The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend (Paperback)
Charming Swedish Sara Lindqvist arrives in Broken Wheel, Iowa for a much anticipated vacation with the town matriarch and fellow booklover, Amy Harris. Unfortunately, Sara's first day in Broken Wheel unveils Amy's funeral procession which quickly starts a path of unusual and quirky events. Sara decides to honor the beloved Amy by creating a bookstore with Amy's vast collection of books. Her antics and book display slowly entice the people of not only Broken Wheel, but the rival town of Hope's community to shop and read. Broken Wheel begins reviving and the community embraces "their Sara." They plot nonetheless to keep her in the US with an arranged marriage proposal. The USCIS plans to foil the marriage conspiracy, however, true love intervenes. Sara's true love of community, correspondence with a lady she never met but cherished, a handsome man that holds the key to her heart, and of course BOOKS lead her to a new life in a new country venturing a new business!— From Chris' Picks
January 2016 Indie Next List
“One of the conundrums facing a true bibliophile has always been: books or people? Sara has spent her entire life in Sweden working in a bookshop and her answer has always been obvious: books. An unexpected pen pal relationship with Amy -- an older book lover from Iowa -- challenges that easy answer and forces her to reconsider her view of herself and the world. After months of corresponding, trading books and sharing details of one another's lives, Amy invites Sara to come visit her one-stoplight town, Broken Wheel, for a summer of reading and getting to know small-town America. However, when Sara arrives, she is greeted by Amy's funeral procession. Thousands of miles from home, with a return ticket dated two months hence, Sara is at a loss for what to do. So, naturally, with Amy's collection of books, she opens a bookstore. Filled with familiar literary references, charming and quirky townsfolk, and plenty of scheming, plotting, and shenanigans that could only occur in a place like Broken Wheel, Bivald's feel-good novel explores that ever-present question: books or people? Read the book and enjoy reaching your own conclusions.”
— Erin Figel (W), pages: a bookstore, Manhattan Beach, CA
A New York Times and USA Today Bestseller
"A heartwarming tale about literature's power to transform." -- People
"Charmingly original...sweet, quirky." -- Washington Post
Once you let a book into your life, the most unexpected things can happen...
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.
A heartwarming reminder of why we are booklovers, this is a sweet, smart story about how books find us, change us, and connect us.