Wednesday, April 27, 2011

How to Knit a Heart Back Home Giveaway


Edited to add on May 30th, 2011: The contest is now closed and no further entries are being accepted. Thanks to all who entered.
Hi Knitters,
Last spring break I read Rachael Herron's first knit-lit novel, How to Knit a Love Song. I loved it and asked Rachael if I could host a giveaway. What I didn't know at that time is that Rachael is writing a series of these books centered around the characters living in the beautiful, lush town of Cypress Hollow. When I caught wind that the second book was coming out I immediately contacted Rachael to see if I could host another giveaway for her.

To keep with my new spring break tradition I finished up Rachael's newly released second Cypress Hollow novel, How to Knit a Heart Back Home, and I wasn't disappointed. The story focuses on Lucy, a different lead character than the first novel. You could read these books separately and have a total understanding of the story but the characters do overlap between the books. I like this very much.

Lucy is a knitter and a bookshop owner. She is surrounded by knitters and the history of knitters. She rents out a tiny house that sits behind the bookshop to a man who happens to be an old high school crush. He has returned to Cypress Hollow to take care of his ailing and aging mother who is also a knitter. From here the story flies off the pages!

How to Knit a Heart Back Home has adventure, twists and turns, a little touch of mystery, and I love how knitting is naturally woven into the plot. This is also a romance novel and there are some steamy scenes so please be aware of that. This is a G-rated blog so I want to be sure to point out that this is a true romance novel and it is not rated G. I would give it an R rating.

How to Knit a Heart Back Home is a quick, fun and fast read. The pages flew by for me and I can't wait for the next installment. I am trying to guess which character will be the lead in the follow-up book. I hope there will be another one by next year for my spring break (that's a hint, Rachael!). I loved this book. I love the characters. I love the setting which is a quirky little town filled with quirky characters which makes for juicy stories and backgrounds.

One other point is that there is a really cute cardigan pattern at the end of the book. It is on my list to knit this summer. Lucy wears this sweater, which was her grandmother Ruby's, throughout the book which gives it an endearing quality. It is called, Ruby's Bookstore Sweater as Lucy's grandmother Ruby owned the bookstore before giving it over to Lucy. It looks like a fun and fairly quick knit. Click here to see the cardigan and Rachael wearing a version of the cardigan on Ravelry.

Rachael Herron (her fantastic blog is Yarnagogo) has generously offered to send a signed copy of her new book to the winner of the giveaway I am hosting today. If you would like to receive a copy of How to Knit a Heart Back Home please leave one comment on this post AND leave your email address or ravelry id. I will randomly select a winner in a couple of days.

Good luck if you enter!
best, susie

188 comments:

Gina Power said...

I can't find these books in any of our local libraries so I would love to win a copy.

Jen said...

I would love to win!

jeremynjenprice (at) gmail (dot) com

thebookmistress said...

That sounds like an cool book -- and a cute cardigan. I'm "thebookmistress" on Ravelry.

Thanks.

Hope Creations said...

I loved her first book and have not been able to find the second in local bookstores. Thank you so much for this opportunity. http://www.ravelry.com/people/quietlooper

Angela said...

I would love a copy of Rachel's book. I love to read books that incorporate knitting in them.
angmil@charter.net

Sharon said...

I'd love to have this book.

Sharon
JenksSKB on Ravelry
jenksskb@cox.net

Laine said...

My momma bought me her first book for christmas last year and I read it in one day! I would love a copy of her new book!

Ravelry id lainemarie23

Thanks!

Carol said...

You have really piqued my interest with your book review, Susan. I'd love to win it (and knit the accompanying sweater pattern).

Carol
(carol.p@fuse.net or littlecp on Ravelry)

Kristin said...

I wold love to have this book!!

kgoff70@gmail.com

Phoenix said...

Both books sounds like a great read, I'm going to definitely look for it if I don't win :)

Thanks!

phoenix.young@gmail.com

Aberdonian said...

