Sip and Read: In Five Years by Rebecca Serle

By Rutendo Makubika

Although I am not a huge romance reader, now and then a book comes along that just warms (and breaks) my heart. In Five Years is a love story, just not the one you think. A wonderfully surprising and heartbreaking story of a highly ambitious corporate lawyer in NYC who has stringently planned her future but, who may have to learn that life does not always go exactly as planned. Perfect for fans of Me Before You and One Day. I am a huge fan of the theme of fate versus controlling our own destiny and this read will definitely have you questioning everything you thought you knew about destiny.

Dannie is a planner. Everything in her life is meticulously mapped out, from the job she desires at her chosen law firm, to her dream apartment in New York City and even when she and her boyfriend will get married. That is the way she has always been but, who is this man in her dreams? On the day she nails the most important job interview of her career and gets engaged, she 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. He seems so alive and real to her, but he is not in her five-year plan!

Truly an unforgettable book, and one I read in one sitting. Rebecca Serle is a master storyteller; I felt every emotion her story elicited with such intensity. This is a story about love in its many forms; true love, convenient love and lust. It is also a story of friendship, loyalty, loss and deciding who you are and, what you want. While it is sometimes sad, it is also wonderfully hopeful and joyful, and it shares a message that resonates so deeply. Do not waste the time, joy and love you have in this life. This is a quick read that made my heart explode and I hope that you read it and love it as much as I did. Rebecca Serle is an amazing writer and she is an author worth reading.

I have been an avid reader since my teens when I was introduced to my first classic book, Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. That was the start of my love affair with books. I am always on the lookout for new reads so bring on your recommendations if you have any. Happy Reading!

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