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How to Knit a Love Song (Cypress Hollow Yarn #1)

3.62  ·  Rating Details ·  2,368 Ratings  ·  383 Reviews
Abigail is more than ready for a change when she inherits a cottage from her beloved mentor, knitting guru Eliza Carpenter. Leaving the oppressive city for the greener pastures of a small California beach town, she intends to turn her cozy little windfall into a knitting shop and spend her days spinning, designing, and purling. But she's not going to be welcomed with open ...more
Paperback, 319 pages
Published March 2nd 2010 by William Morrow Paperbacks (first published January 1st 2010)
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Jan 31, 2012 Scarlet rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobooks, abandoned
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
Ann M.
Mar 02, 2010 Ann M. rated it it was amazing
First things first: Rachael Herron is a romance writer. (Go read this blog post -- 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
Aug 15, 2011 marie rated it did not like it
Shelves: fiction
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Apr 16, 2010 Yvonne rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
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,
Jennifer Johnson
Jul 18, 2010 Jennifer Johnson rated it it was ok
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Apr 16, 2010 Zoe rated it liked it
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
Jan 01, 2011 Jeanne rated it it was amazing
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
Oct 06, 2016 Jennifer rated it it was ok
Shelves: romance
Eh, this was okay, but the characters seemed like stock romance characters, and in a way that didn't appeal to me. The main female character made silly decisions, and I guess the guy was supposed to only *seem* like a womanizing jerk (which is supposed to support how strong their love is that the main character can bag this guy who "cats around" ::eye roll::).

I did enjoy the fake quotes at the beginning of each section from the Elizabeth Zimmerman-esque woman who bequeathed her land and yarn to
Mar 26, 2013 Natalia rated it did not like it
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
Manda B
Mar 10, 2010 Manda B rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: knitters, romance fans
Shelves: knitting, own, 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
Mar 04, 2010 Sylvia rated it it was amazing
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
Nov 08, 2010 Tricia rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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."


The story line is o
Lala Hulse
Oct 25, 2009 Lala Hulse rated it it was amazing
Hands down the best romance novel I have ever read.
Jan 22, 2017 Anne rated it really liked it
Yes, it's a romance. I normally detest romances. This one has elements I know. Knitting, spinning, yarn, and wool. It's a little bit predictable, but it's pleasant fluff, if you'll forgive the pun. Sometimes, this is the book I want to read. Fluff, sweet, kind of dumb, rather like my now departed cat. But a nice way to while away a few hours.
Dec 26, 2016 Karen rated it really liked it
This is about my 3rd or 4th time reading this book classic romance story that I enjoy Abigail inherits a cottage & the land it is on from her recently departed friend. The problem is the nephew who inherited the rest of the land which he works on raising sheep ,doesn't want her there but he can't control the attraction he has for her. She is equally drawn to him but is scared Donice she is hiding from her ex stalker boyfriend. Love the setting and great romantic story that is fun to read on ...more
Fate's Lady
Oct 28, 2014 Fate's Lady rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance
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
Mar 06, 2010 Mary rated it really liked it
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
Heather Murphy
May 12, 2013 Heather Murphy rated it did not like it
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
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
** 2.5 stars **

How to Knit a Love Song was okay, fine, but I didn't love it, or even enjoy it that much. Abigail was a decent heroine, didn't annoy me as much as other readers. I liked that she was obsessed with yarn and creating beautiful objects with great yarn. She was way impulsive and prone to falling all over the place. Cade, on the other hand....

I could not stand the man. He was rude, judgment, prone to jump to stupid conclusions, and not above using another woman to hurt Abigail. I did
Mar 08, 2010 Mia rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction, knitting
Okay, I have been reading her blog for way linger than I care to admit. I love that her author's insights include a sweater pattern. I am hoping I don't have to wait as long for her next novel to come out since I am enjoying this one

I had the chance to meet Rachael at Maryland Sheep and Wool this past weekend. She is utterly amazing!!! I will be patient and wait until the next book comes out. I love the sweater pattern in the back of this book and am thinking of making it out of handspun that I
Sep 18, 2011 Sarah rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
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
Mar 31, 2010 Dru added it
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.
Nov 09, 2014 Megan rated it it was ok
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.

Feb 24, 2015 Janeiowa rated it really liked it
Knitters will enjoy this story.

This is a wonderful HEA with lots to hold knitters attention. Abigail is a knitter who writes knitting books and patterns she devises. She inherits a cottage and some land on a ranch from the legend in the knitting world, Eliza Carpenter. Cade MacArthur, the sheep rancher who ran Eliza's sheep ranch inherited the rest of the ranch.
Rachael Herron is so clever. A knitter who creates a book version of Elizabeth Zimmerman and centers character connections around a goddess of knitting for her series? Awesome!

I loved the development of the LYS and okay, as a knitter, all the talk about yarn, etc? Heaven to my eyes and ears + a romance? Fantastic of course.
Jun 25, 2010 Conny rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2010, fiction
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.
Mar 24, 2010 Marisa rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2010
Not the type of book I normally read, but I love Rachael Herron (of and had to read it! I think it's a great story, sweet and touching and definitely entertaining. Congratulations, Rachael!
Barbara Villegas
Mar 27, 2015 Barbara Villegas rated it really liked it
I normally don't read RomComs, but since this was about knitting, I made an exception. The story was well written, but the love scenes still made my eyes burn. Great descriptions of scenery throughout.
Stephanie Newhouse
Nov 13, 2015 Stephanie Newhouse rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
This is THE book that opened me up to not only a new genre (knitting fiction), but also to my favorite author. It was an addicting read; I couldn't put it down, but once I did, I immediately picked up the next one in the series.
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Rachael Herron is the bestselling author of the novels The Ones Who Matter Most, Splinters of Light, and Pack Up the Moon (Penguin), the five-book Cypress Hollow series, and the memoir, A Life in Stitches (Chronicle). She received her MFA in writing from Mills College, Oakland. She teaches writing extension workshops at both UC Berkeley and Stanford and is a proud member of the NaNoWriMo Writer’s ...more
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