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Fans of magical realism in a romance will enjoy this one. The romance genre is super full with books with all the same tropes being constantly recycled. This book throws in a whole new twist! Daphne has been receiving little notes for 20 years telling her exactly how long each of her relationships will last. One night she’s on a blind date and the paper she receives has only the man’s name on it….does that mean he’s the ONE? Will this be her last first date? I thought the premise was totally fresh and new and I really enjoyed this grown up romance.

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⭐️⭐️⭐️ 3/5

Expiration Dates - Mini Review 🗒️⬇️

ARC - Pub Date March 5th, 2024

I am going to start by saying that I am a big fan of Rebecca Serle’s books and that I would still recommend this one BUT it was not my favourite of hers.

I really liked the concept of the book but I found that the story was a bit dull 😬 I thought at about the halfway mark it was about to pick up because she threw in one of her heartbreaking twist but even that fell a bit flat.

That being said, the story was unique and it was an easy read. Small chapters for a win and I did love the characters ♥️

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I loved In Five Years but equally disliked One Italian Summer. I was interested to see where Expiration Dates would fall…

I enjoyed this one so much! I liked Daphne, our female MC, and her outlook on life. The alternating timelines gave us perspective that was needed to root for her. The magical realism was just enough for me.

I won’t say more to avoid spoilers but I thought Expiration Dates was a quick and cute romance.

4⭐️

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First and foremost, I want to thank NetGalley, Simon & Schuster Publishing company and Rebecca Serle for this valuable ARC. Furthermore, I want to state that I am super happy for Rebecca Serle for finding her happiness in the end of her current chapter in life.

As for the story In Expiration Dates, I experienced thirty-nine chapters full of epic love, magical moments whilst I felt discombobulated when I stumbled over unexpected events in Daphne‘s journey. Daphne has previously accounted much of her life chices to fate. Let’s watch the tables turn as Daphne takes accountability for her choices rather than waiting in line for her fate to determine her path in life.

A powerful novel that affects your very personal story! „There is only this life. This very one we are living.“ I look forward to embracing my epic love of my life a tad tighter, appreciating my choices I have taken so far that led me to where I am right now.

This novel is a testament to living in the moment, taking chances and finding true love. Crystal-clear recommendation. Easy 5 stars. 🥰😍🤩

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Now this was an adorable read. You didn’t have to think about it, you just got to sit back and enjoy Listening to Daphnes past and present love life. Unique addition and completely unrealistic premise that Daphne’s knows more about her relationships than those she gets into relationships with, but fun the less.
Thanks to netgalley and the publisher for the eARC in exchange for my honest review

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RATING: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5

Expiration Dates by Rebeca Serle follows the relationships of Daphne, who when she opens her heart to a new relationship, she receives a piece of paper from the universe with their name and a date telling her exactly how long that relationship is going to last, until she gets a paper that has just a name….

I really am enjoying romantic magical realism kind of vibe. I think it adds a layer to romance that makes the stories feel so unique and special.

I really enjoyed this book and binged the entire thing very quickly. I love when books do kind of a dual timeline/flashback vibe and that was done really well here.

Our characters here are not perfect and they do make mistakes, like they drove me nuts sometimes but that’s what makes them feel real and relatable.

There are also a couple twists that I did not see coming!!

Thank you so much to @netgalley and @atriabooks for the ARC!! ❤️

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This was the book I didn't know I needed...
Expiration Dates is such a breath of fresh air! The storyline is original, the characters are well-developed, and Serle's writing is top-notch. Daphne is searching for what she thinks she needs, but never stops to think about what she actually wants. This story captivated me from the very beginning and I found myself reading through tears at 4am as Daphne's story continued to unfold. Rebecca Serle's descriptions of love and life and heartbreak are beautiful metaphorical descriptions that give life to her words. This is one of my top books of the year and I will recommend it to anyone and everyone. It has humor, a little heat, and lots of heart ;-) This is a must-read and one that I will definitely come back to again and again. Thank you to NetGalley and Atria Books for the ARC of this book in exchange for my honest review.

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I loved this story! Daphne has always gotten a mysterious paper with a name and time limit of her next relationship. Finally she discovers that maybe she's the only one holding herself back!

Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for allowing me to read this arc in exchange for an honest review!

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The fates are pulling some strings in this contemporary magical realism novel. Every time Daphne meets a new guy, a slip of paper with a name and date precede or immediately follow the first encounter. The date, it turns out, is the end date for the relationship. Daphne works as a production assistant in Los Angeles. She has a perfect boss, perfect (male) best friend, perfect parents, a new perfect boyfriend–and an imperfect body that’s failing her.

When she received a note with just the name “Jake,” she assumes it’s because he has finally met her one true love, though a double-date with her best friend and former lover Hugo might make her a little less sure. The narrative moves back and forth between the present day romance and all the other names on Daphne’s slips of paper.

The novel explores the role we play in crafting our own fate. Do the relationships actually run their course, or does Daphne direct the course of events because she knows the expiration date? Romance readers will quickly sniff out that Jake sounds too perfect to be true, and may be disappointed by the lack of spicyness. Recommended for fans of Katherine Center, Taylor Reid Jenkins, and Josie Silver.

