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Summer Breeze (The Four Seasons of Marriage #2)

3.98  ·  Rating Details  ·  409 Ratings  ·  35 Reviews
In book two of this fiction series based on the best-selling non-fiction book "The Four Seasons of Marriage, " readers meet the blended family of Derek and Kim Finley. Kim has a set of twins—one boy and one girl—from her first marriage; Luke has recently been diagnosed with diabetes, and Lydia is acting out as a result of the attention now being showered on Luke. To compli ...more
Paperback, 275 pages
Published May 17th 2007 by Tyndale House Publishers (first published January 1st 2007)
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Apr 06, 2012 Jerry rated it really liked it
The light-hearted drama that started in It Happens Every Spring continues in Summer Breeze, the second outing in Gary Chapman and Catherine Palmer's Four Seasons literary quadrilogy. Although pretty much all the characters are from the premiere novel, the focus is on a different family: mom, stepdad, two preteen twins, and an overbearing mother/grandmother/mother-in-law. As usual, the struggles are there, and they are presented in a realistic yet tasteful way. Those who enjoyed It Happens Every ...more
May 19, 2015 Jenny rated it liked it
A nice story with worthy examples of living a life of faith in scenarios that could be reality. The authors write in a way that gets you caught up in the personalities of the main characters the way you do with a television series. I would recommend this book series to young adults or those new to their faith. The discussion questions at the end of the book would be good for a small group. And despite a simple plot some of the issues are fairly deep and cause one to really evaluate what you feel ...more
Mar 13, 2014 Mark rated it it was amazing
Another excellent book in this series!! Gary Chapman & Catherine Palmer do an excellent job of giving you an excellent story with helpful hints on things to do in your marriage as well. If you are going to read this book I would recommend starting with the first book "It Happens Every Spring" since this book is a continuation of the story. As with the first book I could easily see this book being turned into a movie. I am planning to start the third book "Falling For You Again" today or tomo ...more
Oct 28, 2012 Candace rated it it was ok
This was an interesting journey for me on this book. Ok honestly, reading this book annoyed me 75% of the time I was reading it. I really liked the characters, especially Cody, Pete and Patsy, but some of them I did not enjoy. Kim's children were rude and disrespectful and it helps that it is revealed why early on in the book but I did not enjoy them as characters until the book was almost over. I enjoyed reading the references to Steve and Brenda's marital troubles that were the focus of the fi ...more
Jan 02, 2009 Elaine rated it it was amazing
Shelves: audio
(Book 2 in the Four Seasons of Marriage series) (book, audio, fiction) – 5 STARS

I'm now listening to this on audio.

This book focuses on Derek and Kim's family. Derek's mom comes for an extended visit. M-I-L in, daughter-in-law - move over. Lydia wants to grow up before her time. Luke feels like folks are getting on his case because of his diabetes, treating him like it's some rare fatal disease.

The Tea Lover's Club is in full swing. Esther Moore wants to be club president. Cote wants his mom (
Beth Mcgoldrick
Jun 17, 2014 Beth Mcgoldrick rated it really liked it
This was a pretty good installment in the series. I liked the relationship with the Kim and Derek as they interacted with each other and with their children and mother/mother-in-law. It was real to life and provided some good advice for people in similar situations.
Dec 24, 2011 Jodi rated it liked it
This was the second book in the series. I really liked the characters and it was nice to read about them again. I was sad when Cody left to go see his aunt. I thought the story line about the mother in law coming to help and then coming to live with them was interesting. I did not like that the new husband finally admitted to a gambling addiction after three years of marriage and that his mother was making him repay all the debt. He has a new wife and two children and all their savings is going ...more
Edward Hoagland
Apr 01, 2016 Edward Hoagland rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Dahyana's Thoughts

I have Benin enjoying this series. Each story brings out ways how I can forgive and learn to be more compassionate. I recommend the series. Thank you.
Jul 22, 2011 Judy rated it really liked it
This was a very enjoyable read and the second in the Four Seasons of Marriage inspirational fiction series. Derek and Kim Finley of Deepwater Cove, Missouri are experiencing difficulties in their marriage. Luke, Kim's son from her first marriage, has been diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes and Derek's domineering mother has come to live with them and help out. All sorts of unrest is occurring in the Finley home, but friends and neighbors in this close-knit community on the Lake of the Ozarks rally a ...more
Jul 02, 2014 Colleen rated it it was amazing
I loved this book .
Dec 28, 2013 Cindi rated it really liked it
This is the second book in the Four Seasons series. It's a nice continuation of the Deepwater Cove resident's lives.

