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  • Hardcover: 447 pages
  • Publisher: Thorndike Pr; large type edition edition (Aug. 1 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786296232
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786296231
  • Product Dimensions: 20.5 x 14.8 x 2.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 567 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
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Relational expert Chapman rewrites his core message in fiction, teaming with prolific Christian novelist Palmer in this first in a projected tetralogy highlighting the concepts taught in Chapman's The Four Seasons of a Marriage. The plot and characters evince Chapman's thesis that marriage is a journey back and forth through different "seasons," while the neighborhood of Deep Water Cove and little town of Tranquility, Mo., provide the settings. Five local women start a club ("TLC") to help one another through problems in their relationships and their community. In a squeaky-clean nod to Desperate Housewives, a charming handyman is steaming things up with Brenda Hansen. Meanwhile, romance is brewing for Patsy Pringle, who runs Just As I Am, a "faith-based beauty experience." Palmer's descriptions can go over the top; the obligatory "autumn" character "was a windblown shock of wheat, a ripe apple hanging heavy on the tree, a mourning dove that gathered her little ones close about her and cooed in the wind." A homeless, mentally handicapped man gives Palmer some engaging opportunities to flesh out the other characters as they respond to his plight. However, the novel's scenes too often conspire to illustrate a counseling point, and the included study guide reinforces the idea that this is self-help disguised as fiction. (Jan.)
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About the Author

Catherine Palmer lives in Missouri with her husband, Tim, and sons Geoffrey and Andrei. She is a graduate of Southwest Baptist University and holds a master's degree in English from Baylor University. Her first book was published in 1988. She has published nearly forty novels. Catherine has won numerous awards for her writing, including the Christy Award, the highest honor in Christian fiction. Total sales of her novels number nearly two million copies.

Dr. Gary Chapman is the director of Marriage and Family Life Consultants, Inc.; an internationally known speaker; and the host of A Love Language Minute, a syndicated radio program heard on more than 100 stations across North America. He and his wife, Karolyn, live in North Carolina.

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A very good read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Stages of marital love Feb. 1 2007
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Marriage has many seasons: Spring which is full of hope and anticipation, Summer and its comfort, Autumn and its negligence and Winter with its dissatisfaction. This fictional work, based on Dr. Gary Chapman's The Four Seasons of Marriage, explores the seasons of marriage in a small-town setting where the couples revolve around one another and are probably far too involved in one another's business.

The Lake of the Ozarks is full of character and so are the people who inhabit it. In this fictional town set at "The Lake" readers get to know several couples in various stages of marital love. In particular readers meet Brenda and Steve, who are having trouble adjusting to their empty nest. More accurately, Brenda is having trouble adjusting as Steve seems to have created a life without her just as she reached a point where she could look forward to the additional time they would have for one another.

Well written without being preachy, It Happens Every Spring does a good job of introducing characters in the different seasons of marriage and even gives them a good reason for knowing one another. I especially loved the setting. I've been to The Lake so the setting was vivid in my mind, but anyone who has been to a teeny lakeside community could relate to the intimacy of its inhabitants.

I look forward to the rest of the series.

Armchair Interviews says: This neat book explores the facets of marriage in a realistic setting.
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful encouraging read June 25 2016
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My mouth dropped open when I started to comprehend the purpose of this book because it was exactly where I am in life. A new empty nest. Wandering in my wilderness trying to find purpose in this unwanted season. But reconciling it's just that...temporary and a season. I'm learning to fill my nest with more ways to serve and build other relationships. I've also found a hobby without guilt. This book was so so good.
5.0 out of 5 stars I love this book June 26 2016
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I love this book. I wish there was more books like this. It is so hard to put down once you start reading it. You feel like you really get to know the people in the story. I love this whole series. I will be sad when I read the whole series and there isn't any more in the series to read.
5.0 out of 5 stars Ready for more in this series June 25 2016
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I really enjoyed reading this book. The characters were realistic & fun to get to know. My only question is when is book #2 coming?? I'm left wishing I wasn't done reading it!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Heavy Handed but Nice July 9 2009
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I was pleasantly surprised by "It Happens Every Spring". I picked up the audio book on a long car trip with the in-laws, and it looked like a book that we would enjoy together (fairly PG rated, no profanity). The characters are intriguing, reminding me of Steel Magnolias, with their quirks and strong wills. The marriages are also very real, and I like the idea of the seasons of marriage. It seems to fit most people I know. The plot outcomes were predictable, no surprises here, but that's ok since the characters were fun.

What I found heavy handed were the long "marriage counseling" descriptions and conversations. Where feelings were stated and re-stated to hammer the "seasons of marriage" into your brain, and the arguments border on textbook training for counselors. But that aside, it's a nice read. I may get the other 3 books in the series.