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The Five Stages of Falling in Love

4.24  ·  Rating details ·  6,295 ratings  ·  1,069 reviews
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?
ebook, 305 pages
Published January 27th 2015
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Aestas Book Blog
Jan 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites

From the moment I heard about this book, I wanted to read it. From the minute I started it, I couldn't put it down. This beautiful story broke my heart, then healed it, and made me truly believe in second chances.

The story is about a woman whose beloved husband Grady, love of her life, and father to their four young children dies of cancer leaving her alone to cope with her overwhelming grief and to single-handedly hold their family together. Six
Aug 01, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
4.5 Stars!!


“The Five Stages of Falling in Love” is a gut wrenching story about loss, grief, second chances at love and life and learning to move on. I loved this story, it moved me to tears; it’s a sad, almost depressing story, but it's also a story that made me smile. The story is beautifully written in a very respectful way and from the emotional prologue I knew this story it will be different and so special to me.

“Not every story has a happy ending. Some only hold a happy beginning.”

Jennifer Kyle
Jul 31, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cry-baby-books
4.5 Stars

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Elizabeth and Grady Carlson had it all. A beautiful home, a family business, four gorgeous children and a love that some may deem is only found in story books. The first chapter hits hard as Elizabeth and the children lose Grady to an illness and their grief is insurmountable.

“This was our grief and pain at our deepest. This was our hearts and souls scraped raw. This was desperation so intense I felt it in my bones, in the broken places of my soul. And that my children
Jul 17, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dnf, kindle-unlimited
It starts out strong and understandably the emotions are high, but by Chapter eight I realised being in Elizabeth's head was giving me a migraine.... aaaand that's a hard DNF. Sorry.
Aj the Ravenous Reader

"Sometimes love didn’t make sense. And that was okay. It was far better to know love and accept love than try to understand it."

I have read several stories about two people falling in love even if one or at times, both are suffering from a fatal disease no other than cancer. This isn’t one of those books.

This is about Liz who in her early 30’s has ever known and loved only one man, Grady, a very wonderful man who is everything to her and her four children but who has to permanently leave his
Aug 18, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: emotional

An emotional story about loss, grief, and moving on. This story broke my heart, and delicately put it back together. And Ben was simply perfection. I will try to review properly soon - the weekends are always too busy! x
Feb 03, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This one popped up on my feed today and the reviews sort of intrigued me. I wasn't looking for a sad, depressing read and to be honest it wasn't all THAT sad and depressing. Yes, there are some sad times, yes, it's heartbreaking what happens but it did not overshadow the book for me. The writing was poetic and I loved taking the journey with Liz and Ben. Now, you know me, I love my alpha asshole males BUT you know, sometimes the NICE guy deserves a chance. And Ben was nice, really nice. I loved ...more
Feb 03, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This book hasn’t been sitting on my TBR for too long. A little bit ago I read my sweet friend Mo's review and the other day I was looking for something a little different. This book fit my mood perfectly.

I expected some sadness and heartbreak and hoped for happiness. I got all that and so much more. The 5 Stages of Falling in Love was an emotional read for me. But it was also a heartwarming and tender story too.

My tears started early on. The Prologue broke my heart. Within it we get Elizabeth
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3 stars

Firstly, this cover is gorgeous! Unfortunately it was just too sad and depressing for my taste. Liz was a mess for the majority of the book and I could feel the struggle she was going through. Ben was so patient and understanding. I liked how their relationship developed over time. It was ok just not the type of book I enjoy.

Recommend if you enjoy books with
Emotions and the feels
Dealing with grief
Realistic relationship
Sweet guy

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Mar 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: single-parent, sweet
This is such a beautifully written story.

It was an emotional but not heart wrecking story, about a journey of healing, forgiving and letting go. What I loved the most about this book was the continuing good feeling that almost jumped of the pages.

It's a true feel good novel. Even though I was wary and expected a crushing blow every page I turned, the author kept the hope and love afloat and in the foreground.

Ben was one of the most perfect and understanding characters ever written, he
Jan 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The Five Stages of Falling in Love is an incredible story about a woman’s tragic loss and learning to live and love again. The story is told so realistically, breaking me down then building me up over and over again. I loved every heart wrenching moment of it!