Relationship issues including having a meddling mother-in-law in the picture and having differing faiths are a part of the storyline.

As with the first book, the authors show ways that may help when faced with everyday life situations. Communication is probably the strongest lesson that I took away from this novel. Not just words, but carefully thought-out ways of expression and in
Mary Marshall
Feb 01, 2016 Mary Marshall rated it did not like it
Mar 16, 2016 Laura rated it really liked it
Enjoyed this one even more than the first in the series. LOTS of helpful marital advice in a fun setting!
Jul 19, 2008 Bonnie rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone
this book hits home how do you deal with a meddlesome control freak motherinlaw, a husband that won't talk to you much less your faith, and a child with diabetes. that the whole family is learning to adjust to.
Jeff Bobin
Feb 03, 2013 Jeff Bobin rated it really liked it
Shelves: christian-novels
This is book 2 in the seasons of a marriage series based on Gary Chapman's work.

While I didn't think it was as good as the first book it was worth the read to think about the impact our actions have not only on our own marriage but on those of other couples.
Laurie Murphy
Jan 21, 2014 Laurie Murphy rated it it was amazing
Love how the authors add the different seasons of marriages. Can't wait to read the next 2 books!
Jun 01, 2009 Carol rated it really liked it
Second in series and just as good as the first. I love the characters and also the life lessons learned in this series. There are 4 books in the series and each deals with a season in a marriage. Good read and good advice.
Weer een lekker boek voor tussen door,al moet ik zeggen dat ik deel 1 mooier vond.
Sommige stukjes in het boek vond ik wat saai,maar hoe verder je kwam in het boek maakte dat ook allemaal weer goed.
Leigh Ann
Jan 04, 2012 Leigh Ann rated it it was amazing
I am loving this series! It's a small town with a group of people you come to know and love, it focuses on their marriages and the problems they walk through. Fun, easy, thought-provoking reads!
May 28, 2013 Dineen rated it really liked it
I liked how the couples evolved from the first book to this one. Kim's twins were a bit whiny but thankfully the whole book was not about them. Overall I like this series.
Feb 08, 2011 Leeann rated it liked it
Another good read in the Four Seasons series. Realistic depiction of every day life and it's struggles and challenges and how we choose to face them.
Jul 31, 2013 Christal rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
Quite a realistic view of the struggles of a blended family. It also dealt with the struggles of a woman trying to put an abusive marriage behind her.
Catherine Holman
Jul 25, 2007 Catherine Holman rated it really liked it
I love Catherine Palmer's books because they are clean religious fiction and generally based in the Ozarks or Branson area. Nice quick read.
Apr 28, 2012 Misty rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2012
This 2nd book of the series was not near as good as the first. I did enjoy it though and could relate to the characters in this book.
May 05, 2009 Jenny rated it it was amazing
I loved this book also. It helps you see others going through what you are going through in your life and marriage.
Wendy Lima
Loved the book Four Seasons of Marriage by Gary Chapman. I've been enjoying the fiction series based off this book.
Mar 26, 2008 Melissa rated it liked it
SEcond in marriage series, some of it seems like nonfiction book examples, but some good characters and situations.
Rose Mary
May 07, 2012 Rose Mary rated it liked it
Light romantic novel with an agoraphobic and a young, confirmed bachelor finding one another. Good beach read.
Dec 08, 2007 Kristen rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: any marriage
This book demonstrates good techniques for talking and confrontation. It has a great plot while still teaching.
Sandy Sandmeyer
Oct 01, 2011 Sandy Sandmeyer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle
A good story about marriage, conflict, and resolution.
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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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Other Books in the Series

The Four Seasons of Marriage (4 books)
  • It Happens Every Spring
  • Falling for You Again
  • Winter Turns to Spring

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