Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Five Years Gone” as Want to Read:
Five Years Gone
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

Five Years Gone

(Navy Captain John West #1)

4.36  ·  Rating details ·  2,037 ratings  ·  444 reviews
The most brazen terrorist attack in history. A country bent on revenge. A love affair cut short. A heart that never truly heals.

I knew on the day of the attack that our lives were changed forever. What I didn’t know then was that I’d never see John again after he deployed. One day he was living with me, sleeping next to me, making plans with me. The next day he was gone
ebook, 400 pages
Published October 9th 2018 by HTJB, Inc. (first published September 25th 2018)
More Details... Edit Details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Community Reviews

Showing 1-30
Average rating 4.36  · 
Rating details
 ·  2,037 ratings  ·  444 reviews

More filters
Sort order
Dilek VT
3,5 stars

The Plot:

Two broken people… broken in their own twisted way.
The guy by his fiancé, the woman by her boyfriend...

Both of them loved their exes so much that their ghosting upon them ruined them… they couldn’t move on for a long time. It took him, Eric, 8 months to move on because she was a cheater but it took her, Ava, 5 long years because she never had closure as her boyfriend John was a soldier and he went one day and she never heard of him again.

Grief is a feeling that is hard to deal with. Grieving over someone y
❤️ Paulette  Alphas Review
Title: ➳ ❤- Five Years Gone
Series: ➳ Navy Captain John West
Author: ➳ Marie Force

Publication:, Publication: October 9th 2018


Five Years Gone is my first read by Marie Force! Idk if I want rate this book at 3 stars or 4 so don’t be surprised if I change it afterwards

Ava Lucas story is so sad & also so devastating, 21-year women finds herself in new city & not really knowing anyone, somehow finds the love of her life. Or s
Melanie A.
Sep 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: library, contemporary
3.5 STARS!
I'm learning that even though I left our old life behind, I brought John with me.
Unbiased rating: rounding up to 4 stars

Unbiased review: the writing style was effortless and very engaging. If I had to complain about something it's that too much of the story was told instead of shown through dialogue.

HOWEVER, if you're interested in my biased opinion:

Petty, cranky-pants rating: rounding down, down, down

Petty, cranky-pants non-review: All it would have taken was a gander at the synopsis and this could have been avoided./>Petty,/>Petty,/>HOWEVER,/>Unbiased
Oct 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
I can’t deny I was tad nervous going into this after reading the blurb, but Marie Force wrote it—this is the 37th book I’ve read by her so it’s no secret she’s one of my go to authors—and true to her style she has written a heartfelt, emotive story of learning to love and be loved again.

description I found out what happens when dreams come true and how painful it iclass="gr-hostedUserImg">
Jennifer Kyle
Oct 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
3.75 Stars !
Five Years Gone

Marie Force

FIVE YEARS GONE absolutely shredded my heart! Marie Force speaks to my heart with each and every novel she has written and FIVE YEARS GONE is no exception. What a beautiful story of love, guilt and fate. All Ava has known for the past two years is John. She met him in a military bar and she has spent every day with him. She eats, breathes, and sleeps JOHN. Her life is glorious and she loves him unconditionally until one day when a terrorist
1-Click Addict Support Group
Oct 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Kept me guessing all the way to the end…

Torn between two lovers may be cliché but that fits Ava’s dilemma perfectly. She has been in limbo for years, not knowing the fate of the man she loved. When waiting ‘long enough’? Never? That state of not knowing, not being able to move forward, is portrayed in heart-aching clarity as Ava struggles to live her life. She is stuck in a relationship that is no longer there, hasn’t been for a long time, but without answers, without closure, she is
Anne OK
Feb 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A new standalone from Marie Force coming in October 2018. One that packs a punch and leaves you a bit breathless and heartbroken, while at the same time happy and filled with hope and new beginnings.

Oct 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
5 Stars!!!

This book will make you feel like you have a split personality. I went back and forth to what I thought was “right” or “best” for these characters.

This story will rip at your heart and cause you pain and then it will warm your heart and fill you with love.

Maybe that is why I liked it so much, because it evoked so many different emotions. I won’t say I always agreed with decisions made by the characters but I think possibly everything was for the best.

