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It Happens Every Spring (The Four Seasons of Marriage #1)

3.77  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,389 Ratings  ·  148 Reviews
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 prob ...more
ebook, 248 pages
Published April 21st 2011 by Tyndale House Publishers (first published 1996)
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Mar 02, 2013 Cathleen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was such a wonderful surprise! I started reading it and could not put it down.

The story is about a couple in their mid-forties dealing with the empty nest syndrome. Brenda Hansen who is married to Steve Hansen, is dealing with anger, depression and loneliness that sets in when the children are gone. Steve Hansen owns and operates a Real Estate business that is taking his time and attention away from his marriage. His wife, Brenda, focuses her "empty nest" feelings towards her husband
Jul 06, 2012 Loraine rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle, kindle-tbr
I really liked this story. I could truly identify with Brenda Hansen as every marriage has it's dry spells for one reason or another and with Gods help you can find your way back to one another. The TLC group was wonderful and I love how the ladies supported one another. My bible study group is like that. All around good read.
Nov 23, 2014 Mugen rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
It felt like a tedious read. The story was nice but I have a sorry attention span. So I struggled a little bit. I would have preferred lesser description and sub plots so that I could directly focus on the dialogues and getting out the teaching.

One important thing that I learnt was how it feels when you're working on the relationship with your spouse. You really need to stuff up your own opinion and give them what they want. Even though you might be feeling one thing you need to keep your partn
Jo Notary
286p 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 18N' Ends tackle shop; and Patsy Pringle, who owns the Just As I A ...more
Feb 12, 2013 Marlene rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: christian
what I loved about this book is that it's Christian based. I would read the other books in the series for sure.
May 07, 2014 Elizabeth rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I picked up this book one day at the library after seeing that Chapman had written it. Being I am a fan of his other books I figured I would give this fiction book a try. I LOVED the whole series. I was sad when the series was over as I fell in love with the characters. I love the style in how the books were written. Not too heavy and comfortable. Good for the heart and soul that's for sure. Each book displayed real obstacles Christians face in everyday life and how the characters in the books h ...more
Mar 13, 2014 Mark rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was an excellent read. I was lucky to receive this book through the Tyndale Rewards program. I picked it because of Gary Chapman since I love his 5 Love Languages book and have found that Catherine Palmer is an excellent author too. This book was hard to put down. It read well & the characters were so relatable. In addition to the great story line you can see Gary Chapman's hints worked into the story line. I could easily see this book being made into a movie. I am starting the next boo ...more
Wow...nice surprise. Because of the cover, I think I held off on reading/listening thinking this may have been teenage/young adult...Not the case.
3.5 +

The story is about a couple in their mid-forties dealing with the empty nest syndrome. Brenda Hansen who is married to Steve Hansen, is dealing with anger, depressi
Kindle freebie. I tried this book because I had heard how poor the counseling in the five love languages book was, but I had never read the book. I wanted to see what Chapmans approach to a broken marriage was. This was an interesting read. I could see so many of these women after personally living in and being married to a pastor in missouri (where this is based). But I have to say that this book was just okay. Not much talk about the gospel. The scarlet Thread by rivers is MUCH better and more ...more
Dec 21, 2011 Jodi rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not sure what happens every spring. I did enjoy the small town living and the way that everyone knew each other and helped each other out. I do think the TLC club was something any neighborhood could do. I think it would be a real blessing to alot of people. I dont know that I would have let the homeless guy live on my porch though. I did enjoy the story and getting to know the characters. I have the second book and will begin it soon. Brenda is lonely now that her children are all out of the ho ...more
Apr 13, 2013 Susan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Steve does nothing but work, work and work some more. Brenda is faced with nothing to do as the children grown and gone. He doesn't listen to her and she doesn't take an interest in his work. Two people who used to be so in love and into to each other are now so far apart from each other. While this book is billed as a empty nest story, it really is much more than that. It's how to get two people to reconnect after drifting so far apart.

The story is set in the small town of Tranquility, Missouri
Kathleen Thomas
Jan 25, 2013 Kathleen Thomas rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Brenda Hansen feels lost. The last of her three children have left home to go to college and she's facing the empty nest for the first time. She has looked forward to this time, puttering around and tending her husband, Steve. But Steve is totally engrossed in his real estate business and never at home. When he does come home, it's just to fall in bed exhausted. He never notices anything she does around the house, and doesn't seem to care.

Brenda decides to remodel the basement and hires handyma
Sep 30, 2014 Cindi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was glued to the pages of this book from the start, yet the story moves along at a relaxing pace. The families are a part of a small community in Missouri town where golf carts can get you just about anywhere you want to go.

Brenda and Steve Hansen have been married for almost 25 years and have raised three children who are now on their own. Having an empty nest after so long, Brenda becomes depressed. With Steve being a successful real estate agent and away from home a lot, Brenda starts to fe
May 13, 2008 Michelle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am currently listening to It Happens Every Spring by Gary Chapman and Catherine Palmer read by Jill Shellabarger.

It Happens Every Spring
Gary Chapman & Catherine Palmer
Contempory Fiction
Audio Book

Word travels fast at Patsy Pringle's Just As I Am beauty shop.

