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

Posted October 15, 2016 by Francesca in Reviews / 4 Comments

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

4 Stars

BOOK INFO


Released: January 27th 2015
Published by Self Published
Narrator: Christine Marshall
Length: 8 hrs and 8 mins
Pages: 305
Format: Audiobook
 

Recommended Read!

“There is no hot romance here, this is a slow burn of the best kind.  It’s a beautiful romance, pure and simple.”
~ Under the Covers

From the first page (or first few minutes, since I was listening) I knew this would be an emotional read.  Not an ugly cry book, but emotional nonetheless.  I shed a few tears there and then along the way.  And I was along for this ride with the heroine as she had to pick up the pieces of her life after her husband died and she found herself alone with her four children.

This book is told on the basis of the five stages of grief.  Denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance.  I think the author did a great job at weaving that into our heroines daily life and showing us how she was reacting at different stages.  Getting to acceptance isn’t easy.  Dealing with what’s left behind isn’t easy.  But it’s even harder to let yourself feel that love again, open your heart up again.

From early on Liz meets Ben.  He moves into the house next to hers a few months after her husband passed away.  He’s first a friend and solid support through the times when she needed to crumble.  I honestly can’t think of a hero more perfect than Ben.  The love, patience and understanding he shows is truly beautiful.

There is no hot romance here, this is a slow burn of the best kind.  It’s a beautiful romance, pure and simple.  Because this is more than just Liz’s second chance at love.  It’s mostly her story about how she got there.  And I loved that, because while the romance is always there and it’s an integral and important part of this story, it’s never in your face when it shouldn’t be.  Ben is resilient and perseveres.  And Liz has to deal with herself first before she can open herself up to him.

This is the second book I read by this author and I know I won’t let this much time go by before I dig more into her backlist.  Her voice is raw and honest in a way that sucks you in and all you want to do is settle in and read the whole thing.  Addicting.  I can’t wait to read more.

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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.

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I’m a 30 something sun lover living in the Big Apple (read New York).I’m a book and coffee addict and lover of all things elephants.

I get easily distracted by pictures of sexy guys and have tons of book boyfriends.I keep all my alpha males chained to my basement and guard them fiercely.*Back off bitches*I like to see Jason Momoa as a lot of those boyfriends, because ….. mmmmmmm JASON.MOMOA!

I’m a part time graphic designer (yes, everything you see on UTC has been done by me), run my husband's business from home and on a good day I’m a self appointed superwoman (she who can do it all).I love blogging with my girls and I couldn’t do it any other way!My first love is everything paranormal, but in the past few years I’ve re-learned to love contemporary romance.Every once in a while I like to mix things up with a historical romance, a steampunk or an LGBT book.Because I need variety to avoid book slumps.I don’t always need an HEA although I prefer one, and I love authors that can rip my heart out and make me ugly cry.
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Wow this sounds like a really good read. I’m interested to see how the author incorporates the stages of grief with the romance. Aaaand I totally want to meet Ben!

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I’ve seen this book on sale before and almost bought it but held back because you never know what you are going to get with these types of books. Next time it goes on sale, I’ll have to give it a try.

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Timitra

Sounds good…Thanks Francesca for sharing your thoughts

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Thanks for the review, I’ve had this on my TBR for a while.