Book Review: The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend


veronica | Once in a while you come across a book that you’ve never heard of written by someone you don’t know and you become intrigued with each turning of the page. That is what happened with The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommended by Katarina Bivald. The premise is interesting and as a lover of books, someone who enjoys the escape that a good story provides; I was immediately taken with this.

Sara Lindquist hails from Sweden, is mousey and a bookworm. She spent her entire life with her nose buried in a book so naturally she also worked in a bookstore. She befriends an older woman in small town Iowa and over a series of pen pal letters, gets invited to visit Broken Wheel, Iowa.

But upon her arrival Sara learns that Amy has passed on. That is where things get interesting. As chick lit and a debut novel, I found myself routing for the people of Broken Wheel, whose town is but a blip on the map. Bivald has a way of writing of the human condition in such a fluid and fascinating way that at times had me laughing and others scratching my head and asking “why?”.

While it was rather predictable, I will admit to enjoying Sara’s journey as she figured out her place in the world while coming into her own. It’s something, I feel, that we can all relate to on some level.



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August 25, 2015

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