Thursday, January 21, 2016

The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend

Happy Squirrel Appreciation Day (I did not make this up).  Christy Hargrove from Asheville, North Carolina created this day.  In 1793 in France deposed King Louis XVI is executed.  This brings an end to the monarchy in France.  President Carter pardons (nearly all) Vietnam era draft evaders (aka dodgers) on this day in 1977.   The first American novel titled The Power of Sympathy is printed in Boston in 1789.  In 1981 production begins for the iconic DeLorean DMC-12 in Dunmurry, Northern Ireland.   

The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend by Katarina Bivald takes place in Broken Wheel, Iowa.  Sara Lindqvist has decided to visit her pen pal Amy Harris.  They got to know each other through an online secondhand book shop.  They then started writing to each other and sharing books.  When the store where Sara worked went out of business, Sara was convinced by Amy to come and visit.  When Sara arrives in Broken Wheel she finds out that Amy has passed away (and today is her funeral).  Everyone is very friendly though and convince Sara that she should stay (in Amy’s house).  It is what Amy would have wanted.  Sara decides to stay (since she is already there).  Broken Wheel is a dying town, but they all look out for each other and take care of Sara.  No one will let Sara pay for anything.  Sara wants to find a way to repay their kindness.  Amy owned a store in town that is sitting empty.  Sara decides to take Amy’s books and set up a shop (she really just wants to help people with books).  Sara wants to show the townspeople the wonderful world of books.  Broken Wheel is a place where Sara finally feels comfortable (can be herself).   But what will happen when it is time for Sara to go back to Sweden?

The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend is a story about two people who love books.  They like talking about books, reading books, and they want to share it with their friends (and anyone they can).  I thought this would be a wonderful book (as I love books), but the story is really quite boring.  I never connected with the characters.  This novel really dragged on and on (I have to admit that I might have skimmed a little during the middle).  The way it is written is awkward (it is the best word to describe it).  The novel does get better towards the last third (if you can make it that far and stay awake).  I enjoyed the townspeople’s meddling (the last part of the book) and how Sara brought life back to Broken Wheel.  I give The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend 2.5 out of 5 stars (I did not like it).  The premise is good, but the characters just did not come to life for me (nor did the story).  This novel was not originally written in English. Maybe something was lost in translation?  

You can follow Katarina Bivald on Amazon to get updates on her releases.  I received a complimentary copy of The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

I am currently reading Dearly Departed by Hy Conrad.  I hope all of you have a wonderful Thursday!  Stay warm (I actually needed a jacket to go outside the other day), take care, and Happy Reading!

The Avid Reader

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