Blog Tour | Book Review | The Five Year Plan by Carla Burgess

The Five Year Plan Cover

My Thoughts

Rating: 5 out of 5.

An un-put-downable, no-holds-barred book with all the feels!

Funnily enough, I kept imagining that Aiden looks like Matthew Goode in Leap Year. That’s the first image that popped into my head when I read about him roughing it out in the wilderness, photographing creatures.

I’m touched by the author’s environmental concerns and the amount of research she has put into the conservation of otters, which clearly shows in the details that have gone into the book. I had never heard of cob houses before, and now I’m interested in learning more.

Orla and Aiden are wholly believable characters who struggle to put their feelings into words–and avoid contact due to misunderstandings. Understandably, both want to focus on their careers, and I’m of the opinion that the five-year gap after they first met was important for them to cement their places in their respective professions.

I completely understand Orla’s dilemma w.r.t leaving the life she has built behind her to follow Aiden to where he wants to go. The tug-of-war between the head and the heart has always been tough.

I felt that Five Year Plan is a mature, measured love story, which details practical difficulties faced by a couple. Just passion is not enough to sustain a relationship or a marriage.

I like the fact that Orla’s concerns about her career and life are discussed frequently, sending the message that she matters–even if society expects the woman to follow her husband and subsume her identity within his.

That isn’t to say that the book is devoid of spine-tingling passion. There’s plenty of it–both before and after the five-year gap in Orla and Aiden’s relationship. The tug of the heart, which is hard to smother, is beautifully described.

Aiden still comes off as selfish, asking Orla to move in with him because he hates her place, but the story has been given a satisfying end. Orla is happy with the choice she makes. I can make my peace with that.

I read this book in one day straight (that’s very, very fast for me) and I recommend you pick up this book, too. It’s a book with depth and it isn’t all roses and sunshine.

I’m so glad I could read this book as part of the blog tour organized by Rachel’s Random Resources!

About the Book

Genre: Romantic Comedy

Publication date: March 20, 2020

Pages: 312

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…


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About the Author

Carla Burgess Author Photo

Carla Burgess was born in Solihull and now lives in Chester, UK, with her husband, three children, dog and bearded dragon. She has a degree in English Literature and Psychology and started her working life as an editor on a magazine. She now works for the NHS.


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