“Books had been a defensive wall, yes, though that wasn’t all. They had protected Sara from the world around her, but they had also turned it into a fuzzy backdrop for the real adventures in her life.” (p. 17)
Back in February during the Random House Spring Preview, I first learned about The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend by Katarina Bivald, and I knew then and there that it was definitely a book for me. The premise of the book follows Sara a young woman from Sweden who comes to visit the small town of Broken Wheel after she is invited there by her pen pal/fellow book lover, Amy. Once she arrives, however, she is hit with a major shock and the rest of the book is shows how Sara comes to find her place in this small town. In addition, we become acquainted with a few of the other people who reside in Broken Wheel each of whom has secrets of their own. As, the story progressed, I found that I was growing fond of such characters as George and Caroline.
My favourite element of The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend is how each chapter starts with a letter from Amy addressed to Sara. It is through these letters that we become familiar with the bond that developed between Amy and Sara. Furthermore, it is through these letters, that Amy is still able to remain a major figure in the story even if she can no longer directly influence what goes on in Broken Wheel.
Although there is a bit of romance in the book, it doesn’t overwhelm the central story of how a small town comes together partly as a result of a young woman and her books. Overall, The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend has an extremely fairy tale like charm to it which makes it all the more heartwarming. Sure, there are numerous events in the book that may require you to suspend your disbelief, but that’s what makes it such an excellent book to escape into. Besides who doesn’t love a happy ending, even if it’s a bit too neatly tied up?
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Regardless of how this book came into my possession, the above review consists of my honest opinion of the book and my opinion only.