Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Blog Tour - Winter Turns to Spring



Catherine Palmer and Gary Chapman

(Tyndale House, June 2008)

This book is part of The Four Seasons series, based on the ever-changing cycles of relationships detailed in Gary Chapman’s nonfiction book, The Four Seasons of Marriage. Each novel focuses on a couple moving in and out of a different season in their marriage.

The honeymoon is over for Brad and Ashley Hanes.

They knew it wouldn’t last forever, but they never expected the bills, arguments, and bad habits to bury their marriage almost before it began. When Brad finds an adorable puppy abandoned by the local pub, he thinks the stray might be just what he and Ashley need to grow closer. But not even a puppy can overcome the betrayal they’re about to face.

While the neighbors of Deepwater Cove are concerned about the newlyweds, they’ve got bigger worries on their minds. Conditions are icy, and Cody Goss is terrorizing the streets in an effort to earn his driver’s license. Though Derek Finley has volunteered to teach Cody to drive, it still leaves everyone running for their lives and desperately trying to protect their mailboxes.

Just when it’s least expected, a late-winter storm descends upon the bustling town and everything comes to a screeching halt. When the wail of emergency sirens pierces the still air, the neighbors wonder who could possibly be in trouble now.

The promise of spring seems just around the corner—if only everyone can survive this last winter blast!


Catherine Palmer lives in Missouri with her husband, Tim, and sons Geoffrey and Andrei. She 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 published nearly forty novels, many of them national bestsellers. Catherine has won numerous awards for her writing, including the Christy Award, the highest honor in Christian fiction. Twice she has been nominated for the Romantic Times Career Achievement Award. Total sales of her novels number nearly two million copies. With her compelling characters and strong message of Christian faith, Catherine is known for writing fiction that “touches the hearts and souls of readers.” Her many collections include A Town Called Hope, Treasures of the Heart, the Finders Keepers series, and the English Ivy series.

Dr. Gary Chapman is the author of the best-selling The Five Love Languages (more than 4 million copies sold) and The Four Seasons of Marriage. He is the director of Marriage and Family Life Consultants, Inc.; an internationally known speaker; and the host of A Love Language Minute, a syndicated radio program heard on more than 100 stations across North America. He and his wife, Karolyn, live in North Carolina.

Although I had not read any of the previous books in the series, I enjoyed this book. Maybe "enjoyed" shouldn't be a word when folks are struggling in their marriages, but it is fiction, after all. This book is a great picture of what happens when two people focus solely on their own perspective and needs in marriage, and the futility of trying to repair a relationship without Christ.


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