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How to Knit a Heart Back Home (Cypress Hollow Yarn Series #2)
     

How to Knit a Heart Back Home (Cypress Hollow Yarn Series #2)

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by Rachael Herron
 

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“A warm-hearted hug from a talented author—and knitter. It’s a sweet comfort read, with an edge of humor and irony that strikes just the right note.”
New York Times bestselling author Susan Wiggs

 

“Rachael Herron charms with an emotional, heart-warming story of family, friendship and love in a town

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“A warm-hearted hug from a talented author—and knitter. It’s a sweet comfort read, with an edge of humor and irony that strikes just the right note.”
New York Times bestselling author Susan Wiggs

 

“Rachael Herron charms with an emotional, heart-warming story of family, friendship and love in a town you’ll never want to leave.”
USA Today bestselling author Barbara Freethy

 

Return with rising romance star Rachael Herron to the town of Cypress Hollow—site of her unforgettable debut, How to Knit a Love Song—and learn How to Knit a Heart Back Home. Fans of Debbie Macomber will adore this joyous tale of a fiery independent lady whose life interweaves with a bad-boy ex-cop’s and the shared mission that knits their hearts together.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
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.)
Library Journal
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. When Owen Bancroft, a man with an unhappy childhood, a tarnished police career, and a mother suffering from Alzheimer's, returns to town, he isn't expecting to be captivated by bookstore owner and compulsive knitter Lucy Harrison. Quite unexpectedly, the two find themselves working frantically to rescue a car accident victim. It isn't a surprise that the pair quickly discover they are physically attracted to each other, and they rather timidly begin a sweet romantic relationship with more than its share of difficulties. Knitting love and lore play a major part here; each chapter opens with a knitting quote, and the author's love of the craft shines through with an intensity that only adds to the plot. Even nonknitters might be intrigued enough to pick up a pair of needles as they turn pages. VERDICT Herron's second novel will earn her a well-deserved place in the ever-expanding knit-chick lit genre. 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.—Margaret Hanes, Civic Ctr. Lib., Warren, MI

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781455116607
Publisher:
Blackstone Audio, Inc.
Publication date:
09/01/2011
Series:
Cypress Hollow Yarn Series
Edition description:
Unabridged
Pages:
8
Product dimensions:
6.50(w) x 6.20(h) x 1.20(d)

Meet the Author

Rachael Herron has been knitting since she was five years old. She writes the popular website Yarnagogo.com and lives in Oakland, California.

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How to Knit a Heart Back Home 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 27 reviews.
CJDVA More than 1 year ago
The second book in the Cypress Hollow series, this book is even better than the first. Loved yarn legend Eliza Carpenter's little notes of wisdom at the beginning of each chapter, so much so, I found myself using her quotes on my facebook page. Couldn't wait for the bookstore to open so I downloaded the book on my e-reader and then rushed to the bookstore for a paperback book for my collection. I'm not normally a romance reader, however, this series is the exception because the characters come alive with each turning of the page. Makes me wonder if West Coast men are really like this and if so, why am i still on the East Coast?!
Anne54 More than 1 year ago
I have read both books so far; I enjoyed them very much. I just wish Rachael could write faster!! It is a romance novel without the heaving breasts, etc. which I hate. When I find an author who can write so I can read without nausea, I am SOLD! Best wishes, Rachael. Keep it up.
toniarthur More than 1 year ago
Rachael has done it again - a plot where all along I thought I knew what was coming, then *pow* I was wrong. If you think this is yet another predictable knitting romance, think again. The characters are human, with good and bad moments, and the situations are very believable. I love the knitting content, of course, but the story drew me in. I will admit there were a few moments on the plane I wished my Nook screen wasn't as easily readable as it is, but I found the more *cough*romantic*cough* parts well written and not, well, syrupy, crass, or gaggifying. It's hard to write a good sex scene!
KraftyKel More than 1 year ago
Just finished and I'm sorry it's over! Wonderful story, character and knitting pattern! Looking forward to book three of Cypress Hollow, hopefully not too long! If you haven't read the Cypress Hollow series you are missing out.
BadMommy More than 1 year ago
Rachael Herron's latest - which I felt as though I'd been waiting for FOREVER - has it all: Sexy characters, great dialogue, a welcoming bookstore, a neighborhood bar and - best of all - knitting as part of folks' everyday lives. Every time I read one of Herron's books, I learn something new. With the first book, I learned about ranching. This time, I learned about EMTs and small business ownership. Nice little side stories, with more interesting characters, that enhanced the main storyline. This is a fabulous romance (I'm not reviewing that, since others have already done so here, much better than I would) with wonderful people who are warm, funny, kind, conflicted - much like most of us on our better days. I loved this book - and have already bought a second copy for my cousin, as a birthday gift. Can't wait for book number 3!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Rachael Herron does not disappoint her readers as we return to Cypress Hollow. I laughed many times as I read about the comings and goings of characters (new and old). Looking forward to more books from Rachael!
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I love Rachel Herron! Once again, she's written a captivating story with characters that leap off the page and into your heart. Reading "How to Knit a Heart Back Home" felt like visiting a favorite destination: I got to visit with old friends and meet new favorites along the way. Her stories are fun and funny and juicy and once again, I couldn't put it down. I cannot wait to see what she brings us next!!
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LoopyLacer More than 1 year ago
Rachael Herron has done it again -- and even better than the first time! The characters are very believable, and make you want to root for them. Who could resist the tried-and-true good girl/bad boy romance? With more mystery, and less suspense, How to Knit a Heart Back Home is even more to my liking than How to Knit a Love Song. And the HUMOR -- Lucy's mother reminds me of (Janet Evanovich's) Stephanie Plum's Grandma Mazur! I very much look forward to Rachael's third book in the series, due out this fall.