it should be read before reading any reviews so that absolutely nothing about it is spoiled. However for those that do like to read reviews before choosing a book, I will strive to include no spoilers but instead just rave about the premise and its stellar implementation. This book is truly a not-to-be missed book.What would you do if you had a brief glimpse into the future and saw that you were living a completely different life than IN FIVE YEARS is absolutely phenomenal. I firmly believe that it should be read before reading any reviews so that absolutely nothing about it is spoiled. However for those that do like to read reviews before choosing a book, I will strive to include no spoilers but instead just rave about the premise and its stellar implementation. This book is truly a not-to-be missed book.What would you do if you had a brief glimpse into the future and saw that you were living a completely different life than the one you were currently living? IN FIVE YEARS tackles this topic when Dannie, a highly driven woman who refuses to stray from the goals she set for herself when she was young, falls asleep and wakes up five years in the future with a different engagement ring, a new apartment, and another man in this new apartment. After spending an hour in the future, Dannie falls asleep and returns to her regular, present-day life. She is shaken by this fateful hour in the future and struggles to return to her structured life continually wondering if what she experienced was a dream, a vision or something else entirely. The premise for this book is highly original, and Serle’s execution of the concept is both clever and thought-provoking. The entire time I was reading the book I was on the edge of my seat trying to anticipate (1) what would happen next, (2) what would result from her glimpse into the future, and (3) how in the world it was going to end. And thankfully the ending is absolutely perfect.I just cannot say enough good things about this one – it is a truly fantastic book that will make you really think about your life and your choices. I read it in less than 24 hours.I also think IN FIVE YEARS will make the perfect book club selection because there is so much to discuss – the concept of free will, choosing your own path, pursuing goals at the expense of everything else, and listening to your inner voice.For more reviews, check out my Instagram account, https://www.instagram.com/thoughtsfro....
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  • Jen
    January 1, 1970
    In Five Years was SO much more than I was expecting from the synopsis! A brief glimpse into the future rocks Dannie’s carefully crafted world. She attempts to navigate life after this glimpse even though she’s shaken to the core. This is a moving story about life, love, and loss. I loved it and read it in one sitting! The characters are well rounded, the plot moves along nicely, and the author threw some well timed twists into the storyline. Skip the synopsis and reviews, just go into this one In Five Years was SO much more than I was expecting from the synopsis! ♥️⁣⁣A brief glimpse into the future rocks Dannie’s carefully crafted world. She attempts to navigate life after this glimpse even though she’s shaken to the core. This is a moving story about life, love, and loss. I loved it and read it in one sitting! The characters are well rounded, the plot moves along nicely, and the author threw some well timed twists into the storyline. ⁣⁣Skip the synopsis and reviews, just go into this one blind! 4⭐️ Thank you @atriabooks for the advance reader in exchange for my honest review.
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  • Sarah
    January 1, 1970
    Who knew contemporary women’s fiction would give me my biggest reading twist of the year.A very enjoyable and heartbreaking read.
  • ʚϊɞ Shelley ʚϊɞ
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 StarsThis book will really pull on your emotions. I viewed this more as a woman's fiction story instead of a romance. Only because it wasn't the romance that was the draw for me this time. Dannie's character is what really had me pulled into this story. It's a well written story. The characters are everyday people with such different personalities. The characters and the story line grab you and take you into their world. You laugh, cry and weep with them and live every event like it's your 4.5 StarsThis book will really pull on your emotions. I viewed this more as a woman's fiction story instead of a romance. Only because it wasn't the romance that was the draw for me this time. Dannie's character is what really had me pulled into this story. It's a well written story. The characters are everyday people with such different personalities. The characters and the story line grab you and take you into their world. You laugh, cry and weep with them and live every event like it's your own. This book is funny, heartbreaking and very human.I really enjoyed The Dinner List from the same author and she continued to wow me with her imagination and style. What really says something about the writing is I can overlook the lack of romance that I initially chose the story for. This is why it came off more as a women's fiction book but it is also kind of magical. I really am a fan of the writing from this author, I think I could enjoy anything she writes, and I look forward to what Rebecca Serle brings us next.Thank you NetGalley, Rebecca Serle, Simon & Schuster Canada & Atria Books for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an impartial review; all opinions are my own.#InFiveYears #NetGalley
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  • Jacqueline (We Be Book'N)
    January 1, 1970
    I am so thankful I was able to read this book early (I swapped for the physical arc and received a copy through netgalley!). This was one of my most anticipated books for 2020, and it did not disappoint. This is exactly the book I was in the mood for approaching New Years Eve - something warm, fast-paced, and a little emotional. This book had vibes of Sex and the City, with a little bit of smut, but a lot of friendship. I really loved the writing style and loved seeing more of the city-life of I am so thankful I was able to read this book early (I swapped for the physical arc and received a copy through netgalley!). This was one of my most anticipated books for 2020, and it did not disappoint. This is exactly the book I was in the mood for approaching New Years Eve - something warm, fast-paced, and a little emotional. This book had vibes of Sex and the City, with a little bit of smut, but a lot of friendship. I really loved the writing style and loved seeing more of the city-life of New York City (I love books with city-life in them). The reason this couldn't be a five star read for me, is the fact that this book isn't exactly what it seems. The synopsis makes this book seem like its another version of Maybe In Another Life by Taylor Jenkins Reid, but honestly its not really about the time travel, or the moment the main character sees 5 years into the future. This book is all about whether you live life in the moment, and whether you truly love people in that current moment of your life (especially if you know what the future looks like, or if you make plans for the future). (view spoiler)[ I really could have done without the romance with Aaron/Greg at the end - I feel like it was extremely messed up for Dannie to move so quickly from not being engaged anymore, to hopping into bed with her dead best friend's fiance. Like WHAT!? This part was just weird, messy, and the whole book I was wondering how the scene from 5 years was going to play out that way. (hide spoiler)]This was an extremely cute book, and I read it within the span of a few hours (I love that its only 250 pages). I would definitely read another romance by this author.
