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Beauty and the Mustache: A Philosophical Romance: Volume 1 (Knitting in the City) Paperback – 24 Aug 2014
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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.
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This book is part of the knitting series but leads to a spin off Winston brothers series.
Ashley goes home to care for her momma and there we meet her brothers.
This book is hilarious but also very touching. A real emotional read. This book never fails to make me cry.
I think if you have ever been involved in the care at home of a terminally ill member of the family you can relate to so much in this book. The jokes scene and the sudden urge to wake up in the middle of the night. The emotion Ashley feels that has been held together then suddenly erupts and the staring scene.
I must admit I had to Google some of the quotes in this story esp some of the things Drew says.
Drew is the silent type, I did wish a couple of things were cleared up a bit more but there is no doubt how much he worships Ashley.
There are glimpses of the knitting group, esp the lines from Sandra are hilarious.
Series: Knitting in the City #4 and Winston brothers 0.5
Author: Penny Reid
Main characters: Ashley Winston and Drew Runous
Basic story: Ashley Winston has a great life in Chicago – she was desperate to get away from her native Tennessee, and her band of idiotic brothers eight years ago. Settled in a good job with a close-knit circle of friends (excuse the pun – it wasn’t intentional), her life takes an uncertain turn when she gets the call that her mother is ill.
Returning to Tennessee to look after her mother forces her to reconnect with her six brothers – at one time her biggest tormentors. She also has to deal with family friend Dr. Drew Ruinous, an intense, poet and bearded park ranger, whom she can’t figure out. He seems to hate her on sight – at least, at the times when he isn’t looking at her like she’s a glass of water and he’s a VERY thirsty man. What’s up with that?
As Ashley learns about herself and absorbs her mother’s enigmatic advice, she comes to realise that Chicago may be where her life is, but life in Tennessee could also hold some exciting possibilities – if only Drew would finally lay his cards on the table and use those words he’s so good at capturing on paper…
Why you should read it: Because. Penny Reid. She’s fabulous and funny and whose poetry ‘will melt your butter.’ (A phrase that I will now be using constantly!) Her characters are well-rounded, complex and feature some familiar faces that you may have read about in earlier books. Good news is if you love Ashley’s brothers, they have their own spin-off series – they all have beards and are super silly and sweet! The chemistry between Ash and Drew was HAWT – he is a deep and old soul and Ashley is the right balance for him. I loved their dynamic and swooned many a time.
What you might not like: Erm…hot mountain men with lots of facial hair? Didn’t think it was my thing, but I confess I’m a convert! Especially if the dude’s a poet. I honestly can’t criticise this book – it was superb – so fun and a great study in family dynamics, with some drama thrown in.
Rating: 5/5 for me – thoroughly entertaining, sexy and smart – which is something you can rely on with Penny Reid books.
This had taken her 8 years, and in which time she'd not been home to Tennessee to see her mother and six brothers!!
Ashley regularly phoned her momma and met up with her but not at home.
Being the only girl and having 6 brothers who to Ashley felt was their target for practical jokes of all kinds none of them particularly nice to say the least! This was the deciding factor in leaving Tennessee plus her father who was a violent man who wouldn't let his wife divorce him - mainly because her family were a monied family - and he thought every penny should come to him........
Ashley got a call from one of her brothers saying that momma was in hospital and wouldn't see any one but Ashley.
Ashley arranged time off work and drove home via the hospital where she found her mother had terminal cancer...........
When she got home she didn't recognise her bearded brothers and their friend - who Asley later found out from her mother when she came out of hospital to be nursed at home that Drew was her close friend and also her power of attorney and executor of her Will
Ashley and Drew took a long time and in a round about fashion to get together - via poetry a lot of intellectual discussions en route
With intriguing dialogue, intense situations and an all consuming full blown imferno of a love affair and just enough sadness and drama to balance the light, Beauty and the Mustache is simply a magical and beautiful story.
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