The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend by Katarina Bivald

I adore this book. Sara, traveled all the way from Sweden to Broken Wheel Iowa just to meet her pen pal, Amy.Sara and Amy met when Amy sells Sara a book through a web site.  When Sara arrives to meet her long distance friend in person, however, she finds that Amy’s funeral has just ended. The town’s people are happy to look after their tourist.  Sara decides to stay in Broken Wheel in Amy’s farmhouse. She opens a bookstore in honor of her friend’s memory with her friend’s books. Sara also makes friends with the locals who all seem to accept her as one of their own. Sara wants is to share the books she loves and prove to her new friends that reading is one of the great joys of life. When Sara’s visa is about to expire the town’s residents all ask her to marry them and they concoct a scheme to keep Sara in Iowa.This is a warm cordial agreeable book. It is full of quirky people with good hearts. We get to meet the locals and get history of the town, Broken Wheel. It has a feel of classic small town America.  I fell in love with Broken Wheel and its inhabitants just the way Sara did. The only disappointment is when the story comes to a close. You will be reluctant to leave Sara and the  town of Broken Wheel as I was.

 

It’s a Mystery

It is killing me that I can’t share my school assignments with you yet. They are all about the bibliophile in all of us. This week I have to read a mystery for class. Now, I really am all for a good who-done-it. That is the problem, what to read? I am trying to decided between an old Agatha Christie  tried and true or something new. I think I will go with something new. I am leaning toward either Amanda Quick or some cozy mystery.

Mystery novels are one of those things that we read to escape reality. What information would a person get from reading a mystery that could benefit them? I think that depends on the person and what they read. If it is a true crime mystery then they can see what reality is like for someone who is living that mystery, but for a fictional depiction of a mystery that is a unique opportunity for writers to connect to readers in a place that is often taboo to discuss. It is certainly a place where in real life we do not want to find ourselves but  the reader can experience the thrill, sadness and suspense without actually being in danger. That is the thrill of the mystery.  The information gathered may, who knows, save the person if they ever find themselves in a similar situation. It can teach them about the human condition in a way that we often do not like to think about. Mysteries let us see in the dark depths of an evil mind, without actually going there.

More on this later, but for now, what I am reading this week is a mystery to you and me.