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The Five-Year Plan

3.74  ·  Rating details ·  616 ratings  ·  165 reviews
Two people. One epic love story. What if?

Pre-order the fun and heartwarming romance from the bestselling author of Marry Me Tomorrow

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

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Published March 20th 2020 by HQ Digital
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tw: brief mention of parent dying from cancer

This is a second chance romance following Orla and Aiden, who met up when Orla was in her early 20s and Aiden was in his late 20s while he was in her town photographing otters, as he's a wildlife photographer. We follow the couple that summer when they fall in love, and then 5 years later when their paths cross again.

This was overall cute and I was pulling for the couple, because I love my angst and second chance romance always deals that out. It's o
Otters and squirrels and foxes, oh my! A sweet second chance romance with a wild side. This is the story of Orla A girl with a five year plan. She is planning on getting her dream reporting job and moving to London in five years. Having a boyfriend and falling in love are definitely not in her plans. Then one day she goes to interview a man who is studying otters and finds herself falling into a rabbit hole and spraining her ankle. She also meets Aiden a wildlife photographer. Orla and Aiden ha ...more
Hulya Kara Yuksel
Mar 15, 2020 rated it liked it
-3.5- ⭐

I really wanted to love this book but it was just okay for me. I didn't like Aiden too much. He was so selfish...

***ARC provided via NetGalley.
Feb 08, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc, netgalley
Special thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for an e-ARC in exchange for an honest review

He's a wildlife photographer, she sprains her ankle trying to interview him, he takes care of her, they become really good friends, have the most boring and shortest sex I have ever read in my life, he peaces out cause he's a traveling photographer, Orla can't go cause she's too focused on her journalism career, and he comes back five years later. That's literally the entire book.

The whole reason Orla can
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4.5 Stars

With everything going on in the world because of covid-19, I really needed something light and fun to turn my frown upside down, and this book certainly did that! I loved reading about Orla and Aiden meeting, becoming friends and turning into lovers. This was such a refreshing change of pace.

The Five-Year Plan was an interesting and emotional read. It had a lead woman character, unlike most that star in the books I read, that was very independent, strong, organized and driven logic and
Mar 20, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
There was nothing extraordinary about this one and yet I really enjoyed it! It's a very relationship driven story. By that I mean, you've got a lot of one on one time between characters but not much actually happens other than relationship building!

I loved how two strangers become so close in such a short amount of time, it didn't feel fake or unrealistic at all to me. That alone takes good writing! And both Orla and Aidan were great characters!

I also learned some stuff about otters... Who woul
Apr 08, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arcs
I received this book from the publisher through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

When I saw that the book was 555 pages, I’ll be honest, I wasn’t too thrilled despite how good the synopsis sounded. After that I lowered my expectations. However, I was pleasantly surprised, I enjoyed every second of it!

The book starts with Aiden and Orla in the present, meeting up after five years of no contact. After that we see into the past for half of the book. We see how they met, how they became fr
Alexis (The Book Democracy)
I didn't care much for this book, it just felt like a lot of repetition. I wasn't a fan of reading about their past. I just kinda felt bored while reading this book. While I did like the photography part I did find it unrealistic that EVERYONE knew him as a photographer. Overall it was just an okay read for me. ...more
LianaReads blog

While I liked the development of each character and the story overall, there are many moments and things in the book that I couldn’t overlook and it bothered me a lot.
I’m all for make your life as you want and live it at its fullest potential but somehow I got annoyed with both characters at times. He seems a bit to entitled to decide their future without actually considering her options and what she really wants for herself and at other times I think she was more of a doormat and accepted him
This is a contemporary romance involving a journalist with a plan and a wildlife photographer . . . . and five years apart.

The story starts in the present then goes back five years to reflect on everything that happened then for Orla’s point of view……. Have you been to interviews where one of the questions is, “Where do you see yourself in five years time?” Well, Orla has her five year plan in place and knows exactly where she wants to be. Unfortunately, meeting an attractive Irish wildlife phot
Aug 11, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
2.5 🌟🌟

Unnecessarily drawn out and unnoticeable except maybe the parts with otters in them.
Nov 21, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This was all nice, cute, fun and dandy until the epilogue because i've had: children, pregnancy and birthing in 10 pages and I hate all of that stuff so much so it left me with such a bitter taste, which I know it's not entirely fair because it's literally my personal preference, but you know what.... my house my rules. ...more
Mar 10, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Five-year plan 3.5 stars it was a book that I really wanted to read, the Blurb caught my eye, the description sounded promising but as soon as I started reading the first pages, I started to feel like something was missing. Everything was there to make this book an amazing read but I felt like it was liking of depth.. The dialogs were too quick and the situations and scenarios change also very quickly, I had a little difficult time identifying when the dialogs change from character to charac ...more

I recieved an eARC of this book from netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Honestly I dont really have a lot to say about this book, it was pretty much a typical romance book that has some British humour and a slight love triangle. I did enjoy the scenes set 5 years ago more because of the wildlife chapters but overall I found the rest quite cliche but enjoyable.
Shuhada Ramli
May 22, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Thank you, NetGalley for this ARC and; in exchange to that, I am writing my honest review for this book..
The book was just okay for me but I guess it's not my cuo of tea. I get bored with the career story all the time and it didn't clicked my attention and interest to it.
A quick, cute read!
Orla meets Aiden when she’s out to interview him about otters he’s photographing. What follows is a love that can’t be forgotten even after five years time has passed.

