In Five Years: A Novel Book Cover In Five Years: A Novel
Rebecca Serle
Friendship Fiction
Atria Books
March 10, 2020
Hardcover, Paperback, Audiobook, Kindle, Audio CD

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 by Rebecca Serle

I’m sure you have been asked in an interview, “where do you see yourself in five years?” I dread and loath that question. It doesn’t matter how much time I’ve had to prepare for it. I never have a truthful answer. It’s so hard for me to think that far ahead in a realistic way. Life doesn’t need the pressure of my expectations. I prefer to focus on being where I want to be right now.

In Five Years by Rebecca Serle tells the story of Dannie. Contrary to me, Dannie knows exactly what her next five years will look like, and there is no room for deviation.

Dannie’s plan

The story starts on one of the most pivotal days of Dannie’s life. She has an interview at the law firm she’s wanted to work at before she was even a lawyer, and it’s also the day she will get engaged. Dannie has worked hard for all of it, and her life plan is on track and on time.

But when Dannie goes to bed that night, she wakes up five years in the future sharing an apartment she doesn’t recognize with a man she’s never met before. THIS IS NOT THE PLAN! She then wakes back up back to her old life, but she can’t shake the uneasiness. It felt so real. Was it just a dream?

Four and a half years pass, and Dannie has kept that dream to herself, but she hasn’t forgotten. Imagine her shock when she meets the man in her dream! Will her dream (or nightmare) become a reality? She has the life she wants. Does this mean it might all blow up? Can she prevent it from happening?

In Five Years is chick lit at it’s best

I read In Five Years in one sitting. Rebecca Serle’s storytelling is engaging and fresh. Her characters are well rounded and lovable. Dannie, driven and ambitious but also caring and devoted. David, her fiancee, generous, warm and supportive.  Bella, her total opposite, boy crazy, bohemian soul sister. And, Aaron the kindhearted and thoughtful gentleman of her dream. I loved my time with all of them!

I do need to warn you this is not a conventional girl in the city romance novel. This is a story about love but not the one you expect. It’s what makes this story special. Give yourself the gift of reading it. I promise you it is truly unforgettable.

In Five Years by Rebecca Serle will be released on March 10, 2020.