I absolutely adored In Five Years by Rebecca Serle and found it impossible to put down. This beautiful story is about love and friendship and will leave you with a beautiful, unexpected ending. It was such a lovely distraction from the stress and uncertainty of everything going on in the world today.
Dannie Kohan lives her life by numbers and has a very thorough plan and vision of what she expects her life to be like in five years. One day, she gets to check off two of the milestones within her plan when she accepts her dream job as a corporate lawyer at Wachtell and accepts a dream marriage proposal from her boyfriend David. That evening, Dannie falls asleep perfectly content knowing that her life is going exactly as planned. Suddenly, she awakens five years in the future on December 15, 2025. She is in a totally different apartment with a completely different man and a new ring on her finger. She spends one hour in this incredibly vivid premonition before waking back up in her and David’s apartment home just before midnight, completely shaken by this unforgettable vision. Four and a half years later, she encounters the man from her vision in a completely unexpected way, and makes a point to do everything in her power to stop this premonition from happening.
Rebecca Serle is an amazing writer and I thought she did a wonderful job with the story plot and character development. While the book is written from the perspective of Dannie, each of the main characters are developed so well that I did not feel like I was missing out on anything from there not being multiple perspectives and it made the build up to the surprise factor in this story that much better. I loved that the main characters were all so relatable and that I was able to fall in love with each of them. The raw emotions demonstrated by Dannie and Bella in regards to the beauty and heartbreak that come with love, friendship, destiny and finding our purpose resonated so much with me. While I wouldn’t change anything about the way the story was written, I still can’t help but think that it would’ve been interesting to witness Bella’s perception of the friendship and various events in the book.
This was one of the purest, most heartwarming books I have read in a long time and I loved the surprise turn that this book took, steering away from being your typical love story. Not only will this story make you laugh, cry, and fall in love with every single character; it will leave a beautiful impression on you about the meaning of destiny, friendship, and love. I honestly couldn’t recommend this book enough 💛
BEER RECOMMENDATION: In Five Years is best paired with Bonedagger by Burial Beer Co. This highly enjoyable American Pale Ale is made from Simcoe, Idaho 7 and Citra hops and double dry-hopped with Lupulin Powder. Bonedagger produces a mildly sweet taste due to the citrus, wheat and peach flavors with a nice light bitterness at the end to balance it out 🍻