Title: The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend
Genre: Literary Fiction/Romantic elements
Author: Katarina Bivald
Publisher: Sourcebooks Landmark, Jan 19, 2016
Source: Free for review from the Amazon Vine Program
Sexy Rating: 4
Description from Amazon.com:
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 book-loving pen pal. When she arrives, however, she finds Amy’s funeral guests just leaving. The residents of Broken Wheel are happy to look after their bewildered visitor — not much else to do in a small town that’s almost beyond repair. They just never imagined that she’d start a bookstore. Or that books could bring them together – and change everything.
There’s a book for every person … and a person for every book.
This is a book about Sara, yes. It also has another protagonist, the town of Broken Wheel, Iowa. It is the personification of small towns everywhere, especially small dying towns. Many of the residents have left for better opportunities but there are those who hang on, and they are devoted to helping one another. They somewhat adopt Sara and when she wants to set up a bookstore with Amy’s room full of books they are skeptical but lend her a hand. No one thinks this endeavor will work since there are no other readers in Broken Wheel.
A story of friendship, personalities, secrets, and love. The romance is realistic and slow developing on many levels. Almost totally character driven with a gentle story arc. I felt like I too was a resident of Broken Wheel, that is how well Ms. Bivald brought this town to life.
Truly a wonderful, feel good, book and perfect for book clubs.