Sara is 28 and has never been outside Sweden – except in the (many) books she reads. When her elderly penfriend Amy invites her to come and visit her in Broken Wheel, Iowa, Sara decides it’s time. But when she arrives, there’s a twist waiting for her – Amy has died. Finding herself utterly alone in a dead woman’s house in the middle of nowhere was not the holiday Sara had in mind.
But Sara discovers she is not exactly alone. For here in this town so broken it’s almost beyond repair are all the people she’s come to know through Amy’s letters: poor George, fierce Grace, buttoned-up Caroline and Amy’s guarded nephew Tom.
Sara quickly realises that Broken Wheel is in desperate need of some adventure, a dose of self-help and perhaps a little romance, too. In short, this is a town in need of a bookshop.
When I read this description on NetGalley I was thinking this would be a quirky romance, and I couldn’t help but ask for a digital copy to review before the novel is released in January. I’m grateful for the advance copy, but it really wasn’t what I expected.
Perhaps there was something lost in translation but this felt like a love story that was desperate to call itself anything but. This was perfect for curling up in front of the fire with, but not one I’d return to or will probably really remember later in the year.