In Five Years by Rececca Serle

In Five Years, is in some ways a love story but really more about friendship and knowing yourself.  One of the main characters is Dannie Kohan, a corporate lawyer who has everthing planned out.  After nailing an interview for her dream job and getting engaged to her longtime boyfriend she falls asleep on the couch.  When she wakes up she finds herself in a different apartment, with a different ring on her finger and beside a  different man.  Looking over at the TV she sees a date:  2025, five years in the future.   Returning to present she is shaken by the dream and even more so when she comes face to face with the man in person.
This story is about love, not only romantic love but friendship, about being a parent and letting go of expectations.
It is a great read for the beginning of 2021.
John Grisham is not one of my go to authors but I had the opportunity to listen to the audio tape of this book recently. This is the story of a priest/lawyer who works for a non-profit organization which takes on cases of prison inmates who had been wrongfully accused of a crime. Grisham offers a large amount of back story which explains how these cases came about and are solved. And in the end ties them together very well.
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Battlegrounds: The Fight to Defend the Free World by H.R. McMaster

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


Strategic narcissism is the phrase McMaster uses to describe the US foreign policy in the world. Whether you agree with his assessment or not he does give an often tedious but very well researched background on the role of foreign policy over several presidential administrations not just the current one. It is well worth reading to get a better idea of the philosophies and views of some of the hotspots in the world and how the US could relate better.



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