The Five Essential Stages of Lasting Love
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  • Author: Linda Carroll
  • Product Code: 83000
  • ISBN: 978-1-60868-300-0
  • Pages: 248
  • 1 Paperback
  • Size: 5.50 x 8.50


In Love Cycles, veteran couples therapist Linda Carroll presents a groundbreaking model of the five natural stages of romantic relationships — the Merge, Doubt and Denial, Disillusionment, Decision, and Wholehearted Love — and a guide for navigating through them toward lasting love. Love Cycles helps readers understand where they are in the cycle of their relationship and provides a clear strategy for how to stay happy and committed, even in difficult times.


“This beautifully written book is replete with valuable information. . . . We recommend it to all couples.”
— Harville Hendrix, PhD, and Helen LaKelly Hunt, PhD, authors of Making Marriage Simple

“An incredible book . . . It should be required reading for everyone who plans to fall in love and wants to stay in love!”
— Arielle Ford, author of The Soulmate Secret

“Sure to inspire and enlighten anyone who seeks to enhance the quality of their relationships. . . abundant with great guidelines geared to the challenge of creating enduring love.”
— Linda Bloom, coauthor of 101 Things I Wish I Knew When I Got Married

“Linda Carroll’s wisdom is so direct and radiant, it has inspired me to tend my relationship in a deeper, more mature way.”
— Jennifer Louden, author of The Life Organizer

“A helpful and wise guide for people who want to make their love last. The author understands the stages as well as the pitfalls of love, honoring the former and explaining how to navigate the latter.”
— Frederic Luskin, PhD, author of Forgive for Good

“Linda Carroll deeply understands the challenges and potential of each stage and will help you normalize, survive, and master this journey.”
— Janis Abrahms Spring, PhD, author of After the Affair

“[A] dynamic guide to developing healthy relationships. . . Carroll’s interpretation is highly relatable: it is at once a relationship book as well as a sort of self-help. Readers looking to experience a rewarding relationship will also come away with a better sense of self.”
Publishers Weekly

“You cannot help but be awed at the clarity and power of Linda Carroll’s observations on beginning, maintaining, and repairing profound relationships. We all need this book, to read once for perspective, and then to keep reading for guidance.”
— Pepper Schwartz, PhD, author of nineteen books on sex and relationships

“A truly compassionate manual on growing relationships while growing ourselves.”
— Marilyn Mason, author of Facing Shame

“A rare and exceptional book that offers a wise and hopeful map of the geography of love.”
— Sam Keen, author of Fire in the Belly and Hymns to an Unknown God