This book was such a wonderful read. I cried, laughed, got teary eyed and jumped for joy all while reading this beautiful love story…Rachel Higginson did an awesome job with this novel.
SYNOPSIS: 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.
Review: I cried. The first damn 3 pages and I’m crying, not uncontrollably snottY and all that jazz…just a steady stream of tears as the beginning of this love story completely rips your heart out then kindly puts it back together again. It takes you on Liz’s journey as she not only navigates through the death of husband while raising 4 young children. At times I found it hard to keep reading because I was frustrated. I just wanted her to get over HERSELF and out of her own way. I get that grief is hard and losing someone you’ve loved you whole life has to be the most devastating thing in the world but she had babies and sometimes she came off a little selfish. It didn’t diminish the story any that was just my personal feelings. She wasn’t the only one hurting is all and you will see this when you read it.
Ben was awesome, a little too good to be true but awesome just the same. He had the patience of a saint and the body of a God. His interactions with Liz and the kids will tug at your heart and you’ll root for him from the very first time he’s introduced to us. If I comment too much on Ben it will ruin the story for you guys and I can’t do that because this book belongs on your TBR. It’s not a terribly long read about 280 or so pages. So that’s a whopping 4.5 stars for me. I enjoyed this book immensely even though I ran through a box of tissues while reading it.
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