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Summary

This is a full-length novel, 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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Heartbreakingly sad and beautiful

Wow! That was amazing. As ever there is a full on Penny Reid clever, deep, sexy and entertaining story with wonderful characters and an unexpected setting. As ever you go on an eye opening journey. This time it was beautiful and loving yet so poignant and overwhelming sad. Beyond crying, at times I sobbed. Thank you for the occasional light relief and for the HEA. I needed it.
The narrator was outstanding! Such a variety of voices, tones, moods and intonation. Every word was sheer perfection, so now I’m going to add all work by Joy Nash to my TBR. (TBHeard?)
PS The poetry was mind blowing too.

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Fabulous!

This is probably the most romantic and lovely romance book I have ever read and my favourite of all Penny's stories so far beautifully narrated by Joy. I highly recommend it!

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2nd book from Penny Reid and not disappointed!

Absolutely loved the whole sensitive man story and the poetry quotes were a treat !

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Brilliant, moving, emotional, funny

Just when I think Penny Reid cannot write any better, she does just that. This book is one of the best I have read. Ok, so it won’t win any prizes for fiction outside of the romance world, but this is a seriously good book.

It takes a brave writer to base a romance around the death of a much loved parent. In this book the h goes back to her childhood home to nurse her terminally ill mother. She meets poetry quoting, verbally reticent, mountain man H, who has befriended her mother in the last few years and is also close to her many, bearded “mountain men” brothers. Her brothers had mercilessness teased and tormented her in her childhood, and in her memories were unstable, unreliable and unresponsible. At 18 years old she cut ties with them all to escape to a new life in the city, only keeping in loving daily touch with her mother. Returning home she finds to her surprise that her brothers have matured into a group of stable, loving, affectionate, very funny and very protective siblings, and she soon realises that cutting ties was a mistake that she should have rectified a lot sooner.

This book deals with the myriad of confused emotions that surround the illness and death of someone who is loved. This has a personal resonance with me, as I lost both my parents recently: One was after a long illness, the other was sudden, unexpected and shocking. So this book was dealing with a subject I am unfortunately quite familiar with. Penny Reid illustrates how feelings and emotions don’t follow any set formula, and humour, happiness and, yes, even love, can happen at the most unexpected times. She has two central characters who are eloquent, well educated, erudite, and share a mutual love of classical poetry, and she makes this work amazingly well.

This book is perhaps not for everyone. The poetry is frequent and classical, and I suspect some readers would be tempted to speed read those parts. I am glad that I had the audio version that forced me to listen to every word of the poetry. To skip these parts is a mistake as the poetry and the message that those poems hold are central to understanding the story and the characters. The epilogue is a classic. It is the first time we have the POV of the H who is notorious for not being much of a talker. Inside his head we realise that for a man of few words he has an astonishing vocabulary in his mind and indeed, poetry is the way that he thinks. In fact the epilogue is pretty much one long poem expressing the depth of his feelings for the h and it is truly beautiful.

Special mention must go to the narrator who was exceptional, and helped to make a beautiful book into something really quite unique.

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  • 09-04-15

Laughed, Snorted and Cried

I made the mistake of listening to this while I analyzed spreadsheets at work...in a cubicle...with short walls! I have laughed, snorted, cried...it's a wonder I haven't been Baker Acted!!!

Being Southern, I appreciate the genuine respect the narrator gave to the Southern drawl. It can be offensive when one tries to emulate a dialect that has many different strains from which to choose. She was phenomenal!!! And the brothers...dear mercies in heaven...I love those boys!!!

I lost my Daddy 7 months ago, so there were parts that were still raw to my heart; however, the author used deflection of humor at just the right times to keep the story from going too dark. Thank you for this.

I thoroughly enjoyed the story, although a few times I blushed at some of the scenes; as they were unexpected and not my particular preference. But it didn't go overboard so I appreciated that.

Well written and well narrated!!!

