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.
This book is definitely different for a romantic read. The entire first half of the book delves into an extensive history of each half of the couple's love affair with books. As you get to know their families, you do wonder how they ended up becoming such bibliophiles. As a bibliophile myself, though, I can appreciate their strong love for the written word and a desire to incorporate reading into every area of their lives. I also love how Thaddeus is in love with all things British, as I am also inclined in that direction.
Halfway through the book, our romantic leads finally meet each other. In some respects, it felt like Part One went on too long, building that backstory, especially when you get into significantly more action in Part Two. Yet, I was still engrossed the whole time I was reading the entire book.
They are an unlikely couple in some ways, with the age difference and significant background differences. It is that intellectual connection, though, that makes them work. That is something that I can appreciate and also seek in all kinds of relationships. It was also refreshing to read a romance that wasn't so dependent on sex.
I will recommend keeping a tissue on hand. One particular situation made me cry, but probably more because I have experienced it first-hand with a loved one. Others may simply choke up or frown as they read through it. Still, it is an interesting read. Knowledge of the first two books in the series doesn't seem to be required.
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Karen Wojcik Berner writes contemporary women’s fiction, including the Amazon best-selling series, the Bibliophiles. An award-winning journalist, her work has appeared in several magazines, newspapers, and blogs, including the Chicago Tribune, Writer Unboxed, Women's Fiction Writers, and Fresh Fiction. She currently serves on the Author Council of LoveToReadEbooks.com and is a member of the Chicago Writers’ Association.
When not writing, she can be found on the sidelines of her youngest’s football or lacrosse games, discussing the Celts with the oldest, or snuggling into a favorite reading chair with a good book and some tea.