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A Whisper to a Scream (The Bibliophiles #1)

3.48  ·  Rating Details ·  64 Ratings  ·  31 Reviews
Ovulation detectors. Hormone surges. Anxiety-ridden dreams. This is the world in which Annie Jacobs is thrust when she and her husband John receive a diagnosis of unexplained infertility. A 37-year old PR executive, Annie has wanted to be a mother since she first cuddled her Baby Tenderlove at age five. She is dreading another Christmas of relatives asking when they will b ...more
Paperback, 267 pages
Published June 2011 by CreateSpace (first published March 20th 2010)
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This review was originally posted on Melissa's Midnight Musings
on October 8, 2012.

This book speaks to all women. Those who have children and those who don't. And for those of us who are thinking about it in the future, it gives you a very detailed picture of what having children can be like, and what a struggle that being a parent can be at times. It also gives you a painful look at the issue of infertility and the effect that can have on a family and a marriage.

Both Sarah and Annie are women w
Mar 20, 2014 Cortana rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviews
A Whisper to a Scream by Karen Wojcik Berner is the first book in The Bibliophiles series which is a great way to start with an author who is new to me. I was instantly drawn as I found the writing engaging and quite distinct. Moreover, the title “a whisper to a scream” really intrigued me. And I was keen to find out.

In the story, Karen Wojcik Berner paints the story of two diametrically opposite women, spinning a stark picture of life revolving around their lives. One of the two women is Sarah
Jan 06, 2012 Inga rated it it was amazing
My review:

Karen Wojcik Berner’s book A Whisper to a Scream was a very good book. The author has created a story which many women can relate to and the book covers many issues which can be quite painful for women: infertility, choosing carrier versus having a family, being a stay-at-home-mom, marriage problems. In enjoyed the writing style which was easy to read, the narrative and the characters.

Regarding the plot:

A Whisper to a Scream introduces the reader to two main characters who seem to come
Jan 01, 2012 Crystal rated it really liked it
Overall I really enjoyed A Whisper to a Scream. I feel like Ms. Berner created two main characters that I could relate to even though I am in neither of their specific situations. I am not a stay-at-home mom with a husband on the road and I am not a want-to-be mom with fertility problems. I am a working mom with two children so that puts me somewhere between the two I guess, closer to the SAHM you would think, but then like Annie because I work.

I think that's what made A Whisper to a Scream rea
Jun 26, 2011 Al rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle, read-2011
For some reason my brain wants to start this review with a cliché. Maybe something about greener grass, walking in shoes that aren’t yours, or even proper caution when making wishes. All might apply to the two protagonists in "A Whisper to a Scream." Each wishes for a life more like what the other has.

Despite their differences, Annie and Sarah were both characters I liked, which I think is important in a story like this. I wanted both to find a way to get their wish. I think that’s normal, to h
Dawn Judd
Jun 10, 2010 Dawn Judd rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A Whisper to a Scream takes us on a roller coaster ride of emotions. This tale of two women, one already a mother and one who desperately wants to become a mother, accurately depicts the raw human emotion that comes with the prospect of becoming a parent. My heart ached for both Annie and Sarah as the course of their lives was altered by cruel fate. I admired the strength they showed despite everything they encountered. They both proved that what does not kill us truly does make us stronger. Kar ...more
Debbie White
May 16, 2013 Debbie White rated it really liked it
I loved this book! I LOVED how this author draws you into her book and her characters. I would not hesitate to recommend this book to my friends who are interested in this type of storyline. I got this book free from Goodreads in a giveway and I thank them for it as I really enjoyed it!! I would love to read another book by this author in the near future as I really enjoyed it!!
Aug 29, 2011 Sue rated it liked it
I was disappointed by the abrupt ending with no real resolution. After being drawn into the lives of these two women, we're left feeling sad and lost. Hopefully the next book gives us a little more on these two and doesn't just turn completely to new characters.
Gloria Antypowich
Jan 20, 2012 Gloria Antypowich rated it liked it

3.0 out of 5 stars A well written, but painful shot of reality.I want to stick my head in the sand for a little bit longer!,

North American society has fostered an idyllic image of love, marriage, a perfect life and happy ever after as an ultimate and achievable ideal. This book is a much more realistic reflection of life issues that are all too often very real.

