” 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.”
The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend was interesting. There wasn’t anything particular I didn’t like about the book but there wasn’t anything that I particularly loved about the book. The book was an okay piece of literature that followed a theme I had read a numerous amount in other pieces of female literature. Lead character goes out into the unknown, comes face to face with a plot twist, faces disappointment, makes change in the book, which lead to change/development in other characters, and brings about evolution of a place or people, all ends in disaster or happily ever after, the end. This “theme” of literature has become the outlining of most contemporary, women’s fiction that is often changed with a hint here and there. The description of the novel says it mimics The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, and it does in some aspects but the only problem is that I liked The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, where I was a bit indifferent to The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend. There wasn’t anything that thrilled me about this book or would want me to recommend it to those around me. It just was just an average contemporary book. Of course some people love books like these which just have a delightful story and are only to entertain you for the moment. Once I was finished with it, The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend was easily forgotten. There weren’t characters that jumped out at me or made me rethink my life or a topic of interest, but just characters living their lives as the story progressed. Not all fiction needs to be exciting, and maybe I have become a book snob in thinking that I want my books to excite me, challenge me and make be a better person and reader. There are plenty of books out there that have entertained me but have also keep me in their grasp; this book did not. It was a bit of a snoozer, which is kind of the recent trend with women’s contemporary fiction. This is often the reason why I tend not to reach for authors like Jane Green and other contemporary female authors, they follow the same format and after a few books, it get a little boring. I agreed to a review because I have read other books about bookstores or how reading changed a person or a town that were really good, so it lead me to hope to add this to the pile of novels that stood out amongst the others. Unfortunately, The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend was just a little vanilla for me. It was good, but nothing exciting that could keep my attention. But if you like vanilla books, then this one is right up your alley! I know someone out there will like it, and plenty of people will and do like books like this. But as a big of a bookworm and snob, there are far more books out there that would easily recommend to anyone, this book is not one of them.
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