The Fifth Stage

The Fifth Stage Claire Blevins is approaching her fortieth birthday and is on her own for the first time in her adult life She muddles through daily routines her only respite coming in the form of a harmless crush

  • Title: The Fifth Stage
  • Author: Margaret A. Helms
  • ISBN: 9780977031870
  • Page: 260
  • Format: Paperback
  • Claire Blevins is approaching her fortieth birthday, and is on her own for the first time in her adult life She muddles through daily routines, her only respite coming in the form of a harmless crush on Rebecca Greenway Claire believes that the sexy restaurant manager is safely unavailable But when Rebecca shows signs of interest, Claire s past unravels, revealing an imClaire Blevins is approaching her fortieth birthday, and is on her own for the first time in her adult life She muddles through daily routines, her only respite coming in the form of a harmless crush on Rebecca Greenway Claire believes that the sexy restaurant manager is safely unavailable But when Rebecca shows signs of interest, Claire s past unravels, revealing an immeasurable love and a dark secret outstanding contribution to lesbian fiction Author Margaret A Helms deftly alternates past and present events in the life of Claire Blevins to build an enthralling and intriguing story Her rich prose, compelling plot, lively pace, and strongly drawn characters make The Fifth Stage an outstanding contribution to lesbian fiction Nann Dunne, editor and publisher of Just About Write justaboutwrite , author of The War Between the Hearts, and other stories.

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    1. A very emotional read based on a journey of Claire Blevins. The story involves going backwards and forwards in time which you get used to to it if you persevere with the story. Once you reach towards the end, it becomes clearer what Claire is struggling with. A satisfying read.

    2. I struggle with whether to give this 2 or 3 stars. While i really didn't like it, i have to admit that it's not due to the writing skill of the author. I had no technical problems with the writing style at all, and hate to diminish the worth of a work of art due to my personal opinion. So i rounded up.I cannot specify why i didn't like it, without giving away spoilers. Plus, this isn't a college class book review where i need to break it down. You simply want to get an idea whether you'll like i [...]

    3. I loved this book. From the beginning to the end. I cried like a baby but it was worth it. An amazing read!

    4. I loved it. from the very beginning till the end. I couldn't stop the tears from falling. I will certainly read it again.

    5. GRIEF!!!This first person narrative reads like a grief journal from someone in recovery navigating both the past and present in search of some kind of peace after a great loss. It was pretty intense and emotional. Not quite the story you want to pick up if you come here for happily ever after escapism and hot sex. Well. There is sex here. But it's period sex and sad emotional sex, if you must know. I found the overall story far more depressing than hopeful primarily because it felt more about cl [...]

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    7. Outstanding and poignant story of Claire Blevins, a woman on the brink of a powerful life transition. One of the best books I've read in a long time. Not filled with the typical lesbian cliches or plot, and written by an author with a noticeable wit and sometimes poetic insight.

    8. I really liked this book and how it was written. It was compelling, the characters came alive and it was a story I could relate to at this stage in my life in my 40's. I would recommend this book and I thought the writing was well done.

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