I'd love this book, it's on my wishlist! (Aberdonian on Rav)

Anonymous said...

Sounds like a good book.....Pick ME!!

Christi

Rav ID - CDBear

knitterlydesigns said...

I would love to win this book!

knitterlydesigns on Ravelry

Wylie said...

I would love to win this book. It looks like such a good read! Thank you.

SuzG said...

I hadn't heard of the first book, and now I want to read both! Thanks for the opportunity!

fenton.susan@gmail.com

Julie said...

Thanks for introducing me to Rachael Herron. I just checked out her blog and subscribed. Would love to win her book. Thanks! RavID: Tanknit

Tiphanie Wong said...

I loved her first book (which I bought after you gave it your review!). I'd love to win a copy of her second book. Thanks for the opportunity!

Rav id is purplemama.

Laura ( Flours and Fibers) said...

Sounds like a fun read! I haven't done much pleasure reading in awhile, and I'd love to start with this book this summer!

Laura
Rav ID: FloursAndFibers

Julie said...

great book review! i've been looking for a good summer beach read...and it feels like summer is already here!

ravid: loveelamb

Li z Monroe said...

I would love to read this steamy, Rated R knitting love story! Thanks for the giveaway.

ravel id: averill73

Toni said...

Thanks for the info about the rating, sometimes it's hard to tell how graphic a novel will be.

Kimberly R. said...

I'd love to enter - Thanks for the chance to win!

Mcknits said...

I would love to have this book. I have been wanting to read it.

MCKnits on ravelry

Teresa said...

I'd love to read this book . . .

Sunrise Knitter said...

Love reading novels with a knitting theme.

Knittersgetaway on ravelry

Millertime Productions said...

Looks like a great summer read! Thanks for the opportunity to draw ;)
millertime on Ravelry

Curious About Living said...

I would love to read this book, knit the sweater and then pass it along to a knitty friend to read and knit as well!

melanie said...

I would love to read this book! I've never heard of these before, so will be on the lookout for them now.
qtpieknitter on rav

Anonymous said...

I love knitting and reading and I really love when they come together.
ravid: ceweller

Jersey Shore Deb said...

Have heard great things about these books, but haven't had a chance to read them yet. I'd love to win!
Deb
(JerseyShoreDeb on Ravelry)

Anonymous said...

How can you not love a book about knitters!! And a pattern to boot.
Even if I do not win this one is go ing onto my summer reading list.
Thanks!!

Anonymous said...

I love reading fiction which features knitting, and I would love to receive this one. I am on disability, so I count every penny. I haven't yet found a copy of this book to borrow. Please let me win!
ravelry id: idlehands1969

Robin said...

I'd love to win!
robear529 (at) gmail(dot)com

Pam said...

Sounds like a great book. Would be great to win a copy.
Rav ID- plashus

Laura said...

A giveawawy pairing two of my favorite bloggers! How can I resist!

Cynthia in NC said...

I enjoyed the first book and would love a copy of this one. Thank you for a chance in this give away. Ravelry ID scottieyarns

Anna said...

Thanks for the giveaway! aasinanna (at) gmail (dot) com

Kepanie said...

I love novels that have knitting in them.

nelia said...

How wonderful! I'm always looking for good new authors and a knitting book makes it even more fun. I'm nelnlv on ravelry. Thanks for the chance to win!

Knit and Purl Mama said...

I'd love to win a copy of her book! Thanks!

knitpurlmama at gmail dot com

Knit Girl Knits said...

Oh, what a great contest! Maybe I'll have luck and win something! Looks like a nice book to read.

knitgirlknits(at)gmail(dot)com

Whitney said...

I loved both these books as well & would love to give my copy to one of my coworkers if I win :)

Rav ID: whitsknits

Gayle said...

Would love to have a good summer read like this one. The Cardi would be nice too!

pattytrish said...

Sounds like my kinda book!!! Thanks for doing this for us, Susan. Pattytrish on Ravelry

pattytrish said...

