⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ (5 Stars)
“I promise, if you’ll have me, I’ll sing with you whenever or wherever you want. But only with you, Scarlet. I only want to sing with you.”
― Penny Reid, Beard Necessities
This book is a gift. Seriously. Penny Reid gave us Christmas in November by writing this beautiful final book in the Winston Brothers series, an homage to Green Valley and a Magnum Opus years in the making.
This book feels like the final entry in a blockbuster movie franchise, to put it cleary the Winstons assemble in Italy, all with one mission: Leave no one behind. Hmm, no, sorry… One Mission: get Billy & Scarlet together after almost 20 years! This is not a drill people.
As is expected, the final book in any series is always bittersweet. We get to see the culmination of years of hard work and thousands of words on the page, but we also have to say goodbye to favorite characters. What makes a final book good or bad it’s the attention to detail. It’s the writer’s capacity of calling back to every minor detail and clues spread out through the years. There’s nothing more annoying than going full Lost on your readers or giving inconsistent answers. I have to say that Beard Necessities suffers from none of that. From beginning to end we get to enjoy this final saga, and we are rewarded with answers to every single question we had.
So, yes, Beard Necessities is about giving Billy & Scarlet their well deserved happy ending, but it’s more than that, because ultimately the whole Winston Series is about family, is about heroes and bullies, and finding strength in those around in.
“I didn’t need to see or touch or taste paradise to know how deeply and irrevocably I am in love with you. That hasn’t changed. That is as constant as my soul, which has been, and will always be, forever yours.”
It’s sad to see them go, but I’m more than happy to have embarked on this journey with Penny and this amazing family.