Beauty and the Mustache by Penny Reid
Series: Knitting in the City #4, Winston Brothers #0.5
Also in this series: Marriage of Inconvenience, Neanderthal Seeks Human, Truth or Beard, Grin and Beard It, Beard Science
Published by Cipher-Naught on August 28, 2014
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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This is a full-length novel, can be read as a standalone, and is the fourth book in the 'Knitting in the City' series.
There are three things you need to know about Ashley Winston: 1) She has six brothers and they all have beards, 2) She is a reader, and 3) She knows how to knit.
Former beauty queen, Ashley Winston’s preferred coping strategy is escapism. She escaped her Tennessee small town, loathsome father, and six brothers eight years ago. Now she escapes life daily via her Amazon kindle one-click addiction. However, when a family tragedy forces her to return home, Ashley can’t escape the notice of Drew Runous— local Game Warden, bear wrestler, philosopher, and everyone’s favorite guy. Drew’s irksome philosophizing in particular makes Ashley want to run for the skyscrapers, especially since he can’t seem to keep his exasperating opinions— or his soulful poetry, steadfast support, and delightful hands— to himself. Pretty soon the girl who wanted nothing more than the escape of the big city finds she’s lost her heart in small town Tennessee.
What a beauty!
I decided to look through my massive TBR list of books I have purchased but not read. Beauty and the Mustache was the book that came out on top. What a win! I adored the humour, loved the family interactions as well as the support from the sisterhood of fellow knitters!
Concerned for her mother, Ashley visits home. Once she hears her mother’s devastating news, Ashley knows that she will be moving back to Tennessee for as long as her mother needs her. While it was heartbreaking, there were countless things like the quirkiness of Ashley’s brothers or her mother’s tendency to share random snippets of wisdom that cracked me up.
“…You don’t need to be pushed in order to fall.”
Now add to the mix a rather book boyfriend worthy character and I found myself mesmerised into the Winston family’s world. Ashley was baffled as why Drew was infiltrating the Winston household. Drew had a knack of challenging Ashley from the time they met. Her unconventional welcoming meant they had a few awkward moments to succumb before they could move on.
“So, other than her goodness, sweetness, gracefulness, and wit, what I like about Ashley Winston shouldn’t be discussed with Ashley Winston’s mother.”
The romance in this story took a back step to family time which was understandable given the circumstances. I found that I enjoyed the family time more than the romance even though I was keen for Drew and Ashley to get together. Once they got their act together, all the time they had spent looking after her mother made it feel like they had never been apart.
There were times when the story slowed down and I longed for the faster pace of writing I enjoyed previously. As the change in pace occurred during the latter chapters, it was a minor struggle. Readers with triggers might want to know that View Spoiler »the plot deals with the final stages of cancer in a realistic but positive manner and the positive experience of dying surrounded by loved ones « Hide Spoiler.
“I can’t believe you just bless your heart-ed me.”
I got an old school KA vibe from this story. It was a book to be savoured and enjoyed over a few days. This is a great book for those times when you need to be able to read when you get a chance. With a wonderful combination of humour, romance, friendship and family time, I am glad I read Beauty and Mustache.
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