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Contemporary Romance Joint Review: Beauty and The Mustache by Penny Reid

Beauty and The Mustache by Penny Reid (Knitting in the City #4) 


review copy courtesy of the author

Synopsis from Goodreads
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.

Amazon kindle US/UK

10/10

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With you there are only two distances that matter:
Here.
Not here.
You are not here.
- Drew
Karina:
What a glorious read, ladies and gents! I always thought that I'd stay a fan of Janie and Quinn forever, and no other characters will move me as much as they do. Well, I was wrong.

It only took one bearded, banjo playing, Nietzsche quoting poet with a deep love of nature and one fearless nurse with Amazon one-click twitching finger and yarn hoarding tendencies to win me over. In other words, Drew and Ashley were amazing! I laughed, I cried and I lost a piece of my heart to this book.


How about you, V.?

Vika:
I'm with you on this one, K.! For me, it wasn't as much Janie and Quinn, but Sandra and Alex whom I absolutely adore, and though they might still be a number one couple in my book, Ashley and Drew come in at a pretty close second. This book really made me laugh and cry. It was every bit full of life - with its ups and downs, and I wouldn't have wanted it any other way. I think it's truly another gem from Penny Reid and everyone should add it to their must-read-list.

Karina:
I think, Penny's writing went to a new level of awesome. From romantic comedies to something more poignant and touching.

I am always entertained when I read her books, but Beauty and The Mustache was different. All the silliness and laughter were a muted background. Instead it was a homecoming story, a story about coping with loss and re-inventing yourself, about reconnecting with your family and fighting old demons. 

And poetry, God!  It was slaying me along with Ashley herself. The girl just didn't have a chance against it. For me, this is one of reading highlights of the year. Please, ladies and gents, READ IT. 10 out of 10

Vika:
Indeed! High praise all around. Now, I'm just curious how Penny Reid will top it off next time, but I have no doubts in her talent. I've already told Karina how thankful I am to her for having turn me onto Penny's books because they are truly delightful and entertaining. And if you are looking for a great contemporary romance series, please look no further and discover these books for yourself - you won't regret it, I promise.

So grab a box of tissues and chocolates and prepare to meet a cast of amazing ladies and their incredible men. It's 10 out of 10 for me as well. 

Happy reading!


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Карина:
Ох, это была не книга, а сплошная поэзия, мои дорогие читатели! Я всегда считала, что так и останусь фанаткой Дженни и Куинна в этой серии, однако я ошибалась.

Всего лишь нужен был один бородатый поэт и философ, играющий на банджо, цитирующий Ницше и любящий природу и одна бесстрашная медсестра, неустанно покупающая книги на Амазоне для своего киндла и собирающая клубки шерсти, которые она просто не успеет за свою жизнь связать во что-то стоящее. Иными словами, Эшли и Дрю украли моё сердце!

А как насчёт тебя, Вика?

Вика:
Я с тобой абсолютно согласна, Карина! Это книга была полна жизни - со всеми ее взлетами и падениями, и конечно хорошей долей романтики. Дрю и Эшли даже почти вытеснили с пьедестала мою самую любимую парочку из этой серии романов от Пенни Рид - Сандру и Алекса; настолько эта история была трогательна и поэтична.

Карина:
Я обычно с удовольствием читаю книги Пенни, но в этот раз она вышла на новый уровень как писатель. Она отошла от романтических комедий и создала что-то более трогательное, нежное, печальное и режущее по сердцу. Да, вся её комедийность и неловкость комедийных героинь здесь присутствуют, однако они как в дымке на заднем фоне.

Вместо этого нам преподнесена история возвращения блудной дочери, налаживания отношений с забытой семьёй,  переосмысливания своего собственного образа.

А стихи! Стихи меня просто убили, и вместе с Эшли у меня не было никаких шансов им противостоять. В общем, мои дорогие читатели, НЕ ПРОХОДИТЕ МИМО! Для меня это была одна из лучших книг года, 10 из 10.

Вика:
Действительно, этот роман Пенни Рид читать настолько приятно, что не нахваливать писательницу просто невозможно. Теперь мне очень любопытно, как Пенни сможет превзойти эту книгу в следующий раз, но у меня нет сомнений, что она это сделает, так как она просто очень талантлива и я с удовольствием буду читать эту серию и ее другие книги ещё не один раз.

Я уже поблагодарила Карину за то, что она мне посоветовала эти книги в первую очередь, так как они действительно восхитительны и интересны. И для любителей современных романов: не пропустите свой шанс познакомится с героинями этой серии - Вязание в Городе от Пенни Рид; обещаю, что вы останетесь довольны. От меня тоже 10 из 10.

Приятного чтения!

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