The Five Year Plan by Carla Burgess


Orla is a trainee reporter with a five-year plan: work her way up the career ladder, move to London and secure a job on a big national newspaper. She doesn’t want a boyfriend, he’s only going to hold her back anyway. Aiden spends his life travelling the world and living in a tent. He knows his goal: to photograph animals and raise awareness of global warming and wildlife conservation. He’s definitely not looking for a relationship past the odd casual hook-up! So when Orla and Aiden’s lives collide, they do everything to not fall for each other – with the opposite effect. But they stick to their plans, and go their separate ways…Five years later, they meet again.


My review

This is an enjoyable second-chance novel with a vividly Irish flavour. It’s easy to read with likeable characters and plenty of entertaining action.

We start with Orla and Aiden meeting again, jump back in time to find out more about Orla’s five year plan, and then finish up in the present day. This adds movement and interest to the novel. Was Orla too quick to put her job first? Was Aiden too hung up in his budding career? They make mistakes, they’re flawed but they learn their lessons and have the chance to try again.

Entertaining and lively.


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