'Very Fine and Moving Reads'
This week, I received such a wonderful review of all three Bibliophiles books, I just had to share. My thanks to Beverly George for her kind words.
I’ve read my share of books about the relationships between female characters and their ties with their families, their friends, their jobs, their aspirations, and their self-realization. However, I found the women I met in Berner’s book club as more real, more like my own friends, because in “real life,” the endings aren’t always resolved the way we anticipate or hope for. Instead, we change or are changed, we resolve and adapt, we reset our goals, and happily or not, we move on. That’s the formula that makes Berner’s books very fine and moving reads.
Annie, on the other hand, has worked herself to an executive position in a public relations firm, but she aches to start a family with her husband, John. Together, they make every effort to conceive a child through modern medical advances, but the focus and effort bring stress and fear of failure to their marriage.
Edwina Hipplewhite’s Classics Book Club is where they meet. Their stories take off and friendships evolve as their lives unfold, against the backdrop of the book club meetings and the literature they read and discuss.
Book Three, A Groovy Kind of Love, was my personal favorite. It is a touching love story of shy, retiring Thaddeus finding deep strength in his love for Spring Pearson, whose parents own a local juice and coffee bar. Their love takes a detour, altering the outcome the characters and the reader had anticipated. The Bibliophiles take on the role of true friends, and the reader cheers them on as they deliver support to the couple we care so much about.
The holiday season is just a few weeks away, and I’m looking forward to "A Bibliophile Christmas" as much as the welcome scent of sugar and cinnamon in my home.