Coming at you from my patio… it’s a very rainy morning in Austin, which means it’s actually tolerable outside and not hot as hell. I have been coming out here with my laptop the last few mornings — I have a nice chair and a table with a little fan — and it’s a nice change of pace.
But, let’s jump into the latest read from Blanche’s Book Club: “In Five Years” by Rebecca Serle. Here’s the scoop:
Where do you see yourself in five years?
When Type-A Manhattan lawyer Dannie Cohan is asked this question at the most important interview of her career, she has a meticulously crafted answer at the ready. Later, after nailing her interview and accepting her boyfriend’s marriage proposal, Dannie goes to sleep knowing she is right on track to achieve her five-year plan.
But when she wakes up, she’s suddenly in a different apartment, with a different ring on her finger, and beside a very different man. The television news is on in the background, and she can just make out the scrolling date. It’s the same night—December 15—but 2025, five years in the future.
After a very intense, shocking hour, Dannie wakes again, at the brink of midnight, back in 2020. She can’t shake what has happened. It certainly felt much more than merely a dream, but she isn’t the kind of person who believes in visions. That nonsense is only charming coming from free-spirited types, like her lifelong best friend, Bella. 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 by chance Dannie meets the very same man from her long-ago vision.
Brimming with joy and heartbreak, In Five Years is an unforgettable love story that reminds us of the power of loyalty, friendship, and the unpredictable nature of destiny.
Rebecca Serle is also the author of “The Dinner List” which I read in 2018 (here’s my full review of it)
This book was easy to read, as it was a story about love and friendship based in New York city.
The main character is a control freak and she thinks she has her entire life planned out, down to the wine she’s going to drink for dinner. But she has a vivid dream that she sees as a premonition about the next few years of her life.
It’s sort of difficult to believe that someone who has everything all planned out would suddenly change her life after one vivid dream, but I always take these types of things with a grain of salt.
It took some unexpected twists and parts of the book were sad — I’d say beware of triggers related to terminal illness, not to give any spoilers away.
Overall, I gave this three stars on GoodReads. It was good to read, but I didn’t love it. It’s definitely one for the lovers, so if that’s you, pick this one up!
The next book Blanche’s Book Club will read is “Stamped From the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America” by Ibram X. Kendi.
I hope you all have a relaxing weekend!
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