A Groovy Kind of Love

Author:  Karen Wojcik Berner
Publisher:  Karen Berner Books
Genre:  Contemporary Women’s Fiction         groovy
Source:  Author


Publication Date; January 12, 2015


Goodreads:  Uptight British lit lover meets a free spirit at a book club, and his world is turned upside down!

After placating to his father’s demands that he play Little League baseball and major in computer programming in college rather than his beloved English literature, Thaddeus assumed that several years into his career, he would finally get some peace and quiet.

Then he met Spring Pearson, the younger, free-spirited daughter of Hippie parents, at a book club meeting. Instantly smitten, Thaddeus finally worked up the courage to ask Spring out. But will an old college pinkie-swear promise Spring made fifteen years ago get in the way of this bibliophilic romance?

“A Groovy Kind of Love” is the third and final installment of Karen Wojcik Berner’s Bibliophiles series. Written as stand-alone novels, each book focuses on one or two members of a fictional suburban classics book club, revealing their personal stories while the group explores tales spun by the masters. 

Ope’s Opinion:  This book is the third in the Bibliophiles series.  Although it is a series, you do not have to read the books in any order.   They are each stand alone books.

This is a very sweet love story.  I enjoyed the read.  It moved very slow.  This is a story of opposites attract.

Thaddeus in much older then his years.  He is an introspective person and does nothing in a hurry. Thaddeus feels like he is English.   Spring on the other hand is a free spirit.  She and Thaddeus balance each other out.

This story had a lot of back ground on both Thaddeus and Spring.  It showed how they were raised and what their families were like.  That really made you care about them.  It also helped you to understand how they ended up attracted to each other.

Rating:  Three Chairs – I like this book enough to suggest it to a friend or two.


A Whisper To A Scream

Author: Karen Wojcik Berner                  a whisper
Publisher: CreateSpace
Pages: 267
Genre:  Women’s Fiction
Source: Karen Wojcik Berner

Goodreads:  Ovulation detectors. Hormone surges. Anxiety-ridden dreams. This is the world in which Annie Jacobs is thrust when she and her husband John receive a diagnosis of unexplained infertility. A 37-year old PR executive, Annie has wanted to be a mother since she first cuddled her Baby Tenderlove at age five. She is dreading another Christmas of relatives asking when they will be hearing the pitter patter of little feet, and Uncle Joe slapping John on the back, telling him to relax and take a cruise. Lots of people get pregnant on vacation, you know.

Across town, stay-at-home mom of two, Sarah Anderson, attempts grocery shopping with a toddler intent on hurling items from the cart at passersby. She notices a box of rice heading straight for a gray-haired head. Leaping across the aisle, Sarah grabs it, saving the woman from certain doom, or at least a minor head injury. Little Alex screams at being thwarted. The unknowing octogenarian shakes her head and admonishes Sarah for not knowing how to keep her child quiet in public.

“A Whisper to a Scream” is the story of two women on opposite ends of the child-bearing spectrum who come to realize the grass is not necessarily greener on the other side of the fence. A vivid portrayal of contemporary marriage and its problems, the novel speaks to a longing in all of us, a yearning that might start as a vague notion, but eventually grows into an unbearable, vociferous cry.

Ope’s Opinion:  I enjoyed seeing two women deal with the issues of having children.  I was disappointed that the two stories did not intertwine  more.  The two women were not involved with each other as much as I expected.

The author did write the two main characters in such a way that I could relate to each of them.  I felt sorry for them in different ways.  I could see where each thought the other one had the better life.

I did not feel like the ending gave me a feeling of resolution.  I know this is a series and may be followed up in the coming books, but I wanted these two characters to find some peace in their situations.

Rating:  Three Chairs – I like the book enough to suggest it to a friend or two.
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