So when a simple homeless man appears on Steve and Brenda Hansens' doorstep during a thunderstorm, the entire town is set abuzz, especially when Brenda lets him sleep on their porch.

But that's not all the neighbors are talking about. Spr
This is the story of several different marriages set in small-town America. There's a newly-married couple, an older, retired couple, a blended family with twins, and the main couple of the story, Brenda and Steve who are recent empty-nesters. Plus Patsy who owns a beauty salon, and where much of the conversation happens.

It's light, and the characters aren't particularly well developed, but the writing is good and the story interesting. I found some of the argument scenes almost painful in thei
Jul 02, 2016 Tima rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Brenda is suffering from an empty nest. Her husband Steve is always at work and she is lonely. Until a homeless man shows up on her doorstep and asks if she is a Christian.
The small town gossips about what he might be doing here in the town of Tranquility.

Written with a southern flair, Spring flows smoothly and invites you in to the lives of the people who live in Tranquility. Life seems to center around a hair salon and grabs your attention immediately with the quirky and fun characters. My on
Jun 23, 2011 Jolie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a feel good story and you know what, I liked it.

From the beginning, when Cody arrives on Brenda's front porch to Brenda contemplating cheating on Steve with the handyman to Brenda and Steve trying to work on their marriage, it was a great book.

The Christian part of the book was very downplayed until the very end. It never got preachy and I liked that. As someone who is slowly returning to Christianity, I do not like preachy Christian books.

I gave this book a 5 star review on Shelfari.
Jun 17, 2011 Amanda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Aug 01, 2012 Brenda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I thought the book was entertaining and had a nice story to it about a couple going through some changes in their marriage, and had some curve balls thrown at the wife especially and the story really had some nice ideas in it on how they solved things and how an older women came into the story and gave the wife some great ideas on how to handle husbands. There is a homeless man that comes into the story and the wife who has just lost her children to college takes him in and helps him against her ...more
Jun 06, 2016 Pauline rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked the book. I kept debating between 3-4 stars but decided to go up. It dealt with real issues of life and marriage woven into an interesting storyline. It made me want to read the others in the series to find out the rest of the story--so that's a good first book. It was a worthwhile read.
Mar 22, 2014 Jessica rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Almost gave up on this book because I got so frustrated with the main characters, who I didn't believe as committed believers for the better part of the book. However, they became more authentic as the book progressed. Not really written all that well, but presents some good themes to consider.
Sarah Korhnak
I truly enjoyed the characters in this book, and would like to hear more of their story. The message of the book was good, but in an attempt to get across the "moral of the story", some of the dialogue felt a bit forced and preachy, not quite natural. Overall a nice quick read.
Mar 20, 2014 Rebecca rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This was typical Christian fiction. I thought it was okay, but it wasn't very diverse and the 'problems' these Christian families were facing weren't anything earth shattering. I like the idea of showing relationships in different 'seasons', and this one was primarily focused on a couple struggling through a winter season in their marriage. Like I said, it was very typical for this genre, I thought it was okay, but I wasn't super impressed.
Beth Mcgoldrick
Jun 17, 2014 Beth Mcgoldrick rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a good initial book for the four-book series. There were times when I wanted to reach through the pages and shake the main characters to help them see what they were doing and help them stop and fix their relationships.
Oct 05, 2011 Elena rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was instantly hooked to this series - have read the first two books in a breath :D It's probably because of the stories - I'm a woman so I like stories about relationships. There's a few relationships that the books follow, between newly weds, between an elderly couple, an incipient romantic relationship, a second marriage and a couple dealing with an empty nest. This first book focuses on Brenda and Steve, who're struggling with a home empty of kids and Steve's time-consuming job. As you read ...more
I got this for free and since it was focused on marriage, thought i would read it. It was a good reminder of how important it is to communicate and serve your spouses' needs over yours.
Kari Twitchell
The writing is kind of clunky and so the characters were not very believable. I did read something that will stick with me though "Forgiveness is not a feeling it is a decision."
Edward Hoagland
Jan 07, 2016 Edward Hoagland rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Dahyana's Thoughts

The book moves at a good speed, without leaving the cornerstone of the message. I am looking forward to reading the second book. Thank you.
diane mares
Mar 14, 2014 diane mares rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great analogies.

Was not sure what this book would be like at first. But glad I kept on with it. Reminded me of Steel Magnolias a lot.

Sep 07, 2012 LeeAnn rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: christian
I listened to this on audio (my first audio book), and I thought the novel highlighted truths in regards to relationships and the many seasons they may endure. This novel, the first of four in the series, evaluated a seasoned marriage at the stage of empty nest. The most profound statement I remember hearing was towards the end, and it’s worth sharing, and it is that forgiveness is not a feeling or an emotion but a choice. At the heart of all everlasting relationships, in all growth spurts or st ...more
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Catherine 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
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“There'll be days when I'm blue or angry or frustrated. Days when it seems like nothing's going right. Sometimes I feel lonely, or I might wish my life had taken a different turn or two. But when you've got the Holy Spirit living in your heart, Pete, you know for sure that God is walking with you. He's beside you and in you and all around you. And that's what I call joy.” 0 likes
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