Hard times have come again to the close-knit neighbors on Cedar Circle, who confront fresh challenges, overcome disappointments, and encourage and support each other in Times and Seasons. Nothing comes easy in this little community. "I'm tired of learning things and growing," Cathy says in despair. Crisis after crisis has sapped her strength: her son Mark is in jail, her ex-husband Jerry is ignoring the children, and her wedding to her fiancé Steve has been postponed.
Cathy's life isn't the only one that's topsy-turvy. Her neighbor Tory focuses on making her Down's Syndrome baby Hannah "high-functioning" and forgets the needs of the rest of her family. Across the cul-de-sac, homeschooling mom Brenda finds it's difficult to let her children spread their wings and fly. The final blow comes when Sylvia decides to sell her house to support her Nicaraguan mission.
Just when things seem unbearable, a few rays of sun break through the clouds: Annie finds a calling to the mission field, Steve discovers the ins and outs of becoming a step-parent, and Mark learns lessons about life. Fans of the Cedar Circle books will enjoy picking up where Showers in Season left off and following the progress of characters they've come to care about. --Cindy Crosby [via]