Sara has never left Sweden but at the age of 28 she decides it’s time. She cashes in her savings, packs a suitcase full of books and sets off for Broken Wheel, Iowa, a town where she knows nobody.
Sara quickly realises that Broken Wheel is in desperate need of some adventure, a dose of self-help and perhaps some romance, too. In short, this is a town in need of a bookshop.
With a little help from the locals, Sara sets up Broken Wheel’s first bookstore. The shop might be a little quirky but then again, so is Sara. And as Broken Wheel’s story begins to take shape, there are some surprises in store for Sara too.
I had read quite a few unfavourable reviews of this book, luckily I’m not one to be deterred by bad reviews. After reading this book I definitely feel that some of the bad reviews were undeserved.
The readers of Broken Wheel recommend is not a fast moving action packed adventure, it’s not a gushing romance, it doesn’t have a plot twist to hit you like a punch in the gut, if that’s what you’re looking for then this book is not for you.
What it is is a worn in pair of slippers, a hot cup of tea, your favourite seat in the house, it’s one of those books where you know where you are with it.
It’s a slow burner, for sure, but not all books need to be seat-of-your-pants affairs.
I found the character observation spot on, I felt like I really got to know the residents of this tiny, middle of nowhere American town where everybody knows everybody and nothing much happens. George was my favourite! I came to like Broken Wheel, and I was able to picture it so vividly.
While it is fair to say that nothing much happens, it “doesn’t happen” in a delightful way. Some of the scenes were just wonderful.
The opening with Sara arriving and no one knowing quite what to do with her, the scene where the residents are pretending that the whole town loves to read, the scene where the townsfolk all gather outside of the shop to watch Sara reading, all done exceptionally well and in my opinion, thouroughly enjoyable. There were many moments in this book where I genuinely laughed out loud.
This is a story of compassion, of community, and belonging, it’s about how small actions can make big things happen. It’s also a story about books.
If books are your thing , if you appreciate the smell of a book, if you are content whiling away hours in a book shop, if you’re the kind of person who always has a book on you, wherever you go, The readers of Broken Wheel recommend may be just the book for you! I am such a person and I have found, in The readers of Broken Wheel recommend, a book that I’ll go back to on a rainy day or when I need something comforting. I’m giving this book 5 stars because a slow burner can be a good book, if written well, and this one is. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️