Anne Jacobson and Sarah Anderson both thought they had achieved the happily ever dream; they married the "prince" and life should play o
Nov 15, 2011 Cheryl rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2011
A WHISPER TO A SCREAM by Karen Wojcik Barner
Published by CreateSpace
ISBN-10: 145659365X
ISBN-13: 978-1456593650
Genre: Women's Fiction
At the request of the author, Karen Wojcik Berner, and WOW Tours, a digital edition was sent, at no cost to me, for my honest opinion.

Synopsis (from WOW tours): Annie Jacobs has dreamed of the day she would become a mother since the first time she held her Baby Tenderlove doll. Unfortunately, biology has not cooperated with her plan, and she finds herself dealing
Jul 11, 2011 Brenna rated it liked it
Shelves: 2011
Thank you to Ms. Berner and the Goodreads first reads giveaway for my copy of this book!

I read the back cover before I started in on the novel, and I was prepared to indulge in a book about a woman's struggle to get pregnant and the trials and tribulations she faces along the way. However, after a few chapters, I realized there was so much more to this novel than just the synopsis on the reverse side of the book. A Whisper to a Scream takes its readers on a journey, not just through one woman's
Sep 23, 2012 Jencey/ rated it liked it
Shelves: chick-lit
Karen sent me the first book in the Bibliophiles series. Whisper to a Scream is the first book about two women who share a similar frustration.
Annie and Sarah both have something the other wants. Sarah is a mother of two looking for time for herself and help with the house and the children. Annie would give anything to have a child. Both women see a flyer that promotes a new book club commencing at the Community Center. They will be reading the classics. Will each woman capture the desi
Aug 01, 2013 TC rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
It's been a long while since I wrote a review, as life has a nasty habit of getting in the way of reading. Most of the books I have read lately have been pretty good, or very popular and well commented upon already. This book sadly didn't fall into the first category or the second. When I first sat down with it I had doubts about whether I wanted to carry on with it. The style was lumpy and I found myself having to re-read bits to make sense of them.

I liked the ideas in the blurb so I plodded o
Jun 13, 2013 Maureen rated it really liked it
This book is the first of her "Bibliophiles" series, which is what made me pick it up. Ms Berner has a gift in making her characters so alive the pain they feel is communicated to the reader. It makes you squirm a bit, but so does reality.

The story of two women with polar opposite problems is intriguing. How could they become friends when each has what the other wants? I could relate to both women, despite not being in either "camp". I had expected some blatant character manipulation, but if the
Christopher Everest
Yes - The characters are part of a book club. No - there is very little connection between what they read and how life unfolds. They is very little paralleling between the texts they examine (only very very very briefly) and the private lives of the two women struggling in difficult (but common) situations. If you like soap opera or kitchen sink drama this book might work for you. I was fooled by the subtitle The Bibliophiles #1 - This is the first in the series so I struggled through waiting fo ...more
Feb 23, 2012 Gaylene rated it really liked it
I received this book from WOW, and was pleasantly surprised by Karen's story. Even though the writing occasionally needed more editing to make it stronger, the story itself was thought-provoking. The two women's worlds were polar opposites, where one struggled through the trials of young motherhood and the other struggled with infertility. When I finished the book, I wanted to go hug my kids and my thank my husband for being my best friend.

I do wish Karen would have played up the book club a bit
Beverly Diehl
Annie has always wanted children, and has married into a family whose abundant fertility taunts her at every holiday gathering. Sarah has two children she loves dearly, but the lack of focus, of purpose, of anything except being a mommy is slowly driving her insane.

