The Readers of Broken Wheel RecommendThe Blurb

Once you let a book into your life, the most unexpected things can happen…

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.

Reminiscent of The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, this is a warm, witty book about friendship, stories, and love.

The Review

Firstly, let me just say that I am full of warm and happy feelings right now. The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend by Katarina Bivald is a lovely, wonderful and heart-warming story and one that was a pleasure to read.

The story focuses on a small Podunk town in Iowa called Broken Wheel. Sara, a young Swedish girl has gone to visit her pen-friend Amy. Unfortunately, on the day that Sara arrives she finds out that Amy has recently died. The whole town take Sara under their wind and Sara pays them back in the best possible way…through the love of books.

The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend appealed to me based wholly on the title. I’m not ashamed to admit that I am swayed by title and book cover. What was completely wonderful is that the inside of the book was just as lovely as the outside. It had warmth to it, a gentle build up of story. It wasn’t all bells and whistles with mindboggling escapades so if you are looking for the thrill factor then this isn’t for you.

What I loved more than anything is that Katarina Bivald (and indeed translator Alice Menzies) has managed to verbalise the love of books. It is one that I, myself, have often struggled to describe in an adequate way.

Overall, The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend by Katarina Bivald is lovely. That is probably the best way to describe it. Lovely.

The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend by Katarina Bivald is available now.

4 Stars