The Five Stages of Falling in Love


Elizabeth Carlson is living in the bowels 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.

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  1. Any idea when this will be out??? :) I'm looking forward to it!!

  2. I LOVED this book! The writing was phenomenal, characters and plot thoroughly developed. I cannot say enough about my love for this book!

  3. This book was absolutely amazing! It hit close to home with me. I just lost my wonderful husband in January and now I'm a 33 year old widow with two kids to raise on my own. I highlighted so much of this book because I relate with all of the feelings and insecurities that Liz had. I have to admit that I almost didn't read this book after purchasing it. It was a struggle to read each chapter but I'm soooo very glad I did. It gives hope and understanding to the question of, "Can you love again after such a great loss?". Rachel Higginson, you are my hero!

  4. Five Stages was great! The characters (adults and kids) were terrific, the story was amazing, and the story-telling was the best! It was Bet on Us that led me to you and and it was a great read. Five Stages, though, was absolutely amazing!