Book Review – In Five Years

In Five Years by Rebecca Serle

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Overall Rating: 🖤🖤🖤

I have never read a greater hook than the one I read in, ‘In Five Years,’ by Rebecca Serle. Dannie Kohan goes to sleep one night engaged, and wakes up five years in the future, getting a small glimpse of a moment in time – but with an entirely different man than the one she became engaged to. This sets off a chain of events that forever impacts Dannie’s life, especially when Dannie actually meets the other man from her dream.

The fantastic hook and premise set far too high of an expectation for me, and as the book played out, I found myself disappointed and wanting. I thought I was opening up a dynamic love story, but it turned out to be a sad tale of friendship, more than anything. Had Serle labeled their work as contemporary fiction, rather than the time-travel romance tale it was marketed as, I think this would have prevented such the let down that I felt.

As to the beautifully wonderful things that Serle did fantastically, the structure of the novel was quite intriguing, as the reader already knew the ending. The real reason I kept reading was to figure out how Serle masterfully tucked together an intricate web of a story, towards the ending revealed to us from the very beginning.

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Book Review – Circe

Circe by Madeline Miller

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Madeline Miller quickly made my charts as a favorite author with her retelling of the Greek mythology of Circe, daughter of Helios, the god of the sun. Miller portrays Circe as being the outcast of her own family, as well as an outcast from the gods themselves. Circe finds no true home for herself until she is sent to live the rest of her days on a deserted island. ⁠

It is in her solace that Circe begins to find who she is as an individual, apart from the disappointment forced upon her by her father, and apart from the wariness of the gods. Her tale is weaved with many familiar faces in Greek myth, such as Icarus and Odysseus. ⁠

The journey of Circe’s mending heart seemed to reach out and heal something within me, too. I walked away from this novel feeling as if the world might be both a little brighter and a little sadder, all at the same time. If you are a fan of Greek mythology and classic retellings, or have a penchant for subtle romances, you will enjoy this novel!⁠

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Book Review – We Were Mothers

We Were Mothers by Katie Sise

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

‘We Were Mothers’ was a dramatic break from my usual reading, and I opened her pages with no expectations. I was blown away by the realness that Katie Sise wrote into her characters. Somehow, it was as if every relatable housewife/mom/mother/sister/friend had been rolled into the character line-up: Cora, Sarah, Jade, and Laurel.⁠

The book quickly addresses the untimely death of Cora’s sister, Maggie. Though it occurred years ago, she and everyone around her seem to still feel the pain of her passing. It is revealed that Maggie’s death has some… extenuating circumstances, brought back to light by a series of events related to the sudden disappearance Laurel’s daughter, Mira. ⁠

The entire novel covers the span of a weekend, but it feels like so much more time passes than that. The internal dialogue and multiple perspective changes seem to slow the pacing down, hence the rating of only four hearts out of five.⁠

Even so, the pacing of the novel picks up rather quickly towards the end and becomes an absolute page-turner as you search among the fractured clues, trying to understand what exactly happened all those years ago to the beloved sister and daughter, Maggie.

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