More titles to consider

Shopping Cart

You're getting the VIP treatment!

Item(s) unavailable for purchase
Please review your cart. You can remove the unavailable item(s) now or we'll automatically remove it at Checkout.
itemsitem
Ratings and Book Reviews (5 5 star ratings
5 reviews
)

Overall rating

3.8 out of 5
5
5 Stars 4 Stars 3 Stars 2 Stars 1 Star
0 4 1 0 0

Share your thoughts

You've already shared your review for this item. Thanks!

We are currently reviewing your submission. Thanks!

Complete your review

All Book Reviews

  • 0 person found this review helpful

    0 people found this review helpful

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

    Thanks for your feedback!

    a four-star plan

    The Five-Year Plan by Carla Burgess a four-star plan. This had the start of a five-star read the first few pages drew me in, but then went into a three-star read at parts. I just felt that it preached to me in parts and lost itself, I gave it four-stars as was overall the story was well written it just felt like it was something that had been put down and picked up and a place was missed, but if you gloss over the drops you do get good honest writing and when you consider some of the subjects that we don’t often see written about it did well, you may not feel its preaching to you so you may enjoy it.
  • 0 person found this review helpful

    0 people found this review helpful

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

    Thanks for your feedback!

    A fun and sexy rom-com

    I received an ARC of The Five Year Plan by Carla Burgess, via #NetGalley, in order to provide an honest review. I was drawn to this book because the cover is catchy, and not cheesy, which I find most romances are. The description sucked in my in, and I am so happy I was able to read it. The Five Year Plan begins in present time, with Orla, and reporter for a big London newspaper, brings her trainee reporter with her to Aiden Byrnes exhibit. We find out that Orla and Aiden hadn't seen each other in five years, after a wonderful summer together, Aiden leaves, breaking her heart. While they have a small interaction at the exhibit, Orla, trying to protect herself, runs off to catch the train home, not knowing that Aiden chases after her. Normally I would be annoyed of the cliff hanger, but we are transported five years in the past, to when they meet. I LOVED IT! When I read a romance, I want to know why two characters click so well, and Carla Burgess does a wonderful job with Orla and Aiden. Their chemistry is amazing, and I found myself not wanting to put down the book. The conversations between them are the highlight of the story, and had be laughing out loud too many times to count. When we get transferred back to the past, I constantly went back and forth between happiness and sadness ... much like Orla and Aiden. They are very easy to empathize. The epilogue, which I won't spoil, is beautiful. The romance in this book is wonderfully written. There is no love at first sight scenario, which makes it all the better. They simply form a very close friendship (in part because Aiden is a very thoughtful, friendly man, who I suspect was attracted to Orla right away), that eventually turns to love. It was easy to see why they fell in love, which is so rare for romances these days. My only complaint with this book, is that Orla's thought processes are hard to read through, sometimes. Perhaps it's intentional, because we know she is conflicted, but I found her inner dialogue was tedious at times, and borderline repetitive. If you are someone who likes some steamy scenes in your romances, like me, you might be just a little disappointed. The sex is there. It just could be written a bit better. That being said, the love and tenderness they feel for one another is there, and it makes up for the lack of steaminess. In conclusion, I am so happy I got the opportunity to read this book. This is my first book I have read from Carla Burgess, and I am convinced to read her others now. The story is beautiful, yet simple. The characters are easy to like, and easy to empathize with. I liked them both for different reasons, and I liked them together because they balance each other out, and importantly, don't try to change each other. It flows beautifully between each time jump, so you are never confused. It's just an all around wonderful book, and I give it my full recommendation.
  • 0 person found this review helpful

    0 people found this review helpful

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

    Thanks for your feedback!

    Career vs love

    The Five-Year Plan is a second chance romance about a female reporter and a male wildlife photographer whose career goals derailed their first relationship. Meeting a second time they realize they still have feelings. Will they let those pesky career goals stand in the way a second time? Written by British author, Carla Burgess, I think young adult readers should lap this story up. Dialogue is plausible, characters are well defined, and the environmental views of the author are clear. I voluntarily reviewed an advance copy of this book from NetGalley.
  • 0 person found this review helpful

    0 people found this review helpful

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

    Thanks for your feedback!

    The plot could have used some rearranging

    "The Five-Year Plan" by Carla Burgess had the most phenomenal first chapter. It was breaking my heart and left me hanging and needing more and was just perfect. Then the plot went back five years and that was sort of a struggle for me. The story was still pretty good, it just wasn't as amazing as that first chapter and that was a little disappointing. Then that plot line got going and got really good, and then we switched back to the future and I'd lost interest in it by that point. I'm not sure if switching more frequently between the timelines might have helped, but I have read other romances that did that well. The ending also felt like it dragged on for quite a while and I started skimming a little because it felt like everything had wrapped up a while ago and I didn't care anymore. Also, the literal title of the book is about Orla's five-year plan and how important her career is to her, but she hardly thinks or cares about it and Aiden quite frequently dismisses it entirely, acting like it should be something she could just give up to be with him even though she never asks him to do the same thing. That was pretty frustrating. So, this is probably more like a 3.5 stars than 4 stars, but I like to round up for generosity. It was a cute story. I loved the falling-in-love-in-nature feel of it and Aiden was (for the most part) very dreamy and I flew threw the book in just a couple days. So I'd say for the most part it did its job, it just could've used some cutting and rearranging.
  • 0 person found this review helpful

    0 people found this review helpful

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

    Thanks for your feedback!

    Light, Quick Read

    The ARC of this book was provided by the publisher HQ Digital via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I'm generally a fan when authors move between time periods, but when Burgess began with an interesting "today" story and Orla and Aiden are reconnecting at Aiden's exhibition after going their separate ways, I was disappointed when she flipped back (and stayed there!) to the early days of journalist Orla and wildlife photographer Aiden's relationship. I really liked the idea of the "Five-Year Plan,"and had high hopes for the story of how the best-laid plans of mice and men often go awry. I didn't particularly connect with the two main characters, however, and needed a bit more to the storyline. It was ok; I'm not sorry I read it, but it wasn't memorable. I'd recommend this book to those seeking a light, quick read. #NetGalley #TheFiveYearPlan
5

You can read this item using any of the following Kobo apps and devices:

  • DESKTOP
  • eREADERS
  • IOS
  • ANDROID
  • TABLETS
  • WINDOWS