Steve does nothing but work, work and work some more. Brenda is faced with nothing to do as the children grown and gone. He doesn't listen to her and she doesn't take an interest in his work. Two people who used to be so in love and into to each other are now so far apart from each other. While this book is billed as a empty nest story, it really is much more than that. It's how to get two people to reconnect after drifting so far apart.
The story is set in the small town of Tranquility, Missouri, a beautiful town in the heart of the Ozarks. We meet a cast of characters that include Brenda and four other local neighborhood women, who form the TLC, a group that helps each other, the community and meets weekly at the local beauty shop. Throw in a handyman, a mentally challenge homeless man/boy and a owner of a rod and tackle shop.
Throw in some humor, some emotion, wrong attraction, a little antagonism, and some honest, real life dialogue and you have not only a fictional story, but a scene out of someone's actual life. How many couples can say they have never experience a time like what was present in It Happens Every Spring by Gary Chapman & Catherine Palmer? Very few, I would imagine, as every couple goes through a period of winter when one, the other or both spouses feel a little bit dead inside. While the situation might not be exactly the same, the feelings and emotions most definitely are.
After being married for 20 years, I can totally relate to this story. Every marriage, including my own, has gone through the various seasons. In my eyes, this story is totally believable and shows that no matter what the season, anyone can weather it as long as they make an effort. Rating:
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