Sunday, October 5, 2014

Review: Cora's Heart by Rachael Herron

18802175Rating: ★★★★★ stars
Date published: October 25th, 2013
Publisher: Self published
Synopsis: 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.
What I Thought:

I've always been a huge fan of Rachael's writing.  I fell in love with her and her characters from the first moment I read the excerpt from How to Knit a Love Song sometime in 2010.  My love for her stories has not abated since then, but has grown with time.  Cora's Heart is another heart warming tale that will stay with you long after you've finished the last page.

Cora is a woman I admire and would love to be myself.  She's resilient and independent.  She's prepared for everything but open to everyone.    I felt her pain while she watched her shed burn and most of her stock and livelihood burn with it. The thing I love most about Cora is her heart.  She loves fiercely and true. She has a strong sense of family and is willing to do what it takes to keep them safe and happy.  Mac was sort an enigma.  I got he and Cora had history, but I wasn't prepared for his fierceness, determination, and the depth of his love for Cora.  The two of them together simply made me happy and my heart sigh.

One of the things I loved about this book was how much I enjoyed reading it.  I didn't want it to end.  I love being in Cypress Hollow  and getting glimpses of some of my favorite characters from previous stories.  There were a number of revelations affecting many of the characters in the book.  I was left as shaken and devastated as they were after each one.  I felt like I was part of the story, each of Cora and Mac's highs were mu highs and their lows were my lows.  Rachael did a fantastic job with this book.  The long wait was well worth it.  Thankfully my wait for the next Cypress Hollow novel is very short.  Fiona's Flame is available.

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About the Author
Rachael Herron is the internationally bestselling author of the Cypress Hollow series (HarperCollins/Random House Australia) and of the memoir, A Life in Stitches (Chronicle). Her newest novel, Pack Up The Moon, will be available in March 2014 from Penguin (USA) and Random House Australia (NZ/AUST). Rachael received her MFA in writing from Mills College and is a 911 fire/medical dispatcher when she's not scribbling. She lives with her wife, Lala, in Oakland, California, where they have more animals and instruments than are probably advisable. Rachael is struggling to learn the accordion and can probably play along with you on the ukulele. She's a New Zealander as well as an American. She's been known to knit. 

* I purchased a paperback from Barnes & Noble.  All opinions are my own and I was not compensated for them in any manner.*

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