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Check It Out: Rebecca Serle Spotlight

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This is Kelsey Patterson with the Sioux City Public Library and you’re listening to Check It Out. 

Today, I’m recommending one of my new favorite authors, Rebecca Serle. An author and television writer who splits her time between New York and Los Angeles, Rebecca Serle codeveloped the hit TV adaptation of her YA series Famous in Love and is the author of six novels, including my two recommendations, The Dinner List and In Five Years.

At one point or another, we’ve all been asked to name five people, living or dead, with whom we’d like to have dinner. Why do we choose the people we do? And what if that dinner was to actually happen? These are the questions Rebecca Serle contends with in The Dinner List, a story imbued with delightful moments of magical realism and a powerful life-changing romance. 

When Sabrina arrives at her 30th birthday dinner, she finds at the table not just her best friend, but also three significant people from her past. As the appetizers are served, the wine is poured, and dinner table conversation begins, it becomes clear that there’s a reason these six people have been gathered together. 

Already a New York Times bestseller and a Good Morning America Book Club Pick, In Five Years is a striking, powerful, and moving love story that follows an ambitious lawyer who experiences an astonishing vision that could change her life forever.   

Dannie Kohan lives her life by the numbers. She is nothing like her lifelong best friend—the wild, whimsical, believes-in-fate Bella. Her meticulous planning seems to have paid off after she nails the most important job interview of her career and accepts her boyfriend’s marriage proposal in one fell swoop, falling asleep completely content.  

But when she awakens, she’s suddenly in a different apartment, with a different ring on her finger, and beside a very different man. Dannie spends one hour exactly five years in the future before she wakes again in her own home on the brink of midnight—but it is one hour she cannot shake.

Check out The Dinner List, In Five Years and other great books by Rebecca Serle at the Sioux City Public Library.

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