Five Stages completely gutted me. I felt every iota of Liz and her family's grief for Grady. The pace of the romance is slow but perfect for the situation. Insta-love wouldn't have been fitting here and I'm infinitely grateful for the realism in this story. I spent a better part of this book with tears in my eyes and had to put it down to take a break multiple times, even though I loved the writing and the story.
I'm going to make this short and to the point...this was one of THE BEST books I've read in a very long time. I've never read this author's work but I'd happily read more by her in the future. Read more.