Saturday, January 30, 2016



The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend
    If you love books (and since you’re reading this I assume that you may), you will really love The Readers Of Broken Wheel Recommend.  Twenty-eight year old Sara from Haninge, Sweden and 65-year-old Amy from the small faltering town of Broken Wheel, Iowa have been corresponding for a number of years.  They share a love of literature and through their growing friendship have exchanged thoughts on various elements of life.

    Sara is rather plain and has spent most of her time and energies on her work in a beloved bookshop that has recently closed.  At loose ends and never having been anywhere in her life  Sara decides to accept Amy’s invitation to visit her.  However, she arrives to find the guests at Amy’s funeral just leaving.  What are these folks to do but look after this rather confused visitor?  Amy’s neighbors have cleaned and stocked her house with food in anticipation of Sara’s arrival so she reluctantly agrees to stay there.  The population of Broken Wheel may be dwindling but the remaining residents overwhelm Sara with kindness.  After all, she is the most excitement the community has seen in many a year.

    Wishing to repay the townspeople and eager for something to do Sara decides to open a bookstore.  There are many vacant storefronts on Main Street and she uses Amy’s eclectic book collection to stock the store.  To the surprise of everyone the store becomes a major tourist attraction bringing more than advanced ideas to the community.

    Amy lives on through old letters which tell Sara much about her neighbors and the community.  Sara believes her time in Broken Wheel is limited, but is it?  There are surprises to come and  much to love about this quaint little town and its affable but somewhat nosy residents.

    The voices of Fiona Hardingham and Lorelei King bring both women to life.  A thoroughly enjoyable listen!  Sara may not have really wanted to leave Broken Wheel, and I didn’t either.

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