The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend

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The International Bestseller Sara is 28 and has never been outside Sweden - except in the (many) books she reads. When her elderly penfriend Amy invites her to come and visit her in Broken Wheel, Iowa, Sara decides it's time. But when she arrives, there's a twist waiting for her - Amy has died. Finding herself utterly alone in a dead woman's house in the middle of nowhere was not the holiday Sara had in mind. But Sara discovers she is not exactly alone. For here in this town so broken it's almost beyond repair are all the ...

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KrisAndersonTAR

Jan 21, 2016

Awkward writing!

The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend by Katarina Bivald takes place in Broken Wheel, Iowa. Sara Lindqvist has decided to visit her pen pal Amy Harris. They got to know each other through an online secondhand book shop. They then started writing to each other and sharing books. When the store where Sara worked went out of business, Sara was convinced by Amy to come and visit. When Sara arrives in Broken Wheel she finds out that Amy has passed away (and today is her funeral). Everyone is very friendly though and convince Sara that she should stay (in Amy's house). It is what Amy would have wanted. Sara decides to stay (since she is already there). Broken Wheel is a dying town, but they all look out for each other and take care of Sara. No one will let Sara pay for anything. Sara wants to find a way to repay their kindness. Amy owned a store in town that is sitting empty. Sara decides to take Amy's books and set up a shop (she really just wants to help people with books). Sara wants to show the townspeople the wonderful world of books. Broken Wheel is a place where Sara finally feels comfortable (can be herself). But what will happen when it is time for Sara to go back to Sweden?

The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend is a story about two people who love books. They like talking about books, reading books, and they want to share it with their friends (and anyone they can). I thought this would be a wonderful book (as I love books), but the story is really quite boring. I never connected with the characters. This novel really dragged on and on (I have to admit that I might have skimmed a little during the middle). The way it is written is awkward (it is the best word to describe it). The novel does get better towards the last third (if you can make it that far and stay awake). I enjoyed the townspeople's meddling (the last part of the book) and how Sara brought life back to Broken Wheel. I give The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend 2.5 out of 5 stars. The premise is good, but the characters just did not come to life for me (nor did the story).

I received a complimentary copy of The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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