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It Happens Every Spring (Four Seasons of a Marriage, Bk 1)
It Happens Every Spring - Four Seasons of a Marriage, Bk 1 Author:Catherine Palmer, Gary Chapman 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 diffe... more »rent "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.)« less
As a follower of Christ, I like to read good Christian fiction, but as a librarian, I insist on GOOD writing and fully fleshed-out character foremost. This book by fiction author Palmer and nonfiction author/marriage therapist Chapman is disappointing. For that I suppose Palmer should get the blame, although I have never read any of her other books so I have no comparison to make. This is part of what will be a quartet of books about marriages, one per season. It is pretty obvious from the first book which minor characters will move to the forefront for the other books as I believe that all the characters have been introduced, for the most part.
My chief gripe is not the plotting although much happens without rhyme or reason. It is as if this is an outline for a book but it got published without being finished. It is a skeleton of a book, with more pages dedicated to peripheral characters than to the Hansen couple, the ideal couple whose marriage is failing from within.
I won't include any spoilers and it is a pleasant enough read if you are undemanding or just want something to read while the kids have swimming lessons. It was disappointing to me because I expected more.
Lisa G. reviewed It Happens Every Spring (Four Seasons of a Marriage, Bk 1) on
Helpful Score: 2
I think this is one of the first if not first novel from Gary chapman bringing in his teaching on the seasons of marriage. A warm fuzzy story about middle aged couple losing the SPRING time of their winter marriage.
First in the series. I enjoyed this book. Good Christian lit. I loved the characters from the very beginning. Can't wait to read the next one. Chapman and Palmer are a very good combination. Great storylines and easy read tackling life's issues.