How to Knit a Love Song (Herron)

The classic love story, set in motion by the death of a secret matchmaker who just happened to be a sheep farmer and legendary knitwear designer. Eliza Carpenter (who bears a striking resemblance to the real life Elizabeth Zimmerman) passes away leaving her sheep ranch to her nephew and a cottage that sits right in the middle of it to a young woman (also a knitwear designer) she befriended while living in San Francisco in her last years. Eliza conveniently has stocked the cottage completely full of supplies for Abigail to start a business here. Her nephew Cade is outraged that she didn’t leave him everything and left part of the farm to this “city girl”. He tries to push her out, but ultimately couldn’t be that big of a jerk. Every nice thing he does just trying to be polite (like allowing her to stay in the main house with him while she fixed up the cottage) brings them closer together; and everytime they really connect in an intimate moment he somehow screws it up. In the end, like all good love stories they end up together. Unlike Spun by Sorcery this really is “knit lit”….a classic tale of how knitting (and spinning) can help heal the soul and soften the heart. While yes it was a cheesy somewhat predictable love story, it really kept me engaged and I couldn’t put it down. Not only is it truly a good romance, it was also hilarious! I can’t tell you how many times I disturbed the silence in my house by cackling out loud. Rachael Herron has spun an excellent yarn for her first novel…I am eagerly awaiting the second to become available at the library.

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