The Five Stages of Falling in Love by Rachel Higginson: Review

The Five Stages of Falling in Love by Rachel Higginson: ReviewThe Five Stages of Falling in Love by Rachel Higginson
on January 27th, 2015
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 286

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.

Alexis says…

The Five Stages of Falling in Love is the sort of book that grabs you immediately. It takes the reader on Elizabeth’s sorrow-filled journey of moving on from the death of her husband, the love of her life, and the father to her four children. On this journey, the reader sees her sink, pick herself up again, and flourish.

“This story is about me learning to live again after love left my life.”

Six months after her husband dies, Elizabeth is floundering. She has hit rock bottom and can’t seem to face her day-to-day life. What used to be a two-parent household is now one, and she is filling in as both the mother and father. The guilt from not being enough for her children along with helping them grieve is enough to send her into a stage of depression alone. Thankfully with the help of her little sister she has someone who can help her do certain things.

When her daughter Abby wanders out of the house one morning, she meets her new neighbor, Ben. From their initial meeting, Ben slowly and seamlessly inserts himself into Elizabeth and her children’s life, making her burden just a little bit more bearable. He thinks of the little things in life, which means more to Elizabeth than she can say. Even though there is a buddening romance there, Elizabeth deals with the guilt of wanting to move on. It is something she is confronted with throughout the story. Ben and Elizabeth’s love starts off very slow and doesn’t feel rushed. If anything, I think it is one of the more realistic love stories I have read in a long time. There was no insta-love, there was no rushing into something that could potentially shatter not only Elizabeth and Ben but also Elizabeth’s sweet but suffering children. It was the most perfect way I could imagine someone entering into a relationship after losing their partner. To be honest, I’m actually tearing up a bit just thinking about it.

“I can’t take anymore heartbreak, I confessed on a broken whisper.
Then it’s a good thing I’m not going to break your heart.”

This book made me FEEL. I know I say that sometimes but it really did. It showed you how vulnerable Elizabeth was yet so strong at the same time. I can’t even imagine losing my husband, he is the reason I live-truly. But to lose him and have to raise four children alone is just uminaginable. Rachel Higginson did such a tremendous job taking the reader through all the emotions of losing someone. Then to top it off, her feelings about moving on from such a loss and rebuilding your life. I am so thankful I was recommended this book by one of our followers, it is a book I won’t forget.

“I’m going to be gentle with you, Liz. We’re going to treat this delicately. I’m going to let this happen slowly, let us fall slowly. But I am not asking too much of you.”


About Rachel Higginson

I was born and raised in Nebraska, but spent my college years traveling the world. I fell in love with Eastern Europe, Paris, Indian Food and the beautiful beaches of Sri Lanka. But I came back home to marry my high school sweetheart and now I spend my days raising our growing family. In those few spare moments I have, I am either reading or writing Young Adult Fiction, because I am obsessed with it.