I’m glad I didn’t read the syno
Melissa B
This book was truly an incredible, gripping, all-consuming TOP READ for 2018! I was so immersed in this story about loss, grief, finding love again that it was unputdownable. I was so consumed, page after page, chapter after chapter, I couldn't stop because I NEEDED to know how this story ended. This read will take you on an emotional journey that will have you crying, laughing and on the edge of your seat with hope, hope for two broken people to find that once in a lifetime love. This book, thi ...more
Ellen ✦ Book Bellas ✦
<4.5 Stars

“I love you. I’ll always love you.” Then he kissed me as passionately as he ever had and was gone, out the door in a flash of camouflage. I never saw him again."

John, the love of Ava's life, was deployed 5 years earlier and she has not heard one word from him. She can't locate any trace of him. It's almost as if he never existed! Desperately needing a fresh start, she leaves San Diego for New York City and meets an amazing man at her sister's wedding. Eric is handsome, smart, loving...all i
Nov 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
4.25 Cheese Pizza Stars

This was my first Marie Force book. I was immediately drawn to the cover indicating it was a military romance—which I’ve become a sucker for!

I went in blind, not having read the blurb. My heart went out to Ava, immediately after reading about all she’d endured in the name of hope, love, and loyalty. Not long after did I come to realize this elusive man at the heart of this story, may very well make an appearance at some point. Low and behold he did, and this suspected lo
Candace Tidwell
Oct 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
I will start by saying, this book will have glued to every word written until the end. Now that I've said that I'm going to be honest and say this book just wasnt my cup of tea. It's a really interesting storyline. It will make your heart ache for the characters. I think mine was breaking through the entire book. (Sorry for being a Debbie downer)
Honestly it's not full of gloom. New relationships are formed and bloom, old relationships are revisited and strengthened.
Soooo... buy the book. It ma
Jeannine Colette
Nov 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
It’s been a long time since I picked up a military romance so when I saw the cover for Five Years Gone I was excited to dive right in!
This is not your mother’s military romance. It’s a love triangle with a twist! There’s angst, suspense, humor and a soul-touching love story in Five Years Gone. I loved it so much I had to ask New York Times and USA Today Best Selling Author Marie Force for an interview. Not only did she agree right away, she replied with her answers the very next morning. (Fan girl, down
Pam Nelson
I am left wanting; I really quite enjoyed the not knowing. Rooting for both, but mostly for Ava and everything she was put through. I always say I am not a fan of drama and this was more angst and limbo than drama.

I loved the back and forth, I even enjoyed the different POV’s I couldn’t stop listening I wanted no NEEDED to know what was going to happen.

I am left with an unsettling feeling of hope, loss, and understanding. I love that Marie made me feel so much.

The narration is FANTASTIC, I di
This one was a speed read for me. I hate angst and this was full of it. I hate the love triangle. I just wanted to get this over with and see who Ava chose. Didn't care for Eric...whiney, needy and insecure. Ava was always crying. I was rooting for John who also becomes needy and insecure. Sure, sure, everyone had their reasons for their pain. But sheesh, too much damn drama. If I'd known in advance what this book was really about I would have passed on it.

Now Miles and Skylar sound like a good
Shannon Ferguson
Oct 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars!!!

Wow! What an amazing read! The heart ache that Ava and Eric felt was so real, so emotional. Seeing them heal together was amazing. The twists and turns had me on an emotional rollercoaster that I wasn’t sure I would survive. A fantastic book that I would definitely recommend!
Oct 29, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've given this an A- for narration and a B for content at AudioGals, so that's 4-and-a-bit stars in all.

Five Years Gone is the heartbreaking but ultimately uplifting story of a young woman whose life is ripped apart when the man she loves says goodbye one day and then disappears without trace. I tend to be a fan of angsty stories, so this one sounded right up my alley; and for a lot of the time it was – although a few things about the set-up didn’t quite convince, and there were a couple of times ea/>Five
Oct 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Ava Lucas didn’t lose someone in the tragedy that rocked the country five years ago, but she loved a man who never came back after he left on deployment. That was 5 years ago, but until the fifth anniversary of the attack, Ava has lived in limbo. Five years is the limit she set for herself when it became clear he wasn’t coming back. Five years and it’s time to move on.

But even though Ava moves on, meets a new man, and tries to put her past behind her, she lives in constant fear that
Kimberly / Love Notes Book Blog
Oct 09, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc
3.25 stars. This was a pretty good book. This book is Ava's story. It will be hard to describe this book without spoiling it, so I won't say much. Ava was in a relationship with John, who was in the military and was deployed. He disappeared without a trace and she had no answers as to what happened to him. Left heartbroken, it has taken her five years to try to pick up the pieces and move on with her life. She moves across country and, while attending her sister's wedding, she meets Eric. Eric a ...more
Oct 16, 2018 rated it liked it
The premise is good, but I found the characters too emotionally unstable and just not worth my time. I won't read the second book - others may love this book, just not me.

