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Dr. Strange Beard: A Small Town Romantic Comedy (Winston Brothers Book 5) Kindle Edition
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- Book 5 of 8 in Winston Brothers
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“I loved this book so much! Penny Reid has created a very vivid world. I don't know how I'll be able to wait patiently for the next book!" - Heroes and Heartbreakers
“Individuals looking for an introspective and thought provoking romance should pick up Dating-ish. This slow burn romance is worth the wait!” - Heroes & Heartbreakers
“Truth or Beard not only entertained the heck out of me, it made me desperate to read every single brother's story. It amazes me how much individuality each brother has and I already know that the Winston Brothers series is going to be a firm favorite on my shelf. Five out of five stars!”- Samantha Young, New York Times, USA TODAY and Wall Street Journal bestselling author
“THIS BOOK HAS COMPLETELY TAKEN ME BY STORM! I'm way past in love with these two. The most heartfelt read of the year!” - Angie's Dreamy Reads --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
- Publication Date : July 30, 2018
- File Size : 664 KB
- Print Length : 426 pages
- Publisher : Cipher-Naught (July 30, 2018)
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
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- Simultaneous Device Usage : Unlimited
- Language: : English
- ASIN : B076MD9FTF
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #38,906 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Up till that point in time, they'd been the best of friends, growing up together, each an integral part of the other's lives. Inseparable ... until the day Roscoe forced their separation. Avoiding her whenever possible, even to the point of rudely walking away from her and blatantly ignoring her when necessary, that's a wound that never healed, but instead, with the increased absence afforded by adulthood, has merely been pushed to the side and ignored.
Of course she wondered from time to time. She questioned what she could have possibly done to deserve such treatment from the guy who had been her best friend in the whole world, but much as she might wrack her brain, she can't remember doing or saying anything that could justify his radical change in behavior.
Roscoe, on the other hand, is literally incapable of forgetting. Not just her words, but her inflection, what she was wearing at the time, everything about that experience is etched firmly in his brain.
Naturally, time, circumstance, a serial killer and the FBI set the two of them onto a collision course, and long held secrets wont be the only casualty.
Once again, with Dr Strange Beard, Penny Reid has woven a tale that intermingles elements of weird and wonderful, cryptic and obscure, whimsical and perturbing into a tale that despite it's many threads, and references to other works in the series, is nevertheless beautifully lucid, and artfully compelling. Both protagonists are tantalizingly flawed both in ways that will undoubtedly endear them to the reader, and drive the story.
The main subplot, that continually drives them together is both complex and well thought out, and the combination of new characters introduced for this book, and existing characters from previous books revisited serves to not only richen the story-line, but deepen the experience of being within the world of Green Valley.
To be perfectly honest, I closed my previous read at 1AM and debated whether to take a quick peek at Dr Strange Beard before going to sleep or not. Five and three quarter hours constitutes a quick peek, right? Then when I finally woke up for the day at around 8AM, I dove back in the first chance I got until there were no pages left to turn.
A great read that induced the whole gamut of emotions from the pain of rejection to fierce protectiveness, the slow burn of unquenchable unrequitedness to the sharp sting of grief, Penny Reid delivers all of this while in her own inimitable way broadens the reader's perspective enabling us to perceive unimagined vistas of the mind, and promoting ruminations that will no doubt return to mind for days and weeks to come.
What is masterful about this book is whether you are a fan of the series or picking this one up on a whim, the story is easily read as a stand alone but it also advances an ongoing storyline that has been developing since book one in this series. The story highlights the difficult and unfair reality many, many individuals in this county face every day while at the same time weaving a powerful and compelling work of fiction.
Dr. Strange Beard follows the youngest brother Roscoe, now a practicing veterinarian and age 26, but we still get lots of glimpses of many familiar townsfolk, a few new ones, and of course all the Winston siblings and their significant others. This story takes place nearly 5 years after the end of book 4. We get a satisfying summary of what has been keeping the Winstons busy over the last half-decade.
