Friday, August 16, 2013

Favorite Things Friday: Yarnfic - Rachael Herron

Another of my favorite "yarnfic" series is the Cypress Hollow Yarn series by Rachael Herron. One thing that sets this series apart from all of the others I have been reading is that rather than following the same main characters through the different books, each book tells the story of different characters living in the same small California beach town of Cypress Hollow. You often learn what has happened to the characters from previous books as they pass through the lives of the new characters.

All of the characters in the different books are 'knit' together by a connection to the one character who you never meet. Each one has had his or her life touched by a famous "knitting guru" named Eliza Carpenter, who even after death leads the characters to find the love they are looking for. One of the ladies in my local library knitting group speculated that the quotes from E.C. at the beginning of each chapter could be a nod to the famous real life knitter Elizabeth Zimmerman (E.Z.).

Each book tells an engaging love story between two new characters. Unlike many of the other series I have read, these definitely fall into the Romance genre, complete with racy scenes to titillate the reader. But they are always on the PG side, you can just picture the "fade to black" as things get really hot and heavy, skipping forward to the next morning.

I discovered Rachael when I was looking for interesting yarn related people to follow on twitter. It has been fun to have a direct connection to the author so I can let her know how much I have enjoyed each of her books, and ask her which one is next. Since they all stand alone with different characters, I found it a little harder to figure out what order to read the books in. But Rachael was always quick to respond to my questions via Twitter, and let me know which book I should read next. I believe the chronological order is How to Knit a Love Song, How to Knit a Heart Back Home, and Wishes & Stitches. I am really looking forward to seeing what she comes up with next!

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