How To Knit a Heart Back Home (Cypress Hollow Yarn #2) by Rachael Herron


How to Knit a Heart Back Home (Cypress Hollow Yarns)

Synopsis:

Lucy Harrison sells books by day and volunteers with the Cypress Hollow fire department by night. Her life is just the way she likes it—full, even-keeled, and smooth—until bad-boy ex-cop Owen Bancroft comes back to town. Lucy has always been fearless, never scared about diving in to help others. When it comes to risking her heart, however, she realizes she's absolutely terrified.

In a small town like Cypress Hollow, everyone knows your business—and there is nowhere to hide. Then Lucy and Owen are thrown together by the discovery of the lost work of local legend, knitting guru Eliza Carpenter. Now Owen, adrift and struggling to redefine himself as a civilian without a badge, will have to learn how to open himself up to life's new possibilities . . . while Lucy decides just how much of herself she's willing to gamble on love.

Review:

How To Knit a Heart Back Home was another great read. This series is a lot of fun and Eliza reminds me of the mayor in Susan Mallery's Fool's Gold series, always fixing people up with what they need when they need it. I love it.

Lucy has always had a crush on bad boy Owen. She loved him back in high school, and they shared one magical kiss only to find Owen left town later that night. She also is afraid of losing everything. She is afraid of a lot of things, but she tries to project this fearless imagine. She volunteer with the fire department because she needs to feel like she could help someone if needed. Her grandmother, who she was very close to, died shortly after collapsing while they were at the beach and Lucy didn't know what to do to help. Since then she has had this need to try and not be afraid, to try and be able to help save someone else.

Owen liked Lucy back in high school, but he didn't have the best home life. His dad was horrible and people in the community always figured he was a bad person too. He moved away when things go to be too bad, just after he kisses Lucy. He remembers that kiss just like she does, but figures she never cared. He is back in town after many years to help care for his mother and figure out what to do with his life. He was a cop, but ended up being shot and now walks with a limp and is not very quick on his feet. He cannot climb a lot of stairs or anything so he is more limited than he used to be and can no longer do the only thing he ever wanted to do.

Owen and Lucy meet saving someone's life. The town overall is not too happy that he is back. Lucy however wants to give him the benefit of the doubt. She has always seen the good in him when other haven't. He rents out the cottage behind her store and they keep getting closer and closer. They both have their issues, but they work it out in the end. Owen feels like he is not good enough for her, he has nothing to offer her now that he is broken.

There were times when Lucy was a bit frustrating. She needs to grow up and move on from the past. She holds onto what happened in high school and doesn't trust Whitney when she tries to help Lucy with her store. She doesn't trust her best friend and her brother and tries to control what they do. Her best friend sleeps with lots of people, and Lucy gets pretty judgmental about that. I liked Lucy over all, but she could come off a bit harsh at times. I liked that she did learn and grow in the book. She did realize how terrible she was being and how everyone else had moved on from high school. She was also really sweet with Owen's mom.

My favorite part of the book was Owen at the end when he went to try and win back Lucy. He was so cute! When he is all this is all I have to give her, it is not much but hopefully she will have me with his tupperware...Oh I loved it. I loved him. He is so good for Lucy and Lucy is so good for him. They are cute and sweet and wonderful together. Loved them. Really a great read.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★1/2

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