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The Five Stages of Falling in Love by [Higginson, Rachel]
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Editorial Reviews


"This story is so much more than a romance. It's a story of love, loss, life, death, family bonds, precious memories, and second chances. But more than anything, its a story of healing. I highly recommend it!" - Aestas Book Blog ★★★★★
"The Five Stages of Falling in Love starts as it means to go on... it's packed full of raw emotional intensity, warm humor, and real honest-to-goodness romance. I was swept up in Liz's heartwrenching and beautiful journey to accepting what has past and, most importantly, to accepting what's still to come. Five Stages is a five star read!"
- Samantha Young, NYT best-selling author ★★★★★
"Honest, raw, REAL, heartfelt and even in it's sorrow... witty as heck!" - Maryse's Book Blog ★★★★★
"This book will completely break your heart and put it back together again, sending you on a ride that will make you look at love and life in different ways forever." 
Shelly Crane, NYT best-selling author ★★★★★

From the Back Cover

This story is not about me falling in love.
This story is about me learning to live again after love left my life.

Product Details

  • File Size: 2943 KB
  • Print Length: 286 pages
  • Publisher: Reckless Siren Publishing; 1 edition (January 27, 2015)
  • Publication Date: January 27, 2015
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00P7XAQ22
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #52,860 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Holy to the heartbreak.

The prologue begins and IMMEDIATELY my heart is broken. This book kind of does a reverse on you. Most books start with the story line and carry you through with the characters, you grow with them and learn to love them and all their quirks, and then something tragic or awful happens that breaks our heart. This book just works in reverse and shows us the opposite ways that people not only put themselves back together, but also fall apart.

And Liz did fall apart. And it was okay. Gah, did I feel for this woman. But in her falling apart, she realized that she was this strong woman that had the love of her kids and her family. And she was worthy of love.

And Ben. Ooooooooh, Ben. You had me not just rooting for you, but falling for you over and over and over and over. The things you would do and say were just ridiculously swoonworthy, and even when Liz didn't appreciate it or couldn't handle it, I did. I loved how he pushed her, but not too much. He had decided that she was worth waiting for. He did things for that seemed so little to him, but to a mom of four seemed so huge. The first kiss? And then the first make-out session? Your kindle will scorch your fingers. It's ridiculous how much chemistry they had. It was obvious from the first time they met and the only person who's clueless is Liz.

And Grady, Liz's husband. The reason your heart breaks so hard is that he dies in the prologue. I don't think it would have been so bad for us if the book had just started and Liz just told us that her husband had died, no, Rachel made us live that. But this man...Gosh. We get to see him before he dies. His love for her. And we get to see bits and pieces of him through the book as Liz remembers him, and fights her attraction to Ben, and grieves.
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The Five Stages of Falling In Love tore up by heart strings from the very first page. I was literally crying just from the prologue. I knew I would be going through a box of tissues after this book. And I did!!

The Five Stages of Falling In Love tells the story of 32 year-old Liz who lost her husband 6 months ago to brain tumors and is now raising their 4 very young children all on her own. She is frazzled to say the least and has not gotten over losing the love of her life, Grady. Liz and her four children are really struggling, barely getting by until the new <i>single</i> neighbor moves in next door. Ben is there for Liz, starting off by just taking out the trash for her to helping the kids do their homework and order dinner. He slowly works his way into their hearts as well as Liz's. As Ben and Liz get closer, she can't help but think of Grady and that she is betraying him by falling in love with another man. Liz is torn between her dead husband and Ben.

This is the first time, like EVER in a book I was more interested in the story than of the love story... if that makes any sense to you. I was so invested into Liz and her four children and what they were going through I found myself not as interested in the storyline between Liz & Ben. Liz and her children were in pain throughout the entire book losing Grady, her husband and their father. It was just so gut-wrenching to read the pages of what they were going through and feeling. I was in tears, seriously big tears reading this novel. The emotions I felt for the 5 of them is worth it alone for readers to read this novel and get a good cry out.

The storyline between Ben and Liz was not my favorite.
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(Yes, I was yet again lucky enough to receive an early copy....feel free to be envious)

It's 3am. For realz. And I'm not sure how I'm going to go to sleep. I spent the last 24 hours occasionally all out bawling, sometimes sniffling, maybe a few silent tear tracks, some snorts of laughter....which despite my husband's incredulity, spells an incredible book to me. I might be forgetting some epic books, but at this moment in time I feel like I can safely say that this was one of the most emotionally impactful novels I have ever read.

Now, full disclosure, I would read a phone book if Ms. Higginson wrote it. I have made no secret of my fandom. And this book just proves to me yet again why she is one of my favourite authors in the world. But if you've read her stuff before, be prepared for something very different. But in saying that, I think it is her David. Her Sistine Chapel. Now you're likely going to write me off as a fangirl...which, quite frankly I am...but I still think I have some good things to say.

Which means maybe I should actually write something review like. This book was ALL ABOUT THE FEELS. I'm not sure how it will play out with folks who haven't suffered from grief, but as someone who has...well, this book just gets it all right, and even adds to everything I've felt myself. It takes something that is so hard to convey to other people, and gives you someone to live it with. Liz was a fantastically real character. I FELT EVERYTHING SHE FELT. I believed she existed. I understood her sometimes awful decision making and (ir)rationale. She gave me something I don't think I ever considered -- a bit of perspective on what my own Father's death might have been like for my Mother, even though we were in our teens instead of young children.
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