A Whisper to a Scream (The Bibliophiles: Book One)
“Some books you read, put down, and forget all about, but I promise you this won't be one of them.”
— Kindle Fire Department
— Publishers Weekly
“I could easily imagine I was reading non-fiction, so well drawn were the characters in the book. With fluid prose and realistic dialogue, the novel is as much a psychological study as a novel about contemporary marriage - the daily demands of raising a family, career versus children, infertility, infidelity, extended family, and hobbies outside of work and home.”
— The Book Dilettante
She could be your sister, best friend, wife, daughter, neighbor.
An overwhelmed stay-at-home mom whose husband is too preoccupied with work to spend time with his family.
A PR executive scared to death she waited too long to have the baby she has always wanted.
Hailed for its “fluid prose and realistic dialogue,” the novel centers around Sarah, a stay-at-home mother of two, and Annie, a PR executive dealing with fertility issues. When they meet through a classics book club, each thinks the other ones life is so much better than her own. But, is the grass truly greener on the other side of the fence?
A vivid portrayal of contemporary marriage and its problems, A Whisper to a Scream speaks to a longing in all of us, a yearning that might start as a vague notion, but eventually grows into an unbearable, vociferous cry.
A Whisper to a Scream is the first book in Berner’s Bibliophiles series. Unlike most series that follow one character through various adventures, each Bibliophiles novel 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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Until My Soul Gets It Right (The Bibliophiles: Book Two)
"Karen Wojcik Berner's Until My Soul Gets It Right continues her fantastic Bibliophiles series with another enchanting story full of unforgettable characters.
A perfect book for a book club discussion or simply an enjoyable day of reading!"
— Kindle Fire Department
"I read it entirely in one day, I just couldn't put it down! Catherine Elbert inspires you to go out and do the things you want to do."
— Goodreads review
"This excellent addition to the series will endear readers to the Bibliophiles indefinitely!"
— Lovey Dovey Books blog
You can't run away from yourself.
Catherine Elbert has never been good at making decisions, whether it was choosing an ice cream flavor as a small child, or figuring out what she wanted to be when she grew up. The only thing Catherine knew for sure was there had to be more to life than being stuck on her family’s farm in Wisconsin.
While watching a PBS travel show, Catherine becomes entranced by Portland, Maine. The ocean. The lobsters. The rugged coast. Nothing could be more different from the flat, nondescript farmlands of Burkesville.
Despite her parents threatening to disown her and her brothers taking bets on how many days until she comes home, Catherine settles on Peaks Island, off the coast of Portland.
She is finally free. Or so she thought.
Called a “wicked fun” novel of “self-discovery, redemption, and forgiveness,” the novel follows farm girl Catherine Elbert as she bounces from U.S. coast to coast in search of her true self. A 2013 Readers’ Choice Nominee for Contemporary Fiction at the widely popular BigAl’s Books & Pals review blog, it is a story about growing up, making peace with one’s past, and finding a little love along the way.