Title: Five Years From Now
Author: Paige Toon
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Ltd
Release Date: May 2018
My Rating: 8/10 Solid
What if you met the right person at the wrong time?
Nell and Van meet as children when their parents fall in love, but soon they are forced worlds apart.
Five years later, they find each other. Their bond is rekindled and new feelings take hold, but once again they must separate.
For the next two decades, fate brings Nell and Van together every five years, as life and circumstance continue to divide them. Will they ever find true happiness? And will it be together?
‘One day, maybe five years from now, you’ll look back and understand why this happened…’
Back when libraries were still open and we were free to roam the world as we please, I found myself in a bit of a reading rut. I moved house a few months ago, and now my local library is a different one. My old library is still only a 10 minute drive away, and it’s in a beautiful old building with ‘that’ smell that I just love, so I still use that mostly, but decided to give my new local a try. The building is an old 1960s prefabricated ‘school’ type place, with pale green carpets and low grey shelves. Despite the uninspiring surroundings, it actually has a really decent selection of books – dare I say it even better than my old faithful.
While browsing the shelves, a came across an abundance of Paige Toon novels. I read The One We Fell in Love With a couple of years ago and really enjoyed it, but haven’t found any of her books since. I decided that as my new library would be remaining firmly in second place and I would be visiting often, I should take this opportunity to give Paige Toon another go.
As a rule, I’m not a chic-lit fan. I hate the cheesy predicability and sickly masculinity that usually eeks out of them, so I tend to show them a wide berth. Paige Toon is different though. Her stories seem to shun the usual tropes and come from a place of pure heart and warmth. Five Years From Now is no different. The characters and the hardships they face feel so real. There’s no ‘perfection’ here in the way the characters look, act, dress, work, and the romantic struggle we see played out is one of complete believability. Overall the book explores the lengths we would go to for love, and more importantly the lengths we wouldn’t.
I’ll admit, I even shed a few tears.
If you’re looking for an easy, fast-paced romance, then this is definitely for you. If you’re looking for something with a profound story to sink your teeth into, then also yes, give this a go. If you’re looking for something artificial, filled with happily ever afters, then probably still read this to realise why chic-lit can be so much better than that. I can’t wait to read more Paige Toon – maybe the 1960s library will be seeing more of me than I thought!