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Stages of Grace [Kindle Edition]

Carey Heywood , Yesenia Vargas
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (65 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Denial, Anger, Bargaining, Depression, Acceptance...

When facing death, a mourning period is to be expected. But what if it's not a person but a relationship that dies? Grace and her boyfriend Jon have been together for three years. They live together and have shared many beautiful memories. Those memories are what keeps Grace from admitting Jon has changed and is no longer the man she fell in love with.

Afraid of being alone and holding on to something that no longer exists, Grace is a shadow of her former self. Her daily objective is to hide her pain from the world. Then, an unexpected letter sets off a whirlwind of potential life changes. In life, sometimes the hardest thing to do is let go.

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  • File Size: 407 KB
  • Print Length: 284 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0988771349
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00CGRP70S
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #231,607 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Must Read!! April 21, 2013
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Loved it! Grace is a wonderful heroine who does what we most of us do. We want to make the people we love happy and when they hurt we want to do what we can to make them feel better. When Grace's boyfriend, Jon, loses his job she supports him, but when the support and love is not returned Grace starts to question whether she should stay with him. When the opportunity presents itself for Grace to get away and spend time away from Jon she has the chance to explore the possibility of being happy with and for herself. I loved going through these five stages of Grace's emotions. I was surprised and nervous of possibilities and happy with her choices to make herself happy.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Amazing Book That Resonated Deeply Within Me May 20, 2013
When Carey Heywood said she was looking for reviewers, I jumped at the chance. I have never read anything by her before but she came highly recommended by a friend. So it was a chance for me to meet a new author and be introduced to her world. I can tell you now, I am so very happy that I did. If I hadn't, I wouldn't have known what a fabulous author she was and what she would bring to my life in the form of Stages of Grace.

This book made such an impact on me for a couple of reasons, one because it's written so beautifully but it also resonates with me on a deeper level because I suffered similarly to Grace. So much so it could have been called "Stages of Keren" instead.

Denial... Anger... Bargaining... Depression... and finally Acceptance.
These stages of grief are more prominently associated with death. But what happens when it's the death of a relationship not an actual person?

At first, Grace and Jon were blissfully happy. She'd been out on a blind date with someone and had seen Jon across the bowling alley - he was gorgeous, kind, funny... all the things you'd want in a boyfriend. They were always stealing kisses and sharing happy moments. That was until they'd been together for 3 years and Jon wasn't the easygoing man she had come to know and love. He became distant and cold, snapping at her for the slightest thing.
They used to have a morning routine of sharing a coffee and then seeing each other off to work, then Jon lost his job. For a short time, he kept up with the routine, seeing Grace off to her job as a doctor's receptionist but then one day he just stopped.
Every little thing Grace did seemed to annoy him. She was permanently walking on eggshells.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A story people can relate to June 10, 2013
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This was a story of a woman who was in a 3 year loving relationship until things go sour. Grace still being in love with Jon thinks it's a phase that will pass one day. Watching Grace put up with the way Jon treats her and how she let him walk all over her, had me climbing the walls of frustration. During the stage of Denial I understood her hopes were for things to get better, I was just hoping she would have grown a backbone and voiced her feelings instead of going through each day walking on eggshells. Finally when Anger kicked in, she does something about it and I did a big `phew...finally'.

When she receives a letter from an unexpected person and decides to take a chance on them, things seem to turn Grace's life around a little. This is when Bargaining comes into play. Her new found family member offers her an opportunity which leaves Grace conflicted because she's hoping she and Jon can find their love for each other again. Shortly after returning to Cleveland she makes her choice and that's when Depression hits her. Depression is an unkind emotion that leaves you constantly unsure of things, sad and questioning yourself over and over until finally Acceptance takes place. And what a relief of an emotion that is.

My life is so different now. My path to where I am today was not easy, but sitting here, next to the man I love, the man who has become my partner and who challenges me to go after what I want in life, I know I'm where I'm supposed to be.

"Is this real?" I tease.

