Title: The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend
Author: Katarina Bivald
Publisher: Sourcebooks Landmark
Date: January 19th, 2016
Source: from Publisher for a review
Synopsis (from Goodreads): 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.
This book should have come with the big note on its cover that says ”WARNING: SPOILERS INSIDE”.
You see, this book is a book written by a book lover for other booklovers.
And do you know what book lovers like to do? Talk about books. Discuss plot developmets. They often compare one story to another, wondering why the certain character chose one path over the other.
Our main character, Sara, is a true bookworm, so it is no wonder that this book is full of references to other books which often ends up spoilery.
When I say she is a bookworm, I mean she reads, lives and BREATHES books. You see, only a true book lover would know the difference between the smell of paperback and the one of hardback book.
The story follows Sara who came to a small town Broken Wheel, Iowa, to spend her summer with her pan pel friend who’s a booklover herself.
Things get complicated when Amy, the woman Sara should have stayed with, ends up being death.
Town citizens decide it would only be fair for Sara to stay in Amy’s house like she would have in the first place, because that is what Amy would have wanted.
Days pass and Sara opens a little bookstore in which she sells books that once belonged to Amy.
This book is originally written in Swedish and it is already a bestseller in many countries (Croatia included). Although I have read a copy translated into English, if I didn’t know I was reading a translation, I wouldn’t have guessed. That is how great the translation was.
What I liked about this book the most was the atmosphere in it. I really like everything about The Broken Wheel, it’s rezidents and their lifestyle. I couldn’t help but think about Hart of Dixie the TV show.
This book has everything you need in a book: it is fun, it has a great love story that takes time when it comes to love development, it has interesting side stories, diverse characters and important issues that were discussed in the story.
After finishing this book I understand why this book is an international bookseller. It deserves all the hype that’s around it.
If you are a booklover, I am sure you will appreciate this story. I surely do.
2 thoughts on “Book Review: The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend by Katarina Bivald”
I’ve been wanting to read this one and you’ve made it sound great! Interesting about the spoilers — that may put me off a bit! Are we talking classic or contemporary books? Regardless, great review!!
mostly classic but also some contemporaries (like Bridget Jones Diaries and The Girl with the Dragon Tatoo). But classics are spoiled at some point (Jane Eyre for example)