Dr. Strange Beard, an all-new standalone in the bestselling, romantic comedy Winston Brothers Series by Wall Street Journal and USA Today bestselling author Penny Reid, is available NOW!
Sayonara to the world of the Winstons as we knew them. Time has marched on, action is no longer centred around the family home, Green Valley residents feature en masse, secrets are revealed, confidences are broken. Have a strong drink or smelling salts nearby as you’re reading. You have been warned!
Now onto our main characters. We’ve met Roscoe in previous Winston Brothers books but we don’t know him to a great extent. From his eidetic memory (and the hurdles such a skill brings) to his relationships with his siblings and Simone, his childhood friend, I found him to be as unique as the rest of the Winston brothers.
Simone Payton on the other hand, I did not initially warm up to. She reminded me of TV show characters that need to examine every little thing, discuss them at length and give a full length oratory in answer to a simple question, even if the only person she's talking to is herself. It’s just too bloody exhausting. Thankfully, there’s a relaxation in her character as the book progresses.
I won’t say more about their relationship because it’s heavily tied up into a wider book plot and best revealed as you read along. I really enjoyed the suspenseful element and the way Penny wove existing characters into the tale was very well done.
And of course, I need to mention the other Winstons in this book. They appear regularly throughout the book, with Cletus and Billy appearing most often. There are many words of wisdom and shenanigans from Cletus but the scene that impacted me most and made me cry is a conversation between Roscoe and Billy. It’s incredibly raw and powerful. And it makes me think Penny will absolutely slay us with Billy’s story.
If I haven’t made it clear, I liked this book. I more than liked it. It’s not what I expected but I’ve realised my expectations were set too low.
Highly recommended. I think readers will get much more out of it by reading the book series in order.
Penny Reid is the Wall Street Journal and USA Today Bestselling Author of the Winston Brothers and Knitting in the City series. She used to spend her days writing federal grant proposals as a biomedical researcher, but now she just writes books. She’s also a full time mom to three diminutive adults, wife, daughter, knitter, crocheter, sewer, general crafter, and thought ninja.