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Beard in Mind: Winston Brothers, Volume 4

Narrated by: Angela Dawe, Chris Brinkley
Length: 13 hrs and 19 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (543 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

All is fair in love and auto maintenance. 

Beau Winston is the nicest, most accommodating guy in the world. Usually. 

Handsome as the devil and twice as charismatic, Beau lives a charmed life as everyone's favorite Winston Brother. But since his twin decided to leave town, and his other brother hired a stunning human-porcupine hybrid as a replacement mechanic for their auto shop, Beau Winston's charmed life has gone to hell in a handbasket. 

Shelly Sullivan is not nice and is never accommodating. Ever. She mumbles to herself, but won't respond when asked a question. She glares at everyone, especially babies. She won't shake hands with or touch another person, but has no problems cuddling with a dog. And her damn parrot speaks only in curse words. Beau wants her gone. He wants her out of his auto shop, out of Tennessee, and out of his life. The only problem is, learning why this porcupine wears her coat of spikes opens a Pandora's Box of complexity - exquisite, tempting, heartbreaking complexity - and Beau Winston soon discovers being nice and accommodating might mean losing what matters most. 

Beard in Mind can be listened to as a stand-alone.

©2017 Cipher-Naught (P)2017 Cipher-Naught

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all around a winner

I loved this story. Penny Reid has a way of working her beautiful words into a thoughtful educational lesson without you even realizing what is happening. I am not sure this is her aim but after every book I feel like a better, more thoughtful, individual.
The narration is superb! I have come to think Chris Brinkley as the voice of the Winstons and Angela Dawe is amazing! I am glad Mrs. Reid waited until she found the right voice for Shelly. I will be looking Ms. Dawe up and scowering her works.

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🤔😍

This book really makes one think. It opened up my eyes to the various complexities of OCD.
I really loved this book. As always, the writing is superb. The narration was wonderful as well.

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Absolutely love this story.

Absolutely love the story. It has ups and downs, funny and sad moments as well as great surprises.

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wonderful story with a nontraditional heroine

I love that Penny (author) broke the mold of the traditional romantic lead characters with 'un-perfect' Shelly. While continuing to tell the stories of the Winston Brothers, Shelly' s character brings light to mental disease and the complexity of OCD. I literally laughed and cried at the end of this book.

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Loved It!!!!

I never write here, just use stars. But...this book was great and actually made me LAUGH OUT LOUD throughout! Another great Penny Reid read. Haha

#laughoutloud #greatstory #familystory #tagsgiving and #sweepstakes

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5+++++ BEARD IN MIND STARS

Wow… I have enjoyed all the books in this series. I really thought Cletus was going to be my all-time favorite but this one is just amazing.

I am going to admit I never really noticed Beau that much. It was Shelly from the last book that made me want her book. And WOW. Beau is exactly who Shelly needed and Shelly was exacly who Beau needed.

This book made me see OCD in a different light. I have more compassion now than I did before. Shelly is soo strong she is a character that isn’t going to leave me for a long time. Her struggle is real and heart breaking but enlighten as well.

Having Quinn come back for this book really gave me the full picture of how/why Shelly was so determined to deal with her issues and to try and overcome them.

It’s a courageous tall of growth and I admire Penny Reid for writing this book and enlightening us all.
She also gave us a romance and humor. My hats off to you Mrs. Reid. Outstanding.

There are NO words to describe how well Chris Brinkley is in these books, he IS the Winston brother’s period end of story. And Angela Dawe … amazing as Shelly she was Shelly.

*You don't have to like my review but its 100% my opinion, and I am allowed to have it.*

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WOW! Thank you Penny Reid

Thank you for taking on a story with a heroine who is not Neuro-typical! Having family members that are not neuro-typical, I can connect with your characters like Shelly and love her for who she is. Watching the love story unfold between Beau and her gives hope and with humor. Mental illness is as real as a physical illness yet does not define the person. Showing the multi-facet personality of Shelley with her strengths and weaknesses as well as the OCD and anxiety makes her real. My son suffers from extreme Panic Attacks and anxiety, yet he is one of the most caring and loving individuals one will meet. My wish is that his Love Story unfolds someday with someone compassionate, understanding, and truly loving as shown in your novel.

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Good but not great.

Been loving the Winston brothers stories. This one isn't bad, just not a good as the others. I didn't like the love interest as much as other ones in the series. I did loved that some of the characters from Knitting in the City were back.

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3.5 Stars - A Perfect Match for Each Other

Beard in Mind by Penny Reid (Audiobook)
Narrated by: Angela Dawe and Chris Brinkley
Series: Winston Brothers, Book 4

3.5 Stars - I liked Shelley and Beau together. They fit and had a wonderful chemistry right of the start. He was patient, kind and understanding. She was strong, hardworking and truly wanted to work towards her goals. All these attributes really stood out and played a strong part in their story. I was a bit worried at the beginning when I saw that Shelley had a complex disorder. I wondered if the author would try to cure it- which to me, would be super unbelievable.. instead she shows us how Shelley is making progress.. which I liked. I should have known better. Penny Reid is a terrific writer and her stories often feel realistic.

The narrations were done well.

~Paragraphs and Petticoats~

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BEAU-tiful

Complex, sweet, sexy, funny. I love that the characters from Knitting in the City were woven into the story. Beau was so sweet. Penny Reid opens a window into the mind of people living with OCD. And there were some surprising twists.

