New Review: Beauty And The Mustache by Penny Reid
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.
Nicole’s 5 Star Review
Two weeks ago, I read Penny Reid’s newest book, Beauty and the Mustache. As soon as I was done, I knew that there was no way I was going to be able to just sit down and write this review. There was too much for me to process. I had to let the story and all of its facets simmer in my brain and heart before I could put words to it all. I think I’m finally ready to share my thoughts, though I’m still unsure if I can adequately say just how much I loved this book.
I will tell you straight up that I had a lump in my throat for most of the book. NOT because it was sad, though there are parts where your heart will ache. I had a lump in my throat because I was often overcome by the beauty and romance that Penny had created with her words. I sniffled a lot too. NOT because I have allergies. I sniffled like you do at a wedding where the moment catches you and takes you with it, and you let yourself go. I had butterflies in my stomach more times than I could count. NOT because I was going to have to speak in front of a group of peers (and that has happened more times than I can count.). I had butterflies because Penny proves through her writing that romance isn’t dead and most people really don’t want it to be. I was wooed by Drew and his words. I was wooed by his actions, because though his words were mighty, what he did and how he related to Ashley and her family simply made my heart swell.
Just like the other books in the Knitting in the City series, Beauty and the Mustache is full of interesting and relatable characters. Ashley’s brothers are exactly how I’d like my brothers to be if I had any…gorgeous, funny, kinda gross, deeper than they seem, and loyal to their family and home. Ashley is near to my heart because I completely understand what it is like to just want to get out of town, only to find that when you come back, you’re not the only one who has changed. Add to that the fact that she has 6 brothers and you know she has a warped sense of humor. And Drew…well. Any man that can use words both written and spoken to get right into my heart and soul is a man that I want. Not to mention, he’s freakin’ hot and has a beard!!
In the style that I have come to expect and love, Penny has written a story full of depth, emotion and her trademark humor. Her words were lovely to read and still resonate with me 2 weeks later. To say that Beauty and the Mustache is her best book to date is an understatement. Somehow, Penny managed to outdo herself again! She wrote a book that moved me to the core, and still manage to make me laugh so hard I snorted! Few authors can really get to me that way. Penny does it every time, but in a new way.
5 stars, people. 5 beautiful stars.
About the author
Penny Reid has difficulty writing about herself in the third person. She finds it strange and unsettling. Therefore, Penny will now switch to the first person.
I’m originally from California but now live in the Southeast US with my family. I work full time in the biotech industry as a researcher. I work a lot. I’m also a full time mom to two diminutive adults (boy-5 and girl-3), wife, daughter, knitter, crocheter, sewer, general crafter, and thought hijacker.
I don’t like to sit still unless I’m writing, reading, or knitting and I usually only knit in my knitting group… or at red lights while stuck in traffic. I only read on planes (where I’m trapped). Luckily, I travel a lot for work.
The voices in my head (characters) became so loud over the summer of 2012- specifically, Janie Morris- that I was forced to write Neanderthal Seeks Human, my first attempt at a full length novel. It took me 7 months.
If I could have any job in the world it would be my job because I feel like what I do makes a tangible difference in the lives of every living person. If I could have any life in the world it would be my life. Happiness is the seed of good fortune and success. Do what it takes to be happy and be a source of happiness for others.