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Beard in Mind (Winston Brothers) (Volume 4) Paperback – August 2, 2017
"Children of Blood and Bone"
Tomi Adeyemi conjures a stunning world of dark magic and danger in her West African-inspired fantasy debut. Pre-order today
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Sign up for Penny's Newsletter! www.pennyreid.ninja/newsletter About Penny: Penny Reid is the USA Today Best Selling Author of the Winston Brothers and Knitting in the City series. When she’s not immersed in penning smart romances, Penny works in the biotech industry as a researcher. She’s also a full time mom to three diminutive adults, wife, daughter, knitter, crocheter, sewer, general crafter, and thought ninja.
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As a fan of Penny Reid and the Winston Brothers series (as well as the Knitting in the City series), I thought I knew Shelly Sullivan. I thought I understood her surly disposition and her indifferent ways. I really thought I knew Beau Winston—the charming flirt with a strong family support system. I was complacent in the idea of their story because I thought I knew where everything was going. But I was wrong. In typical Penny Reid fashion, there is no formula. There is no standard trope, and there are a few curveballs thrown along the way.
Throughout the story we get to know the real Beauford Winston and the real Shelly Sullivan. And these are some of the most complex characters that Reid has written. We learn about the inner turmoil faced by both main characters. Beau—the face of the easy-going twin whose charm is likened to a habit formed and solidified over time. Shelly—the woman so consumed with fear that her outward appearance reflects none of her emotions.
We are also shown the unexpected inner desires of these characters and that is where the relationship begins to form. It’s how these two can move past the antagonism and conflict to form a lasting bond and partnership. Beau is ready for commitment after seeing the transformation of his siblings and their significant others. Shelly is similarly motivated by her family. She is desperate to confront her fears and anxiety head-on in order to play a more prominent role in the lives of her loved ones.
Beau and Shelly not only surprise the reader, but they surprise each other, too.
Penny weaves her unique storytelling in a way that makes these characters known. It’s obvious and imperative that she explain Shelly’s struggle and behavior. That she corrects assumptions and generalizations about Shelly’s actions. Beau goes from a simple character with a singular focus to a layered and complicated individual.
I loved this book for the characters and the journey they take. I loved the way Beau and Shelly come together and find their way.
One the hardest and best things about this book is how it breaks down your assumptions. I mean, the first line says it all "People--all people--are blinded by their own expectations". I assumed Beau was one way when he was clearly multi-dimensional. I assumed a lot about Shelly, and was wrong. I assumed I had a basic understanding of OCD, and was ridiculously wrong. I loved how dedicated Penny was to battling the generalizations surrounding OCD. I am guilty of ignorant references to obsessive behaviors and calling them OCD. I won't do that any more. Smart and emotional writing all the way around. So good.
This is a story about what it’s really like to love someone—to support them, to be their partner. I think this book has the most heart of any Penny Reid book. While that is a difficult quantity to measure, it’s more of something you just have to feel. And Beard in Mind made me feel a lot.
Beau is so well liked and such a charmer. I like seeing this side of Beau serious introspective and thoughtful. I realize his niceness and kind nature hinders him at times. His character really shone here and I really like than he was more than I ever thought The refrigator analogy of his was really fitting as is the muffin ans sausage funny bit. Seeing Beau and Duane's closeness and his impending departure affect his twin very heartfelt. He and Shelly started out on like a teetering see saw so many ups and downs and misunderstandings. No one really bothered to ask why or see what's up with that.
Sometimes I realize we don't now the extent of struggles of each person we meet. I admit sometimes I can react right away without giving it a thought and it can affect others. Sometimes you just gotta ask why and these little things can become defense mechanisms, prickly and hard shields. We see and we judge often times we form our own conclusions. Same is with Shelly she looks gorgeous and eye catching but her demeanor can come off mean and rude. But she's more than meets the eye and slowly Beau begins to see that. I admit I initially didn't until those little hints.
Shelly is probably I would say real heroines in this series, she may have OCD but in away many people have their own ticks hers is just more extreme. Not easy to deal with or fix and it takes time a process. Not everyone would be equipt to handle that and Beau seemed to do just that. Being open to possibility. I admire her grit and strength to face that and want to get better. Bravo Penny for addressing that so well and so insightful. Feels all around.
This maybe one of the best Winton yet so far anyway from the author as much as I adored Cletus. It had the whole caboodle, Shelly and Beau love their love and everyone else. Penny has given us two complex and imperfect characters to fawn over and enjoy their way to a happy ending. The ongoing story with the Iron Wraiths and a few some bombs included of course. I sincerously need Billy's story oh that one will be a doozy.
This book took longer to read than any other of Penny's books for me. Not because it was boring or uninteresting but because it was a lot to take in and in order to keep up, it was necessary for me to pace myself.
The way that this book ties into Beard Science, because their story lines run simutaniously, was one of my favorite things. I like idea of getting the multiple POV's about what was happening and how different they were. Plus, more of Cletus is always a good thing!
This whole series is much more than just individual romantic relationships. With each new book more pieces of the Winston family puzzle are revealed and I fall in love with how the families deals with them together.
Penny's books have always made me think but this one also made me a little uncomfortable. Not a disturbed kind of uncomfortable but in a way that made me have to evaluate my thoughts about Shelly and her OCD and the idea of Beau falling in love with someone like her. Uncomfortable about the ease at which I flippantly refer to my need for organization as my "OCD". Overall, this was an uncomfortable topic to tackle but Penny did it in a way that seemed effortless but not careless. She made me see, not only how, but why Beau could fall in love with Shelly and how they were perfect for each other.
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