Broken Wheel, Iowa, has never seen anyone like Sara, a bookworm, who traveled all the way from Sweden just to meet her pen pal, and fellow book lover, Amy. When she arrives, however, she finds that Amy’s funeral has just taken place. Luckily, the townspeople are happy to take her in and look after her. Marooned in a small town, Sara does what anyone would do. Start a bookstore, of course!
Not only does NO ONE in Broken Wheel seem to understand the pleasures of getting lost in a good book, but they can’t for the life of them understand why Sara would want to actually get them to read in the first place. 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 an uplifting, entertaining, and charming debut novel. “The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend” has enough book references sprinkled into the narrative to please any bibliophile. Quirky characters, a community pulling together, and more than one love story ensure that this novel will be enjoyed by many.
A perfect read for summer.