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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 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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Hott Review:

It’s not every day that I read a novel quite so heart wrenching, quite so real as It Happens Every Spring. This book is a very honest picture of life, of marriage, of friendship.
I laughed and I cried as I read It Happens Every Spring. It made me honestly assess my marriage and prayerfully look to those around me to see where I can love more fully.
Take an honest look around you as you read It Happens Every Spring and go forth to do His work.
This is definitely a MUST BUY book!

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Author: Gary Chapman & Catherine Palmer
Source: Free Kindle eBook on May 1, 2011.
Publisher & Date: January 1st 2007 by Tyndale House Publishers (first published 1996)
Genre: Christian Fiction, Romance, Women’s Fiction
ISBN: 1414311656 (ISBN13: 9781414311654)
Pages: 286
Grade: A
Steam: YA
Setting: Deepwater Cove, Missouri
Series: The Four Seasons of Marriage #1
It Happens Every Spring
It Happens Every Spring
Summer Breeze
Summer Breeze
Falling for You Again
Falling for You Again
Winter Turns to Spring
Winter Turns to Spring

Gary Chapman’s Bio:

Gary ChapmanGary Chapman has traveled extensively around the world challenging couples to pursue healthy, growing marriages. His first book, Toward a Growing Marriage (Moody, 1979, 1996), began as an informal resource he gave to couples with whom he was counseling. Once officially published, this book became a blessing to thousands of people and helped launch Gary’s popular “Toward a Growing Marriage” seminar.

Websites & Links: Gary Chapman's website Gary Chapman's twitter Gary Chapman's facebook

Catherine Palmer’s Bio:

Catherine PalmerCatherine Palmer lives in Atlanta with her husband, Tim, where they serve as missionaries in a refugee community. They have two grown sons. Cathy 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. Since then she has published over 50 novels, many of them national best sellers. Catherine has won numerous awards for her writing, including the Christy Award, the highest honor in Christian fiction. In 2004, she was given the Career Achievement Award for Inspirational Romance by “Romantic Times” magazine. More than 2 million copies of Catherine’s novels are currently in print. The Author’s Work With her compelling characters and strong message of Christian faith, Catherine is known for writing fiction that “touches the hearts and souls of readers.” Her many collections include A Town Called Hope, Treasures of the Heart, Finders Keepers, English Ivy, and the Miss Pickworth series. Catherine also recently coauthored the Four Seasons fiction series with Gary Chapman, the “New York Times” best-selling author of “The Five Love Languages.”

 

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