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Expiration Dates

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Like Rebecca Serle's other books, "Expiration Dates" is a life-affirming, enjoyable read with themes of fate, free will, and love. Perfect for fans of Serle and readers who love uplifting stories. Thanks to NetGalley for the ARC.

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An emotional, but quick read. It was exactly the type of book I needed.
Its light enough, but holds substance at the same time. I'm not sure it was the ending I wanted, or thought it was going to be, but I'm satisfied in the end.

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I've loved every Rebecca Serle book I've read so far. There's always an element of magic to them that makes them stand out in the genre. <i>Expiration Dates</i> is about Daphne a young woman who receives mystery notes telling her exactly how long she'll date someone. These notes range from 1 day to almost 2 and a half years. The experience of knowing in advance how long she has with any guy who enters her life had made Daphne a bit cynical about finding her perfect match. Then she meets Jake, who comes with a note with no expiration date. The story follows Daphne as she looks back on the men who came before Jake and what her future may hold.

My only complaint about this book is that it was so short! I wish it were longer because I liked it so much. I really liked the world that Serle builds and the secondary characters were great. I'm so excited to see what Serle writes next. She's quickly becoming one of my favorites.

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Expiration Dates is a super fun lighthearted read! The characters are cute and quirky and very endearing. Definitely recommend for a fun book you won’t want to put down.

Thank you to netgalley for the advanced copy in exchange of an honest review.

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Expiration Dates by Rebecca Serle was perfect! It was a romance with a twist and felt new in a genre full of tropes. I loved how rich the setting was and developed the characters felt. I’ll be recommending this one for sure! It’s her best book yet!

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When I saw this book in my ARC list I could not believe my luck. I was going to read a Rebecca Serle without have to waiting for it. And oh boy I was in for a shock.

This book is absolutely spectacular. I loved the characters, all of them. Specifically Daphne and Hugo. And Jake, he was so so nice. But Daphne had such depth to her character that I couldn’t help but fall in love with her.

Every dialogue, every feeling are so relatable and genuine that I felt like this book was telling something so true.

Just one word, excellent!

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Once again another great read by Rebecca Serle! I enjoyed the beginning, end and everything in between. This romcom offered me such an interesting perspective on dating and love.. If you knew how long you would be dating someone, if or when it would end, would that change how you spent your time with them, the topics you discussed or the things you did together? I thought this was a unique concept with great character development. I enjoyed going into the past and learning about her past loves all while seeing Daphnes present day relationship progress with Jake, I related to Daphne on many levels and thoroughly enjoyed both of her relationships with Hugo and Jake. Thanks Atria and NetGalley for this ARC.

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Rebecca Serle has done it again...she has managed to withdraw every ounce of emotion out of my body while reading the short span of a 272 page novel, and then just leave me in a state of pure bliss...
How do leven put into words how much I enjoyed EXPIRATION
DATES, I feel like it's criminal to even define it within the parameters of a review, but Rebecca Serle has this particular way of tackling emotions in her novels, and her way of the written word is so skilled that the reader finds themselves aching to turn the page, while bracing for impact; because you never know what kind of emotion Serle will trigger next for her readers.
She has written the novel that fans have been waiting for: the one she calls the novel that is a search for love...and our main character Daphne certainly goes on that quest in this novel, she, who for over 20 years has been receiving pieces of paper since she was in grade school with the name of the man and how man davs she would spend with him romantically once she meets him, until one night at the start of a blind date, the piece of paper only has the man's name and no set amount of days…..is he her Mr. Forever?
This book has so many emotions and twists and reveals, and it just tugs right at the readers heartstrings and I beg of you, please go into the book blindly and stop reading reviews, I wouldn't even have wanted to read mine. You ARE going to love It

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This is my first time reading Rebecca Serle, and it won’t be my last. I loved the short chapters and the fast pacing. I liked the themes explored. Free will vs fate. It’s a very interesting dichotomy and the perceived control we think we have, I anticipated a lukewarm love story and was mildly surprised at it being the main plot. The premise is so unique, and when Daphne receives her last note with no expiration date was exciting.

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This book left me wanting a little bit more. I LOVED "In Five Years" and although this book gave me similar vibes, it was not the same. It was a bit of an emotional ride in a good way, but I felt like this story was a little rushed.

Some of the details were given as if they were a glimpse back in time but with very detailed memories of what was ordered at a restaurant or what someone was wearing, and it felt out of place really. Like there was a word count to hit. That's harsh, but that was how I felt.

The story reminded my of my favorite Black Mirror episode "Hang the DJ" where at the start of the date you know exactly how long the relationship will last. Although this book is NOT a Black Mirror episode, I was VERY excited to see where it went.

Overall, I liked this book. It was a quick read. It wasn't too heavy. I just didn't love it like I loved "In Five Years".

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4⭐️
wow, wow, WOW.
When I started this book, I was quickly drawn in by its short chapters and the fact that it was fast paced and easy to read.
This book felt so incredibly raw and real that I can’t even begin to explain the level of emotion that it elicited out of me. It was like a fleeting memory, something you try to catch before it flies away, you know it is not gonna last forever but it’s gonna impact you for a longtime.
Like living through a moment you can tell is gonna be a core memory. This is a book that stays with you and I don’t think I will forget the feeling I had while reading this book.
THE WRITING? UGH
This book had such an interesting concept, but to me it felt like so much more than trying to find true love with the right person, it was more like falling in love with life itself.

