Thursday, December 8, 2011

How to Knit a Heart Back Home by Rachael Herron

This is the second book in the  Cypress Hollow Yarns series.
I've been knitting more this year so I'm finding I enjoy books with knitting too.  In this series the characters love to knit and I want to pick up my knitting right along with them.

There is also romance built into this series and this book focus's on Lucy Harrison, fire brigade volunteer, bookseller, and fan of the famous knitting work of Eliza Carpenter.  Eliza is the deceased friend of Lucy's grandmother and Irene Bancroft, the mother of Lucy's high school crush, Owen.

Owen, is a former San Francisco cop. An on-the-job injury forces him into retirement at 35 so Owen returns to Cypress Hollow to visit his mother and decide where he will live next.  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 and a romance blooms between them.

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.

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