Five Years From Now By Paige Toon
Nell and Van meet as children when their parents fall in love, but soon they are forced worlds apart. Five years later, they find each other. Their bond is rekindled and new feelings take hold, but once again they have to separate. For the next two decades, fate brings Nell and Van together every five years, as life and circumstance continue to divide them. Will they ever find true happiness? And will it be together?
Paige Toon is back with another rollercoaster of a story that tugs at the heartstrings as one couple battle against all odds to be together.
The story is seen solely through the narrative of Nell, a young woman who reflects back on her life as her one big love called Van is constantly taken away from her.
Nell first met Van when their parents started dating and moved in together. As the years pass, they become close friends but when Van’s mother is tragically killed in a car accident, Van then moves to Australia to live with his father and so begins the couple’s turbulent relationship.
At fifteen, Van returns home and that’s when the couple’s feeling develop towards each other, moving from friends to potentially boyfriend and girlfriend, they struggle with guilt and secrecy, especially Nell as everyone thinks of the two of them like brother and sister.
As the story progresses, we regularly see the pair of them get close to the being a couple but with Van living in Australia and Nell living in the United Kingdom, there’s always so many complications and distance between the two of them.
I genuinely loved this story. Both Nell and Van are sweet and heartwarming characters, I really wanted them to get their happy ever afters and found it so frustrating that so many things stood between them and everytime they thought that they were getting somewhere, it would all be harshly snatched away. Their stolen moments together make for bittersweet reading, that it was hard not to also fall in love with the young couple
Like Paige’s previous novels, nothing is ever straight forward and there are many emotional rollercoasters along the way. Sweetly written and quite the heartbreaker of a story from the start, ‘Five Years From Now’ is a poignant and tender story about love, soulmates and the heartbreaking difficulties of finding love at the wrong time.
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