Book: The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend
Author: Katarina Bivald
Publisher: Random House Audio
Narrated by: Fiona Hardingham, Lorelei King
Release Date: Originally – September 4, 2013 (in Sweden)
Genre: Literature and Fiction
My rating: 5 stars!
Synopsis: Warning: once you let books into your life, the most unexpected things can happen…
This is a book about books. All sorts of books, from Little Women and Harry Potter to Jodi Picoult and Jane Austen, from to Stieg Larsson to Joyce Carol Oates to Proust. It’s about the joy and pleasure of books, about learning from and escaping into them, and possibly even hiding behind them. It’s about whether or not books are better than real life.
It’s also a book about a Swedish girl called Sara, her elderly American penfriend Amy and what happens when you land a very different kind of bookshop in the middle of a town so broken it’s almost beyond repair.
Or is it?
The Readers of Broken Wheel has touches of 84 Charing Cross Road, The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society and Chocolat, but adds an off-beat originality and intelligence all its own.
In October, I posted about how I wanted to read this book. I also listed it in my post “Books featuring books, bookshops, and libraries” in June 2016. A friend of mine saw those posts and went and read it. And, finally, so have I.
I recently started using the Overdrive App that is available through my library. It means I can download ebooks and audiobooks for free! For 21 days! Unfortunately, most of the books I want to listen to on audio have ridiculously long wait times, as the library only has so many licenses to lend. But – this book, The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend, was available. Woot!
And it made my commute so much fun. So. Much. Fun.
The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend is a heartwarming, hilarious, and sometimes surprising, story of a small town, sweet romances, the power of books, and the power of friendship.
I enjoyed this book so much. Not least, because the narrator on the audio version I had was perfect. She had accents, she had lilt, she had rhythm. I seriously didn’t want my commute to end.
The characters are charming and adorable. The picture of small town life is not without it’s problems, but each character is developed and full of personality. They are quirky. They are heartbroken. They are needing something to pull them all together to keep their town from falling any further into disrepair.
And Sara is just what they need. And they, are just what Sara needs. She comes to visit from Sweden (the book was originally written in Swedish), but by the time she arrives, her pen pal Amy has died. The town invites Sara to stay anyway. And, she starts a bookshop and inspires an entire town to find a love for reading. Oh, and she falls in love.
I definitely recommend this book to anyone who likes cozy, sweet romances.