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Eliza's Gift (Cypress Hollow Yarn #1)

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3.6 of 5 stars 3.60  ·  rating details  ·  1,698 ratings  ·  293 reviews
When Abigail Durant inherits a cottage from her friend, the world famous knitting guru Eliza Carpenter, she sees it as her chance to start anew after the distressing end of her last relationship. Only problem is, the cottage is slap-bang in the middle of a sheep ranch owned by Cade MacArthur, Eliza's tall, dark and infuriating nephew.

Cade's a man's man, a cowboy through a
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335 pages
Published April 1st 2011 (first published January 1st 2010)
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Scarlet
Can you say formulaic? From page 1, I could tell where this book was going. I was hoping for a little more knitting content, but after listening to more than half of the book, I finally gave up.

Where to start? Abigail is an impulsive idiot. Moves up to the cottage on a whim, buys alpacas and adopts a dog on a whim, decides to start a yarn shop on a whim. Most people who are this stupid in real life have to deal with natural consequences, but she just gets to blithely skate through it. As someone
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Ann M.
First things first: Rachael Herron is a romance writer. (Go read this blog post http://www.yarnagogo.com/blog/2008/08... -- I'll wait for you to come back.) A smart, happy, proud romance writer. This is important to know because do romance novels have conventions? Yes, yes, they do. Do you know, more or less, how this is all going to sort itself out? You do. But boy is it a lot of fun getting to the end of the ride.

This is not merely a knitting-themed romance. It's one that's incredibly accurate
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marie
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Yvonne
I saw this book at B&N more than once over the last few weeks but wasn’t sure whether to give this new romance writer a try. Let me just say that I am so glad I picked up this book. This is honestly one of the best romance books I’ve read in a very long time. I know absolutely nothing about knitting but that was OK; this sweet romance is for everyone.
There’s the strong, determined heroine looking for a new start (Abigail), the handsome stubborn hero (Cade), interesting secondary characters,
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Zoe
A charming but somewhat simple romance. The characters are basic and understandable, the hero alpha but ultimately humane. This is a nice story for knitters who like romance (the deceased character based on Elizabeth Zimmerman was delighful) and people who like new beginnings.
For a first book, it was pretty well done, but as most of the resolution and conflict was handled by BOTH of the characters internally, there were some missed opportunities. Writing Guru Virginia Kantra says something alon
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Jennifer Johnson
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Tricia
This was awful. Maybe it's just not my genre but I don't know how people read this stuff. BY page 14 the two main characters, who hate each other, are describing one another like so: "That thick, shoulder-length brown hair the color of coffee, those strikingly beautiful blue eyes, that perfect mouth. And her body, all breasts and hips and curves and long legs, in proportions that guys don't usually see in real life. In any other situation , he'd be interested, all right."

UGH.

The story line is o
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Natalia
WOW I should have done my research before starting this book - in audio no less. Romance novel, yes. Smutty love scene with WAY too much detail, yes. DANG! By the title (and the cover) I was not expecting a knitting story to go down the path it went; guess you really can't judge a book by it's cover. I had to stop reading it when he "rescued" her...can we say prince charming on a horse?!? So needless to say I will not be picking up this book again, nor any others like it. I like my novels with a ...more
Sylvia
Even my husband liked this book! The scenes are vivid and engaging, the characters very real, and the suspense adds another dimension to what is predominantly a charming romance. I thoroughly enjoyed the knitting and spinning aspects, but there is way more to the story than textiles. Rachael's portrayal of a small ranching town is spot on. I love the way she works so much interesting detail and splendid humor into the story while maintaining the pace and flow of the plot. I can't wait to read th ...more
Lala Hulse
Hands down the best romance novel I have ever read.
Jeanne Berry
Jan 01, 2011 Jeanne Berry rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: knitters, romance
This was a comfortable, easy-to-read love story with an element of suspense and a high level of intelligence and humor. It's much more sophisticated than what I tend to think of when I think "romance novel".

