“The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend” by Katarina Bivald is a delightful read. It reminded me of many of the romantic comedy movies from my college years as I strolled through the streets of the fictional Broken Wheel, Iowa, with the main character, Sara.
Sara was my favorite part of “The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend.” She reminded me of myself. A young woman waiting for life to sweep her off her feet, taking comfort in her books and trying desperately to overcome her introvert ways to connect with others. Sara was also a bookworm so the book is swimming with quotes about reading and books.
The fallout of Sara’s arrival in Broken Wheel and the small revolution her thoughts and ideas create is somewhat predictable, but enjoyable. There’s an easy way with Bivald’s writing that allows you to be carried along with the story — smiling, laughing and frowning — along with the characters. There’s a little bit of everyone in the characters that populate Broken Wheel.
“The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend” will appeal to a wide range of readers. Bookworms will appreciate Amy’s and Sara’s love of books and their reverence for the written word. Lovers of romance will enjoy Sara’s journey and Caroline’s adventures. I suspect most readers, who love books and the comfort of small town life, will want to find Broken Wheel and spend a few hours in Amy’s Bookstore talking with Sara, Tom and George.