Friday, October 10, 2014

Beauty and the Mustache by Penny Reid Review + Giveaway

Beauty and the Mustache
by Penny Reid
Publication Date: August 28, 2014

Genres: ContemporaryHumorRomance

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.
This is a full-length novel, can be read as a standalone, and is the fourth book in the 'Knitting in the City' series.


Well Fallers, it feels like all I ever do lately is give rave reviews where I give no complaints. Buckle up kiddos, because it's about to happen again.

I am wholeheartedly, unabashedly giving Beauty and the Moustache FIVE LEAVES. FIVE LEAVES. I have no complaints. None.

As several of my fellow bloggers here on the blog know, I am a notoriously particular person. I never have no complaints about something. Nothing is perfect, and I know what I like. So when I started this book, I was pretty wary because it starts off with our heroine, Ashley, going home to Tennessee because her mother has stage four cancer. I don't really like books with terminal disease, death, or high dramatics. I didn't even care. This book was so well crafted, so well written that I didn't even care that I was reading a book that heavily featured one of my book no-no's.

Ashley is a heroine you want to be your best friend in real life--she's smart, and fun, but she's not perfect (delightfully human, when in the romance world, some characters are made to be annoyingly perfect), and neither is Drew, the man she is trying desperately not to fall in love with. Drew is a puzzle for Ashley--he represents everything in Tennessee she was trying to leave when she graduated fro, high school, but he's also poetic, philosophical, and currently, the one person capable of getting Ashley and her brothers through the tangled mess they're attempting to navigate as their mother is dying.

This book was poignant and sweet and one of those books I curled up on the couch with, mug of tea in hand, to read all afternoon. Check it out as soon as you can, Fallers!

On a side note, this book IS part of series--however, I didn't feel like I was missing anything by having not read any of the previous books. And this one was so wonderful I've gone back to read the previous books! Penny Reid is completely and totally one of my new favorite authors.
SEX! It all started with sex, between my parents. Personally I don’t like thinking about it, but whatever works for you is a-ok with me. No judgment. The sex happened in California and much of my life also occurred in that state until I moved from the land of nuts (almonds), wine, silicon… boobs, and heavy traffic to the southeast US. Like most writers I like to write, but let’s get back to sex. Eventually I married and gave birth to 2 small people-children (boy-6, girl-4 as of this writing).
By day I’m a biomedical researcher with focus on rare diseases. By night I’m a knitter, sewer, lino block carver, fabric printer, soap maker, and general crafter. By the wee hours of the morning or when I’m intoxicated I love to listen to the voices in my head and let them tell me stories. I hope you enjoy their stories.


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