Sunday, April 17, 2011

How to Knit a Heart Back Home ~ Book Review+Giveaway

I love reading books about knitting. More specifically, I love reading novels about knitting.
Because I kind of live vicariously through them. I mean, I know how to do your basic knit stitch, but that's pretty much it. Not much else going on there when all you can do is create a few pseudo-scarves because you don't know how to "end" them.

Oops ... where was I before I started going on and on about my lack of knitting talent.
Ah, yes. Books. My stronger talent!

I recently read
How to Knit a Heart Back Home, by Rachael Herron, and I loved it. It was light, but not fluffy, sexual, but not erotic, tense, but not stressful, emotional but not heart-breaking ...
The main character of Lucy was perfect in so many ways. She knits (!), she volunteers for her local fire department (!?) and she runs a bookstore (!!!). I would absolutely want to be friends with Lucy in real life. The description of her on the back of the book says, 'Her life is even-keeled and smooth, just the way she likes it,' and I like that idea. That concept. Of just life being life.
The every day for Lucy is so easy and relaxed. And then Owen returns to Cypress Hollow. Just the town's name alone leaves me in a soap opera setting mindset. But it's not. It's sweet, it's connected, and it's a lot of small town connections and relationships coming into play.

Owen is hot. Owen and Lucy save a friend's life [Abigail, from the first book of this series - that you do not need to read prior to reading this one, I promise!] as they reunite, but he does not know who she is. There is much more that throws them together as we make our way through this book and eventually, man, we see just how hot he is. Ms. Herron writes her sex scenes with tender words and a heated touch. We stumble through the development of their relationship, their connection to one another, and this town, and we learn more about each character with every page.

Now that I have your attention, back to the knitting. A small quote from the author on what knitting is like for her,

Some knitters describe knitting as being like meditation. I think this is a lovely idea, but I've been doing it for so long now that it's more like breathing air. It's just something I have to do." ~ Rachael Herron

The knitting is the way this story stitches (forgive the pun!) together. Seriously. Every now and then I think, where's the knitting, and then it's there. There's a lot more to the novel, a found batch of notes and patterns by a famous knitter that both Owen and Lucy knew as children, their mothers knew her, Lucy's grandmother knew her. The knitting is there with this part of the story, AND the way that Lucy is doing just like the author says. She is knitting when she doesn't even realize it. Knitting saves her in so many ways. I'm jealous. I wish I had that ability in the worst way!

I'm lucky enough to have a two copies of this book to give to my readers, so please take a moment and leave me a comment to let me know you're interested in the book. Also, this giveaway will only be open to my current followers. Those who support me as I talk about my reading habits regularly and leave me supportive comments on my book reviews and love the whole book thing. So no offense to anyone else, I'd just love to give a copy of this fun (and possible beach read) book to someone (someones?) who loves books as much as I do.

Winner will be chosen one week from today.

*I was not compensated in any way for this review. I received a copy of the book to facilitate my review and will have two copies sent to the winner free of charge. All opinions shared are my own!**


  1. Sounds lovely! I just started knitting and also recently taught myself to crochet so this is right down my alley! :)

    Definitely going to add this to my reading list!!

  2. Andrea, I haven't read a book since my son was born, EIGHT months, 4 days ago. Before him, and subsequently before the PPD, I read a book weekly. I've been too anxious, scattered, depressed, exhausted, distracted! This sounds like the *perfect* read to get my mind off of life for a bit!


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