We also get glimpses further into the past. Roscoe and Simone were best friends when they were kids but it has been a decade since they have spoken.
Simone is a delightful character. She is strong, smart, and unwaveringly pragmatic. I would love to read book after book of Simone’s musings. Roscoe...oh Roscoe, he is at once charming when he wants to be and his depth of feeling is heartbreaking. All this without really being angsty. It is quite an impressive feat to read.
There is ***SO MUCH MORE*** I would like to say as there is SO MUCH that happens in this book but I don’t want to reveal any spoilers in this review. The roller coaster analogy stands as there are phenomenal highs, gut wrenching lows, and amazing twists and turns in between. There is even a loop or two.
Bottom line, I don’t think anyone will be disappointed in this book.
The author provided a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review. But I, of course, bought it anyway. Multiple copies, in fact.
And here we have Roscoe's story. Reid tantalized us in earlier books, portraying him as a smart and sexy young man with abundant wit and humor. Yet I didn't recognize him in this dreary, plodding story featuring his longtime, lost love, Simone.
I get that Reid wants to write about social issues and not "just" romance. And I am not of the reflexive opinion that to write something, you have to have lived it. There are just too many cases of great and classic literature/fiction where that is simply not true. But this is so heavy-handed (Simone's experience as a black woman in the south) that I couldn't buy in. Her cop tormentor is so over-the-top and one-dimensional I felt more an urge to roll my eyes than condemn him. And her parents are perfection on all levels, also boring and a little bit patronizing. Instead of characters driving the plot, they are tossed around by the author's desire to teach us all.
"A" for effort, I guess, in stretching herself but I sure hope Reid abandons her soapbox impulse with Billy's story.
Top reviews from other countries
Simone grew up to be a member of FBI and has some interest in Roscoe and thus is tailing him around. She tells herself that she doesn't care about his abandonment nearly a decade ago but still she cares.
The most beautiful thing about this series is the relationship the characters have with their families. Also how they rely on each other and other characters have individual characters and personalities.
I did not know how African Americans face prejudice and harsh treatment they face everywhere. I was so impressed and in awe with Penny Reid for her in depth research on these sensitive issues. LOVE THIS!
Memories are strange things they play a vital role cataloguing our past and the effect they have on how we grow into our future, they haunt our dreams and provide a smile on those quite reflecting moments alone.
The book touches on some poignant issues and addresses them sensitively and with clarity, its shown me how hard people face prejudices on a daily basis and what they have to endure just to stay alive, which is a shock in this modern day and genuinely heartbreaking.
So will Roscoe finally get his girl? Well you will have to read it to find out but lets say the the path to true love never runs smoothly.
Ahhhh Roscoe is amazing!
Simone and Roscoe were childhood best friends they did everything together until one night, then Roscoe disappeared from Simone’s life and has avoided her since.
Simone is now working for the FBI she is normally based in a lab but because of her connections she is now undercover and has been tasked with getting close to Roscoe to find out where his estranged father is.
Roscoe has been in love with Simone since they were kids, but he knew she didn’t return those feelings, now she is back in town and seeking him out he is not sure what to do.
Can these two resolve the issues from their past and become friends or more? What will happen when Simone’s undercover status is revealed?
Penny's writing skill matures like a fine wine. And much like a fine wine, there are layers of complexity and richness.
Roscoe and Simone are true soulmates and I believed in their love story completely.
I thought I wouldn't like Roscoe Winston very much, being the youngest in a family lends itself to bratty and selfish behaviour and many authors fall back on this stereotype. I should have had more faith in Penny's ability to surprise.
Simone is a woman that if she were real, I'd be intimidated by her all round competence and quick thinking brilliance. By the same token, I would want to be friends with her very badly indeed.
Recommended times infinity
Dr Strange Beard is a story that covers many topics and has some twists and turns but at the core is a love story, of the main couple and the love of a great family.