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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

  • Series: A Cypress Hollow Yarn Novel (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 319 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks; 1 edition (March 2, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061841293
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061841293
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.8 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (102 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,356,676 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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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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I bought this book on a whim when the Borders around the corner went out of business. I'm not usually one for romance novels, but this one was OK.

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.
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