Monday, June 29, 2015

The 5 Stages of Falling in Love

The 5 Stages of Falling in Love
by: Rachel Higginson

Should you read it?: Yes
Category: Adult

From Amazon: 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.

Things I Liked: I was really nervous to read this and I did have to start it a couple of times until I could get through the first part, but when I finally got past the first couple of chapters, I became a lot more comfortable reading it than I expected. It actually wrote grief and loss so perfectly without making me totally depressed.

The relationship between Ben and Liz developed so well. I didn’t feel upset with her about it. I was worried I would. I appreciated the way the author did it. It was just really well done.

And Ben!! Oh my goodness he is possibly the perfect male character. He doesn’t push, he is so understanding. he is respectful, responsible, just overall totally perfect for what was going on and what Liz needed. I loved him.

I also really loved the relationship between Liz and her sister. The way they did all the family relationships was just really enjoyable for me. I’ve learned over the last year and a half that one of the major things that determines whether or not I like a book is how the relationships are written. This one was done really well.

Things I Didn’t: I don’t know that there was anything about the book or the writing itself that I didn’t like. I had a hard time with the beginning only because I internalize a little too much and I have a hard time reading about things that I fear happening in my real life. But like I said above, I was fine after the first couple of chapters.

Overall: An excellent insight into grief and new love afterwards.

Finished on June 21, 2015

Book 49 for 2015

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