Wednesday, February 18, 2015

{Review} A GROOVY KIND OF LOVE by Karen Wojcik Berner

ISBN #: 978-1503113077
Page Count: 316
Copyright: December 10, 2014
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Platform; 1st Edition

(Taken from back cover)

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.

Charlene's Review:

In A Groovy Kind Of Love, we are introduced to two members of a book club. In Part One, we learn their back stories. Thaddeus Mumblegarden, who from the day he received his library card at 5 years old, has escaped from his rather plain existence into the magical world of literature; particularly British literature. He effects a British accent and dreams of the day he can visit the Great Realm. Spring Pearson was raised by parents that lived a Hippie lifestyle. Growing up, she often hid her family away to discourage the misunderstanding of her unconventional life.

In part Two, Thaddeus and Spring meet in the Bibliophiles Book Club, where they share a love for the written word, and soon, for each other. The rest of the book focuses on their relationship, as well as the relationships formed within the book club.

Being a bibliophile, I enjoyed reading about others that share my love of reading. This is my first of the Bibliophile series, but feel it wasn’t necessary to read the preceding works to appreciate the story. The eccentricity of the book club members was delightfully portrayed, as well as the relationships merging and growing as Thaddeus and Spring join together and face adversity.

There is a heavy focus on England and when the story takes Thaddeus to his beloved country for a literary vacation, the descriptions were detailed and vibrant. Most all of the story was written in this same way, with much attention to detail. This was an enjoyable read.

*A physical copy was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.

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