Elizabeth Carlson is living in the pits of hell- also known as grief.Pages: 286
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.
I had this book sitting on my kindle for quite a few months before I had an opportunity to read it. Sometimes I want a book that I know is going to make me cry. This book certainly delivered on that. Crying doesn’t describe it accurately. I pretty much had tears in my eyes the whole time and if that wasn’t the case I was openly sobbing. Seriously stock up on the Kleenex before starting this one. When the prologue makes you weep, you know you’re in serious trouble.
“This story is about me learning to live again after love left my life.”
Liz is a young widow with four small children. She is just barely making it through each day, struggling to accept her new reality and keep her children moving forward. When Ben moves in next door, he is charming and nice and a distraction that Liz is not interested in. She is desperately trying to keep her husbands memory alive and get her children to school on time everyday. They slowly begin a tenuous friendship. Some days Liz can’t see past her own grief to know that Ben is really one of the good guys. Their relationship eventually grows, slowly, painfully as Liz works through her emotions.
I’m not sure how the author was able to tap into Liz’s emotions. They were so real and so raw. The childrens reactions were also spot on. The scene of their first Christmas without their father about did me in. This book is heavy with sadness, but there are also some rays of light. Liz’s sister is amazing in keeping her head on straight and adding some perspective. And Ben. Oh Ben. He is absolutely wonderful. He is her sun on a cloudy day, her umbrella in the storm. He never pushes Liz too far. He is patient with Liz, never making her do anything she is not ready for. He is also careful not to overstep his bounds when it comes to Liz or her children. He is truly one of the most perfect book boyfriends I have come across in a while.
“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 really can’t recommend this book enough. It is an epic tearjerker. The ending was so perfect and so touching.