In Five Years by Rebecca Serle
Dannie Cohen is one of those hyper-organized, highly focused, completely together people who has a plan and sticks with it. She knew where she wanted to work and when she’d finally achieve her dream back in high school and she’s on her way to making it happen. She’s got a plan for her personal life as well; knows when she’ll be engaged and married and that’s happening on schedule too.
The night of her interview at the firm of her dreams she is asked the dreaded question: Where do you see yourself in five years? Dannie, being Dannie, has the perfectly worded response. But as she dozes that night she has a dream so real it seems like a vision. She sees herself in a bed in an apartment in Brooklyn (not at all the Gramercy Park apartment she has planned for her life) and then kissing a man that is most definitely not her perfect fiance. What is going on?
Dannie tells no one about her vision, not even her best friend forever Bella. Bella would love the idea that her Type A friend could possibly be going off her plan. Bella is a carefree free spirit that Dannie is always a bit concerned for: she falls in love often and hard. But she seems to bounce back up and continue living a life she loves even though there really isn’t a plan in mind.
As the five years goes by we follow Dannie and Bella as we see how life unfolds and if the vision will become reality.
I’ve been trying something similar to what I do with movies. I don’t read too much about them. Maybe a short review and the publisher blurb to see if I want to read a book. It was a letter from the book’s editor that made me read this one. She was gushing about it but so vague I was intrigued. I will continue with the vagueness.
This is a story about love, but it is not a love story. This is a story about life as well as a life story. This is a novel that will stay with you for a long time and make you smile as well as ugly cry (if you’re like me) despite convincing yourself that you won’t.
If you’re a fan of realistic stories about strong women, stories about friendship, stories about plans going a bit awry, if you are a fan of stories period don’t miss this one. Place your holds now, this one is released March 3, 2020!