I confess that I'm not much of a reader. I surf the net, watch the tweets, read the blogs, but I don't tend to pick up a work of fiction very often and have a good read. I blame the PhD a little bit and the nature of my current work which also involves reading all day; it just doesn't feel like a leisure activity to me.
As a pal of Rachael Herron's I have been anticipating the release of her debut novel How to Knit a Love Song. I'm so happy she's now a published author, doing what she loves. I bought the book in digital form to read on my Iphone's Kindle app.
And I ate it up.
I was reading on the subway, sneaking a read in on the couch while the kids were doing homework, staying up too late to see what would happen next.
I really enjoyed it.
Not only am I not much of a reader, I'm definitely not a romance reader. So that surprised me. I like being surprised.
What hooked me was the solid pacing of the story and the utter charm of the main character Abigail. Also, instead of being whisked into some fantasy that involves me shopping on Rodeo Drive, I got to fantasize within my own realm. What knitter doesn't dream of an inheritance that involves fibre and knitting? Oh, and maybe a hot cowboy who can, ahem, really skein your cashmere (if you know what I mean).
The book also had Abigail in some very Anne of Green Gables moments. Some little scrapes that made me giggle. I liked that. A good story, fun characters, some romance and discussions of handknit socks. My kind of book.
Congratulations Rachael, a fine first novel and you helped get me out of my reading slump.