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How to Knit a Heart Back Home: A Cypress Hollow Yarn Book 2 (A Cypress Hollow Yarn Novel) Paperback – March 1, 2011

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The warm and fuzzy romance in Herron's second Cypress Hollow yarn (after How to Knit a Love Song) centers on Lucy Harrison, fire brigade volunteer, bookseller, and fan of the famous knitting work of Eliza Carpenter, the deceased friend of Lucy's grandmother and Irene Bancroft, the mother of Lucy's high school crush, Owen. So when Owen, a former San Francisco cop, returns after an on-the-job injury forces him into retirement at 35, Lucy is thrilled. With Irene suffering from early-onset Alzheimer's in a home, Owen takes up residence in the parsonage next to the Book Spire, a deconsecrated church turned book store that Lucy owns. Not surprisingly, a romance develops. Then, while helping Owen with his mother's belongings, Lucy discovers a valuable cache of Eliza Carpenter's patterns and papers, prompting her to write a biography of Eliza. Things come to a dramatic and contrived head when Owen's mother flees the home and ends up in an abandoned lighthouse, where Owen's injury forces Lucy into action. Herron's sweet, comforting tale comes with a built-in surprise: the knitted pattern for Ruby's Bookstore Sweater is included in the back. (Mar.)
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''A warmhearted hug from a talented author--and knitter. The love story of Lucy and Owen will stay in your heart long after the last page is turned.'' --Susan Wiggs, New York Times bestselling author

''Rachael Herron knits up another wonderful Cypress Hollow tale that will leave readers begging for more.'' --Barbara Bretton, USA Today bestselling author

''Warm and fuzzy . . . [A] sweet, comforting tale.'' --Publishers Weekly

''In her engaging sequel to How to Knit a Love Song, Herron revisits the community of Cypress Hollow and its familiar faces as well as new characters who are as entertaining as they are complicated. Patrons who in the past have clamored for the novels of Debbie Macomber, Kate Jacobs, or Gil McNeil will definitely find this a good read.'' --Library Journal

''Rachael Herron knits up another wonderful Cypress Hollow tale that will leave readers begging for more.'' --Barbara Bretton, USA Today bestselling author

''Warm and fuzzy . . . [A] sweet, comforting tale.'' --Publishers Weekly

''In her engaging sequel to How to Knit a Love Song, Herron revisits the community of Cypress Hollow and its familiar faces as well as new characters who are as entertaining as they are complicated. Patrons who in the past have clamored for the novels of Debbie Macomber, Kate Jacobs, or Gil McNeil will definitely find this a good read.'' --Library Journal

''Rachael Herron knits up another wonderful Cypress Hollow tale that will leave readers begging for more.'' --Barbara Bretton, USA Today bestselling author

''Warm and fuzzy . . . [A] sweet, comforting tale.'' --Publishers Weekly

''In her engaging sequel to How to Knit a Love Song, Herron revisits the community of Cypress Hollow and its familiar faces as well as new characters who are as entertaining as they are complicated. Patrons who in the past have clamored for the novels of Debbie Macomber, Kate Jacobs, or Gil McNeil will definitely find this a good read.'' --Library Journal --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.
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Product Details

  • Series: A Cypress Hollow Yarn Novel (Book 2)
  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks (March 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061841315
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061841316
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.8 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #333,888 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I enjoyed this book so much, I ended up skipping dinner AND my evening workout because I was too engrossed in the book to put it down! Then the moment I finished it, I had to come on here and rave about it! I should be sleeping right now since I have to get up early tomorrow and go to work, but the book was that good!

Where to start? I loved the premise of a kiss that was so powerful, it changed both the lives of Owen and Lucy. Speaking of which, I loved them both! Both are characters that are hurting and in the book they come to term with what has been causing them pain and holding them back.

