Expiration Dates by Rebecca Serle
My rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5

Expiration Dates by Rebecca Serle is a heartfelt and thought-provoking romance story set against the backdrop of Los Angeles.

This book is part of My Spring 2024 Reading List.

My Overview

Every time Daphne Bell meets a new man, she mysteriously receives a paper with his name and a number on it. It’s the amount of time they will be together, so essentially their expiration date. For over twenty years, this is how the universe has guided her love life. When she goes on a blind date with Jake, the slip of paper only has his name but no number on it. Has she finally met the one?

This story is told through alternating between past relationships (expiration dates), and present. As the story unfolds, the relationship with Jake grows, and the plot becomes more complex. Through magical realism and a few twists, the author weaves an engrossing tale. The plot is original, and the more the story advanced, the more it kept me wondering about Daphne’s future. The ending, though not what I expected, is in retrospect fitting to the storyline.

My overall thoughts about this book is that it’s original, thought-provoking, and has much more depth than I’d expected. Being that this is my fourth book by this author, is still managed to surprise me. This is the kind of story that is best not to know much about before reading it. It’s best to let the storyline and beautiful writing guide you. If you’re new to this author’s stories, just know that they’re always based on a far-fetched idea or concept, hence the magical realism ✨.

My Recommendation

I highly recommend this story. At times this story reminded me of The No-Show, in the sense that it surprised me as much. If you’ve enjoyed that story, I think you’ll like this one too. I really enjoyed the audiobook, which is narrated by Julia Whelan. If deciding between print or audiobook, I suggest the latter.

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