Series: Knitting in the City #4
Published by Cipher-Naught on August 24th 2014
Genres: Romantic Comedy
Narrator: Joy Nash
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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, reclusive mountain man, 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.
Knitting in the City has fast become one of my favorite romantic comedy series, and Beauty and the Mustache is now one of my favorite books in the series. I started listening to the audio book version when I needed a pick me up, and it delivered in a big way. Joy Nash’s narration is perfection—southern accent and all.
This is Ashley Winston’s story, and the setting moves from Chicago to backwoods Tennessee when Ashley returns to her hometown to care for an ailing family member. The change of scenery doesn’t mean the ladies from the knitting circle aren’t present. They are very much included in the story, and I can’t seem to get enough of these hilarious and supportive women. They are ride or die friends.
Coming home means a long overdue reunion with Ashley’s five colorful brothers. I’ve already read the Winston Brothers books, so it was especially exciting to learn more about their history. I absolutely adored Ashley and her strong yet humble personality. Her wise mama and Drew—the inscrutable, poetic Park Ranger hottie—are two major shining stars of the story.
I was surprised by the amount of truly touching moments there are; however, the typical humor you would expect from a Penny Reid novel is sprinkled generously throughout. I can always depend on her clever writing, entertaining characters, and thoughtful plotting of storylines. The same holds true for Beauty and the Mustache.
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