The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend
by Katerina Bivald
Sara journeys from Sweden to Iowa to meet long time bookish pen pal Amy. Amy is to meet her in Hope, Iowa but never shows. After getting a ride to Amy’s house in Broken Wheel, Iowa, Sara learns of Amy’s passing. Convinced by the townspeople to stay in Amy’s house, Sara becomes acquainted with everyone in Broken Wheel. In this very small town, people help each other: tools are loaned and returned from the hardware/grocery store, coffee and beer are just given when needed. Everyone gives back in the way they know how. Wanting to do her part to give back (and wanting a way to honor Amy) Sara opens a bookstore stocked with Amy’s books.
I thought the story was very sweet. I love how the town stood with each other and everyone helps out. The run down small town being Broken Wheel while the big shiny, new town was called Hope was creative, however I think of the hard working, helpful small town as more hopeful. There were some slow parts of the book, but overall it was very enjoyable. Thank you to Sourcebooks for sending me a copy to read.