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From Publishers Weekly

Herron steps briskly into formula in her debut about knitting and a mismatched couple who hate to love each other. When knitting book author Abigail is bequeathed a cottage and a small piece of land on a ranch owned by her best friend and mentor, Eliza Carpenter, she decides to give it a go in sleepy Northern California. Instead of her idealized version of a quaint abode, she arrives to find a decrepit, junk-filled shack and an irascible rancher, Cade—nephew of Eliza—who, despite his anger at Abigail having anything to do with his ranch, allows her to stay in his house until she gets the cottage in order. The two gorgeous strangers quickly realize an attraction they swear to fend off, but, of course, they don't, though there's a lot of fussing along the way. Herron, a popular knitting blogger, weaves in her love of the art throughout the rote romance. It has sweet moments, but the uninspired plot gets tiresome. (Mar.)
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Abigail Durant is on the run from a psychopathic lover. When her good friend Eliza Carpenter, a legend in the knitting world, leaves her a cottage, the land it occupies, and all its contents, she hightails it from San Diego to the central California coast to claim her inheritance. But Eliza’s nephew, the strong-willed and stunningly attractive rancher Cade MacArthur, expected to inherit everything and is now understandably upset at what he considers her claim-jumping. Undaunted, Abigail is determined to create a new life for herself, using Eliza’s generous gift to establish her dream of a shop and retreat for other knitters. Herron’s debut contemporary romance capitalizes on the current craze for knitting-based novels about women’s lives and relationships, offering a glimpse into the complementary but very different lives of sheep ranchers and fiber enthusiasts. Loose ends and occasional inconsistencies aside, this is a riveting tale. --Lynne Welch
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks; 1 edition (March 2, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061841293
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061841293
  • Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 5.3 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (74 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #920,275 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Rachael Herron is the bestselling author of the Cypress Hollow series (HarperCollins/Random House Australia) and of the memoir, A Life in Stitches (Chronicle). Her newest novel, Pack Up The Moon, is available in March 2014 from Penguin (USA) and Random House Australia (NZ/AUST). Rachael received her MFA in writing from Mills College and is a 911 fire/medical dispatcher when she's not scribbling. She lives with her wife, Lala, in Oakland, California, where they have more animals and instruments than are probably advisable. Rachael is struggling to learn the accordion and can probably play along with you on the ukulele. She's a New Zealander as well as an American. She's been known to knit. Visit her at www.yarnagogo.com.

Customer Reviews

I read the book cover to cover in one day.
Cory Rumbaugh
The characters are real and human, and like any good romance, offer many points where the reader can almost imagine themselves in their shoes.
Orli Gal
Bravo to this author and I can't wait to read the next book in her series!
Terri DuLong

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Orli Gal on March 2, 2010
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Rachael Herron's writing is familiar to me, since I've been following her blog for quite a while now. This book is more than just a longer blog entry though--it is a sweet, funny, and sometimes sad romance that I literally could not put down. I purchased the book at 1:32am (Kindle edition) and it is now 4:19am and I've just finished.

The characters are real and human, and like any good romance, offer many points where the reader can almost imagine themselves in their shoes. I love Abigail and her naivete, and I love Cade and his stubborn brashness. Most of all, I love "EC"'s little tips at the beginning of every chapter.