Okay, not sure if my comment went through as I wasnt signed in before... Thanks Susan! Would love to read this book. Pattytrish on Rav

Susan said...

Thanks for the review...this is the first that I have heard of these books. I'll have to look for them at my local bookstore...if I don't win one first, that is!

Amy said...

I would love to win this book. I read the first one and shipped it off to my knitting friend in Ireland. I'll do the same with this one if I win! Yeah!

Hippywitch said...

Sounds like a great series of books, I'd love to win a copy.
Ravelry ID is Hippywitch

thewalshfam said...

I'd love to win! Thanks for another great giveaway!
Katie
rnmama on ravelry

April said...

Would love to read it. april.maston@gmail.com

Monica de Moss said...

Oh yes please!
"positivepolly" = Ravelry ID

Girl Knits said...

Would love a chance to win this, it looks like a great read!

girl.knits@gmail.com

Kelly said...

I would love to win a copy of this book! I will have to check out the first one, too!

Kelly (KnitsbyKelly on Ravelry)

Lavendersheep said...

I would love to win a copy. I am LavenderSheep on Ravelry.

amy said...

Love to get that book.

amyknit40 (on Ravelry)

mountain girl said...

This looks lovely!
mia@pocoleon.com

The Litter Box House said...

I'm just about to finish a statistics class and can totally use a light read to celebrate. Fingers crossed!

Selkie on Ravelry

Maureen said...

I read the first book and loved it. I have the other book on hold at the library and am impatiently waiting for it.

tiggernelsie@yahoo.com

Cindy said...

I love books like this. Thanks for the giveaway!

bridget bosch said...

i'd love a new knit lit for the summer! i haven't seen this title (or her other one) before so i'm excited for a new good read!

mbridget on rav

Valerie said...

I would love this book. I, too, am never without a good book or two to read. Reading the Friday Night Knitting Club a few years ago was the catalyst that spurred me back to knitting like a crazed woman.

Valerie said...

I would love this book. I, too, am never without a good book or two to read. Reading the Friday Night Knitting Club a few years ago was the catalyst that got me back into knitting. Haven't put my needles down since.

Susan said...

I would love to win this book!


Ravelry name: Simplysocks

hangin' on by a thread said...

sounds like a great read!

Ravelry ID knitgirl72

hangin' on by a thread said...

sounds like a great read!!!

hangin' on by a thread said...

sounds like a great read!!!

Ravelry Id knitgirl72

Sara said...

Sounds wonderful, thanks for another great giveaway.

Deb said...

I would love a copy ... thank you for the opportunity!

Cynthiacc said...

I'm so glad she is writing more, I loved the first book.

ravelry cynthiacc

KarenJ said...

My local library is in Tavira , Portugal. I can pretty much guarantee it will never have any of Rachael's books!

Rav. I.D. - intavira

onescrappychick said...

I loved the first one.... I'd love to read the next one.

justplainbeth on Rav

Mary said...

Would love to win.

Pamela Nees said...

Sounds great. Count me in.

grippedbygrace7@gmail.com

Linda said...

This sounds like a great read.
Lifter law on Ravelry.

Anonymous said...

The books sounds wonderful - I will have to check it out. I would love to win it.

Donna in VT
drgoad@hotmail.com

Maureen said...

Would love to win this book! Knitting and reading what could be better!! acornknitster on Ravelry

knitnonthefloor said...

ohhh, this looks like a great series!! If I don't win, I will definitely check them out!

Anonymous said...

I would love to read this!! Kathy
longkathy27@yahoo.com

Anonymous said...

Loved the first book. Look forward to this one!! kparkerwatson@yahoo.com

Teresa said...

Sounds like a wonderful book, coastguard on Ravelry

Teresa said...

Sounds like a wonderful book, coastguard on Ravelry

Teresa said...

Sounds like a wonderful book, coastguard on Ravelry

BadMamaJama said...

I would love to win! Thank you Susan and Rachel!

I am Mamamoore on Ravelry.

BadMamaJama said...

