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How to Knit a Love Song: A Cypress Hollow Yarn (A Cypress Hollow Yarn Novel) Paperback – March 2, 2010
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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!).
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!
I didn't find the plot to be anything remarkable. If anything, it seemed unnecessarily long and drawn out. Basically every chapter could be summarized like this:
Chapters from Abigail's perspective = "I'm so pretty, but unaware of it. I want to open my own yarn store, but I also want to get it on with Cade, who may or may not hate me. Also, I have a stalker."
Chapters from Cade's perspective = "Yarn store? Not on my ranch! But I literally do not think about anything else other than this sexy lady, who I want to evict but kind of protect. Also, I keep getting erections."
The main thing I found irritating was how the story was told from Cade's perspective. It felt like a woman trying to think like a man, but ultimately thinking like a woman. I didn't believe it and it just didn't feel real to me. I found myself rolling my eyes every time I realized it was a Cade chapter.
Overall, I liked it all right. It was a light story and the writing was pretty decent. I think it was a fine first novel and Ms. Herron has nowhere to go but up. I read this after my final exams and it was the perfect mindless solution after reading nothing but law books for four months. I wanted a book where I didn't have to think, and that's exactly what this is.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Cypress Hollow Yarns is a good series and I am look forward to the next 2 books.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
** 2.5 stars **
How to Knit a Love Song was okay, fine, but I didn't love it, or even enjoy it that much. Read more
Cute story. Light read. Made me smile a lot. I couldn't put it down even though it was so cliche.Published 3 months ago by Andrea Davis
Refreshingly innocent (not w/o it's amorous scenes, though!) and romantic wrapped up in knitting!Published 8 months ago by Opinionated
Knitting and reading are excellent hobbies/habits and Rachael Herron is a delightful storyteller who has a unique way of blending them together. Don't miss her!Published 11 months ago by S. Gilliland
This is a wonderful HEA with lots to hold knitters attention. Abigail is a knitter who writes knitting books and patterns she devises. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Readeriowa
Great book!!!! Absolutely loved reading this book again and again!! Hope to read more books in this series!!! Great authorPublished 12 months ago by zipper208
Interesting storyline, but also predictable. Fun to have knitting hobby and language in a book. Predictable characters but if you're looking for a light read, this one is it, until... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Erin Rice