Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Summer Breeze

In book two of this fiction series based on the best-selling non-fiction book The Four Seasons of Marriage, readers meet the blended family of Derek and Kim Finley. Kim has a set of twins—one boy and one girl—from her first marriage; Luke has recently been diagnosed with diabetes, and Lydia is acting out as a result of the attention now being showered on Luke. To complicate matters, Derek’s overbearing mother comes to live with them. With all that’s going on in their lives, Kim and Derek’s communication begins to break down and their marriage slowly moves into winter. Although the second book will focus on Kim and Derek, readers will also encounter all their favorite characters—Patsy Pringle, Pete Roberts, Steve and Brenda, Esther and Charlie—as well as some new ones, like the proprietor of the new sandwich shop that’s moved in next to Patsy’s beauty parlor.
I can totally relate with Kim in the mother-in-law department.  Being married to an only son can really make marriage life hard when the mother doesn't know how to be accepting.  I really like that everyone learns how to 'fish' and learns so much about each other while also learning to be accepting of their differences.  This is a great lesson to take from the story.  There is also the element of you don't know what you have until you've lost it that the whole community learns the hard way.

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