Friday, March 23, 2007

It Happens Every Spring by Dr. Gary Chapman & Catherine Palmer

This week, the

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance

is introducing


(Tyndale Fiction, 2007)




GARY CHAPMAN is the author of the New York Times best seller The Five Love Languages and numerous other books. He's the director of Marriage & Family Life Consultants, Inc., and host of A Growing Marriage, a syndicated radio program heard on over 100 stations across North America. He and his wife, Karolyn, live in North Carolina.

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.


IT HAPPENS EVERY SPRING is the first of The Four Seasons fiction series, based on the ever-changing cycles of relationships detailed in Gary Chapman's nonfiction book The Four Seasons of Marriage. The novels will focus on four couples, each moving in and out of a different season.

Word travels fast at the Just As I Am beauty shop.

So when a simple homeless man appears on Steve and Brenda Hansen's doorstep, the entire shop is set abuzz, especially when Brenda lets him sleep on their porch.

That's not all the neighbors are talking about. Spring may be blooming outdoors, but an icy chill has settled over the Hansens' marriage. Steve is keeping late hours with clients, and the usually upbeat Brenda is feeling the absence of her husband and her college-age kids.

Add to that the unsavory business moving in next to the beauty shop and the entire community gets turned upside down. Now Brenda's friends must unite to pull her out of her rut and keep the unwanted sotre out of town. But can Steve and Brenda learn to thaw their chilly marriage and enjoy the hope spring offers?

**I read this book right after it came out and I really enjoyed it. One unique aspect that endeared me to the book is the fact that it is set near the Lake of the Ozarks which is about two hours from where I live. Although parts of the book sounded like they came straight out of Chapman's "The Four Seasons of Marriage" making the dialogue seem somewhat stilted, the book's message does hit its mark. There are many endearing characters (especially Cody) that you'll look forward to hearing more about in coming books which includes the May release of Summer Breeze.**

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