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The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend

Book Review: The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend

25573977TITLE: The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend

AUTHOR: Katarina Bivald

GENRE: Adult, Fiction, Chick Lit

It is a truth universally acknowledged that a Swedish tourist in Iowa must be in want of a man.

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Travelling to a small American town in Iowa to meet her pen pal, Swedish bookworm Sara is surprised to learn that Amy has recently passed away.  To honour Amy’s friendship with this shy tourist, the people of Broken Wheel decide to take Sara under their wing, hoping to keep her around for as long as possible – even if that means trying to set her up with one of the locals.  Set on repaying the town, Sara opens up a bookshop, determined to get the town reading…

I love that this was a book about books – that element of it was really fun.  There were references to dozens of books and authors I love, and Sara’s passion and enthusiasm for reading was so infectious.  Other than that, Sara’s personality fell a little flat for me.  I would also have liked to have heard more about Sara’s backstory too.  It felt like there was the potential to make her really interesting – for example, she is from Sweden (as is the author) and it might have been fun to learn a little of her culture or to have seen even a few words of Swedish.

Though Sara was a pretty plain protagonist, this did allow for the book to revolve around the town rather than one person.  I thought the locals of Broken Wheel had tons of personality – I loved George, a recovering alcoholic with a heart of gold, and Grace, the tough-as-nails bar owner, and I can understand why Sara didn’t want to leave.

The plot and ending were painfully obvious, but that does seem to be the case with most chick lits I’ve read – it is a safe read in that respect, and that isn’t necessarily a criticism.  My biggest problem however was the chemistry between Sara and Tom.  I just didn’t feel it at all.  Even scenes of intimacy seemed kind of awkward… I don’t know, I’ve read reviews where people really enjoyed their chemistry, but they seemed like a real unnatural, cringeworthy match to me.  Of course I still rooted for them, because I’m not a complete spoilsport!  Even so, in terms of relationships, I’d say I found the complications of Justin falling for an older woman – who, I won’t say – far more engaging than the core relationship of this novel.

TL;DR: The main romance is questionable, but the people of Broken Wheel more than make up for it.  Sara will make you remember why you fell in love with reading.

Star Rating: ★★★¾ (3.75/5)

Emma

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March 23, 2017
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What I’m Reading: The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend

The Readers of the Broken Wheel Recommend

The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend by Katarina Bivald

I was so, so lucky recently to be given a huge collection of eBooks by a friend.  There were so many there that I didn’t even know where to start.  Scrolling through, the title and cover of this book caught my attention, and I made a start right away.

The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend so far is very reminiscent of The Little Bookshop on the Seine by Rebecca Raisin: foreign bookshop worker finds herself thrown into a new culture.  In fact, the main characters even (almost) share the same name: Sara(h).  But this is only a good thing; I love these kinds of books!

I’m expecting new friendships will be formed, and probably a romance that will make Sara stay in Broken Wheel.  The coolest part so far for me is that Sara is from Sweden – I can’t remember the last Chick Lit I read that didn’t have a main character from America or England.  So, I’m very much hoping we get a glimpse of Swedish culture at some point in the book.

You can read my review of The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend here.

What’s everyone else reading this week?

Emma

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February 23, 2017
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