Beginning with the prologue, I just knew this book was going to hurt. We are introduced to Liz and her dying husband, Grady in one of their last moments together sharing words of love, promises, and a final dance. In the span of just a few
3.5 Stars

Overall Opinion: I starting this wanting to have a good cry, and it did the trick. I wouldn't say that I ugly cried or sobbed or anything, but it tapped into my emotions for sure. I think it might've hit home a little more because I have four children and they are all ~2 years apart, and I know what that craziness is like -- but there is no way I could imagine how hard it would be to lose my husband!! I would definitely want a Ben in my life! He was a perfect H in my opinion, and he
I forgot to mark I read this and I had so much to say how everything went downhill for me, but it has been almost a month so I will keep this short.

I had 5 stages while reading this book:

1. ohoho love the beginning... I have a feeling I will really like this because I <3 sad books and Ben I think I love you....

2. like it...

3. meh... you're ok

4. why am I still reading this and when did it become so boring and frustrating?!?! stop crying whenever you open your mouth woman!

5. thank God, I
Jeannine Allison

This was such a beautiful book. I loved the writing and the hero, Ben, had me swooning from beginning to end! But man... it absolutely gutted me. I had to read this in spurts to keep from getting completely pulled under by grief. The author did such a great job of portraying the grief of losing your soulmate. I pray to God I never experience this because even just reading about it slayed me--I couldn't imagine going through it. Even simple things become difficult for Liz has she tries to adjust
Dec 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
4.5 Stars!

"Not every story has a happy ending. Some only hold a happy beginning."

Oh Wow! What a heart wrenching story. You definitely need a box of tissues while reading this book. I must be a masochist because I knew this one was going to hurt, but I had to read it. The writing was so beautiful and the story told in such a way that I found myself slipping into the heroine's shoes which added to the hurt sometimes. I found myself not wanting to put this book down, but at times I had to, just for
arini ★彡
Sep 07, 2019 rated it liked it
this is terribly sad and depressing. it definitely made me emotional and teary eyed. but it didnt hit home quite the way i wanted it to. i can see why it has such a high rating here on goodreads, but what im about to explain is just my very biased and personal take on this book. besides, im not exactly hating on it. i just dont love it as much as everyone else does.

it's too short. and bcs of that i feel like the characters are moving forward too fast even though in reality their

What a powerful, touching, gut-wrenching story about love, grief, hope and growth.
I'm not sure two hands would be enough to count the amount of times I broke out in tears reading this book, but despite all the sadness, there was so much warmth and hopefulness in Higginson's writing that made the heavy subject easier to bear.

I loved that the author did not belittle the love that Liz and Grady had in order to make the relationship between her and Ben seem more "special".
When Grady held my hand,
Bex |
Aug 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars

Rachel is such an amazing storyteller! Even though this one was sad from the start, I could feel the loss, the struggle, and the hopefulness throughout the story. I can't imagine losing my husband at such a young age and I can't imagine what it would be like for the next man to come in and try to fill that hole in your heart. I cried and I laughed and I fell a little more in love with Rachel's writing by reading this book!

(full review to come)
Vee Paige
Jan 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
10 amazing stars! First of all, I’d like to point out what this book isn’t. If you are looking for a broody, super possessive and jealous alpha male. This is not for you. If you are looking for a steamy read, this is not for you as well.

But if you are looking for an evocative story with writing that is so profound in its simplicity, pick this book up. This a bit more chicklit than straight romance because this is a tale of a woman, Liz who had lost the great love of her life. Not only that, she
5+ stars!

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

I think it's pretty evident from the title and the blurb that the main character, Liz has lost her husband and is trying to "survive" while raising their four children. Along the way, she meets the new neighbor, Ben who steps in to help her out here and there and becomes a friend when she really doesn't have many. Let's just be honest here...he is not scared off by her four kids, he loves them! This guy is amazing!!
Jan 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars

This is a heartachingly beautiful story of a woman who has lost the love of her life and been left alone to raise their four young children. And in heartbreaking, sweet, and sometimes funny, detail, we get to journey with her through her grief, and her slow recovery as she learns to live again.

The prologue of this book introduces us to Liz and Grady together, and just from those few short pages, the incredible love between them is evident, and I was in tears as they said their final
4.5 Life After Death Stars!

