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

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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 differe
Paperback, 286 pages
Published March 31st 2007 by Tyndale House Publishers (first published 1996)
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Cathleen
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...more
Loraine
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.
Marlene
what I loved about this book is that it's Christian based. I would read the other books in the series for sure.
Elizabeth
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
Mark
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
Larissa
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
Jodi
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
Susan
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...more
Kathleen Thomas

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...more
Cindi
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...more
Michelle
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...more
Sue
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...more
Tima
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...more
Jolie
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....more
Amanda
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Brenda
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
Jessica
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.
Rebecca
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
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.
Elena
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
Nicole
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Couldn't get past page 70 or so. Didn't care about the characters at all. If Brenda is unhappy she should just tell her husband instead of playing whiny games. Maybe it got better but I will never know...
diane mares
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.

LeeAnn
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
Kristen Tolly
A very good read.

Marriage is not easy it takes work on both sides. Good is the most important part of a great marriage.
Judy
This is an inspiring and enjoyable read. This book is the first in the Four Seasons series which deals with the changes and challenges that couples experience in marriage. Steve and Brenda Hansen of Tranquility, Missouri on the Lake of the Ozarks are experiencing problems in their marriage. Steve is spending too much time working at his real estate agency and Brenda is having trouble dealing with the absence of her husband and the last of their three children gone off to college. Friends and nei...more
Karen
This is a set of books based off of Gary Chapman's book about the four seasons of marriage. I haven't read his other book, but this seems like a fun way to learn about the four seasons of marriage, since it's in story form.

In some ways, it came across as a bit formulaic, like a whole bunch of intertwined case studies, but I really like his insights on relationships and marriage. So, in another way, it was a really good book. Being able to write about a character going through each thing, he was...more
Rhodena Buck
Good for those of us getting close to empty nesting :)
Lots of take aways and lots to think on. Hence the 5 stars.
Siobhan Parker
Gary Chapman and Catherine Palmer's Four Seasons quadrilogy deals with both environmental seasons as well as seasons of life; this premier novel focuses on two empty nesters who have lost their focus after the departure of their kids. Although I'm not part of the target audience for It Happens Every Spring, I actually found it to be good, enjoyable reading. It was light-hearted, yet serious; funny at times, touching at others; and, it also showed very well what happens to people who lose their f...more
Heather
Good story, but definitely very obvious they are trying to teach you his seasons of marriage lessons.
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Gary 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...more
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