I received a copy of The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend from Random House Canada in exchange for an honest review.
Maybe it’s just me, but as a reader I find that there is a certain aura of enchantment and charm surrounding books about books. From The Shadow of the Wind and Mr. Penumbra’s 24 Bookstore, to Fahrenheit 451 and The Unwritten, there is just something about them that I find absolutely irresistible! Maybe it’s the fact that I can relate so well to characters who love books as much as I do, or perhaps it’s the way that the authors often describe books with such respect and affection, but whatever the reason, I’m a sucker for Biblio-Fiction! The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend is just another example of a book about books that made me feel warm and happy inside. (Side note: I’m also incredibly in love with the artwork on the cover! I wish I could frame it and hang it on my wall!)
The story focuses on Sara Lindqvist, a young Swedish woman who accidentally becomes pen pals with an older woman in America after sharing letters back and forth about their shared love for books. When Amy invites Sara to come visit her, Sara is initially hesitant. Generally keeping to herself, Sara isn’t much of a people person, and much prefers the company of books than other human beings. In an attempt to make her life more adventurous, however, she finds herself boarding a plane and making the journey to Broken Wheel, Iowa.
Unfortunately, things don’t go according to Sara’s plan. Upon arriving in Broken Wheel, she sadly discovers that Amy has suddenly passed away, and Sara isn’t sure quite what to do. The locals welcome Sara with open arms (after all, she is their first and only tourist), and insist that she stay in Amy’s house for the duration of her vacation. Grateful for their help and hospitality, Sara tries to find a way to pay them back, and becomes determined that the best gift she can give the town is….books!
I’ll admit straight off the bat that The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend is a bit of a slower paced book. Despite that, it’s a really sweet story that I savoured and couldn’t get enough of! I really enjoyed getting to know each of the unique characters, and watching how they grew and changed throughout the course of the story. Every one in Broken Wheel is unique, quirky and down-right charming in their own way! In fact, the further you read, the more obvious it becomes that The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend isn’t really a book about books at all, but a book about community, and I ended up loving it even more for that very reason!
The Bottom Line: If you are in the mood for a light (and sometimes comedic) romance with lots of small town charm, or just simply love reading books about books, then The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend is the one for you!
Rating: 3.5 Stars