Having exchanged letters and books with her pen pal Amy over a period of two years, quiet and bookish Sara travels from Sweden to Broken Wheel, Iowa to spend the summer holidays with Amy. Upon her arrival Sara soon learns that Amy has recently died, but instead of returning home, she stays on at Amy’s home, determined to make the most of her situation.
Touched by the kindness shown her by the townspeople, who were more than happy to take care of their ‘tourist’, Sara decides to open a bookstore for the town, in memory of her friend Amy, to share her love of books but mostly to help revitalize the struggling, dreary and declining little town. Along the way, Sara comes to realize that spending time with people you truly care about can be better than spending your days with your nose in books, and that community spirit can have just has much restorative power as a good book.
The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend is a sweet, lighthearted and quirky read with utterly charming and endearing characters. Within its pages Katarina Bivald has written a wonderful ode to, not only the love of books, but to their amazing and timeless power to uplift, unite, transform and inspire. As a book lover, I enjoyed reading about Sara and Amy’s book discussions and the impact of certain books on their mindset and attitude and completely understand that absolute, uncontrollable need to read that voracious readers like Sara (and myself) have.
I would be happy to recommend The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend to all lovers of books, especially those that enjoy reading books about books.
I give The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend 3.5/5 stars.
Thank you to NetGalley and Sourcebooks Landmark for providing me an advanced reader copy in exchange for an unbiased review.