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Until My Soul Gets It Right (The Bibliophiles 2) [Kindle Edition]

Karen Wojcik Berner
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From the author of "A Whisper to a Scream" comes a story about growing up, making peace with your past, and finding a little love along the way.

2013 Readers’ Choice Award Nominee: BigAl’s Books & Pals

In her first novel, Karen Wojcik Berner introduced book club members Sarah and Annie. Now, it’s time for another bibliophile to take center stage.

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 was finally free.

Or so she thought.

“Until My Soul Gets It Right” is the second 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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About the Author

Karen Wojcik Berner is the author of the Bibliophiles series, which explores the lives of fictional American suburban book club members. The first, “A Whisper to a Scream,” centers on Sarah, a stay-at-home mother of two, and Annie, a PR executive with fertility issues, each of whom thinks the other’s life is far superior to her own. “Until My Soul Gets It Right” is Catherine Elbert’s journey as she bounces from coast to coast in search of her true self. Karen grew up on the outskirts of Chicago. After graduating from Dominican University with degrees in English with a writing concentration and communications, she worked as a magazine editor, public relations coordinator and freelance writer. A two-time “Folio Magazine” Ozzie Award for Excellence in Magazine Editorial and Design winner, her work has appeared in countless newspapers and magazines. She lives in the Chicago suburbs with her family.  To learn more about Karen, please visit her website, www.karenberner.com.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Until My Soul Gets It Right June 9, 2012
By BigAl
Format:Kindle Edition
I loved the first book of The Bibliophiles series, A Whisper to a Scream. I knew the remaining books in the series would each focus on specific members of the book club introduced in the first book, and wondered how that would work. Would the stories be chronological, happening at the same time (which seemed like it would present problems), or something else. It turned out to be something else, at least in the case of Until My Soul Gets It Right.

If you've read the first book, you'll remember Catherine as the "actress" who, if you reacted to her the same as I did, might have been a bit of an enigma, and who possibly rubbed you the wrong way at times. This book goes back to Catherine's childhood, and brings her story forward to the present. It changed my opinion of Catherine for the better. It's a story that anyone should be able to relate who has wanted to escape where they grew up, for whatever reason. Berner has a talent with prose that flows smoothly and puts the reader right where they belong, inside the character's head. Until My Soul Gets It Right is another winner.

**Originally written for "Books and Pals" book blog. May have received a free review copy. **
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5.0 out of 5 stars COMPELLING STORY, FASCINATING CHARACTER! April 5, 2014
Format:Paperback
Until My Soul Gets It Right by Karen Wojcik Berner is the second book in the Bibliophiles series which follows the lives of different characters that are part of a suburban Illinois’ book club. In this interesting and engaging story, Karen created an incredibly fascinating character who was briefly introduced in A Whisper to a Scream.

Catherine Elbert is a member of the Classics Book Club. She grows up on a farm in the Midwest in Wisconsin. Catherine’s life has been one hell of a ride as her brothers picked on her while her mother blames her for every wrong. All she wanted was a way out. When she watched a travel show about Maine, she decided it was the place for her and fled to Portland, Maine and later on moved to San Diego when she into trouble.

Though part of a series, Until My Soul Gets It Right by Karen Wojcik Berner can be read as a standalone though Catherine was introduced in the earlier book. This will appeal to readers who are not familiar with the series. Karen painstakingly developed her character by capturing every aspect of her life delving deep into her past which makes it clear to the readers why she has problem fitting into her situation. But her dreams and focus take a beating as she learns her lesson.

Until My Soul Gets It Right is a story that will delight many readers. It is a compelling story that will force readers to look deep inside and search their hearts. If you loved A Whisper to a Scream, this one is not to be missed!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Kritters Ramblings November 10, 2012
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The second in the Bibliophile series, this book centers on Catherine from the book club, but the book starts way back in her childhood. The reader meets Catherine as a child and the book follows her story as she moves around trying to find her real self. Catherine had quite the negative childhood and quite the adventures as an adult; it was a ton of fun to follow her on her journey. It almost made me want to uproot and move!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Flawed But Hook-able Character October 14, 2012
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Our heroine, Catherine Ebert, has always been "bigger" than the small Wisconsin farmtown in which she grew up - at least, in her own mind. She landed the part of "Ado Annie" in the local high school production of Oklahoma, but her straitlaced forbid her to take such an "immoral role."

She escapes to Portland, Maine, just because she saw it on TV, and later, to San Diego, but her life is based upon running from and rebelling from her parents; then upon a wealthy husband. How does Catherine sort out who SHE is, amongst all the rebellion?

The Bibliophiles is a series Ms. Berner is writing, based upon different characters who attend a suburban Illinois readers' group. What's here (in the series, so far) is slow, character growth, not a tremendous amount of external conflict or decision-making. No guns are fired (at least, not yet), nothing blows up, but there is a great deal going on under some still waters.

For myself, I enjoyed "Soul" more than "Whisper," but they are both interesting books.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Just as Compelling as A Whisper to a Scream October 9, 2012
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Until My Soul Gets It Right is just as compelling as the first novel of the Bibliophiles series, A Whisper to a Scream! Karen Wojcik focuses on Catherine Elbert this time around and chronicles the different stages of her life before she joins the Classics Book Club, and after as well. The style of this novel was slightly different as it opened almost immediately in Catherine past. This method of telling her story worked for this character, but it gave Until My Soul Gets It Right a disjointed feel in relation to the series as a whole. I appreciated reading the catalysts behind many of Cat's decisions, but I would've wanted to see more of her life after joining the Classics Book Club, which only came significantly into play during the last several chapters.

Berner's characters from the first novel, Annie and Sarah, had relatable stories, but Catherine's is one that could catch the attention of a wider audience. After a bittersweet parting from her hometown at a young age, Catherine loses sight of her wants. She has a general idea of how she wants her life to play out, but her travels change her and she struggles to fit in whatever new life she makes. The outcome of Catherine's story is a big difference from that of Annie and Sarah's, and I really appreciate how Berner doesn't allow her stories to follow the exact same pattern. This excellent addition to the series will endear readers to the Bibliophiles indefinitely!

Originally posted on Lovey Dovey Books
*Copy provided in exchange for an honest review and blog tour purposes*
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Karen Wojcik Berner writes contemporary literary fiction with a sprinkling of the classics. Her Bibliophiles novels explore the lives of fictional American suburban book club members. Unlike most series that follow one character through various adventures, the Bibliophiles is a little different. Each book club member gets the chance to "star" in his or her novel.

For example, the first, "A Whisper to a Scream," centers on Sarah, a stay-at-home mother of two, and Annie, a PR executive with fertility issues, each of whom thinks the other's life is far superior to her own. Their story is followed up in Karen's holiday digital short, "A Bibliophile Christmas." "Until My Soul Gets It Right" chronicles Catherine Elbert's journey as she bounces from coast to coast in search of her true self.

Karen grew up on the outskirts of Chicago, where she spent most of her summers reading while sitting sideways in her rocking chair, warm breezes floating through her windows. After graduating from Dominican University with degrees in English with a writing concentration and communications, she worked as a magazine editor, public relations coordinator, and freelance writer. A two-time "Folio Magazine" Ozzie Award for Excellence in Magazine Editorial and Design winner, her articles have appeared in countless newspapers and magazines. She lives in the Chicago suburbs with her family. 

To learn more about Karen, please visit her website, www.karenberner.com.

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