I found the first couple of chapters captivating, and I couldn’t wait to see what would happen next. I read eagerly on and kept wondering if guys like Aiden actually exist. He was very honest and open about his feelings, sometimes it felt slightly stalker-ish as he had just met Orla but kept showing up at her hou
Zee Monodee
Loved the first chapter, and the end/epilogue redeemed what was a pretty hum-drum and so-so story throughout. It dragged in many places and what was said could've been said in half the words and episodes, but it carries along okay and can be enjoyed on a free afternoon ...more
Mar 31, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley, arc
Cheers Netgalley/publisher for sending me the book.

A cheesy, fluffy read to brighten up your isolating days. (yes it is rather cheesy but I'm literally living for all the cheese right now. Give it all to me pls)

Well, this was cute! If you like slow-burn romances, nature, animals, the english countryside and sassy irishmen, you'll like this. I read this pretty quick considering it's quite a long book. This book involves a lot of camping, otters (you learn a lot about them and YAS I love otters),
Donna Hines
Mar 13, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc, netgalley
What happens when you're not in it to win it but win it anyway?
Ahhh! Orla doesn't want a man, she's content in her workplace, but the universe may have other plans for these two who are sending out mixed signals.
Orla and Aiden are our the two team tango with a twist of professional and personal touches mixed in this romantic interlude.
What can one say other than it's an interesting chemistry and a backstory that begins with a professional reporter and a misfit living in a tent helping animals.
Donna Maguire

I loved this story and Orla and Aiden are fantastic characters!

I thought that the story was well written, I loved the pace and the author really brought the pages to life for me, I loved Aiden and I liked how much of nature the author added to the story, I have always been a bit of a nature fan and this one was a treat for me to read as there are not many books out there that feature a wildlife photographer in one of the main roles!

I read the book in an ev
Apr 18, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Two very different people: a ambitious young journalist who knows just what she wants and has a plan to get there; and an adventurous photojournalist who lives in a tent and takes life as it comes. Neither is interested in a committed relationship when they meet, but they fall in love--and then go their separate ways; their futures headed in two completely different directions. Several years later they meet again and their feelings for each other are as strong as ever. I really liked Aiden and O ...more
Charlotte Tito
Mar 03, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Special thanks to Netgalley and the publisher, HQ Digital, for an e-ARC in exchange for an honest review

Oh boy.

I would have loved to start my blog with a glowing, amazing review but c'est la vie. First, let me tell you what this is all about. There may be spoilers below so be warned.

Orla Kennedy receives an invitation to an art gallery showcasing her wildlife photographer ex-boyfriend Aiden Byrne. Aiden has achieved worldwide and household name success (WHAT?) as a wildlife photograph
Mar 26, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: net-galley, 2020
The book centres around Orla and Aiden. They meet when Orla is sent to interview a Wildlife photographer who sleeps under canvas. She has a five year plan which stands in the way of a beautiful blossoming romance. I loved their relationship and the way that she enjoys the pleasures of an outdoor life with the delightful Aiden
I couldn't wait to see where this book was leading.
Rating: 3.6/❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️
Orla, a trainee journalist with the local daily meet Aiden, a wildlife photographer during an interview.They stuck up a chord, one thing led to another.But the commitment phobic Orla was not ready to give in, she instead followed her dreams.Five years later, doing her dream job she faces Aiden again.But does the old flame ignite again? or they settle in their own world? Read the book to find out.
The first few chapter gripped my attention.The story moves between different t
A Girl Turning Pages
Mar 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2020
This is such a sweet read!
I really fell in love with every single character and got so invested in Aiden and Orla's relationship. It was like a modern-day fairytale.
Now, I have read a lot of reviews that don’t think the same as me, but I honestly loved everything about this book, everything just fell together evolving into a beautiful love story. It made me smile, chuckle and even shred a little tear (I don’t usually do this so might have been hormones haha). But all in all, if you want to feel
Caitlyn Lynch
I think a lot of us get to a point in life where we look back and we wonder, what if. What if that one special first love who it didn’t work out with, came back into our life? What if we got a second chance?

This is the premise of The Five Year Plan. When journalist Orla is invited to an exhibition by wildlife photographer and old flame Aiden, the renewed attraction between them is unwelcome at best. Because five years ago, they were on very different paths - her determined to write for a major L
Thank you NetGalley for this ARC in exchange for my honest review & opinion.

The Five Year Plan introduces us to Orla, an aspiring journalist who has a 5 year plan to achieve and nothing will get in her way to working her dream job and living in the big city of London. Enter Aiden - the subject of her first solo interview - a nature loving traveler who lives in a tent and never stays in one place for too long. Neither want a relationship, yet they find themselves enjoying each others company for
Anna || BooksandBookends
This is an easy, fluffy read that's perfect to transport you away whilst you're stuck inside! It's definitely predictable and a little bit cheesy, but it's just what I needed to read, and I think it will be for lots of other folks too!

The first chapter sets this story off with a real bang! We're quickly transported five years into the past to find out what went wrong between Orla and Aiden's relationship. It's then a slow burn story bringing us up to present day.

If you like cute romance reads wi
Pam Robertson
Apr 30, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved the structure of this book which gave us two stories in a way.We saw Orla and Aiden when they first met and saw how their relationship developed. Then in the second half of the story, we came forward in time by five years and saw what happened when they met again. There are some lovely touches in the story. I loved the part where they were staking out the otters and of course, Orla's talent for falling over adds quite a spearkle to the story.

This is a light- hearted story but at the hea
Mar 01, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received this through Netgalley. I wanted a lighter read in preparation for Crescent City and this was perfect. A light romance. Not a new favorite author or anything to be honest but it was light and had an interesting premise.
I enjoyed Aiden's love for wildlife and conservation and Orla's drive towards her career and goals. Of course there was the frustrating back and forth that all romances have where one party doesn't just out and talk about their thoughts or feelings pertaining to the re
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