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  • Judi
  • 11-01-15

A sweet southern romance

My kinda book. I wish the other in the series were on audible. I would listen right away. I loved the brothers and her friends in this story and of course the relationship with her mom. Her brothers and friends made me laugh and her mom made me cry. Nice blend. I am so tired of these books with so called alpha males. I have determined that alpha male equals abusive so no thank you. This was the kind of alpha male I like. Kind thoughtful caring and strong. Their relationship developed naturally and even though I am not much of a poetry person, I loved it in the book. More of knitting in the city please.

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  • mandy
  • 26-12-14

Beautiful story and fantastic narration!

This might be my favorite audiobook ever. The narration is spectacular, the Tennessee accent was done really well and when the narrator switched to a male voice, it worked really well. The story itself was really beautiful, a gorgeous love story with a bit of humor and a lot of emotion. This was really a beautiful story and I really enjoyed this audiobook.

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  • M.L.
  • 04-12-14

Love the story and the performace

This book hits very close to home. I recently had the same experience of a family member having a terminal illness. This book helped me understand that the feelings and guilt a caretaker experiences are normal. I would sometimes say "yes, exactly!" Thank you Penny Reid for helping me heal and understand the process of losing a loved one.

Now for the actual book, Ash and Drew are two of the most loveable book people. The way Drew loves Ashley is breathtaking. It is all encompassing ... complete.

Ashley's relationship with her mother broke my heart. Only because I know the feeling of having it and then not having it. Everyday phone calls just to hear the other persons voice, that is true mother/daughter love.

AND let's not forget the WINSTON BROTHERS (yes, it needs all CAPS) ... I need more of them and soon! They take this book from borderline sad and romantic to laugh out loud funny. Check the schedule!!!

Joy Nash's performance was excellent, the accents were not overly done (I am from Texas and I hate when accents are exaggerated).

This book is a must listen.

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  • Tori Lynne
  • 07-05-15

Love it! I love everything about it

What did you love best about Beauty and the Mustache?

It's a great story and the characters feel real. It is a romance, but there's enough real life woven in that you can believe it.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Drew Runous... He's the obvious choice. He's the mysterious, devastatingly handsome type. What's not to love?

What about Joy Nash’s performance did you like?

The VOICES! Joy Nash does an excellent job of giving each character a different yet believable and not over the top voice. The Southern accents are charming, but not over-done. The narration is spot on.

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  • Tibby2561
  • 10-04-15

damn near perfect

I loved everything about this book. Especially the way my preconceived notions about how the characters were going to behave.This is just how the main character starts out ...with her snobby/snarkey attitude towards her brothers.Then a gradual awakening and shifting of opinions occurs.Well, the next thing you know is nothing should be judged by the surface,especially men.I adored the full range of characters ...funny,stubborn, loving, insightful,peaceful and also a handful. My only complaint is the title misleads you to think that this is a goofy book and it really isn't.How can it be when one of the main characters recite Nietzsche?

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  • 18-02-15

Magic! Absolute magic.

I LOVE this book. I have read all of the books in this series and this is the first that moved me enough to write a review on. It's the best in the series thus far. The story + the FANTASTIC narration provided by Ms. Joy Nash= well, magic. I was hooked from the first chapter. I feel in love with Drew, Ashley, and the Winston boys from the start. This is something Reid is a master at. Her characters are people that you easily fall in love with. And that you wish you knew in real life. It was more than just a rom-com. You laugh, you tear up, and you sigh dreamy thanks to the beautiful poetry throughout the book, which was simply the icing on the cake. The narrator, Joy Nash, was a pleasure to listen to. She breathed life into the characters and had excellent timing with the comedy and the poetry. BRAVO! ! I cannot wait for the next book.

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  • Jaclyn
  • 28-04-18

Everything was fantastic except..

I wish the narrator would have known the other accents from the previous books; like Janie's lisp, and at the very least she could have done Sandra's accent-- as they both are supposed to have southern drawls. Otherwise everything was fantastic.

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  • Mary
  • 03-05-15

Words to ponder

This fourth book in the knitting circle saga had a new twist with Penny Reid delving into the philosophy of life through love and romance. It was expertly read and gave a thought provoking twist to these modern day romance novels.

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  • MF7557
  • 15-07-18

Ash...

I love this series! it's great writing which I've missed. I am so happy I've discovered Penny Reid!