July 1, 2016 Leave a comment
A book about books always attracts my attention. This was a quick and fun read about a Swedish woman going to the US on holiday and being adopted by the town she ends up in.
The publisher says: “Broken Wheel, Iowa, has never seen anyone like Sara, who traveled all the way from Sweden just to meet her book-loving pen pal, Amy. When she arrives, however, she finds Amy’s funeral guests just leaving. The residents of Broken Wheel are happy to look after their bewildered visitor—there’s not much else to do in a dying small town that’s almost beyond repair.
You certainly wouldn’t open a bookstore. And definitely not with the tourist in charge. You’d need a vacant storefront (Main Street is full of them), books (Amy’s house is full of them), and…customers. The bookstore might be a little quirky. Then again, so is Sara. But Broken Wheel’s own story might be more eccentric and surprising than she thought.”
I say: A fun, lighthearted, and definitely unrealistic story about a woman without a work permit opening a bookstore. Sara discovers that Amy, the friend who she came to visit, might have been one of the very few people in Broken Wheel who actually enjoyed reading, but the people are very friendly and help her set up the bookstore even if they have no intention ever to buy a book there. Sara (and the reader) find out about the history of the town, and some romances blossom up around her. But she’s not in love herself, oh no!
Although the story was rather unlikely and a little bit simplistic, I enjoyed reading it. There were references to books, although mainly from a previous correspondence between Amy and Sara, from before Sara came to visit. The letters from Amy to Sara were scattered through the book, touching upon issues that played at that particular moment in the story. It was a bit disconcerting how little the residents cared about books. But they all do show up at the bookstore when residents from a neighboring town come and visit. No one is going to think that the Broken Wheelers aren’t literate!
A good book to take with you on holiday. Charming and not too taxing, it’s an ideal beach read.