He leans down, kisses my forehead, and says, "Yes Grace, very real."

Through this book you watch Grace adjust, process and grow as she goes through the stages of Denial, Anger, Bargaining, Depression, and Acceptance.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome read! April 21, 2013
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Review for Stages of Grace by Carey Heywood

I was pleasantly surprised by this book. I didn't really know what to expect from Heywood since I had never read anything by her in the past, but Stages of Grace stole my heart from the beginning. Heywood did a fantastic job making Grace a relatable character. I absolutely love the snarky voice inside her head, sense of humor, and the amount of courage she has to take life by the horns. She became continent in a life that wasn't what she wanted, instead of taking the easy route she made a tough decision and followed through. She had doubts along the way, but stuck with her choice ending up all the happier for it.

As likable as Grace was, Jon was the opposite. I loathed Jon from the start; his character is very easily the villain in this tale. He has every quality as a high school bully. Again, his character is fully developed and is consistent throughout the story. I won't say anymore about him as I hate spoilers, but if I could I would go on and on!

The other characters are written just as well, Ryan is total book boyfriend material. (Be still my beating heart, seriously!) Kate is a hoot of an old lady and everything anyone would hope to be when they "grow up." Again, no spoilers so I'm just going to reiterate how wonderfully complex these characters are, not only the main characters, but even the supporting characters are exactly what they need to be.

Stages of Grace is an emotional roller coaster that will have you riding right along with Grace as she traverses this thing called life. It will make you mad, sad, happy, sad, mad, then happy again... this is real life personified. Six stars for Stages of Grace!!

Review by Mommy's a Book (W)hore.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful!!!!
What a wonderful story about finding yourself. It was hard to read at some points because I felt so sad for what Grace was going through and was so happy when she got the letter... Read more
Published 14 days ago by Alisa
1.0 out of 5 stars Stages of Grace
I did not read the book! It wasn't what I thought!
Published 2 months ago by Mamadeb846
3.0 out of 5 stars Great
wow what a tool.Jon was
loved ryan and Kate
it was.a.simple and sweet
I believe it's a must read for everyone
Published 2 months ago by Victoria M.
5.0 out of 5 stars I love reading books that so many people
Such a REAL read! I mean this could be anyone's life...I love reading books that so many people, myself included, can relate to. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Pardo
5.0 out of 5 stars Touching Story
This book will really make you appreciate your relationships and teach you to stand up for yourself. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Leah Krawczyk
4.0 out of 5 stars Attention grabber!
Stages of Grace gets your attention right from the beginning. At first you want to slap Grace and give her a wake up call. Then things start to fall into place for her.
Published 9 months ago by Tara L Davis
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book
I liked this book very much it was well written
. I enjoyed it very much I was glad when she finally stands up for her self.
Published 9 months ago by Big R
4.0 out of 5 stars Unemotional
The narration of the story at times gets in the way of the story. She sounds unemotional at times; however as the story unfolds you want to see if her choices work out.
Published 10 months ago by T. Waddell
4.0 out of 5 stars A good book to cozy up to on a cold day
It was one of those stories that you can't put down. Caught my attention within the first few sentences! Great!
Published 10 months ago by Karieanne
5.0 out of 5 stars You are the point of origin for your reality
I chose the five star rating because the title was interesting to me. The book was well written and easy to understand how one might stay in a relationship after unexpected... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Ms. Swimmer
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New York Times and USA Today bestselling romance author. She was born and raised in Alexandria, Virginia. Her books are full of emotion, humor and steam. She is inspired by everyday fairy tales. Her leading men are guys you might bump into at the grocery store; teachers, mechanics, and website designers. Supporting her all the way are her husband, three sometimes-adorable children, and their nine-pound attack Yorkie.


Him and Her Series:

Sawyer Says
Being Neighborly (a novella)
Them (coming 2015)

Carolina Days:

The Other Side of Someday
Yesterday's Half Truths

Standalone novels:

A Bridge of Her Own
Stages of Grace

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