Broken Wheel, Iowa, has never seen anyone like Sara, who traveled all the way from Sweden just to meet her pen pal, Amy. When she arrives, however, she finds that Amy’s funeral has just ended. Luckily, the townspeople are happy to look after their bewildered tourist—even if they don’t understand her peculiar need for books. Marooned in a farm town that’s almost beyond repair, Sara starts a bookstore in honor of her friend’s memory. All she wants is to share the books she loves with the citizens of Broken Wheel and to convince them that reading is one of the great joys of life. But she makes some unconventional choices that could force a lot of secrets into the open and change things for everyone in town.
~Description from goodreads
There is something charming about books about books and book stores. That is what made me request this book for review on netgalley and I was not disappointed. If you have read ‘The Collected Works of A J Fikry’, you will recall the joy you might have experienced when you were reading that book. I will not compare The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend to the Fikry book ( I love to call it like that) because that is a book which is utterly close to my heart for some unfathomable reason ;) The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend did not evoke any such strong feelings in me, but I still liked it a lot.
Writing an unconventional story around books, a laid back town in rural America and love is what Katarina Bivald has attempted in this book. I should say that the romance part was quite predictable, but then romance was not the only theme in this book and I enjoyed the book as a whole.
Sara as the central character is a sweet lady and I kind of liked her from the beginning. Amy’s character is known only from her letters and from what her friends talk about her. Then there are other characters like Tom, Grace, Caroline, George,John etc and the author has dedicated a few pages for their character development and to tell their stories, which makes the book a more interesting read.
The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend is the story of some sort of growing up for Sara, when she explores a world beyond books and the transformation of a town when they embrace their unusual tourist with open arms. This book is bit of a chick-lit, but there is a lot more to this story that it would be unfair to categorize it so.
There is something compelling about this book that I was very much tempted to take a day off work and finish this one. Since that was impossible on that day, I just read the book whenever I could spare a minute (literally).
Final verdict: A charming book about books and bookstore!