This book was the definition of bittersweet.
It reminded me of Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata (1st movement). Highs and lows, melancholy and stillness and like life itself, unanswered questions. To diverge and disappear, but not without leaving your mark.

( As you can tell I still feel empty inside)

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Rebecca Serle does it again, making me think about fate versus free will, and just how much control we have over our own futures... I couldn't put this down and was so happy to have a love story as the main plot of her next book! Sharp and to the point, I fell in love with the characters immediately and had a hard time deciding who I was rooting for the main character to end up with... Loved this one so much!

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I really enjoyed In Five Years, despite the "magical" element - which usually is offputting to me. So while I approached Expiration Dates with hesitation, because of a similar supernatural piece, this book earned five stars regardless. The characters in this novel were fantastic and I could not stop reading simply because I had to know what was going to happen to them. My continuous reading was rewarded at a couple of NOTEABLE places; I don't want to include any spoilers, but I did not see either piece coming, AND, both events made me say "but that makes SO MUCH SENSE." I definitely recommend this book, which spoke deeply to my innate desire to know that everything is going to turn out okay.

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3.5 STARS

Thank you Atria Books for sending me this ARC through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Expiration Dates follows our FMC Daphne who works for a film producer in sunny Los Angeles. She has always wanted the type of love that is told in the movies. Ever since she was a kid when she starts to date someone, the universe sends her a note with a name and a length of time. Noah, five weeks. Martin, three days. Hugo, three months. So on, and so forth. Every relationship has an expiration date. Until Jake. She gets a note the night of their first date, but unlike every other time, this one doesn't have a date.

This was my first Rebecca Serle book, and I enjoyed it. I love that there was a little bit of magic in this normal world. The plot twists were shocking, and they really kept me interested in the story, even if it was a little clinical feeling at times. Daphne had so much character growth from beginning to end of this book. She started as someone who expected the worst, and ended as someone who was willing to let her fears fly out of the window.

"Yes, I wanted epic love. Weak-in-the-knees, movie-kiss-in-the-rain epic love. What I never realized, not up until this very moment, is that I got it - everything I'd been asking for. My life has been filled with magical moments, I was just so busy waiting I didn't see them when they were here."

Most of all, this book is the kind of story that shows that if you are always waiting on the other shoe to drop or for the next best thing, you're going to miss out on what's right in front of you, experiencing life to the fullest. I think that's a lesson everyone should take to heart.

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Rebecca Serle has done it again! This book was written so beautifully, I loved every word of it!

Daphne gets a piece of paper with a name and a time frame on it. This tells her who she will be with and how long their relationship will last. Until the day she gets a piece of paper that just says Jake, no time frame on it. She wonders if Jake's the one? Will he be her forever?

As we read, we find out that things in Daphne's life aren't what they seem to be. She's dealing with some pretty heavy stuff.

Hugo is her best friend. They dated for 6 months and then became friends. Hugo knows all of her secrets.

Daphne has many choices to make. I love the way she went to her dad for help sorting everything out. Beautiful story and I loved the ending. The twist was surprising too!

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This is my first book by Rebecca Serle, and overall, I liked it. It had some good messages and was well written. It is a quick read that did keep me hooked.
This is the story of Daphne, who receives a paper for every romantic relationship she has that tells her how long it will last. At first, she didn't believe it, but it was true to the day. This tells the story of her romances and her life.
I liked the book, I just felt a bit annoyed with the heroine at times. Some of the relationship stories being told felt like filler and didn't add much to the story.
This is a story of growth, self-realization and acceptance, and love.

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Daphne Bell knows how long a relationship will last before it even begins.
Each time, she receives a note with the name of a man she will soon meet and the length of time they will be together. Sometimes it's just one night, others promise weeks or months.
Then, she receives a note with a name, but no date.
I hesitate to say much more about the plot of "Expiration Dates." It's sweet, poignant and emotional without ever becoming too heavy. A welcome easy read from Rebecca Serle.
Thank you to the author, NetGalley and Atria Books for sharing this advance copy with me in exchange for my honest review.

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Rebecca searle has written a novel with a cute concept and heartwarming characters. Dealing with tough situations and adding a little magic makes this one of my top reads of 2023!

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I loved the mix of magical realism and romance. I found Daphne’s character to be relatable and I struggle with an illness and have a hard time opening up.

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Another hit by Rebecca Searle. She is now officially an auto read for me! I love how she mixes everyday life with magical realism and makes it all seem possible. He characters are likable and relatable and I enjoy the storylines! In this story a woman, Daphne, receives a note every time she begins a new relationship. On it is the man’s name and how long the relationship will last. She has gotten used to this and now that she’s in her 30s it just seems matter of fact for her, until she gets a new note with a name but without a time. What does this mean? She goes into this new relationship without a timeline and things get complicated for her.
Thank you Netgalley for the ARC.

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