Some times the names of books call out to you. This was one such book. Until I read the description, I absolutely had to read it.
So I requested it on Netgalley. Got rejected. I planned to buy it but I had so many books to read already that I decided to wait (and also because I’m a cheapskate, I could buy it during a sale).
Normally on netgalley, once you’ve been rejected you can’t request for it again. This book, when I checked on an off chance, came up with the request button. I wasn’t going to let it go, and requested it again and forgot all about it. I hadn’t been in the frame of mind to request books during Sept/Oct/Nov time frame.
In December, I got this lovely surprise when I got an email from the publishers that they approved me for this book! Talk of Christmas presents!
Amy Harris and Sara Lindqvist are pen pals. They’ve been exchanging letters for two years, and Amy has invited Sara who lives in Sweden to visit her in Broken Wheel in small town America. Sara, a girl who prefers books to people, who has never stepped outside of her country, lands in Broken Wheel only to find out that Amy has just died and Broken Wheel isn’t the most exciting of places. Sara doesn’t know what to make of things but when the rest of the town assure her that Amy would have wanted her to stay the duration of her vacation, she stays.
Broken Wheel is a town which has given up hope, almost. Most young people have moved away as soon as they possibly could. Most businesses have shut shop. She gets acquainted with the very interesting characters that remain. Living in Amy’s house rent free and unable to pay for anything at all because of the generous and warm folk of Broken Wheel, Sara decides to do the only thing she knows enough about – she sets up a book store with Amy’s books. In a town where nobody seems to read, this is not quite welcome, however it changes things up.
A delightful book, full of literary references, a book about books and a story that is partly narrated through letters, it is a charming book to read. A book that could easily be cheesy but just about manages to steer away from. Full of vibrant and distinct characters, the book was a pleasure to read. I’ve highlighted so many portions of the book, in many ways I could identify with Sara, although I wouldn’t call myself as oblivious to the real world as her or as dismissive of the real world as she is.
A lovely book. If there is something to detract from the book, it would be the ending. It became a bit melodramatic for my taste, but all in all, a delightful book.
My rating : 4/5
Thank you NetGalley and the publishers for the review copy of this book.
About the Author
tarina Bivald grew up working part-time in a bookshop. Today she lives outside of Stockholm, Sweden, with her sister and as many bookshelves she can get by her. She’scurrently trying to persuade her sister that having a shelf for winter jackets and shoes is completely unneccessary. There should be enough space for a book shelf or two instead. Limited success so far. Apparantly, her sister is also stubbornly refusing to even discuss using the bath room to store books.
Katarina Bivald sometimes claims that she still hasn’t decided whether she prefer books or people but, as we all know, people are a non-starter. Even if you do like them, they’re better in books. Only possible problem: reading a great book and having noone to recommend it to.