What I loved: the characters are beautifully drawn, the reader can totally relate to the pain and frustration of each woman, the whole "grass is always greener syndrome," as well as showing how silly the whole "Mommy wars" are.

What sl
Jul 24, 2013 Lulu rated it really liked it
Marriage is difficult at best under normal circumstances, but throw in the desire Annie has to have a baby, or having children and trying to raise them by yourself, as Sarah is doing, can overwhelming. When both women experience great loss, and one an additional betrayal, they gravitate to their little book club for quite reflection and comfort. With humor and sobering reality, each woman learns how to deal with the changes in their relationshipos. I enjoyed this book greatly. This is the first ...more
Gina's Library
Sep 19, 2011 Gina's Library rated it liked it
Shelves: 2011
This book was a quick read. I felt for both of the women Sarah and Annie. I don't know if Annie's reaction to her infertility was over the top or not since I never went through that. At the same time I've never really dealt with the a marriage like Sarah's either. I do have to say I saw the "end" of Annie's story coming in a way. I figured out something was going to happen along the way that it did. I agree with some others about not liking how it ended. It didn't really wrap up a story line for ...more
Sep 23, 2013 Margie rated it liked it
I enjoyed seeing two women deal with the issues of having children. I was disappointed that the two stories did not intertwine more. The two women were not involved with each other as much as I expected.

The author did write the two main characters in such a way that I could relate to each of them. I felt sorry for them in different ways. I could see where each thought the other one had the better life.

I did not feel like the ending gave me a feeling of resolution. I know this is a series and ma
Kristin (Kritters Ramblings)
Check out the full review at Kritters Ramblings

Are you in a book club? How much do you know about the people in your book club? After reading this book, I thought I knew my fellow book clubbers really well, but after reading this book I wonder what I don't know about the women in both of my book clubs. This is the first in a series that doesn't start but ends up centered around two women who are in a book club together. They both are dealing with marriages that are hitting valleys in different r
Nikki Kies
Jan 29, 2012 Nikki Kies rated it it was ok
I also felt like I read an unfinished book.

I completed the book because I related to Sarah so well but nothing was resolved for these two women and so much more could have been said about their relationship with each other. That part was not very well developed.

It was more of a sketchy outline than a novel. I think it had the potential to be so much more.

I realize this review is harsh, but I spent hours reading it waiting for something to happen that never did.
Cheryle Fisher
Jun 03, 2015 Cheryle Fisher rated it really liked it
Mar 01, 2012 Maribeth rated it did not like it
It drives me crazy when a book and its characters are so promising and then the story just ends abruptly. I understand series stories- you want people to be interested in buying the next book where the story continues. However, each book needs to be a complete story on it's own, with it's own ending/closure- or the reader feels ripped off, as I did. It's not good story telling.
Jul 07, 2011 Heather rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nook-books
I feel like I just read an unfinished book. We are pulled into the lives of these two women and in the last chapter we get a fast forward and no real resolution.
Jan 09, 2013 Harvee rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Believable characters in a very readable contemporary novel about women, marriage, careers, family, and tough choices that have to be made.
Kathleen Kelly
review to come
May 25, 2013 Katie rated it it was ok
I wasn't to thrilled with this book. I'm not sure what I was looking for but it didn't keep me going.
Sep 07, 2012 Carrie rated it liked it
I enjoyed this but didn't like how it ended. no answers very open ended.
I tried to read this, I really did, but I just couldn't get into it. Maybe I'll try it another time.

Did Not Finish (DNF).
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Karen Wojcik Berner writes contemporary women’s fiction, including the Bibliophiles series. An award-winning journalist, her work has appeared in several magazines, newspapers, and blogs, such as The Chicago Tribune, Writer Unboxed, Women's Fiction Writers, and Fresh Fiction. She is a member of the Chicago Writers’ Association.

When not writing, she can be found on the sidelines of her youngest’s f
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