Monday, 18 January 2016
The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend Blog Tour
The International Bestseller.
Once you let a book into your life, the most unexpected things can happen...
Broken Wheel, Iowa, has never seen anyone like Sara, who travelled all the way from Sweden just to meet her pen pal, Amy. When she arrives, however, she finds that Amy's funeral has just ended. Luckily, the townspeople are happy to look after their bewildered tourist—even if they don't understand her peculiar need for books. Marooned in a farm town that's almost beyond repair, Sara starts a bookstore in honor of her friend's memory. All she wants is to share the books she loves with the citizens of Broken Wheel and to convince them that reading is one of the great joys of life. But she makes some unconventional choices that could force a lot of secrets into the open and change things for everyone in town. Reminiscent of The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, this is a warm, witty book about friendship, stories, and love.
I'm so pleased to be part of the blog tour for this book. There is also a rafflecopter to win a copy of the book - just scroll down to find and enter.
First off I just want to say that this book is utterly enchanting - I just loved it. If you love books, I feel sure you will love this book. Being within its pages is a little like being in a library and meeting old friends. The author cites so many books that I had read, and also went on to have the same opinion of them. This really was just a bonus to the actual story that unfolds.
For me I also loved when Sara created the different bookshelves in the shop and the books she chose for them, then to spy what the visitors to the store looked at or bought.
There seems to me to be something about books translated from Swedish - the tone of the writing has a lilt all of its own and one I recognised from other books by Swedish authors. The writing is so gentle and soothing that it just carries you along.
When you read the synopsis you may feel it is strange that Sara is in essence adopted by the town of Broken Wheel, Iowa - but once you start reading you find Sara is just so endearing.
At times I saw similarities with the TV series Northern Exposure - we get to meet the different characters and find they may not be what they first seem. A little quirky but very addictive.
I'm giving this book 5 out of 5 stars for the share originality of it. I am often in awe of how writers come up with a plot for a book. There are many book formulas to choose from and so of course some become a bit generic, but I promise you - you won't have read a book quite like this before.
I'm hoping there will be a sequel - there is so much more that can happen in Broken Wheel, Iowa.
My thanks go to Netgalley for allowing me a review e copy of this book.