I would love a chance to win! Thank you Susan and Rachel!!

Heather L. said...

Sounds like a good book! Just finished your hen and chicks for my nephew for Easter. Everyone loved them!

ravelry: heatherlefebvre

AuntSara said...

I love books like that!

Creative Design said...

Beautiful book! I would love to have it! You can never have too many knitting books!

Sheila
szachariae@yahoo.com

Tracey said...

would love to win!
tbmccarthy on rav

Kareen said...

I LOVED the first book - and have actually read it a few times again. I would LOVE to read the second. Thanks for keeping all of us blog readers in the loop.

Elly said...

OOh exciting!! The first book was a very enjoyable read, I'm sure this one is even better :) Thanks for the giveaway Susan!

Elly

afairlie said...

Even if I don't win, I'll be purchasing a copy of this book and the rest in the series! Thanks for hosting:)
Rav ID: afairlie

Patricia said...

Sounds like a fun summer read! jwandpjc@yahoo.com

Anonymous said...

I love the idea of knitting novels... it could be a whole new genre!
Would love to win a copy - Lisa aka Karmiec

mhchong said...

Ooh ... ME ME! I'd love to win.

mhchong@aol.com

sheepish1 said...

This sounds like a very good read.

Grandmatutu said...

I checked my library and neither of these books are available (yet). Hope I win this giveaway, as I lurve quick, easy reads! xoxo (email: jrmint06@yahoo.com)

Valerie Burch said...

I would love to win! Now I want to look up the first book and get it and start reading it. :)

rav id: valeriebee

toni in florida said...

I'd love a copy! You can find me on Rav as "cupcakeknitstoo". Thanks for the opportunity!

Kanani said...

Sounds like a great story and a good read. Hope I win.

Ravelry ID: Kanani

Pixiewear said...

it sounds like the perfect summer reading!

Rustya said...

Book looks like a great beach read.

Rustya said...

Looks like a great beach read

Jennifer Kolakowski said...

I would love to win a signed copy!!

Thank you for the chance!
Jen K.

Renee said...

I love, love, love books and would be super excited to read a knitting book. I would love to win a copy of this book.

email is renpenn@gmail.com and I'm mommyne on Ravelry.

Thanks!!

L said...

Love to hear about great books!
HollyBerries on Ravelry.

RuthieE said...

Love reading your blog. My friend Ann and I are often inspired by your posts and encourage one another in out knitting efforts. Book giveaway is exciting!
Thank you.
RuthieE on Ravelry
rutheh@gmail.com

~Ve said...

Sounds like a lovely book- one I'd like to have :-)
VCR on Ravelry

~Ve said...

Sounds like a lovely book- one I'd like to win :-)

JRG said...

I love the idea of the pattern at the end, and that you don't have to read these in sequence. Hope I win! :P

Jennifer Grant

steph said...

bookstore and knitting--what a perfect combination!!!
soyknits on rav

S. said...

Sounds like a great book! I'd love to check it out! Thank you! CraftyTxGrrl on Ravelry.

kathleen said...

I would love a copy. The cardigan is lovely.

kathleen said...

I would love this book.

Rae Lynne said...

I always love a good book - especially when they focus on something I really enjoy! :) Thanks for hosting this giveaway, Susan!

raelynne01 on Ravelry

PAK said...

This book sounds like a good read. I love that knitting is a thread throughout. Pardon the pun.
pakoss0414@gmail.com

ScottieGirl Knits said...

I enjoy reading and love it when it includes knitting too. I will have to check out this series.
ScottieGirl1 ~ Ravelry

stephigordon said...

I read the first book after reading about it on your blog - loved it! I would be thrilled to win this one! Thanks for the chance! Stephanie stephi_gordon@yahoo.com

cindy said...

Loved Rachel's first book can't wait to read the next one.
Cindy

Jeannie D said...

What a nice giveaway...thanks!

Rav ID: childwood

danaj said...

Looks like I'm gonna have to buy a new book...

danaj said...

