- Paperback: 336 pages
- Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks; 1 edition (March 2 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0061841293
- ISBN-13: 978-0061841293
- Product Dimensions: 2.3 x 13.2 x 20.1 cm
- Shipping Weight: 463 g
- Average Customer Review: 3 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #623,123 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
How to Knit a Love Song: A Cypress Hollow Yarn Book 1 Paperback – Mar 2 2010
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From the Back Cover
Abigail is more than ready for a change when she inherits a cottage from her beloved mentor, knitting guru Eliza Carpenter. Leaving the oppressive city for the greener pastures of a small California beach town, she intends to turn her cozy little windfall into a knitting shop and spend her days spinning, designing, and purling. But she's not going to be welcomed with open arms by her new neighbor. Eliza's disgruntled nephew, the gorgeous Cade, now owns everything surrounding Abigail's ramshackle new home, and he views this sexy city girl as an unwanted interloper.
But chemistry working overtime is drawing two very different people closerthan they ever thought possible. And when the past that Abigail thought she'dleft behind comes calling, she'll have to somehow learn to trust her handsome adversary with much more than just her heart.
About the Author
Rachael Herron has been knitting since she was five years old. She writes the popular website Yarnagogo.com and lives in Oakland, California.
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The icing on the cake? It's got a fabulous cat character in it.
Terrific first novel. I'm looking forward to Herron's next book.
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Abigail has plans for her cottage. She plans to have a knitting store that offers retreats. Eliza was a big name in the knitting world and many people would come to the store as kind of an homage. However, before she can start her business, she first has to clear out the cottage and make repairs. Much of what Cade thought was just his aunt’s hoarding of old newspapers and the like was actually wool, fleeces, and spinning wheels.
Abigail and Cade have a rocky relationship but eventually love conquers all. The book is part of a series set in Cypress Hollow.
It does have some rather explicit sex so if you don’t like that, you may not like this book. It is not what I call thrust by thrust sex scenes but more than what I like to read. The story was engrossing, though.
It took me a few chapters to find a rhythm and flow to the story, but when I did, I read it straight through.
I loved Abigail and Cade. They were real. Very relatable. They had real issues and problems that they dealt with the best way they knew how.
Abigail sees her new inheritance as a blessing, a fresh new start. Cade on the other hand sees it as a betrayal. His great aunt split up her land, the land he has been working and rebuilding for fifteen years. Giving a portion to the city girl who is completely clueless about raising and caring for sheep.
What Abigail does know is what comes from the sheep, yarn. Her passion, her dream. And now thanks to her dear friend a reality. She just has to convince the grumpy cowboy who shares the land that this is not the end of his world.
A cute story, well written. A full length standalone with a happy ending.
So, he has a history of sleeping with LOTS of women. I was disappointed when I saw that early in the book, but I've loved other books by this author, so I read on.
They sleep together, and he had an impulse to do something nice for her but DOESN'T, then he says in the past he's "dated" four or five women at a time. Ew. Then he says he's not dating anyone currently, but 30 seconds later she realizes he has a date with someone else THAT night. It's never mentioned again, but presumably he sleeps with someone else THAT night. He then ignores her for two weeks, starts dating a new someone, who he brings to the house. She makes it clear they are sleeping together, in the last few days. Then, THAT night, Abigail sleeps with him again! And again he's a jerk the next day. Just ew, Ew, EWWWWWW. Early in the book, he also refers to women he sleeps with as "conquests," not in dialog but in a section from his point of view. He makes a point of saying he's NOT a "man-whore" but I can't imagine a better example of one. He's gross. Hated this guy!! I hate-read the last half of the book to see if I was mistaken, but there was no, "I tried to forget you but I couldn't touch another woman" bit. And Abigail didn't seem to care!
I read the Songbird trilogy and the firefighter series by this author and loved them. The heroes in the first two Songbird books especially, I was a bit in love with. Now I don't know if I should try another book by this author, this guy was so awful.
Also, he didn't have a good reason for missing his great-aunt's funeral, who was the only one who gave him love and support his whole life.
I won't rehash the plot except to say that I thought the amount of fiber-ness in the book was just right. Too much more, and it would have seemed fake and contrived. Of course, this is a romance novel, so there have to be some plot contrivances, but I thought there was a good balance of actual and unlikely situations. I also thought the "interludes" were fine - *especially* the fact that there was no rape.
I don't read a ton of romance novels, so I can't compare her writing quality to any of the other romance writers out today. For a first novel of any kind, I thought her writing was great - much better than a lot of the books I browse through at the bookstore (I refuse to name names to protect the guilty). The ending was a bit abrupt for my taste, though everything turned out the way I wanted it to, so I can't mind too much.
This is a fun book to read, and I plan to re-read it a few times; knowing the end won't spoil the pleasure of the reading.