Review: The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend by Katarina Bivald


Title: The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend

Author: Katarina Bivald

Published: Sourcebooks Landmark January 2016

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Status: Read from December 21 to 22, 2015 — I own a copy {Courtesy the publisher}

My Thoughts:
The premise of The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend by Katarina Bivald is irresistible to any book lover.

When Sara Lindqvist arrives in Broken Wheel, Iowa from Sweden in response to an invitation from her elderly penpal and fellow book lover, Amy, she is upset to learn that her host has passed away. The sensible thing would be to return home, but the townspeople are determined to honour Amy’s commitment and insist that Sara remain.
Looking to repay the towns’ kindness for the remainder of her stay, Sara casts around for an opportunity, eventually settling on the idea of opening a bookstore in one of the many empty Main Street stores using Amy’s extensive personal library. Despite the general scepticism of the townspeople, who aren’t ‘readers’, the residents rally and the bookstore, and Sara, earns a place in their hearts.

Excerpts of the letters exchanged between Amy and Sara provide background information about the town and it’s people. Broken Wheel was once a thriving farming town but in recent years has fallen victim to the economic recession. It’s remaining population is a diverse and quirky group that provides color and charm.

A romance is slowly developed between Sara and a local man, a less traditional relationship also evolves between two supporting characters. A little tension surrounds Sara’s wish to stay longer and the townspeople’s efforts to circumvent her visa conditions. It’s the ‘book talk’ that will appeal to most readers however which includes discussion about titles as diverse as Bridget Jones Diary, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and Jane Eyre.

I thought the translation (from the original Swedish to English) read smoothly and the pacing was good.

The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend is a light and pleasant read with an uplifting resolution.

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Independent publisher Sourcebooks announces the “Readers, Recommend Your Bookstore” campaign, which will give grant money to three nominated bookstores. The “Readers, Recommend Your Bookstore Campaign” is inspired by the phenomenal support booksellers have given The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend by Katarina Bivald, which was selected as the #1 Indie Next Great Read for January 2016.

Katarina Bivald’s international bestselling debut novel, The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend, is a charming, big-hearted story about the joy of books and the transformative power of community bookstores.

“Bookstores are the heart and soul of their community and have enormous impact on readers’ lives,” said Dominique Raccah, founder and CEO of Sourcebooks. “The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend inspired us to create a campaign that will not only give back to a few deserving bookstores, but hopefully highlight all the many wonderful bookstores that service communities across the country.”

Anyone can nominate their favorite bookstore at Sourcebooks will award the winning bookstore with a $3,000 prize; two additional bookstores will each receive a $637 prize (the population of Bivald’s fictional Broken Wheel, Iowa). In addition to bookstores receiving prizes, weekly giveaways for those who nominate will be held throughout the campaign. Voting began January 4, and runs until February 19, when the winning bookstores will be announced.




2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Silver's Reviews
    Jan 15, 2016 @ 12:30:56

    Very nice review.

    I loved the book.

    The contest and book promotion is amazing and clever.




  2. mpartyka
    Jan 16, 2016 @ 05:56:13

    I’m in the minority, I didn’t really enjoy this book. It took me weeks to read, and it felt like the author tried to put too much into the book. I wish it had more substance and fewer subplots. The writing was good though so other than personal preference… It’s a fine novel.



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