The Five Stages of Falling in Love
WOWWWWW!!! *sniff sniff* That. Was. Beauuuuuuutiful. The book that gave me big fat ploppy tears that just ran down my cheeks randomly in a mix of sorrow, absolute grief, and pure sweet happiness!
Sherry: I’m only 13% in and I’ve choked up AND laughed my ass off ALL on the same page….this one is going to be rough… My God, how can a book have you crying at only 3% ???? But laughing at 7%
Maryse: It sounds perfect!!!
Sherry: Oh you’ve no idea. It’s such a real feeling of emotions….it rips your heart out, then your laughing out loud a sentence later…Just real
From start, to middle to end… I snuffled and sobbed, cheered and giggled, oohed and awwwwed over the various stages of her grief and her emotional healing. I was right there with her, and felt every single step of her mourning.
AND I also loved experiencing the whole “falling in love” part. Even though she didn’t quite realize it, yet… the title pretty much gave it away.
Because that’s what this one was about. Love and loss. And just maybe… love again.
Right from the start (even though I went in blind), I knew what I was in for. Like Sherry said, it hurts like heck right from the first few pages, and yet, even though I knew I was in for pure emotional agony, the writing is so beautiful, the characters already so well developed, and the connections and bonds so tangible that I knew I was also in for a delightful, heartfelt treat! I didn’t need “time” to get into it, and get to know them. I was already there, right from the start. And there was NO way I was shying away from these tears. I was gonna feel ‘em and let ‘em flow.
Honest, raw, REAL, heartfelt and even in it’s sorrow… witty as heck!
And my fellow readers had this one right!
Kandace: The gang and I read Five Stages to Falling in Love this week and we all loved it hard. I think you would like it too. A few of us thought her writing reminded us a bit of Taylor’s writing in After I Do. Every word and thought felt so real. <— Oh and you guys know just how much I LOVED “After I Do“.
BEpps: The five stages of falling in love has to be one of my all time favorite books of all time! It is the IT book for 2015!!!
Kandace: The words were visceral, touching, real and AMAZING! A true love story. I haven’t connected with a book like this in a long time. I was concerned going it would be too sad but the way this author told the story made it something special. I felt I was right there with her every step of the way. Heck, I could have been her, that’s how real it felt.
Maryse: I am LOVING 5 Stages of Falling in Love. Sure, I cry on and off, but I am SO there with them… my face is all streaky and my nose is pink. LOL!
Sherry: Boy did I LOVE Five Stages !! I don’t think I’ve cried and laughed in a book in a looooooong time. Such an awesome story, give it a try when you can. It shouldn’t take you that long to read it. You’ll be hooked
Sherry: Right!!!?? I’m here if you need me !!
Maryse: FAT TEARS Sherry!! The kind that come out on their now in big streams and plop on my pajama top and my face doesn’t even change ’cause I’m in sad-shock. You know those tears are something, when they do their own thing and you don’t even have to ugly cry for them to come out…!!
Summmer: Aww 5 stages of falling in love was really good I read it last week! It gives the “feels” that’s for sure! Enjoy it!
Maryse: Awwwww!!! This has got to be one of the most sweetest, touching realistic “thoughts” out of a book that I’ve ever read.
“And next year, Lucy would be starting kindergarten . Because obviously she had stopped loving me. Otherwise she wouldn’t go; she would stay home with me forever and not force me to watch her grow up.” <— *sniff sniff* The tears are gonna start again. I need chocolate.
Sherry: ”During the summer months, I’d paid a neighbor kid to mow the lawn for me, but selfishly, he’d applied to Universities out of state and eventually had to move….“ This was one of the lines that cracked me up
Cheryl: I really enjoyed the Five Stages of Falling in Love; was so well-written. My only complaint was the ending felt a little rushed after all the “slow-burn.”
Agreed Cheryl! That is my only complaint… I was taken aback by how quickly it came to an end, so I backed up and re-read those last few pages and savored ‘em properly. Once I realized I was at the end of the story, I still found even that part, beautifully written, rush and all. My heart!!!
So what’s it about?
Elizabeth had the perfect life with her wonderful husband Grady, and their four young children. Absolutely in love, and falling more so, every year. But her life came crashing down when he was diagnosed with, and died from, cancer.
But he was mine. He was my husband. And now he was sick.
“I do love you, Lizzy,” he murmured against my hair. “I’ll always love you, even when I’m dead and gone.”
“Which won’t be for at least fifty more years,” I reminded him on a sob.
*gulp* I needed a hug so bad.
And in that moment, begins her five stages of grief. Having to return to her home without the love of her life and continue caring for their children alone (including a young baby),
My new situation? A rough time? This woman had no idea. She had no idea what it was like to lose the love of her life, let alone manage to get herself and four kids ready and out the door at a reasonable time.
…this story wove us through her misery and heartache, isolation, and attempt at “normal” so that her kids wouldn’t suffer, or see her suffering the way she truly was.
The truth was I didn’t want it to get better. I didn’t want to stop missing Grady. I didn’t want this pain to recede because that would mean I would be over this. Over him. And I never wanted to be. He was the great love of my life and I was terrified to forget one small detail about him.
And in that attempt, she meets her new neighbor, Ben (when she goes to retrieve her rambunctious 4 year old out of his pool). Patient and kind and humored by Liz and her children, Ben offers her assistance any way she needs it, becoming a good friend to her along the way.
Ben’s text message had helped calm my frantic spirit. He’d managed to pull me out of my darkness and shine a bit of light on me. I closed my eyes and drifted easily to sleep, thankful for my sister that indulged me and for my next door neighbor that could make me smile when I thought I would never smile again.
And while Elizabeth appreciates and wants Ben around (he gives her some sort of comfort, and eases the ache when they have late night chats and drink wine together), it is all very innocent since she doesn’t let him too close. After all. She’ll never love anyone again. Not the way she loved Grady.
I closed my eyes, completely overcome with devotion for a man I would love forever and beyond. Thinking about Ben in this same context seemed silly. How could any man compare to the husband I’d loved and lost?
And Ben is just awesome. AWE-SOME! You’ll see. But you’ll also see how hard it is for her to let him in… and you’ll understand her completely. No matter how awesome Ben is.
I loved this book to death! I cried and cried and smiled right through the tears at times. It’s not a book full of twists and surprises… you pretty much already know where you’re going right from the start, and have a good idea where you’ll end up. But, it’s the gorgeous journey getting there, with friends, family, past and present, and the beauty of love that comes in ALL forms. Pure unadulterated warmth. I felt comfortably hugged the entire way through.