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What a beautifully written story! The emotions I experienced as a reader were vast! The way her relationships intertwined with who she was as a person and in her present relationship was fascinating. This is a must read for sure!

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I love Rebecca Serle, she is one of my favorite authors. This book is wonderful. Our heroine holds the secret to love and relationships, or so she thinks. Daphne is a young woman who lives in LA, works as an assistant in the industry, loves her job, and has had a series of relationships in her life, but she holds a secret: each relationship has an expiration date, and she knows it, but he doesn’t. This is a fascinating book, and was so enjoyable to read. I highly recommend it!

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Love Rebecca Serle books! She is kind of the anti-romance author. While love plays a big part in her stories, they are not romances in the traditional sense. I loved Daph. She had a lot going on, and as usual just how much she has on her plate is revealed over time, adding depth and "realness" to her character. I fell in love with Hugo right away, he was such a great best friend. For having a supporting role, he had a lot of depth. Jake was such a good guy, I related to him on a personal level because I watched my baby brother go through something similar.

Loved Expiration Dates! Loved the growth Daphne experienced. Loved the whole thing! Can't wait for Serle's next book.

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The last 50% of this book was amazing!!! I thought the beginning was a little slow, but once I got halfway in, I could not put this book down. Reminded me of In Five Years a little bit, so sweet and heart warming! Thanks NetGalley for the ARC!

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What a beautiful, harmless and honest love story.

This is the first book I read from Rebecca Serle. She does a great job creating characters that just fit together. At times sad, Serle is able to capture the struggle Daphne had with love, timing and decisions.

The only thing that was off was the pacing. It seemed a little too quick, but maybe that goes with the overarching theme of time and living in the moment.

“Love is a net. It could catch you and it was catching you”

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I thought that this was great —it’s my favorite of hers so far! I really liked the narrator’s relationship flashbacks. I did think that her announcement of her heart disease felt abrupt almost without reason.

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This was my first Rebecca Serle book and it wasn’t quite what I expected. The premise was really interesting, but the execution for me was flawed. I found the back and forth timeline without a super clear indication what timeline we were in was a little confusing. A couple times it took me a minute to realize the flashbacks of her different relationships were one chapter only.

Jake never felt like the guy for me- Hugo was clearly it but I didn’t know where it would end for most of the book. The health condition reveal seemed unnecessary, I think we could have had the Hugo/Jake situation still happening with Daphne’s illness just out in the open.

So a nice, quick read but unfortunately not my favourite. Thank you for the ARC! This is a 3.5 for me but will rate a 4 on GR.

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It’s easy to read and easy to follow. I read One Italian Summer by Rebecca Serle, and this has the same vibe. It didn’t particularly grip me so I stopped after chapter 2 (6%), but it should be an easy three stars with the target audience.

Thank you to NetGalley and Atria for the ARC.

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This was a fun premise for a book, and by and large I think it was pulled off well.

The overarching storyline was perhaps a bit predictable but not in a bad way, and it was a feel good story with a lot of heart. And I did wonder to myself, how often do we sabotage ourselves with a presumed outcome- obviously not fantastical like this but still, worth wondering about!

Thank you to Netgalley and the Publisher for an ARC of Expiration Dates in exchange for an honest review.

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Rebecca Serle is the absolute master of magical realism. I adore her hyper realistic books with just a touch of mystery.

Expiration Dates is a unique concept. However, it took half the book to get to the real crux of the problem with Daphne. The first half of the story did not hook me as well as other Serle books have in the past (In Five Years and One Italian Summer are absolute genius) but it was thoughtful and focused.

I found the focus on Daphne's past relationships to be slightly tedious (I also read an advanced copy, so occasionally there were some minor mistakes, like an incorrect character name) and I think some of the chapters could have been combined or shortened.

Jake was a wonderful character. I appreciated how much he cared and just how good of a person he was. His only flaw was wanting to over-nurture. It was fantastic to see a real, healthy, adult relationship. Hugo was more flawed, and therefore, more interesting, but I truly would have been fine seeing Daphne end up with either of them.

Rebecca Serle always makes me think about my own life and also takes me out of this world. She is such a delight. Expiration Dates will not disappoint!

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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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