Sunday, April 23, 2017

Review: The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend by Katarina Bivald

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3096 KB
  • Print Length: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Bond Street Books (Aug. 25 2015)
  • Sold by: Random House Canada, Incorp.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00R04IQDW

Book Description

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.

"Charmingly original. . . . [A] sweet, quirky book." —The Washington Post

"A lovely novel. . . . Heartwarming and full of summer charm, it will keep you dreaming about the magic of reading." —The Huffington Post

"A hotbed of romance and progressive ideas. . . . Between the book references and the idyllic setting, readers won't want to leave Broken Wheel." —Kirkus Reviews

"More than anything, this is a story about community, about being needed and about belonging. . . . A warm, cosy, compassionate read." ―The Independent (UK) 

About the Author

 Katarina Bivald grew up working part-time in a bookshop. Today she lives outside of Stockholm, Sweden, with her sister and as many bookshelves she can get by her. She's currently trying to persuade her sister that having a shelf for winter jackets and shoes is completely unnecessary. There should be enough space for a book shelf or two instead. Limited success so far. Apparently, her sister is also stubbornly refusing to even discuss using the bath room to store books.

Katarina Bivald sometimes claims that she still hasn't decided whether she prefer books or people but, as we all know, people are a non-starter. Even if you do like them, they're better in books. Only possible problem: reading a great book and having noone to recommend it to.

Läsarna i Broken Wheel rekommenderar/The Readers in Broken Wheel Recommend is her first novel.

My Review

 The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend by Katarina Bivald is a lovely, charming book. It is a story about reading and about the joys that books can bring to readers. It is the story of a small town. And a story about friendships and about love.

As someone who loves to read, I wholeheartedly endorse this wonderful tale. The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend was hard to put down. I needed to know what was going to happen next. 

Sara has come from Sweden to visit Amy her penpal who she had never met before. When she arrives she discovers that Amy has just passed away. Sara is quickly caught up in the people and events of Broken Wheel, Iowa. As I was reading I just wanted Sara to stay there forever.

Find out if she this amazing book. Highly recommend.

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