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12/4/17 5:45 P

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I enjoyed this read; in fact, I'm recommending it to a book group sponsored by the local public library.
I certainly appreciate the criticisms of the book from the other team members, and I can understand their concerns. I felt it was a bit long in places myself--and the number of minor characters may have been why. I wasn't bothered by the mention of books, but I did think the love subplot was weak and maybe unnecessary.
I didn't find the characters bumpkins, but they did have a different focus and Sarah was looking at characters through her reading NOT through familiarity with characters from that time and place. Yes, sometimes that created humor but I'm not sure they were to be bumpkins.
Overall, though, I enjoyed the book.

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11/28/17 11:23 P

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This was an easy and engaging read!! I became quite fond of the characters, particularly Sara (stranger in a strange land, but making a go of it) and Caroline (doing your best to hold it all in and hold everyone together, and then the "dam" bursts).

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11/28/17 8:15 A

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I do think they were invested in the town and that when it came down to it, they cared about each other . In that respect they remind me a bit of a slightly dysfunctional family when you may get teased mercilessly, but for the big things, they are there for each other. But to me the whole "we don't read" was just too much given the comparison with the people who did coming all the way from Hope (an hours drive).

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11/28/17 7:29 A

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Forgive me, but I truly have to disagree. I did not feel the individuals were 'country bumpkins', if anything perhaps the opposite. They were individuals who were depicted as kind and who were invested in a community life. They looked after and cared for both the individuals and the community. I do think the representation may be one of the past and something you do not see a lot of anymore; with our lives being lived at such a high speed. Although I would thoroughly agree that the 'love' aspect and some of the characters were somewhat lacking in depth. As far as the book dropping goes, to me it was a bit of a by-product not a main focus, it neither made me more interested or less interested in any of the books mentioned.

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11/26/17 10:43 A

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For me, it didn't work. The scene I loved the most was during the interrogation. Then it was humorous . I think if you're going to write characters as clichés (country bumpkins who don't read vs. snobs from neighboring towns), you need to have a reason (thinking the movie Fargo - did a great job of that).

The romance I believed the most in was Claire's. The rest were lust that might have become love, but there wasn't enough there to call it love as far as I was concerned (unless an awful lot happened off the pages).

The book dropping though, that just did NOT work for me and I'd be pissed if I'd planned on reading Jane Eyre and hadn't gotten to it yet (I do know well read people who haven't read all the classics yet, but planned on it).



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11/21/17 1:49 P

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I have to agree- This IS a nice easy AND especially LOVING read...


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11/21/17 12:06 P

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I enjoyed this read.

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11/18/17 7:59 A

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I didn't start to read this until Thursday night (about 50 pages in). I'm not loving it. It reminds me of an assignment we had in high school English class. We had to write something fictional but include quotes from whatever book we were reading in class. This feels like the assignment, but "include all the books we've read this year in your story".

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Not my favorite book. I felt like this author was name dropping books and authors but that the actual story had little substance.

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Just checking in--- WOW! What a quick read.... My favorite kind of fiction!

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11/15/17 6:25 P

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Hi YA!

Just ordered it on my Kindle- and will give it an honest go..... I will definitely have some time this evening- as my daughter has Hockey Practice ....

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Just picked up the book from the library I was on the waiting list for a while. I'm excited to start reading from all the reviews in this forum. Everyone enjoy your holiday! mine will be spent reading. emoticon

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11/11/17 8:12 P

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I finished and truly enjoyed the book. We are all very different from one another and when something goes wrong we come together. Very true especially in small towns. I like the lines from books brought in. I can relate to losing myself in a book to avoid the real world. I am glad we read this book,

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Ordered it on thriftbooks :0) will be checking mail next few days for it to arrive!

UPDATE: I got it and started reading. 11/16


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I finished The Readers of the Broken Wheel Recommend last night. It is a fabulous read. As someone brought up in Illinois, when my father was older, I used to drive him out to the country. He would tell me stories about his uncle (who when my father had no money, always made room for his feet under the table) and how they showed movies on the side of a house in the summer. This book so appropriately and accurately captures the spirit and lives in Midwest small towns, it was surprising to me that the author is Swedish. This book warmed my heart and I would highly recommend it. It is a book about love, friendship, and growth. We can all use more of those.

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Hi, I'm new to the group and super excited. I just ordered my copy on Amazon and it will be here on Wednesday November 1st... Just in time for the new month. I can't wait to read this and discuss it with y'all :)

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Just downloaded to my Kindle from the library!!!

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