Looks like I'm gonna have to buy a new book... I hadn't heard of the first one, I'll start there.

Ronni Lynn said...

Hi Susan.
I would love to win this book. It would make this month (my birthday month) a complete success
Ronni

knittingdiva1@aol.com

Valli said...

I loved the first book! sweetpeaquilts@yahoo.com. Please count me in!

valli

deb said...

I would enjoy reading this book! Deb. Sock nurse on Ravelry

chris said...

Set in a bookstore with knitting, sounds like a great book.

Tammy♥ said...

Would love to be the lucky one and enjoy this book. Count me in!
knitwit29@gmail.com

Missy said...

Enjoyed her first book so much!
mkrids on Ravelry

Judi A. said...

I have been wanting to read the first book and now there is another to read. Do hope I am the lucky winner! :-)


Zowmom on Ravelry

Karey said...

I would love to win this book. Thanks for the giveaway.

kaclockATgmailDOTcom

tothfamily25 said...

I love these kinds of books can't wait to read it

Michelle said...

I'd love to have a chance to win this! Knitting and books go together like peas and carrots! :0)

stitchywitchy on Rav

Doula Mommy said...

I would love to read that!
-Jessica, rav ID:MonkeyButtBabies

sbknit said...

Sounds like a wonderful book! Thanks for the giveway!

buckets19@hotmail.com

tburtner said...

Love Knitting Novels....PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE pick me!!!!!
tburtner228@gmail.com

Sara said...

Sounds like a great summer beach read!
sms394 on rav

A Tisket, A Tasket . . . . said...

Also searching local library! Would LOVE a copy!

cbhale4@gmail.com
Ravelry ID: "cassieknits"

savvy said...

would love to win this.

bungalow10 on rav.

Andrea said...

Me encantarĂ­a poder participar
sophiayandrea@gmail.com
Besos y gracias!!!
Andrea

iluvdandelions said...

What a wonderful giveaway! I would be thrilled to win. :D

iluvdandelions@gmail.com and iluvdandelions on Ravelry

tresa said...

pretty !!! tresabyrd byrd1400@gmail.com

Donna said...

Oh boy, I would love the book! I am mamadonna on Ravelry

LP said...

Who can resist a book that incorporates knitting and R-rated romance. The first book was a lot of fun. Can't wait to read this one too! Thanks Susan and Rachael!

RavelryID: LittleRockLo

Sparks said...

I have always wanted to read one of her books!! pick me pick me!! lol
(stuff287@live.com)

JoAnnaJae said...

Knitting literature....love it!
RavID: ambitious

ER and Fam said...

It's always fun to read a good story, and read about knitting at the same time! emoscarson (at) gmail (dot) com

Shirley said...

Loved her first book and would love to own this one. jsrm(at)charter(dot)net.

Debbie said...

I loved her first book. I would REALLY love to win this one! Thanks! Ravelry ID is gussek
Debbie in Alaska

annemarie said...

I would love this book - thanks for the chance. a.hun@sbcglobal.net

Celia said...

There's nothing like a good book and a D. Coke. I'd love to win this book. Thank You!
Celia
cke@cableone.net

womanwithstixs said...

Thank you for another great giveaway. This is my kind of book.
I have my fingers crossed.

Carla

Ravelry ID: womanwithstixs

bitten78 said...

what a great sounding book! thang so much for helping me find some good summer reading, going to go get the first book ASAP.
kguennette - rav id
kguennette@yahoo.com

Linda said...

I would love to win! Ravelry id: carrlin

suesueb said...

I'm going to have to go to my library to check out the first one! Sounds perfect for spring reading outside!! Thanks for the chance!

Laura said...

Love knitting fiction....

Alexis said...

I'd like to win!

Ravelry: fondlingfiber

Tera said...

Oh I would love to win this!! How fun! Love the idea :)

Tera
TeraRowe@gmail.com

Helen said...

I have been a long time reader of Yarnagogo. I have her first book and I can hardly wait for book three. Rachael has a beatiful shawl pattern in it!

