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It Happens Every Spring [NOOK Book]

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Meet the characters that live, work, dream, and love in the community of Deepwater Cove. Best-selling authors Gary Chapman and Catherine Palmer team up to show how four married couples, all in different stages in life, experience the joys and hardships of marriage as examined in Gary Chapman's The Four Seasons of Marriage. In book one, Steve and Brenda face a common problem among middle-age couples: empty nest syndrome. Steve works too much, and with their two children out of the house, Brenda feels lonely and ...
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Overview

Meet the characters that live, work, dream, and love in the community of Deepwater Cove. Best-selling authors Gary Chapman and Catherine Palmer team up to show how four married couples, all in different stages in life, experience the joys and hardships of marriage as examined in Gary Chapman's The Four Seasons of Marriage. In book one, Steve and Brenda face a common problem among middle-age couples: empty nest syndrome. Steve works too much, and with their two children out of the house, Brenda feels lonely and unfulfilled. In order to save their marriage, the two must learn to reconnect. Readers are also introduced to many charming characters, like Cody, the mentally challenged homeless man that shows up on Steve and Brenda's porch; Pete, who owns the Rods ’N’ Ends tackle shop; and Patsy Pringle, who owns the Just As I Am beauty parlor, where much of the action takes place.
The series is based on the marriage principles found in Gary Chapman's non-fiction book The Four Seasons of Marriage. Similar in tone and light-hearted, quirky humor as Jan Karon's Mitford series, Fannie Flagg's books or Steel Magnolias. Each book has a study guide that talks about the four seasons of marriage and the healing strategies depicted in that volume's story.
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
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.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Library Journal

Chapman, best-selling author of the nonfiction series "The Five Love Languages," and veteran fiction author Palmer (The Affectionate Adversary) team up for a new series exploring the seasons of marriage. In the first entry, empty nesters Steve and Brenda have lost touch with each other. Brenda views Steve as obsessed with his real estate career and thinks he has lost interest in her. Steve can tell something is bothering his wife, but he hasn't got a clue what to do about it. When Brenda begins to behave strangely and form questionable relationships, everyone in the small town of Deepwater Cove is talking about it. These two accomplished authors combine their skills in this charming, poignant effort. This would make a great book club selection and stir up conversations on marriage and the seasons of life. Recommended for public libraries. Chapman is a pastor in North Carolina; Palmer resides in Missouri.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781414328782
  • Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers
  • Publication date: 4/21/2011
  • Series: Four Seasons , #1
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition description: 1
  • Sales rank: 562,868
  • File size: 2 MB

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 5, 2012

    What a charming read

    While this book was heavy on life lessons and character, it was a very easy read. The book dealt with themes like: friendship, trust, tolerance, forgiveness, identity, community, etc. I have not read any of the rest of this series, but I can tell that the different character's story lines could easily be picked up in other installments. I would highly recommend this book as it touched upon many emotions and at times I laughed out loud, found myself frustrated, and even cried. This is food for the soul.

    10 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 18, 2011

    Good quick and read.

    Simalar to Jan Karon. But worth the time up lifting and breath of fresh air. WANT TO READMORE OF THIS?

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 1, 2011

    Good read

    I did not LOVE reading the book but it was a good book. Written by a Christian author. This is good to read when in between books you love.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 1, 2011

    Uplifting and Tragic Together and Heart Warming Too

    I found this book to be relaxing and enjoyable overall. I really got to know the characters well and felt a connection with their ups and downs. It did not take long to catch my interest. I will enjoy reading the rest of the series. Cody is a great example of how we should live when being a loving example to others.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 7, 2011

    Great read!

    I really enjoyed this book. I laughed and I cried. Can't wait to read the rest in the series!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 17, 2011

    Long Joy

    Incredibly long book, recommended for those who are prepared for a grueling read. The diamond is defintly " hidden in the rough". Terror is scarce, replaced by boring details and background history, however, the terrifying parts are very good and scary, however few they are. Again, and diamond hidden in a very, very rough rough.

    2 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 23, 2013

    Love it, hard to put down...a very good read, will definatley re

    Love it, hard to put down...a very good read, will definatley read the rest of the series

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 30, 2011

    Good transition book

    Book has a good plot, I used it to read in between my mystery ones. It depicts real life situations.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 17, 2011

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    Easy Christen based read on a small town

    join the TLC club as they help each other with marriage, children, a homeless boy and all the joys and problems of a small town in Missouri.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 29, 2011

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    Really good reading!

    I enjoyed this book . It was a good story and always held my interest.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 17, 2011

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    Good reading if you are a 'Christian'.

    I enjoyed the basic story line but there was WAY too much 'Christian' proseltizing plus for instance: The usual arbitrary formulaic stereotypical 'Goth' = 'Satan Worshiper' misconception.

    The authors should have done their homework, in the event it really mattered.

    There was no mention of the religious theme in the book review.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 12, 2011

    Amazing

    I didn't have any big expectations when I purchased this book but after the first few pages, I was glued! I truly enjoyed this book and cannot wait to read the rest of the series!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 24, 2014

    Good book

    This was a good book i didnt think i would like this book…its not a wow book but its worth reading

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 2, 2014

    Excellent

    Part of series of seasons of a marriage. Well written. Enjoyable read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 17, 2013

    I could not wait to crack open this book and I was not disappoin

    I could not wait to crack open this book and I was not disappointed when I did.
    This is a great story about Steve and Brenda Hansen who are struggling in their 25 year marriage now that the kids are gone. It gives a great perspective from both sides, so you can really feel how each of the characters are feeling and how they perceive the situation. It is set in a little town and you are introduced to some great side characters who each have their own personalities. Overall it is a great, easy, joyful read.



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  • Posted February 15, 2013

    sweet read

    I loved this book, it is simple and sweet but also has some words of wisdom
    for maybe some younger readers. And there is nothing better than making
    and having a group of friends that will tell you what you need to hear "wih love"..

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  • Posted February 15, 2013

    Highly recommended book!

    It Happens Every Spring was a great read. Like so many Christians, there is some gossiping going on in the salon. Like many Christian marriages, one of the main characters forgets to put Christ at the center of her marriage and refuses to talk to her husband. Nothing is working for them. Then........... You'll have to read the book to find out.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 8, 2013

    Great

    Great read inspirational encourages you to hold on and pray and work thru problems encourafesbyoubto holdnon

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 26, 2013

    Good read

    Words to live by dont give up till you at least try it

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 2, 2012

    0 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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