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It Happens Every Spring (The Four Seasons of a Marriage Series #1) [Paperback]

By Gary Chapman (Author) & Catherine Palmer (Author)
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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.

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Item Specifications...

Studio: Walker Books
Pages   446
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.4" Width: 5.5" Height: 0.9"
Weight:   1.1 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Oct 17, 2007
Publisher   GALE GROUP
Edition  Large Type  
Series  4 Seasons  
Series Number  1  
ISBN  1594151946  
ISBN13  9781594151941  

Availability  0 units.

More About Gary Chapman & Catherine Palmer

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Gary Chapman is a counselor, the bestselling author of The 5 Love Languages(R) series, and the director of Marriage and Family Life Consultants, Inc. He travels the world presenting seminars, and his radio programs air on more than 400 stations. For more information, visit

Catherine Palmer is the Christy Award-winning, CBA best-selling author of more than forty novels - including The Bachelor's Bargain - which have more than 2 million copies in print. She lives in Missouri with her husband, Tim, and two sons.

Catherine Palmer currently resides in the state of Missouri. Catherine Palmer was born in 1956.

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Uneven portraits   May 5, 2008
I've read and enjoyed many Inspirational/Christian novels that fall into the romance category. But this one is not the most enjoyable I've ever read. I did read it all, to see where it was going, but found it to be very repetitious and preachy.

On the other hand, there were several important life lessons to be learned here, some of which the characters never did seem to get a really firm grasp. Cody is treated well by the authors and the characters, as is Patsy Pringle. Brenda, however, gets lambasted no matter what she does. She wasn't the only one who contributed to the bad and good of her marriage, but her husband Steven is whitewashed to the point of thinking he's the poor, put-upon long-suffering man who just wants a good wife. He doesn't seem to realize he can't expect that without reciprocating, and spending time with his wife.

Depression comes in many guises, and Brenda was fortunate to have good friends and neighbors to help her out of hers; Steve's friends weren't given the opportunity to help him see the errors of his ways. I suspect men who read this book will agree with Steve, while women will tend to see Brenda's side of things more clearly.

I think this is an interesting concept--pairing a non-fiction author with one more well-known for fiction--and using the former's self-help books as a basis for this series. Having not read any of the others--yet--I can't speak to how well they succeed in future volumes. I suspect I'll try at least one more of the series, as the characters and the setting are very appealing. I can't help but hope the women develop a bit more backbone, however. Women are not subservient, and I think it's harmful when they're presented as such. Equal partnerships are much better, and way more fun, especially in a loving relationship.
Can This Marriage Be Saved?  Feb 10, 2008
First in a series of four novels, It Happens Every Spring by Gary Chapman and Catherine Palmer does a great job at illustrating the two sides of a marriage in trouble.

Brenda feels lost, now that the children are gone and Steve has immersed himself in his new job. She needs to feel a part of something and she needs attention and support from Steve.

Steve needs physical affection and attention from Brenda, to believe that she appreciates his efforts as breadwinner.

But somehow their timing is all off, their needs no longer mesh, and the longer things go, the farther apart they grow. There was an old magazine series called "Can This Marriage Be Saved?"; we find ourselves wondering the same thing.

A little preachy in a place or two but altogether a good story. Bits and pieces of other marriages in Tranquility peek through and we hope they'll be further developed in the other volumes.
Can't Put It Down  Jul 9, 2007
This book caught my attention from the very first line I read, and it just got better and better. The characters were unique; the plot was very suspenseful and it kept building and building. Wonderful story teller, and based on the works of Dr. Gary Chapman. Great combination!!!!
Entertainment That Teaches  Apr 4, 2007
I love Christian fiction because you can learn while being entertained. Based on concepts from his non-fiction book The Four Seasons of Marriage, Dr. Gary Chapman joins forces with CBA best-selling author Catherine Palmer to launch The Four Seasons series.

Anyone who's been married or contemplates marriage will enjoy this first book. A page-turner, I read it in It Happens Every Spring in two sittings. An explosion of trouble in the opening sentence sets the stage in this fast-paced novel. Be ready for an emotional rollercoaster ride. You'll chew your nails, laugh out loud one minute and cry the next.

You may also see your own marriage through new eyes. Chapman and Palmer hold nothing back in presenting a gut-wrenching story filled with all the temptations and problems of marriage. Be ready for some unexpected twists in this honest portrayal. Novel Reviews gives It Happens Every Spring a high recommendation.

Reviewed by Ane Mulligan
Fans of Gary Chapman's perennial bestseller, The Five Love Languages, will appreciate this new fictional series, which offers readers an opportunity to see how Christ's love can transform marriages.

It Happens Every Spring is the first of four books, co-authored with award-winning romance novelist, Catherine Palmer. The cozy neighborhood of Deepwater Cove on Missouri's Lake of the Ozarks offers the perfect setting for exploring the various seasons of marriage.

Like the movie, Steel Magnolias, the hub of this quiet community is Patsy Pringle's "Just As I Am" hair salon and tearoom. Here we meet our cast of characters: five women who form "The Tea Ladies Club" (TLC).

Brenda Hanson has seen her last child off to college and faces her empty nest alone, while her husband of 25 years spends every minute on his new, fast-paced real estate job. Lonely, she resents his time away and wonders if their marriage will survive.

A couple of dramatic events lead the TLC women to rally together, with plenty of laughter and tears along the way. Not only is the novel entertaining, I came away with new insight into what makes a beautiful, long-lasting marriage.

-- Christian Women Online Book Buzz

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