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  • booksbikesbooze
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 stars rounded up! Where do you see yourself in 5 years? The age old question almost everyone has asked or answered in their lifetime.Dannie has her life planned out to a T, and so far, everything is going accordingly; the law career, the fiancé, the house.... But what happens when a wrench is thrown in your 5-year plan? Where do you pick up? Where are you left off? What if you have a dream of something unfathomable?I immediately was immersed in this story from the very first few chapters. it 4.5 stars rounded up! Where do you see yourself in 5 years? The age old question almost everyone has asked or answered in their lifetime.Dannie has her life planned out to a T, and so far, everything is going accordingly; the law career, the fiancé, the house.... But what happens when a wrench is thrown in your 5-year plan? Where do you pick up? Where are you left off? What if you have a dream of something unfathomable?I immediately was immersed in this story from the very first few chapters. it was a short book at 250 pages, and the pages turned effortlessly - got to love short, captivating chapters!Without saying too much, I will say that this book took me by surprise - or two! I was thrown off by the plot twist I didn't see coming and was also surprised by the ending (not sure if I loved it, my only reason for minus a 1/2 star). Everything else I LOVED! (This was the 2nd book that made me tear up this week).Two of my favorite quotes from this book:"You mistake love. You think it has to have a future in order to matter, but it doesn't. It's the only thing that does not need to become at all. It matters only insofar as it exists. Here. Now. Love doesn't require a future.""You always wanted someone who would just know it was you. You always wanted your soul mate. And you found him."Thank you to the publisher, @atriabooks, for my review copy. #partner
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  • Kate
    January 1, 1970
    I decided to spend my Boxing Day having my heart ripped out by a book. More to come when I can form coherent sentences and it’s not 1am.
  • Eva vs The World 🌎
    January 1, 1970
    5 stars. I can’t remember the last time a book had me sobbing. This was so beautiful.
  • Amalie_reads
    January 1, 1970
    In Five Years was a unique, beautiful and heartbreaking story that took me by surprise. Once I started I couldn’t put it down and finished it in one sitting as I was so intrigued as to how the story was going to unfold. Everything is going to plan in Dannie’s life, she’s engaged to the perfect man who’s plans align with hers and she has just interviewed for her dream job in a top form in New York City when she has a dream of herself 5 years in the future with a man that isn’t her fiancé. The In Five Years was a unique, beautiful and heartbreaking story that took me by surprise. Once I started I couldn’t put it down and finished it in one sitting as I was so intrigued as to how the story was going to unfold. Everything is going to plan in Dannie’s life, she’s engaged to the perfect man who’s plans align with hers and she has just interviewed for her dream job in a top form in New York City when she has a dream of herself 5 years in the future with a man that isn’t her fiancé. The highlight of the story for me is Dannie’s friendship with Bella. I adored Bella and her no nonsense personality and her sense of humour and whit however I also loved Dannie, she is fiercely independent and has worked so hard to get to where she is career wise. They are complete opposites personality wise however they compliment each other perfectly. So whilst this story is primarily about love for me it was about their friendship and being there for one another in the good times and the bad. Overall I enjoyed this heartwarming, emotional story. Rebecca Serle has an ability to approach heavy issues in a way that was respectful and sensitive at the same time as keeping the book light and an easy read. I want to thank Netgalley and Hachette Australia for providing me with this book in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Lori
    January 1, 1970
    Romance is not really my genre, but this story hooked me from the beginning. As annoying as Dannie’s quirks could sometimes be, I found a vulnerability in her from the very beginning.I enjoyed how tightly this book was written. It didn’t meander off point. The friendship between Dannie and Bella was explored and I was constantly asking myself where this story would go. Opposites do attract and these ladies couldn’t be more different. What would be a satisfactory ending? The ending wasn’t what I Romance is not really my genre, but this story hooked me from the beginning. As annoying as Dannie’s quirks could sometimes be, I found a vulnerability in her from the very beginning.I enjoyed how tightly this book was written. It didn’t meander off point. The friendship between Dannie and Bella was explored and I was constantly asking myself where this story would go. Opposites do attract and these ladies couldn’t be more different. What would be a satisfactory ending? The ending wasn’t what I had hoped for. I won’t say more to avoid spoilers - but the book was a solid read!Thank you to the publisher and Netgalley for the ARC.
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  • Roz
    January 1, 1970
    Well.. about halfway through I had a feeling how it was going to go. Sadly it was indeed what happened and I’m not exactly happy about it. It was a quick read with a very interesting premise and I enjoyed most of it.. I guess. Going into this I thought it was a romance, but nope and it would’ve been better to know what this turned out to be. I'm conflicted if you couldn't tell.
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