Sara, from Sweden, arrives just in time for the reception after Amy’s funeral. Amy is Sara’s penpal and fellow booklover. Amy invited Sara to come to visit her in Broken Wheel to enjoy small town America life for an extended vacation. Sara, who is between jobs, takes her up on the offer. She doesn’t realize that Amy is gone, though, until she is not met at the station on arrival to the area. Never fear because the townspeople take care of things and make sure Sara is ensconced in Amy’s house, just as Amy would have wanted. Sara goes ahead with her two month vacation and works hard to repay the townspeople for their generosity.
The story is quirky and unlike any other that I’ve read. There is a lot of information in there about the power of books and references to hundreds of books, both classics and contemporary stories. Once I got into the rhythm of the story, with Amy’s letters prefacing each chapter, I found that I enjoyed the characters and wanted to learn more about Broken Wheel, myself.
Thanks to Sourcebooks Landmark for providing me an advance copy to read and review in my own words.