The main character (Abigail) and love interest (Cade) ring true; they are multi-dimensional and believable. Ms. Herron obviously fell in love with her characters and their stories. As a knitter and horsewoman myself, the fact that the novel centers around a sheep ranching cowboy and a knitwea
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Mary
I'm fairly new to knitting so I don't possess the expertise needed to knit much more than a scarf but I love to read about knitting. How To Knit A Love Song is a romance about Abigail Durant, an accomplished knitter, and Cade MacArthur who owns a sheep ranch. She inherits a cottage (from her mentor Eliza) that happens to be in the middle of the sheep ranch run by the handsome Cade (nephew of Eliza). It's the set-up of all set-ups and you can almost hear Eliza laughing as Cade and Abigail begin t ...more
Megan
Yeahhh, what kind of name is Cade? It was entertaining.. Got kind of ridiculous at the end.


*Spoiler alert*
Exploding tankers and a stalker taken care of with a car crash? Nah.

I think I'm done with the so-called romance genre, even though it was in the fiction section. It's just embarrassing to read, I feel bad for the author sometimes.

The ending was cliche and felt rushed.

I did like the knitting aspect of it as I am a knitter.

Heather Murphy
rated R for racy. the plot sounded interesting and I probably would have rated it 3 stars (that is a good rating from me) if there weren't sex scenes and swear words. it was hard stop reading cause I wanted to find out what was going to happen. I rationalized that it may be improving my intimacy. but the strong deciding factor was that I would never want to jeopardize the ability for the Holy Spirit to be with me and for me to be able to recognize it's influence. so, although I didn't receive sp ...more
Dina London
This was a classic romance novel in the vein of Susan Elizabeth Phillips. Of course it was silly, slightly predictable, and a bit trite, but the writing was great, the characters endearing and it was very true to the genre. Of course, it also contained a knitter's dream life which didn't hurt, and Carrington MacDuffie was the perfect narrator. Looking forward to reading the other books in the series when I need a respite from more serious books.
Ellen Black
I have read a few of the new knitting genre books, and I've enjoyed the other books that I've read. Not this one. This book was just your typical "love" story, where two people are attracted to each other, but for whatever reason, are really angry at each other, but do the whole dysfunctional dance until they end up in bed together, only to hate each other more, until they realize they really love each other and get married and have a baby! Boring!

Reading "How to Knit a Log Song" was like readin
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Sarah
I thoroughly enjoyed the first 2/3 of the book. The characters were relatable and like-able. Unfortunately, the ending wasn't on par with the rest of the book. Perhaps I'm just tired of some of general conventions of many romance novels.

Why are the men allowed to be complete jerks? Then, suddenly, they "see the light" and all is well. The women accept them without question.... Does that really happen? Loving someone doesn't excuse their poor behavior. Also, the demise of the "bad guy" didn't sit
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Manda B
Mar 17, 2010 Manda B rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: knitters, romance fans
Shelves: own, knitting, 2010
So. Freaking. Good! I couldn't put it down! The knitting and spinning elements were very natural in the flow of the story. The suspense kept me hanging on to every last word. Of course, the chemistry between Abigail and Cade was undeniable.

The end seemed a tad rushed to me, but I can honestly say that it may have just been me reading quickly to find out what happens next. That said, this is a must-read for knitting and romance fans combined. I think this is a wonderful debut novel, and I can't w
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Dru
If you like to knit, or not, you will enjoy this book. Great characters all linked to Great Aunt Eliza who has recently passed away and is acting as a match-maker beyond the grave. Great characters, washboard abs and all, even the animals are fun to get to know. Fun read, and great bonus sweater pattern for knitting readers. Good story, except for Clara getting left out of the ending, but check the author's blog for the resolution of that issue. http://www.amazon.com/How-Knit-Love-S...
Fate's Lady
This novel was escapist, delightful, and especially fun for someone who loves to see those little nods to knitting and spinning, although the author was obviously very careful to keep the detail light to keep from bogging the story down. Excellent balance.

