Jim's world is crumbling. His wife has died, his best friend is moving to Italy and his mother is in the hospital. In the midst of a successful career as an orthopedic surgeon at Boston General, Doctor James Langley is faced with the toughest case yet: his own. Returning to his hometown of Zanesville, Ohio to care for his mother, he searches through his past for a way forward. Making the hardest decision of his life, he gives up his practice to pursue his true passion. He opens a restaurant. Calculating the length of time he can stay open without one customer-regardless of success or failure-he vows to remain in business for exactly five years.Jim discovers new friends and romance, but has an itch for something more. He travels for Doctors Without Borders. While setting broken bones and sampling exotic cuisines, he discovers that his answer might lie much closer to home.Christopher Scott Brooks's romantic debut novel is a delightful journey into small town life, colorful characters, and foreign lands. This page-turning countdown to the grand closing night will make you thirst for more. TheFive-Year Planis a delicious landscape of charm and cheeseburgers, aromas and atrocities, and the many places we look before finding where we belong.