Have you ever had a dream about the future? Was it so real you couldn’t shake it? That’s what happens to Danielle Kohan. Finding herself in a different apartment, with a different man, wearing a different engagement ring… and it’s 2025. Who is this handsome stranger, and will they meet in real life? Once Dannie wakes from this hour in the future, she’s changed.
Danielle Kohan has a plan. A Type-A lawyer, she’s got her life mapped out. Law school? Check. Clerkship? Check. Interview for her dream job? Check. Dannie’s got it all, including the handsome boyfriend who is ready to propose. All that remains is to plan a wedding and sail into the predictable sunset.
Bella is Dannie’s best friend and complete opposite – a whimsical bohemian. She’s known for falling in and out of love quickly, jetting off to Paris or Morocco for a week. Creative to the core, Bella is the happiest painting, writing, or managing her art gallery.
FIVE YEARS PASS
Dannie’s never told anyone other than a therapist about that dream. Four-and-a-half years have passed since Dannie and David got engaged. But they still haven’t tied the knot. Career-driven, there’s always been an opportunity (or an excuse?) not to get married. For someone who plans life by the numbers, this isn’t expected.
Meeting friends for dinner in Manhattan, she walks up to the restaurant. There. He. Is.
She knows his name, she can envision his apartment. As the story unfolds, so does the connection between the two of them. Life has a funny way of intertwining people in joy and sorrow.
I am really into this book! In Five Years by Rebecca Serle is a reminder that life is unpredictable. A smart, raw story of friendship and heartbreak. This book came along at the perfect time for me – I see parts of myself in both Dannie and Bella. But more than that, In Five Years struck a chord as an uncanny amalgamation of my loved ones, facing the same challenges as the characters in this book. If you were a fan of A Walk to Remember or Me Before You, you’ll love this novel. You can read Sarah’s review of Rebecca’s debute novel, The Dinner List here.
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Rebecca Serle is an author and television writer who lives between New York and Los Angeles. Serle most recently co-developed the hit TV adaptation of her young adult series FAMOUS IN LOVE for Freeform. She loves Nancy Meyers films, bathrobes, and giving unsolicited relationship advice.