DaiseyB said...

Oh, I have read the first book and it was WONDERFUL!!! I was going to buy the next book but I think I will wait and see if Maybe I might win it. Don't think so though as of this post there are 156 comments. Not real good odds but I will give it a try.

Brenda said...

hi! I would love to win the book! I am goodstuff on ravelry.

Jaye said...

Sounds like a fun read, thanks for the review of the books!

cupcakegirl said...

Sounds like a fun book to read. I've not heard of them before and would be interested to have a looksee!

ashleyandabagail@gmail.com

laurie said...

I'll take a chance, please.

ameknits said...

The first book was lots of fun. I can't wait to read this one!
Thanks for always thinking of us Susan. You are truly one in a million! ~ ameknits on ravelry

RoamingKnitter said...

I would love a copy. It sounds like a wonderful read.

Ravelry: roamingknitter

napavlydeb said...

Susan you always have the most interesting blog and I love your tutorials, they're the best! I would enjoy owning this book. I'm napavlydeb on Ravelry.

Karen said...

Such a winning combo - knitting and reading - my favorite hobbies. ravelry id knitnspin

Ertman-Trowbridge Family said...

I love reading fiction knitting books about as much as I love to knit!

rav id: valeriechristine

Jeanne Sullivan said...

Susan, I have so enjoyed your blogs
centered mostly around your knitting and family. I would love to be the winner as I cannot for the life of me find the book in our local bookstores in Raleigh, NC!

Lynn said...

Fascinating that an entire genre of fiction has sprung up around knitting. It's all about connections.

Ellen Bishop said...

I would love to read this book!
Ellen
EllenLBishop on Ravelry or
ebacher@cox.net

Francie said...

I loved her first book and look forward to reading this one.

Thanks for the chance to win.

Francie
francieos@yahoo.com

lindagerig said...

sounds like a good book. lindagerig@sbcglobal.net

Anonymous said...

I love to read, I love to knit and I love bookstores...one of my dreams is to have a yarn shop/bookstore. What fun to have a book that combines all three, and I like the pattern, too! Kristin

Anonymous said...

I loved the first book and am sure that I will enjoy the second.
imler_sharon@yahoo.com
skispinner ravelry id

Kate said...

I love good knit-lit! Thanks again for sharing!

Kate of katesloops (rav)

Jean said...

Please pick me. I'd love to win!!

jeanfernandez59@gmail.com

Bonnie said...

What a great giveaway. I would love to win.

Mir said...

I love love to read books about knitting.

Birdsong said...

Here's hoping I win....I saw this book at a shop I visited on my spring break but had spent too much on yarn to feel I could buy it now!

Cindy said...

2 of my favorite things to do..knit and read. Couldn't go wrong with this book! Arrowfeather @ Ravelry

Tara Vanderkamp said...

Hope it's not too late. For once in my life I would love to win something. LOL Thanks for all the great give-a-ways, I usually end up buying the books I don't win.
Many blessings,
Tara
tarakristav@hotmail.com

Catharine Williams said...

I love seeing all of the great books you have up for give away, Thanks for all the inspiration, Susan.
I have been so blessed by you.
Catharine Williams
gregcathyw@hotmail.com

Emma said...

Sounds awesome! My email is toemma@gmail.com.

Susanne B. said...

I Love knit lit...I would love this book. pleeeeaaaasssse pick me!
Raverly ID sboehm1977 or sboehm1977@yahoo.com.
Thanks
Susanne

MarieAnge said...

Looks to be an interesting book :)
As others have said, the local book stores don't have it in stock so winning a copy would just rock!

MariAngel (ravelry id)

amyroz said...

I would love a copy. Thank you for doing such fun drawings. amyroz on ravelry.

shortly24 said...

I might be a little late to enter... but I just had to chance it. I love the sound of this book, and the concept for the series. Awesome giveaway, thanks :)

SLucy said...

hypersky5 at hotmail dot com
I am probably to late but I figured I would try ;)
SLucy