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.
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Breakfast for dinner was a common occurrence in the Pearson household and, conversely, pizza for breakfast. “How else can we forge through the monotony, little chick?”
Her father handed her a slice of veggie pizza. “One day, you’ll understand.”
“Did you sign my field-trip permission slip?” Spring asked her mother, then took a bite.
“What slip?” A circle of smoke floated above her head as the familiar scent of patchouli filled the apartment. She passed a joint to her husband, who toked then chased it with orange juice.
“Ah, the breakfast of champions. Where are you going, little chick?”
“The Field Museum.” She searched through drawers and piles of mail. “What did you do with it? If I don’t find that slip, I’m going to have to sit, basically, in in-school detention while the rest of the class gets to see the tomb of Unis-Ankh.”
“Eunice? Why would anyone go on a field trip to see my old college roommate?”
Spring didn’t bother explaining to her mother that Unis-Ankh was the son of the last pharaoh of the Egyptian Fifth Dynasty.
“Hey, little chick.” Her father pulled something out from underneath a stack of newspapers. “What’s this?”
“That’s it!” She ran to get a pen. “Dad, sign this, please.”
“Hey, Sunshine. I should sign it ‘Raindancer.’ That would be a trip.” The parents laughed.
“Just write Bob Pearson,” she pleaded, having only ten minutes to finish her slice of pizza and get to the bus stop. He autographed it with a flourish. “Here you go.”
Spring snatched the permission slip, shoved it in her backpack, and ran out the door. All the responsibility heaped upon her tiny shoulders weighed Spring Pearson down. The nurse once thought she was malnourished because of the dark circles under her eyes and because she was shorter and of less poundage than the average sixth grader. It turned out she hadn’t been sleeping well after staying up longer than she should have to read Jane Eyre, another slight, misunderstood girl.
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.
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