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Winter turns to spring
Catherine Palmer
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From Publishers' Weekly:

What happens when authors use fiction to explore self-help principles? Chapman, the relationship expert whose juggernaut The Five Love Languages has sold more than five million copies, teams up with novelist Palmer for a series that intentionally dovetails with Chapman's nonfiction book The Four Seasons of Marriage. This lackluster concluding installment explores the spring season of marriage by profiling fictional newlyweds Brad and Ashley Hanes, whose marriage is not turning out to be as idyllic as either had expected. Can God transform the winter of their discontent into a spring of mutual appreciation and rekindled love? Yes, and there are sweet moments along the way. Still, the novel feels contrived despite Palmer's competent writing and characterizations. (July 1) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved All rights reserved.

From Library Journal:

Fourth in "The Four Seasons of a Marriage" series (after Falling for You Again, Summer Breeze, and It Happens Every Spring), this final marital installment centers on newlyweds Brad and Ashley Hanes, who are having problems right from the start. Brad doesn't know how to end the fights and draw his wife closer to him, so he brings home a homeless puppy hoping to touch Ashley's heart. Then, an unexpected snowstorm shuts down their town of Deepwater Cove, and the residents try to make it through the dark winter. Veteran CF novelist Palmer (Sunrise Song) and relationship expert Chapman (author of The Five Love Languages) based the stories on Chapman's philosophy of marriage and love. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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