The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend by Katarina Bivald


Once you let a book into your life, the most unexpected things can happen…

Broken Wheel, Iowa, has never seen anyone like Sara, who traveled all the way from Sweden just to meet her pen pal, Amy. When she arrives, however, she finds that Amy’s funeral has just ended. Luckily, the townspeople are happy to look after their bewildered tourist—even if they don’t understand her peculiar need for books. Marooned in a farm town that’s almost beyond repair, Sara starts a bookstore in honor of her friend’s memory.

All she wants is to share the books she loves with the citizens of Broken Wheel and to convince them that reading is one of the great joys of life. But she makes some unconventional choices that could force a lot of secrets into the open and change things for everyone in town. Reminiscent of The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, this is a warm, witty book about friendship, stories, and love.


This book consists of two of my passions , reading books and sending letters aka pen-palling. This is a fiction novel about a girl Swedish Sara who comes to a very small and almost deserted town Broken Wheel in America upon the invitation of her pen pal and fellow book enthusiast Amy Harris. Upon arriving however, she gets to know that Amy is dead.

Sara lives and BREATHES books. Now I am talking about the type of bookworms who can distinguish paperbacks from hardcovers just by their smell. he constantly keeps talking about books and always carries with in her pocket AND prefers Books to people. Talk about RELATABLE.

This book is everything I like in a contemporary romance. I loved the people and the changes in character they went through in the novel. I loved the image of a small town in America which the author wonderfully portrayed. It as only after searching the book up on Goodreads that I realized that this was a translation. The book was originally written in Swedish.

Another thing which I really loved were the chapter names. Nowadays it is very rare to find books which has titles of chapters but I love when they do. It gives a more intimate feeling and I love reading them. I also loved that the letter which Sara exchanged with her were also included within the chapters.

The only complain I had was the relationship between Tom(Amy’s nephew and resident of Broken Wheel with whom Sara falls in love) and Sara could be more developed. There could have been a few more moments of then spending time together. Otherwise I adored the book and It is perfect for a cosy afternoon read.

Favorite Quote

There’s always a person for every book and a book for every person.

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