Once an auto parts dealer, Steve had started selling real estate on the side to make some extra money to help pay for the kids’ college expenses, feeling that was where God was leading him. Workaholic Steve quickly began seeing results from his hard work and soon was a top seller in the real estate market in the Deepwater Cove, Missouri, area. He was quite proud of his accomplishments and thought his wife would be also, seeing how well he was now providing for his family without benefit of a college diploma himself.
Brenda, however, isn’t happy at all with the amount of time her husband is spending entertaining clients at the country club while she sits home alone and waits for him to come home, many nights way past dark. Feeling neglected and lonely, Brenda decides to remodel the basement into a crafts room, and hires Nick LeClair to do the work. Before long, the lonesome, vulnerable Brenda starts to see the scraggly handyman with new eyes, and where once she never would have even considered checking out another man, Nick was looking pretty tempting right about now. At least HE paid attention to her and wanted to be around her, complimenting her and making her laugh.
Steve can’t believe how distant his wife has become, always giving him the cold shoulder and acting like she didn’t care about him--or much of anything else lately either, for that matter. Totally confused and clueless as to Brenda’s feelings, Steve is becoming more and more frustrated by her behavior and thinks counseling might just do the trick to ‘snap’ her out of her funk. Will he wise up that what she really needs is HIM before their marriage totally freezes over and she falls into Nick’s willing, waiting arms?
Gary Chapman is best known for his work as a marriage counselor, and has now teamed with romance author Catherine Palmer to set his best-selling book, THE FOUR SEASONS OF MARRIAGE, in a fictional setting. The first novel in this series is entitled IT HAPPENS EVERY SPRING and is centered on Steve and Brenda Hansen and their once loving but now chilly marriage. Readers will see how easily one can fall into temptation and end up on a slippery slope towards adultery and divorce when we neglect our relationships. Being a woman, I could easily identify with Brenda personally and could totally understand how things got so quickly out of control, but could also sympathize with Steve and his confusion, being married to a man just as clueless as he was when it came to understanding women and their emotions.
Readers will also experience the blossom of new love in the case of hairdresser, Patsy Pringle, and Pete Roberts, owner of a bait-and tackle shop next door to Patsy’s Just As I Am beauty shop. In addition, many other interesting characters inhabit the town, and things get exciting when a stranger arrives on Brenda’s doorstep begging for food. Thinking they are helping him by providing him with food, what Cody gives in return is much more important.
I truly enjoyed reading this wonderful novel about a dying marriage that seemed on its last legs and how a fresh breath of air was breathed back into it. Not only am I planning on reading the next in this fictional series, as hoped for by the authors, I am now also planning on seeking out a copy of the non-fiction novel by Gary Chapman. Great job, Mr. Chapman and Ms. Palmer—mission accomplished!