Book Review: The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend, by Katarina Bivald

cv_the_readers_of_broken_wheel_recommendReleased in NZ on Wednesday 1 July 

There is something wonderfully charming about this story of book lovers, and something so easily identifiable in a slightly socially awkward, shy woman who escapes into the world of literature. I certainly found a bit of myself in Sara. This tale was a delight to read, filled with whimsical charm and a fanciful array of characters that feel almost larger than life. The romantic thread is light and sweet – with the occasional real spark – and the plot is scattered throughout with gentle humour.

Sara led a fairly nondescript life, spending her days working in a bookstore (until it closed down) and her nights reading and exchanging letters, and books, with Amy in Iowa, USA. Until the day she, cautiously but eagerly, takes Amy up on the offer of accommodation and companionship and leaves Sweden for the dusty cornfields of Broken Wheel.

At first glance, Broken Wheel is as non-descript and drab as Sara perceives herself to be – run-down and semi-abandoned. And Amy, it turns out, has died from a long-term illness. Originally feeling out of her depth and a little lost, Sara sets out to pay tribute to Amy’s memory – by opening a bookstore. What follows is a story of love: the love of books, and the love of a small town. Amongst other things.

A wonderful read for anyone who truly loves books, books about books, and seeks something light and sweet (with a touch of spice) that will warm you inside.

Reviewed by Angela Oliver

The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend
by Katarina Bivald
Published by Chatto & Windus
ISBN 9780701189075

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