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Publisher's Summary

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.

©2015 Rachel Higginson (P)2016 Audible, Inc.

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I wasn't sure what to expect when I started this book because I went in blind and I wondered after the first couple chapters if this was going to be a heart breaker but for me it wasn't. Yes there was a lot of sadness but this was more about Liz's strength and process following her husbands death and how even if you don't "get over" a death, you can still move on and be find happy. I liked that this was more about how hard it was for her and her kids to move forward than it was her falling in love again.

The narration wasn't my cup of tea. In the very beginning it was an issue but pretty quickly I got used to her. I think for me she over dramatizes things and makes it sound more like bad acting then real emotions.

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Love this book!

This book is amazing! I love the story line and the characters make it believable. Even though it is a tear jerker, it's definitely read worthy. This is my second time reading it and I know I will continue to reread it. ❤️

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emotional roller coaster!

This was not my typical book, however it now may be one of my favorites. This made me cry. Tears of sadnees and of joy!!

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breathtaking and heartbreaking

This was a beautifully written, we'll developed story about love, loss, encouragement, and redefinement. All the feels went into this story surrounding life-changing moments, tears, laugher, and endearments. I loved this book.

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iIf you have ever loved and lost someone...

this is the book for you. I highly suggest reading. The author put into words the five stages of grief and finding new love.

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Good

This is a slow developing romance, which is what I was looking for. Liz is a realistic mom, losing her temper and getting the kids to school late. Ben is a little too perfect, and I kept waiting for a believable reason he wanted to step into a ready made family.

Narration was okay, sometimes good, but towards the end was getting on my nerves. Maybe too much of the same tone?

Overall 3.5 stars, and I probably won't listen to again.

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A beautiful story

Would you listen to The Five Stages of Falling in Love again? Why?

Yes, absolutely. It was a great story.

What other book might you compare The Five Stages of Falling in Love to and why?

There are quite a few I would compare it to, but I can't think of specific one right now.

What about Christine Marshall’s performance did you like?

It was done wonderfully.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

I enjoyed seeing the character finally accept something wonderful in their life after so much sadness.

Any additional comments?

What a beautiful and heartfelt book. I truly enjoyed reading it and I am looking forward to reading more books from this author. I definitely recommend this story and this author.

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All the feels!!

This story was amazing! I loved every emotional and frustrating moment of Liz's story. This was my first story from this author but definitely not my last.

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Beautiful and heart-warming

This is the story of a woman who has lost the love of her life and has convinced herself that there is no more love for her out there. And then enters Ben who won't seem to leave her alone, helping her out on numerous occasions, working his way into her and her children's lives. I love a character like Liz who are stubborn and self-defeating, someone who tries to be strong and do it all on her own. And Ben is too sweet not to love.

I also loved the concept of this book - taking the five stages of loss/grief and entwining it with falling in love. It's beautifully written that will make you smile and cry all on the same page.