The Five Stages Of Falling In Love by Rachel Higginson

Book Review #78

Title: The 5 Stages Of Falling In Love

Author: Rachel Higginson

Publication: Reckless Siren Publishing 

Format: Paperback

Release Date: 2015

Pages: 253 pages

My rating: 4/5

The Five Stages of Falling in Love is a Contemporary Romance. 

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. 

This book has shown me a whole different perspective of grief. It gives off the message that it is okay to be sad and mourn for the loss of our loved ones. But at the same time, it also gives off the message that if your loved one has passed on, it does not mean that you have to stop living too. It is the complete opposite. They would want you to continue and move on with your life, be happy and if it comes your way, to embrace love. 

Although Elizabeth’s children can be very chaotic to be around with at times, they are all wonderful and beautiful hearted children. They just miss their father and the father figure. 

Ben is such a nice and sweet man. It really makes me wonder why Elizabeth was so hesitant to date him. He is so considerate and not to forget that he loves her children like his own. If that is not something to love him, then I don’t know what is. 

Elizabeth is a strong and independent individual. But sometimes, the darkness – her grief just gets to her, no matter what she tries to do to fight it away. 

This story is moving, heartbreaking and beautiful. It portrays that life will not end for us even if the time is up for our loved ones and that we can embrace love and live like any other happy person would live their life. 

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