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Throw Back Thursday…..The Five Stages of Falling in Love by Rachel Higginson

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“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.” 

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

“These lives we lived were a gift and precious and so short. I wanted to spend my time authentically, surrounded by people I truly loved.” 

“When this becomes too much tell me. All you have to do is tell me how you feel and I will help you, Liz. I know this won’t be easy. I know we’re asking a lot from each other. But I also know that it is worth it. We are worth it. But it will never work unless I know what you are thinking and how you feel. Alright?” I nodded again, “Okay.” “Tell me when it’s too much and I will back off. I promise you that.” “Okay,” I repeated.” 

“We’re serious.”I sucked in a quick breath. This was the wrong place and time to have this conversation. “That’s not what I meant.” “What did you mean then?” His hand reached over the console to intertwine with mine.  “What do you think we’re doing?” “Making out a bunch?” I dragged my gaze up to meet his and watched his lips twitch. “That is not what we’ve been doing,” he disagreed seriously. “We’re not fifteen anymore.” He could be so exasperating. “Then what would you call it?” “Foreplay.” 

“I love you more than I have loved anything or anyone. I am with you in this. I am with you forever.” 

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?

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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