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.
RATING: 4 stars
REVIEW: I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
I loved reading this book. It caught me from the very beginning with Thaddeus' visit to the library to get his library card. I remember bringing my kids to get their first library cards too. It was so poignant. Of course, there is the typical tension between Thaddeus the bookworm, and his father who wants him to be the sports-loving athlete of the family. Eventually, Thaddeus stands up for himself, but capitulates when college comes. Eventually though, Thaddeus has his own life, and joins the book club.
Spring on the other hand is the product of two hippies who still toke up on their breaks, and leave little Spring alone in the juice bar business they have.In fact, Spring seems to be an afterthought to them most of the time, and she seems to read to escape the overwhelming responsibilities put on her young shoulders.
They meet through their shared love of reading, and a true love story begins.
The book itself was quick to read, and fun to watch the characters develop through their childhood into the adults they would become. The author did a wonderful job of allowing us as readers to empathize with both Thaddeus and Spring. I think I enjoyed part one more than part two, the developing relationship between Thaddeus and Spring somehow seemed a little too drawn out.The end, though, was amazing!
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