5 Stages of Grief
As a beauty editor of Denver’s hot new High Life magazine, Danielle Starkey didn’t have becoming a widow on her to-do list. Then nine months after her husband’s death, she discovers he booked a vacation with another woman. Suddenly, Danielle sees Adam’s death in a whole new light and has to get over it – for the second time.
Hit with the truth when she least expects it, Danielle brings a fresh, funny, and honest approach to the grieving process as she struggles through online dating, stalking her dead husband’s mistress, and, hopefully, finding the man of her dreams. With her stubborn and sassy best friend April by her side. Danielle refuses to let sleeping dogs lie. Will she finally face the truth about herself and her marriage? Or will she succumb to one of the five stages of grief?
I laughed reading the first line of this book, which always bodes well. It’s hard enough to start a book and instantly attract the readers attention, but to make me laugh out loud on top of that is almost impossible. Luckily, unlike other books I’ve read, this one kept its witty, realistic, and emotional approach as it followed Danielle’s reaction to her grief. One of the things I loved about this novel was its outrageously unbelievable yet totally realistic and understandable approach to grief. Since people handle grief in so many ways, nothing is completely out of the question, but Ramos takes a clever, witty and emotionally driven look at grief and it works!
- A Cozy Reader’s Corner
Once you pick this book up, you won’t want to put it down. So, grab a copy, put on your favorite hoodie, cook up some Top Ramen, open your favorite bottle of wine and settle in for this unique twist on the life of a young widow. Join Danielle on her journey through the 5 stages Of Grief that lead her to bad dates, career jeopardy, her ex sister in law’s wedding and even to the hot beaches of Antigua. Who knows, you might just make a new best friend.
- Seriously Reviewed
What follows is a book that is loaded with, for the most part, humour. It is a story that is uplifing and encouraging – in which the female character does not shrivel up and die, but rather deals with life on life’s terms! I loved it.
- Tina of Bookshipper
I found Danielle to be extremely likable and she’s so relateable! It’s honestly like someone made a carbon cut-out of me, aged her about 10 years, and then just plopped her down in Denver. I swear, the way that Danielle acted and spoke and even obsessed about reality TV was like Bethany was spying on me and just wrote my real life on paper.
- Unabridged Andra
I think for a story what could have been all sadness and bitterness it was much different and better than what I expected. You’ll laugh at Danielle and April’s antics and easily relate to the characters.
- Chick Lit the New Black
For a debut novel, I commend the author on writing a chick lit novel that goes beyond the norm, and I would recommend all chick lit fans to add this book to their TBR list!
- Katherine Higgins-Andersen of Jersey Girl
All in all, 5 Stages of Grief is a laugh-out-loud, unbelievable, totally understandable, incredibly insightful glimpse into the grieving. You don’t want to miss it!
- Book Reviewer Amie Louellen
Overall, I’m really impressed at the story and characters Ramos created and think this is a book to get on your to-read lists!
- Samantha of Chick Lit Plus