Katarina Bivald’s The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend is a sweet tale of a Swedish bookworm, Sara, and her penpal Amy from Broken Wheel, Iowa. When Amy invites Sara to spend a holiday at her home in her small-town, she described a once thriving town on decline. When Sara arrives, not only is the small town at deaths door, but Amy has passed through. Unaware of Amy’s death, Sara now finds herself the guest of the whole town, not that there’s much to see.
Trying to repay all the kindness, Sara starts a store with all Amy’s books. She cannot officially work and does it all for free. This seems to start a rivalry with the next, more lively town over, and Broken Wheel starts to come back to life. Sara’s visa will be ending soon, so the town comes up with a plan to keep Sara there.
A cute, fun read.
Read October 2016.