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I loved it! Every single minute of this book…I just love Rebecca’s writing. Midway through, I was in turmoil as I had a different want for the main character….I hit the end and to my joy and surprise, Rebecca nailed this ending!

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Received ARC from NetGalley. I always like Rebecca Serle’s stories but this one was probably my favorite! It was a romance while also being a story about discovering what you want vs what you “should” do. I found the main character so relatable and I enjoyed each mini story that made up the whole book. Would definitely recommend!

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What would you do if every time you dated someone you found a piece of paper letting you know how long that relationship would last? She has received the papers for more then 20 years and wonders when it will end. When she meet Jake on a blind date she question the paper's prediction. It only has his name on it. What does it mean to be truthful and committed? The book explores what it means to be single and to find true love.

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Rebecca Serle writes stories that grab and a hold of your heart and don’t let go! These stories transport you! Rebecca makes the unimaginable possible! My heart felt what daphne felt!!

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I was invited to read this story and the premise sounded so interesting.

However, I wasn't able to connect with this story. The writing wasn’t a fit for me - too many descriptions about stuff that didn't add to the actual meat of the story.

This one was a miss for me.



Thank you to Atria Books and NetGalley for the DRC

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I loved Expiration Dates by Rebecca Serle! First off, the cover is beautiful and very eye-catching. I also loved the theme of the book, and thought that the premise "every time she meets a new man, she receives a slip of paper with his name and a number on it—the exact amount of time they will be together" was super intriguing and adorable. This book has a dual timeline which I enjoyed, as it really gives insight into Daphne's past relationships. Such an uplifting book, filled with all of the emotions, that will leave you thinking hard about life's choices and fate!

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I LOVED this book - this was the first book I've read by Rebecca Serle and talk about a feel good love story. The premise to this book was different than anything I've read before - leaves a lot to "fate." The story line was well written and I loved the back and forth from past relationship to currently. Great fun summer read!

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Thanks to Atria Books and NetGalley, I was able to read this ARC ahead of its March 5, 2024 publication date.

While I was drawn to the premise of this book, I found the execution a bit dry. It was a nice story, but not a real page-turner for me, mainly because I couldn’t really connect with the characters. The book falls somewhere between a two- and three-star for me, and I'm inclined to round it up.

In terms of the most serious lovers, Hugo was too pompous for me to take seriously, and Jake… Well, let’s say the poor fellow wouldn’t have made it past the first date with me due to his meek manor and the weird Doc Martens cataloguing thing. Daphne had questionable taste in men; however, so it is what it is.

A few things I enjoyed about the story include: the more mature tone when compared to many other contemporary romance novels, the various settings, and the main character’s self-exploration.

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I've enjoyed several of author Serle's previous titles - I enjoy reading chick lit with magic realism elements & she usually delivers, and this is her best yet. I found "Expiration Dates" to be very heart rending & well-written, I really invested in MC Daphne's quest for lasting love and how she always learns how it's going to end. I also really appreciated that it was a "clean" romance novel. My thanks to the publisher for the complimentary DRC provided through Net Galley - my pleasure to review it.

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Rebecca Serle’s “Expiration Dates” is a captivating exploration of love, fate, and the intricacies of human relationships that keeps you hooked from start to finish. This New York Times bestselling author has once again proven her storytelling prowess, weaving a tale that’s both heartwarming and thought-provoking.

The novel introduces us to Daphne Bell, a woman who believes that the universe has a plan for her love life. Her unique twist? Every time she meets a new man, she’s handed a slip of paper with his name and the exact duration of their relationship. Imagine the intrigue of knowing when love will bloom and when it will inevitably fade away.

The story takes us on a rollercoaster ride through Daphne’s life, from a three-day tryst in Paris to a three-month journey with her ex-boyfriend turned best friend. However, the real twist comes when she meets Jake, a man whose paper holds only a name, leaving her in suspense about the expiration date of their relationship.

Serle’s writing is filled with warmth and insight into the complexities of the heart. She beautifully captures the dilemma of Daphne, who grapples with the paper’s predictions and her own emotions. The author deftly explores themes of commitment and truthfulness, making us question whether fate truly dictates our love lives or if we have the power to change our destinies.

What sets “Expiration Dates” apart is the emotional depth and passion infused into the narrative. Serle masterfully delves into the intricacies of romantic love, leaving us teetering on the edge of heartbreak. The characters are well-crafted, and their evolving relationships are portrayed with authenticity.

While the book keeps you enthralled throughout, there are moments when you wish for a bit more exploration of certain characters and their backstories. Additionally, the resolution, though satisfying, may leave some readers yearning for a more unconventional ending.

In conclusion, “Expiration Dates” is the novel fans of Rebecca Serle have been eagerly waiting for. It’s a gripping, emotional, and passionate journey through the labyrinth of love, where the lines between fate and choice blur. If you’re seeking a heartfelt and introspective read that challenges your notions of love and destiny, this book is a must-read. Serle’s storytelling prowess shines once again, making “Expiration Dates” a book you won’t want to put down.

Rating: 4/5 stars

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I think this book will be a big hit with the chick-lit lovers, but I thought it was just okay. The more I read, the less I liked the character of Daphne. It was an overall enjoyable book, but I was expecting more.

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