In Five Years By Rebecca Serle
‘In Five Years’ is the latest book by Rebecca Serle
Where do you see yourself in five years?
Type-A Manhattan lawyer Dannie Kohan has been in possession of her meticulously crafted answer since she understood the question. On the day that she nails the most important job interview of her career and gets engaged to the perfect man, she’s well on her way to fulfilling her life goals. That night Dannie falls asleep only to wake up in a different apartment with a different ring on her finger, and in the company of a very different man. The TV is on in the background, and she can just make out the date. It’s the same night – December 15th – but 2025, five years in the future.
It was just a dream, she tells herself when she wakes, but it felt so real… 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 Dannie turns down a street and there, standing on the corner, is the man from her dream…
Dannie is a strong and logical woman, who’s life is based on numbers and when she meets David, it’s only natural to expect that after a couple of years together that marriage and children would follow as this is the expected way of life. But for Dannie, after the much anticipated proposal becomes a long engagement when her another man suddenly appears in her dreams and suddenly appears in real life in a relationship with her best friend, Bella. Bella and Dannie feel that Bella has found the perfect man but everything is thrown into disarray when Bella suddenly becomes seriously ill and Dannie has to question everything in her life.
I genuinely loved this book and my heart really went out to Dannie and Bella, who’s childhood friendship is sadly pulled apart by ovarian cancer, which also coincides with March being Ovarian Cancer Awareness month.
So not only does Dannie have to battle the pain of seeing her best friend in pain but she also has to see her with the real life man from her dreams, who makes Dannie question her own relationship.
I really liked Dannie, she’s a independent woman who’s set her life out and is determined that ovarian cancer will not take away her best friends happiness. She researches methodically into the illness to give her some control over the illness that is spiralling out. Her genuine love for Bella is not only as a friend but is also maternal as Bella’s parents were absent from her life most of the time and Dannie was the friend she turned to most of the time. Their relationship is strong and fun, but is tested a lot throughout the story. It’s also interesting to see how Dannie deals with Aaron, the man from her dreams appear in real life and the new emotions that she struggles, such as wanting her friend to be happy but also deal with a new attraction towards him.
‘In Five Years’ is a rare and brilliant love story about the complexities of relationships. This story is a bittersweet tale that really tugs at the readers heartstrings. Poignant, sweet, this original tale had me gripped from the first page. Sweetly written and well researched of the cruelty of cancer, this book will have you in bits with this emotional rollercoaster.
You can buy pre-order ‘In Five Years’ from Amazon and will be available to buy from good bookshops from 10th March 2020.