Cora's Heart (Cypress Hollow Yarn #4) by Rachael Herron

Cora's Heart (Cypress Hollow Yarns Book 4)


From bestselling author, Rachael Herron, comes another funny and sexy romcom set in the sleepy Californian coastal town of Cypress Hollow. 

Cora has been hurt too many times, and by one man in particular . . . Abandoned by her mother and widowed in her mid-twenties, Cora Sylvan has learned the hard way that you should take nothing in life for granted. So everything is planned out to the last degree – from how to run her farm on a shoestring to how to survive a major earthquake. 

Unfortunately, there's nothing in those notes to cover the return of the infuriatingly handsome Mac Wildwood, her husband's cousin, the man she loved and lost. And Mac, it seems, has a secret plan of his own up his sleeve. Cora Sylvan safeguarded everything – but she didn't protect her heart . . . 

Fans of Debbie Macomber and Penny Reid will love this trip into Cypress Hollow, and into love.


I saw Cora's Heart for free the other day and decided I must read it once I saw "fans of..Penny Reid will love this." Well you know I love Penny Reid, so I had to see if this book would be just as amazing as her books. I did really enjoy Cora's Heart, though it is not as funny as Penny's books. There were a lot of times when I got frustrated with the main characters, but even though I did I still enjoyed it.

Cora has not had the easiest of lives. She was abandoned by her mom when she was young and grew up just wanting that safety and security of a family, a home. She is a widow trying to get by with her small farm, but she just accidentally burned down most of her supplies. All she has ever wanted was safety and security. She keeps a notebook full of what if scenarios. What if there is an earthquake? What if this and that? Anything she can think of, anything that she might have to deal with some day gets put in the book. She is a huge worrier and the notebook lets her gather those worries in one place so they don't overwhelm her.

The same day her barn burns down, Mac, the prodigal son, her husbands cousin, returns to town. Cora, Mac and Logan, her husband, used to be best friends. Cora has always loved Mac, but when she didn't think Mac liked her and Logan showed interest she got together with Logan. This story just breaks my heart in a lot of ways. If only Mac could have vocalized his feelings. If only Cora didn't stay with Logan just to try and have that safety and security of a home, if only things would have been different. Through the book you see Logan and Cora's relationship and how even though Cora didn't really love him like that she tried really hard to make a good, loving home for him. My heart just went out to Cora cause she seems so sweet and kind and kind of fragile.

Mac has always been in love with Cora, but Cora chose his cousin. Since Cora and Logan got together he has stayed away. He just couldn't deal with seeing the two of them together all the time. Cora and Logan were young when they got married, but Cora had gotten pregnant. Without that I honestly think Cora and Mac would have worked things out much sooner. Oh well, this is one of those stories where if they would have been able to share their feelings they wouldn't have had so much hardship to deal with by themselves.

When Mac comes back he still tries to stay away. After all Cora is Logan's. That kept coming up, by both Cora and Mac, how she is Logan's. It made me want to yell at them both like No she is not! She is her own, and besides that Logan is dead! Is she just supposed to give up her happiness because she was once married to him? It was a bit frustrating at times watching these two people who obviously care greatly for the other be so torn up about it. That and when Cora jumps to terrible conclusions about just made me think do you even know him at all? And even if he wasn't a terrible person like you first assumed, why would what you think going to make it so you can't be together? I didn't get that or Cora's crazy pushing him away because of it.

The other thing I didn't get in this book? Trixie. They show what happened years ago when they were all in high school. They show when Logan and Cora first get together. I didn't understand, and still don't, why Trixie would push Cora towards the guy she, Trixie, actually likes. Why keep hounding Cora to get with the guy Trixie wants to be with? It didn't make much sense. Wouldn't she really try and get Cora to be with someone else so she could be with the guy she wanted? It was just confusing to me. Then when Cora finds out all the secrets near the end of the book her whole give away everything I have thing didn't make any sense. I could see wanting to do something, but everything she has should not go to someone else. She was Logan's wife. She deserves some of his belongings just as much as anyone else. She just went a little crazy at the end with the Mac conclusions and the fallout when she finds out the truth.

Overall though I loved this book. Even though Cora and Mac and their lack of communication could be frustrating at times, I still loved reading it. They were so sweet together and Cora really could use Mac in her life (you can really see this in the epilogue where you see Mac pushing Cora outside her comfort/safety zone). It took them a while to figure everything out, but they did it. Now off to find more books by this author!

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★

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