The knitting pattern at the end of the book is a great little bonus as well. In fact, the knitting aspect is not just thrown in as so many of the current chick-lit novels seem wont to do. There is a real understanding of the craft and the people who live and love it, without alienating people who don't knit (yet--they will want to learn after reading this book!).
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Cory Rumbaugh on May 20, 2010
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I am a huge Nicholas Sparks fan. After finishing all of his books I found myself lost as to what to read next. I spent over an hour browsing through Borders trying to sift through all the books and pick my next get a way. I really don't know what drew me to "How to Knit a Love Song" but whatever it was I am greatly thankful.
I do not knit, nor have I ever shown any interest in knitting. But as soon as I read the first page I was drawn in. I read the book cover to cover in one day. Only stopping to take pee breaks and maybe microwave some popcorn. I am very picky when it comes to books and very opinionated. Only a handful of books have made it into my list as a favorite. I want a book that has "meat" with characters that I feel I know. Something that speaks to my soul and takes me off of my couch and put me into the story. This book did all of those things. The day after I finished I lent my copy to my best friend, you can't keep such a good story to yourself. You have to share! I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By K. J. Hudson on April 15, 2010
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I cannot remember the last time I willingly purchased a romance novel, but I was willing to give this one a try. I have enjoyed Rachael's blog for years and I knew her writing would be quality entertainment at the very least. This book was a smooth, fast read, offering a pleasant diversion from everyday life. I found myself excited to read the next chapter, and pleasantly surprised at some of the twists in the storyline. This is a romance novel, yes, but don't assume that it will have a predictable Harlequin plot. The female lead is bright, capable, and hardworking, and the male lead is honest, respectful, and easy to adore. I recommend any fiction lover to try this one on for size.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Laura on July 23, 2011
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A decent story, I guess. But, if it weren't for the little bit of knitting in the book, I would've thought I'd bought a Harlequin Romance. A bit smutty for my taste.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By AutumnHarvest on April 20, 2010
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I am a sucker for "Knit Lit" novels, and read most that come out. My biggest complaint about many of them, this one included, is there is not enough knitting in them. Now, let me establish that I am not even a knitter! I am a lifelong crocheter, but, most of all, I am a fiber addict who likes a good novel AND some good knitting in a book that claims to cover both!

I love the concept of this story: Woman comes into possession of a cottage and discovers it is full of all that she needs to put her own passion into action-a fiber shop!

I love the location of this story: Small town on the California coast.

I love many of the characters in this story as well: Loyal Tom. Quirky Janet. Etc.

However, aside from not enough in it about either knitting or the cottage shop as it evolves and gets up and running, I had a difficult time with Cade.

OK, he is a hunk. OK, he has kept the ranch running and is dedicated to keeping it running. BUT-and this is a big butt-he just as a LOT of "issues" I think someone with Abigails' past might be more wary of. Didn't anyone else think this as they read this book?

But, the bottom line is that the book is an enjoyable read, and I hope for more from this author.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Terri DuLong on May 13, 2010
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I had the wonderful opportunity to meet this great author and thoroughly enjoyed her debut novel. Yes, I'm a knitter, but even non-knitters can enjoy the story.

I felt like I knew the characters personally and was impressed with Herron's descriptive skills. I honestly "felt" like I was in that cottage and throughout the story, I could vividly see the scenes due to the author's skill. I don't want to leave a spoiler here.....but toward the end of the novel she did an excellent job of making the reader feel like they were there.

And although the character of Eliza had already passed away when the story begins, I certainly felt like I knew her quite well.

Bravo to this author and I can't wait to read the next book in her series!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Angela Allen on November 14, 2011
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Since I had just finished reading the last installment of the Macomber "Cedar Cove" series, I decided to give a new series a try. I bought all three of the "Cypress Hollow Yarn" books at once. It was a risk I won't take again and, I will more carefully read ALL the reviews. Several gave the warning I would have heeded("too much smut for my taste" for instance)for these books. The first in the series, "How to Knit a Love Song" began with an excellent premise with a strong female lead, Abigail. The introduction of the male lead (Cade) reminded me of "Jane Eyre" but that's not a bad thing. Too soon, however, the potentially interesting plot became cluttered with the two characters doing all they could to avoid being attracted to each other and finally giving in to their appetites while simultaneously annoying each other. The "love" scenes were filled with too much information and detracted from the overall story. The one thing I found that departed from this rote romance was the introduction of a third character whom we get to know only after she has died; Eliza Carpenter, Abigail's mentor and benefactor and Cade's great-aunt. Her spirit, life and advice are woven nicely throughout the story, including the pithy chapter headings about knitting that could also be applied to daily living. Overall, I was disappointed and while I read the second book as a second chance, I won't be reading the third.
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