"Not every story has a happy ending. Some only hold a happy beginning. This is my story. I’d already met my soul mate, fallen in love with him and lived our happily ever after. This story is not about me falling in love. This story is about me learning to live again after love left my life."

This book was just what I needed! Do you ever get into a certain type of mood where you just want to lose yourself in an emotional story and cry? LOL!! Well, that's exactly the
A touching, heartbreaking and overall emotionally charged, beautifully written story about loss and finding out how to live life after death.

Elizabeth Carlson is choking with grief after losing her best friend, her soul mate, her husband and father of her four children and can’t find a way to put her fractured heart back together, much less her life.

Six months have past, her kids are rebelling, her house is crumbling down and her new neighbor, Ben Tyler, is annoyingly helpful and assertive. He’
Smitten's Book Blog

4.5 Stars for Ben & Liz.

My Casting:

This was such a beautiful, romantic, heart-wrenching standalone.

I wasn't sure I was going to love this book, because we already know from the blurb that our protagonist, Liz, is consumed with grief, after her husband passed and childhood sweetheart passed away from cancer, leaving her to raise their four children. So, I knew this was going to break my heart. And it really did.

I loved Grady, even though we only actually get a few pages of him
Susan's Reviews
Oct 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
I am rating this a 3.75 out of 5, rounded up to a 4.
This story started off so well. A young widow has to cope with raising four young children. A handsome, eligible bachelor moves next door and befriends the grieving family. The neighbour falls hopelessly in love with the heroine, and she feels horrible guilt for even entertaining any feelings for another man so soon after her soulmate's death. I will admit, I went through quite a few tissues during the first 16 chapters. I get that losing
Lise *friends don't flag*
Sweet, sweet touching little read here. Lovely cast of characters especially the four kiddos. Wonderful story of how a young mother was able to find the love of her life, twice. Even though Ben was too humanly perfect, I still adored him
Nov 28, 2018 marked it as did-not-finish
Shelves: ebook
DNF at 26%

This is a lot like another book I just read recently but whereas that was an ARC and I felt obligated to give it, and the author, a chance.. I feel no such loyalty for this one.

Note to self : you do not enjoy stories with dead husbands, hot-friendly-obviously-the-love-interest neighbours, children, and pools. Individually they might be tolerable but the combination is no bueno for H.

I have two other books by this author on my kindle but a) they were written more recently (and this does
Shelly Crane
Sep 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
Denise - Shh Mom's Reading®
Jan 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars
#Giveaway $25 Amazon Gift Card & Signed Paperback of the epic love story - The Five Stages of Falling in Love by Rachel Higginson #ILoveBenTyler

The Five Stages of Falling in Love is an amazing standalone romance about the power of love, the depth of grief, the all encompassing affects of parenthood and in the end the beauty of a great man. Yes, I LOVE Ben Tyler.

The blurb tells the readers that this story is about Elizabeth Carlson, and Liz’s grief. The book
Jul 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Five Stages of Falling in Love begins with a gut-wrenching prologue where we meet and lose Grady, Liz’s husband who lost his battle with cancer. Like for reals, a few pages in and Ms. Higginson is already squeezing your heart and making you question your sanity for thinking this was a good idea to start reading. But boy does she pull off one of the most beautiful stories of falling in love while your heart heals and continues to hold in all the love for the one man who was once your whole ...more
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Rachel Higginson is the best-selling author of The Five Stages of Falling in Love, Every Wrong Reason, Bet on Us and The Star-Crossed Series.

She was born and raised in Nebraska, and spent her college years traveling the world. She fell in love with Eastern Europe, Paris, Indian Food and the beautiful beaches of Sri Lanka, but came back home to marry her high school sweetheart. Now she spends her
“I don’t know if I can ever live up to the legacy that he left behind. I don’t know if I want to. But Liz, he died. And you’re still alive. And there is so much left of your life to live. I want to live it with you. I want to be a part of everything that remains for you, good and bad. I want to be there for your kids, for your stressful days, for your amazing days, for all of your nights and for every moment in between. We tried the time apart, but we are better together. Both of us. Yes, Grady was your great love, but you are mine. And if you would let me, I would be yours too. There isn’t a limit on how much we can love, Liz. You had Grady. Now have me.” 15 likes
“This story is about me learning to live again after love left my life.” 12 likes
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