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  • Ruth
  • 12-17-17

when's the next one please

really enjoying the winston brothers stories. can't wait for Billy's and Roscoes stories. love the performances. could lusten to that voice all day . thanks

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  • Roobarb
  • 11-26-17

Why did I wait so long to read this?

I put off listening to this for so long, I was scared I wouldn't like it, that it'd be too angsty, that it'd not be a romance.

I'm an idiot! I loved it, I should have known I would, it's a Penny book, I always love them.

I learnt a lot through reading it both about others and myself. It's such a loving book, their romance develops gradually and you understand the mistakes they make. It's not just your cookie cutter standard romance but it still has that perfect ahhh as you end it.

Of course if you've been reading the series from the start you'll want more of the Winston Brothers and the knitting group but that's just as it should be

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  • Susan
  • 03-01-19

Weak addition to a great series

I really wanted to love this book as much as the previous ones in this series but I struggled to finish it.

The h in this book is fascinating as she has serious OCD issues, for which she is finally getting therapy after acknowledging the damage it causes to her life and her family. Unfortunately only a few (wonderful) chapters are from her POV, and we learn little about her past life and problems: How did she become so technically skilled and artistically famous? Why had she started adopting pets? Why did her family fail to recognise she had real issues? How had she managed to have past lovers/relationships? How did she cope with the social atmosphere of art school? How old is she? Ms Reid was brave to give us such a flawed h, but I did wish she was further down the road to recovery/coping, as I thought this would have been essential before she could develop a healthy romance.

Unfortunately, however, most of the book was narrated from the POV of the H, and I found his head to be quite a tedious place to be as his thoughts rambled constantly, in every direction. Annoyingly, most relevant information about his background was explained in previous books, and in this book he accepted the issues of the h with unrealistic ease. He often attributed qualities to the h (brilliant, good, strong, caring, loving) on absolutely no evidence, because in reality the h’s behaviour made her seem the opposite of these attributes, as much of the time she was openly rude and insulting. However once their romance started this was deemed quirky rather than unpleasant, and she soon mixed with his family and attended events with relative ease, which seemed a little fantastical after a lifetime of antisocial behaviour and solitary living.

As with the h, I was also left with many questions about the H: Previous books portrayed him as a charming womaniser, but in this book he has been celibate since college, with no decent explanation why, but still managed to be a skilled lover. He had a super rich best friend who ran a strip club and sent him strippers (sooo sleazy) and expensive gifts ($50,000 watch, a house….!) for reasons never really explained. We get all sorts of hints about past events and family problems, but no proper details. Facts about other family members are dropped into the story but just muddle the plot unless the reader is familiar with the previous books, and the book finishes unexpectedly with several unresolved issues (the h’s visit back home, her unresolved family problems, the H’s newly discovered mother, his father’s prison release…). Even the epilogue left me confused – As a final romantic gesture the H gives the h part of something he had himself received as a gift! (Side note for art lovers: Kintsugi does not use solid gold, it used gold leaf, or gold dust!)

I do feel that Ms Reid missed an opportunity here to show a real, mature and complicated love story (like so many of her previous books). I don’t feel the H ever really comprehended the severity of the h’s problems, and the book fizzled out into a “love would conquer all” sort of story.

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  • Angela
  • 02-27-19

A lovely story

I have two places for listening to books. In the car and in the bath. This one was a great read for both of those places. Now I'm going to look for the next one in the series.

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  • Sarenad
  • 10-11-18

Beautiful. Loving, tense, complex and interesting

It’s shocking, but this series just gets better and better. I enjoyed the last story so much I didn’t think that this could top it, but in some ways it has.
There’s always something special about a Penny Reid book and this one has so many special moments.
I honestly loved every word. Laughing, crying, exclaiming and sighing throughout. I can’t wait to start the next.

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  • Anna K
  • 03-02-18

A multidimensional romance

It's a complicated, yet simple, and a whole lot of heart-warming story of two people who compliment each other beautifully narrated by Angela and Chris, my favourite Winston narrator. Don't forget to listen to the Acknowledgements at the end - a touching personal note from Penny Reid.

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  • Nidhi Bhatt
  • 01-11-18

LOVE it

Amazing story. Love Chris as narrator! I am humbled after the way people are so positive with their lives even after many problems.

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  • Book addict
  • 11-18-17

Great book - love Penny Reid books and characters

Penny Reid creates such a good balance of loveable (slightly quirky) characters and a story to lose yourself in which is both amusing and emotionally engaging. A refreshing change to the typical romance books out there which, frankly, are naff. I probably prefer some of her other books, but the bar is pretty high as I LOVE her other books. This is still a great listen, and Chris Brinkley (the main narrator) is brilliant. Not as keen on Angela Dawe but she suits the character. Will always buy Penny Reid books as soon as they are released.

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  • Barbra Lazzarini
  • 04-30-18

Love these two 😙😙

i keep say i love thesr two but im really do love these two ... she is a very powerful character .. what she faces and is always facing really makes her a strong determined young woman who will keep concoring her demons and fears with the help of her man ... she is saving him right back ... loveit...love them ... definitely worth a read..💞💞💞

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  • SamK
  • 03-25-18

Amazing!!

I can never get enough of the Winston brothers, and I think I have found a new favourite in Beau Winston! Swoooon! This man is all kinds of goodness! I loved the connection between Beau and Shelly! It was a relationship that took a lot of patience and honesty. I loved that this story was more about just the romance. It was about perseverance, trust, honesty and patience. I felt that Penny Reid really opened my eyes to what people with OCD actually have to deal with on a daily, lifelong basis. I can’t wait for Billy’s book !!