by Gary Chapman, Catherine Palmer

February 2007
ISBN: 1-4143-2265-6
Reviewer Graphic Button Tyndale
Trade Paperback

Brenda Hansen is 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 handyman, Nick, to do the work. Nick is attentive and constantly complimenting her on her choices, her appearance, and he notices even the slightest little thing. Soon, Brenda is living for Nick’s appearance at her house, and putting Steve’s physical needs off. Will Brenda come to her senses before its too late, or are Steve and Brenda headed for divorce court?

It Happens Every Spring is book one in the Four Seasons series. It is a wonderful story with real characters. I laughed out loud at times in the book and cried in other parts. Even the secondary characters are real. I loved the quirky hairdresser just as much as I loved Brenda and Steve.

In addition to being a great story, It Happens Every Spring also teaches a bit about Gary Chapman’s the languages of love. I recognized my husband and me in this book and could see where some of the problems can happen. Discussion questions are included at the end of the book, making it excellent for small groups. A teaser from the next book in the series (coming summer 2007) is also included. This is a series for the keeper shelf. Don’t miss It Happens Every Spring.

Reviewed in January 2007 by Laura.