Katarina Bivald's The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend
I was hoping to start my year's reading with something cute, but this was a little more on the meh side. It centers on a young Swedish woman who's been corresponding with a woman in a small town in Iowa (the eponymous Broken Wheel), exchanging books back and forth. Finally the Swedish woman is coming for an extended visit (the bookstore she worked at has closed and she's at loose ends), only to discover that her friend Amy has died. I liked all of the talk about books a lot, and the depiction of a small-town community, but the romance is way more tell than show, and the writing in general doesn't have a lot of life to it. I'm bummed because it could have been super cute but instead was sort of boring. B.
A review copy was provided by the publisher. This book is available now.