I love reading books that take place in Iowa. I find it interesting to see what authors think of my home state. The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend is set in fictional town Broken Wheel, Iowa. And this book is unique because the author, Katarina Bivald, lives in Sweden. So, if you are curious as to how someone from Europe views life in the state of Iowa, you should definitely pick up this book.
Sara has traveled all the way from Sweden to meet her pen pal Amy, who lives in Broken Wheel, Iowa. The plan is that Sara will stay with Amy for two months. But when Sara arrives in Iowa, she learns that Amy has died. But the townspeople of Broken Wheel knew that she was coming and they all welcome her to the town. They tell her to stay in Amy’s house because that is what Amy would have wanted. Sara understandably feels strange staying in the house alone and having people give her food and drinks for free. She tries to pay her own way but everyone refuses her.
Since she no longer has a hostess, Sara needs to find something to do. And, the town council is trying to think of how they can keep Sara entertained. Sara and Amy bonded over books. Both women were avid readers and they even exchanged books in the mail. When Sara ventures into Amy’s bedroom, she finds a room filled with books. Shortly after, Sara learns that Amy owned one of the buildings downtown. Sara decides to clean up the unused store and make it into a new bookstore. Many of the townspeople help her clean and repaint the building. Others find bookshelves and furniture. Soon, the tiny town of Broken Wheel has its own bookstore.
Sara enjoys finding books for the townspeople to read. She is able to match up books with the right person to read it. Soon, people from the neighboring town of Hope come to Broken Wheel to check out the new bookstore. Sara is dismayed to learn that people from Hope look down on people from Broken Wheel. So Sara forms a plan to get the people of townspeople reading. This is when she creates the shelf, “The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend”.
The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend is a very fun book to read. Plus, it has the added bonus of discussing many different book titles throughout the story. Perhaps you will find your next read in the pages of The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend.
Note: If you listen to the audiobook version, you will find the Iowan accent to be very interesting.