From the blurb: The most brazen terrorist attack in history. A country bent on revenge. A love affair cut short. A heart that never truly heals.

I knew on the day of the attack that our lives were changed forever. What I didn’t know then was that I’d never see John again after he deployed. One
Sep 25, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: con-rom, 0918
See the full review at - Actual Rating: 4.5 Stars

A gut-wrenching emotional roller coaster, Five Years Gone was an incredibly moving novel about the sacrifices we make for the ones we love.

‘This fight, the fight for the love of my life, is the most important fight of all.’

I’m going to be honest. I was a bit wary going into this, knowing it was going to be super emotional and would likely have me alternately crying and yelling at the charact
T. Rosado
3-3.5 Stars

This wasn't anything like I thought it would be. I was expecting a tortured love triangle after a military hero returns from a 5 year deployment. There's definitely a bit of that, but it's really a multiple POV exposition of how Ava and ____ try for a second chance at love with a few subplots of those closest to them.

Considering this author's back list, it's obvious that she is well-loved and one I've been curious to try. Now that I have, I'm not sure what I think abou
Donna Hines
John's deployment challenges the notion of loving from afar as he may or may not be alive and well.
That was 5 yrs prior and now she's met Eric the brother of the groom at her sister's wedding.
What if John is still alive, what if he's found injured, what if things between them are forever torn.
So many questions and so little answers but one thing is for certain ," Love is blind."
When or if John comes back may not be the main question at the heart of it all.
The real questi
AJ's book-reMarks
Sep 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
My first read by this author and what a read it was! It's about a young woman AvaLogan, who meets a soldier, John West, at a bar and from there, the first introduction, they were together for two years, that was until the dreadful event where 2000 people were killed on a cruise ship, and he was deployed. The story picks up from there and the journey is one that should be taken with an open mind and an open heart.
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Sep 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
(Spoiler Fee)
Oh my! My heart has been beaten and battered, but at the same time filled with hope. This is one of those books that sucks you in from the first page and does not let go. It is powerful and emotional, but also has humor, sweetness, and passion. It cycles through times of devastation and heartbreak, and others of happiness and hope. These characters are faced with challenges and unexpected trials.

Ava Lucas had love in the past, but lost it when he went on a mission
Oct 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Can someone please tell me what rock I have been hiding under?

Five Years Gone is my first read by Marie Force and it will not be my last. The story captured my interest from the very beginning and I did not want to let the story go.

John and Ava have an instant connection and have a beautiful relationship for two years until he is suddenly pulled away without warning. He never told Ava what exactly he did in the military. Ava was destroyed by his absence and waiting five long years f
Isha Coleman
Oct 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: first-reads
When you lead with your head, it's hard to hear your heart. Five Years Gone is an emotion packed tale of love lost, hearts found and secrets revealed. Marie Force appeals to vulnerability. Ava's journey is one inspired by tragedy, yet empowered by strength. There will be plenty of ugly cry moments, so make sure to keep the tissues close at hand, but there are also glimpses of the power of the human spirit. That inner voice that guides us to break through the darkness and find our way back to the ...more
Sheri Morell
Nov 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Absolutely loved this book. It was emotional and heartfelt. Cant wait for the next book to come out.
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 next »
topics  posts  views  last activity   
Book Club Chat on Five Years Gone and One Year Home 1 2 Aug 08, 2019 02:34PM  

Readers also enjoyed

  • Blue Skye (Woodland Village, #1)
  • Witches Wild (Bewitching Bedlam Book 4)
  • Love Means... Endurance (Farm, #8)
  • Delirious (Quantum, #6)
  • Once Upon a Highland Summer
  • What If She Does
  • Trial by Fire
  • Dune Drive (Chesapeake Diaries #12)
  • Arresting Love (Wild R Farm, #2)
  • Two to Die For (Lucy Kincaid, #12.5; Max Revere, #3.5)
See similar books…
Marie Force is the New York Times bestselling author of contemporary romance, romantic suspense, historical romance and erotic romance. Her series include the indie-published Gansett Island, Treading Water, Butler, Vermont and Quantum Series as well as the Fatal Series from Harlequin Books.

Her books have sold more than 9 million copies worldwide, have been translated into more than a dozen langua

Other books in the series

Navy Captain John West (2 books)
  • One Year Home