Was it formulaic? Absolutely! Was it predictable, contrived, and maybe even a little simplistic? Yeah, probably. Was it escapist and fluffy? Yup! It never purports to be anything else, and it does what it set out to do: provide a few hours of
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Jennifer
4.5 stars

How To Knit a Love Song was such an amazing read. I loved Abigail and Cade and oh their story is a great one. By the end you just feel so happy and full of love. Amazing.

Oh Abigail and Cade. This is definitely not a love at first sight story. Abigail shows up at Cade's house so full of hope and happy to have a chance to start again. Cade though is not at all happy to have her there, especially when he finds out what is in Eliza's will. Cade thought he would get everything after Eliza pa
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Lara
Suffered a bit of mental whiplash from this book. After having just read a number of smart, female-centric stories, returning to the "guy dislikes girl on sight but they're obviously made for each other" trope was a bit of a shocker. Not that there's anything wrong with this standard storyline, but it was weird for me to get back into this rut.

It's an enjoyable read, though at times it felt a little ... pat. The ending also seemed a bit rushed and ... convenient. I dislike when situations just "
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Conny
Not a book I would recommend. I was in the mood for something entertaining, but this was just way overboard. The story was über-predictable, as my students would say. It was not only coated in sugar, but there was so much sugar that it was suffocating. Somehow I was hoping it would get better, but no such luck.
Marisa
Not the type of book I normally read, but I love Rachael Herron (of yarnagogo.com) and had to read it! I think it's a great story, sweet and touching and definitely entertaining. Congratulations, Rachael!
Batvan
As a knitter, I don't know what was more pornographic - the love scenes or the descriptions of the yarn/fibre stash! It's pretty good for what it is and a quick, enjoyable summer read.
Adiba
I loved it, once i started i didnt put it down ( it took like, 4 hours) it was everything you want chick lit to be!
the ending felt a little rushed but other than that perfecto!
Erin
The protagonist is a knitter and it's set in coastal Northern California: I was already primed to like this book. I loved the protagonist's mentor based on Elizabeth Zimmermann, and all the knitting references being clear to insiders but (I think) not distracting to non-knitters. I wanted some of the references to her past in San Diego to be as specific as they would be to someone who live(s|d) there (e.g. it should have been Mission Hills or the Gaslamp or La Jolla or Coronado or somewhere rath ...more
Ann Busbey
I checked this book out of the library and was fooled by the fact it wasn't labeled as a romance novel (which I avoid at all costs). No offense to romance readers but it's just not a genre I enjoy - and this book reinforced that. I had hopes that it would be along the lines of the Elm Creek Quilts books by Jennifer Chiaverini. I was suspicious from the beginning but I kept reading. Perhaps this is formulaic romance but the two main characters were so unrealistic and behaved in such a stupid way. ...more
Catherine Myers
I'm not even sure why I'm still reading this book, since I am sure I could write the ending, word for word. First off, Ms Herron has co-opted the memory of Elizabeth Zimmermann to create Eliza Carpenter, the "single most important person in the field of knitting," "more innovative than anyone else in the last two hundred years." Each chapter starts with a little Eliza quote about knitting, many of them paraphrases of EZ quotes. Abigail, the protagonist has a stalker in her past, and when odd thi ...more
Patty
Loved to he story, sex too graphic.
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Rachael Herron is the internationally bestselling author of the Cypress Hollow series (HarperCollins/Random House Australia) and of the memoir, A Life in Stitches (Chronicle). Her newest novel, Pack Up The Moon, will be available in March 2014 from Penguin (USA) and Random House Australia (NZ/AUST). Rachael received her MFA in writing from Mills College and is a 911 fire/medical dispatcher when sh ...more
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