Reviewed by: BigAl
Genre: Contemporary Fiction/Short Story/Christmas
Approximate word count: 9-10,000 words
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An award winning magazine writer and editor, Karen Wojcik Berner has two novels, A Whisper to a Scream and Until My Soul Gets it Right, both part of a planned series, with each focusing on one or two members of a book club.
Berner also has a blog called Bibliophilic Blather, which features flash fiction (either her own or a guest’s) each Friday. Another frequent feature is Editing for Grammarphobes, short grammar, language, and editing tips that are beneficial for everyone, whether they think they are a writer or not. I know her tips help me. For more, visit the author’s website.
Two members of the bibliophiles book club prepare for Christmas: one her first time alone for Christmas, while the other deals with family issues that threaten to put a damper on her holiday cheer.
At turns funny, frustrating (at least for the characters), and touching, A Bibliophile Christmas is a fun read that will be appreciated by fans of Berner’s series or anyone looking to get into the holiday spirit. Chances are you’ll recognize situations you’ve experienced yourself.
Since this short story has characters from Ms. Berner’s The Bibliophiles series, those who have read either or both of the books in the series will “know” them better, which is a positive for understanding their back-story and perhaps to draw the reader into the story more quickly. However, the small amount of needed back-story is included, so this story can stand on its own, and could function as an introduction to the characters and Ms. Berner’s writing before deciding to give one of the novels a try.
No significant issues.
Rating: **** Four stars