When Kim escapes the clutches of her abusive husband, Joe, with her twins (Luke and Lydia) in tow, she never expects to fall in love again - but then, she never expected to meet anyone like Derek Finley.
Derek is everything that Joe was not, and he loves her children like they were his own. If only the same could be said of his widowed mother, who constantly reminds Kim, Derek and the twins that they are not Derek’s natural children. When Derek’s mother moves in to help with the children so that Kim can return to work, what seems to be a solution only brings more trouble. Luke’s diagnosis of juvenile diabetes has turned Lydia into a tyrant teenager who strives to even out the attention levels in the household. When Derek takes a stroll around the neighborhood with his retired neighbor, a lesson in fishing becomes a lesson in life, and Derek finally begins to get a handle on what it means to be a father, a husband and a son.
Pete and Patsy dance around the topic of being together as they try to figure out what kind of relationship they want. Pete runs the local bait shop and is pretty rough around the edges; Patsy owns the local hair salon and is always on the edge of fashion. They’re not a pair you would expect to find contemplating marriage, but they both know that their friendship is headed that way. Like toddlers fighting sleep, they struggle to work out their differences so that they can find their way to happiness.
As the reader revisits Deepwater Cove in this second book in the Four Seasons series, co-authors Catherine Palmer and Gary Chapman reacquaint us with familiar characters and introduce some new ones in this picture of four marriages that depict the four seasons of marriage, as discussed in Chapman’s book The Four Seasons of Marriage.