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Beauty and the Mustache

Book 4, Knitting in the City - Knitting in the City

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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.

Customer Reviews


First let me say This Book is Unbelievably Fantastic!!! I have loved loved the previous 4 books, but Beauty & the Mustache is Marvelous and Wondrous and filled with Romance and Poetry.
I highly recommend the entire series.

A true Romance novel

It has taken me a long time to write my review about Beauty and the Mustache. I still don’t think I have the right words to convey how much this book touched me.
I love romance novels that is no secret, I think a lot of the books I have read lately in the romance category fall very short in the romance aspect. Not Beauty and the Mustaches. Finally a book with a building up to a great romance and not a wham, bam, thank you mam quickie. While this book is part of Penny’s Reid’s knitting series, it’s vastly different. There is so much raw emotion and deeper feelings in this book, whereas the others are more light hearted and funny.
This is a book about love, family, loss, friendship, and finding one’s self. While there is still humor, this book is filled with so many more feelings.

This book follows Ashley, a nurse from Chicago who has to go home to Tennessee to find out why her mother is not keeping in contact with her. She has 6 wonderful, charismatic, and hilarious brothers, some who tortured her as a child, she has since lost contact with them. Her brother still live at home with her mother. Upon returning home she learns her mother is dying of Ovarian Cancer.

Ashely also meets Drew, a mysterious man who her mother trusts with everything, even her Will and wishes for after her passing. Drew gets on Ashley’s nerves at first, but it was so great to watch them both fall in love.

The journey is wonderful and I have found that Penny Reid is now one of my top favorite authors

Drew is a Viking Book Boyfriend!

4.5 out of 5 start read. First, I think that Penny Reid is one of the most fabulous authors in my Humorous Contemporary Romance bookshelf. Any author who quotes Jane Austen is a keeper in my book. This doesn’t disappoint, however its sub-story is actually not humorous at all. So this Heroine’s journey there is sub- plot that delves into the passing of a beloved parent. This secondary story separates from Ms. Reid’s normally fun time reads for me into something real, closer to home. If you have read any of the Knitting in the City serials, you’ve met the heroine, Ashley. However, as this story is told, I don’t believe you need to read the other books to be in tune with the characters. This book can stand alone for the reader.

Ashley comes home after a mysterious hospitalization of her mother occurs. After an eight year hiatus, she is spring boarded into the lives of her six brothers and one very close family friend, Drew. With Ashley being absent from the day to day, she no longer knows her brothers or the importance of this friend. Thrown into a situation that she feels out of control, it doesn’t suit her that she is wildly attracted to Drew. Through revealing conversations, the reader learns that Drew was likewise inconveniently attracted to Ashley. The story eventually moves to the HEA. But it does so with real life problems, death, and beautiful poetic Hero.

This review is coming on the heels of a Reid-Along I have participated in prior to the release of the next Winston brother’s book, Truth or Beard. I had originally given the book a solid 4 stars. In my re-read, I had to reflect on why. I had a very difficult time with connecting to the heroine. I felt her actions for most of the book were judgmental. Yes, she did have some baggage, but not so much to realize that teenagers/young adults grow with maturity. I felt she clung to that judgment and so I had a harder time connecting. Whereas the hero has an equally life event that colors his opinion, he seems to be able to be open and willing to see beyond first impressions. However, my fascination with this character and ancillary characters is what drove me to be immersed and delighted.

This is a definitely recommend if you are looking for a slow building romance; more story lines other than another dating book. This covers family dynamics around childhood versus adults, death and finding what you really want for yourself to be happy.

Beauty and the Mustache
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  • Category: Contemporary
  • Published: Aug 25, 2014
  • Publisher: Penny Reid
  • Seller: Smashwords
  • Print Length: 509 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Series: Book 4, Knitting in the City
  • Requirements: To view this book, you must have an iOS device with iBooks 1.3.1 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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