Lucy is afraid of change and has become so afraid that she fails to notice changes that have happened and that are going on around her. She's afraid of many things and seems to be a scaredy cat, yet has an inner core of steel which will surprise you. She faces each one of her phobias head on, which makes you admire her. Owen is an ex-cop who had to take medical retirement after he was injured in raid that cost him someone he loved and trusted. He too missed changes happening around him, and now is in physical and mental pain. Plus, he's the son of the town's black sheep and so is treated very rudely on his return to town. He's the bad boy everyone was warned to stay away from. But who can resist a bad boy?

While I was expecting the romance between Owen and Lucy, I was pleasantly knocked for a loop by the great use of other members of Cypress Hollow. It was great to see and hear from Cade and Abigail, and to find out what had happened after How to Knit a Love Song. They played a small but important part in Owen and Lucy's story.
I also loved Irene and how her Alzheimer's was shown. It was very realistic and heartfelt.
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I read a lot of romances, and I have my favorite authors and publishers. I follow Ms Herron's knitting blog with enthusiasm, and felt somewhat obligated to read her book. I had it around the house for some time, but kept passing it over for another, more familiar author. I was skeptical that a knitting romance novel would really make the grade. And this paperback wasn't even the right size and shape for a romance! I am also a very picky reader. I will often cross out words and make corrections in the margin, or the little voice in my head will call out, "Foul, author! You can't get away with that c**p!"

Once I picked this book up and started reading I could not put it down. I adore the characters, and felt like they were folks I would love to get to know. They were very real and very funny and sad and interesting, just like the very best people in my own life are. I laughed out loud (always a good sign) and cried more than once (also good). And my correction pen never came out for this book, nor did I have even one peep from the little voice. Just a darn good, entertaining read with characters and moments that will live on.

Ready for more, Ms Herron.
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I read "How to Knit a Love Song" and wasn't really impressed, but I found this installment to be a fantastic improvement over "Love Song."

The characters in this book seemed more real to me than Cade and Abigail because they have so much more going on in their lives than each other. Lucy is a woman of many hats: She owns a bookstore, volunteers with the fire department, and is in the process of writing a biography. I also liked the subplot of Owen learning to deal with his past and his mother's worsening Alzheimer's.

I still feel like the chapters narrated by Owen sounded more like a woman trying to think like a man, but he was the most believable when he spoke about his mother, his past, and his time as a police officer.

Overall, "How to Knit a Heart Back Home" is a great lighthearted read. Ms. Herron has come a long way since her first book and I expect her next novel to be even better than this one.
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Rachael Herron creates believable fictional characters. There is so much to like about her writing. One tool she employs well is the actions her characters engage in while talking. The dialogue develops character and moves the story along. The action makes the characters believable. Here are some examples from "How to Knit a Heart Back Home."

"Owen twisted the [plastic] spoon in his fingers. He would not rub the scar on his hip, which suddenly burned."

"Lucy took the now mangled plastic spoon out of his hand and then threaded her fingers through his."

"Dropping his eyes from hers, Owen watched Lucy's pulse flicker rapidly in the hollow of her throat. For a moment there was no sound but the crash of the waves below."
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I pre-ordered this book only to be unable to download it for almost a full day due to lack of Internet. The instant I got it, though, I once again could not put it down!

The characters Herron creates are so real, so vivid--Toots Harrison and Molly are fabulous and almost larger than life, but everyone has someone they can compare these two vivacious women to. The main characters are not your usual Harlequin Barbie and Ken but real people who actually have real life problems that they work through rather than ignore in favor of sex--although there is also some very hot sex.

Not to mention the knitting! The love of Lucy's grandmother can be felt in every word as she describes the sweater that she constantly wears; the love Lucy has for her grandmother and for knitting itself can be felt with every too-tight sok stitch and anguish at every "pop" of a broken fiber. The pattern is great, and having seen the finished object in person I also know it is gorgeous. And still there is not enough knitting terminology to throw off a non-knitter, but just enough to lure them into the world of fiber arts.

I was very happy to visit with the characters from the last book and even happier that they did not dominate Lucy's story but merely helped to make it even better.

All in all a very enjoyable read and one that will be reread again and again. I look forward to the next one.
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