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How to Knit a Love Song: A Cypress Hollow Yarn Paperback – Bargain Price, March 2, 2010
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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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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.
But -- I am a knitter, and a reader of Rachael's blog. After attending a book signing of hers, where I found unexpected warmth, humor, and great characters in her reading, I decided to buy the book. It did not disappoint. The descriptions of ranch life are great, the characters are real and appealing, and the plot moves along well, with ups and downs and an exciting climax.
The romantic interludes (is that what we're calling them these days?) are well done, but there's plenty of plot going on in addition. That is to say, they don't drive all the action in the book, but are certainly intrinsic to the story.
To sum up, the book was more fun than a big bag of Jelly Bellies. I'm eagerly anticipating Rachael's next book.
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!).