This book is live people! *SQUEALS* Cannot say enough good things about it. YOU MUST READ IT!
The Five Stages of Falling in Love
Elizabeth Carlson is living in the pits of hell- also known as grief.
Her husband of eight years, the father of her four children and the love of her life, died from cancer. Grady’s prognosis was grim, even from the start, but Liz never gave up hope he would survive. How could she, when he was everything to her?
Six months later, she is trying to pick up the pieces of her shattered life and get the kids to school on time. Both seem impossible. Everything seems impossible these days.
When Ben Tyler moves in next door, she is drowning in sorrow and pain, her children are acting out, and the house is falling apart. She has no time for curious new friends or unwanted help, but Ben gives her both. And he doesn’t just want to help her with yard work or cleaning the gutters. Ben wants more from Liz. More than she’s capable of ever giving again.
As Liz mourns her dead husband and works her way through the five stages of grief, she finds there’s more of her heart to give than she thought possible. And as new love takes hold, she peels away the guilt and heartache, and discovers there’s more to life than death.
Not enough stars in the galaxy for this one…NEW FAVORITE BOOK!
**************Warning ************* This book is not to be read in public unless you want to look like a heaping pile of tears.”
Oh God I’m so raw. I don’t think I’ve had a book EVER make me feel that much. I have a serious case of book hangover. My heart is bleeding right now. I don’t even know if I will make it through this review but here goes.
Liz lost her soul mate, her spark, her life, her Grady. I feel in love with Grady too. He was an amazing husband, father and best friend. From the very beginning of the prologue you FELT. You FELT Liz’s pain, your FELT her guilt, you FELT her struggles of raising four small children and finally you FELT her rebirth, you FELT her joy, you FELT her love.
I have no doubt that Ben was sent by God himself. He saved her, saved those kids. This book is about love after lose, after finding that spark again. Rachel’s ability to drag you into the pages flabbergasted me. I just want to go hide in a corner and hug myself it’s that powerful. Yes you will cry, yes you will feel but you get to live Liz’s new start on her happily ever after. And man was it worth it.
I have so many highlights in this book I might as well quote the whole book but here are some of my favorite quotes.
He was unfairly gorgeous. And that bothered me. I would have much preferred our new neighbor to be some stodgy old man that yelled at use to keep off his lawn
“Want some company?” I could honestly say that was the very last thing I expected him to say. But how to decline politely? I didn’t want company. I didn’t even know why he offered. ” I have wine!” Well, that changed things. “Alright,” I conceded. “Bring the wine!”
“Because it would mean that he’s crazy. You know what my kids are like! You know what I’m like. And he’s seen us at our worse. He would have to be completely bat shit to find anything about this remotely attractive.” I waved a hand down the length of my body and tried not to make a face.
“Emma, I have had four children! Four of them! Do you understand the state of my vagina?”
I love one man and I am falling in love with another. I am grieving and I am celebrating.
“Liz, I didn’t expect to fall for you, not like this…not so completely. And I never expected for you to fall for me too. But here we are. Let’s see where this goes. Let’s see how far left there is to fall.”
“Yes Grady was your great love, but you are mine. And if you would let me, I would be yours too. There isn’t a time limit on how much we can love, Liz. You had Grady. Now have me.”
Some songs that went through my head while reading.
Sia – “Dressed In Black” (must listen to the lyrics…so purely profoundly fitting)
I was born and raised in Nebraska, but spent my college years traveling the world. I fell in love with Eastern Europe, Paris, Indian Food and the beautiful beaches of Sri Lanka. But I came back home to marry my high school sweetheart and now I spend my days raising our growing family. In those few spare moments I have, I am either reading or writing Young Adult Fiction, because I am obsessed with it.