Top positive review
18 September 2019
*Reiders* of the Winston Brothers series would already know that the outcome of Billy and Scarlet/Claire's origin story wouldn't be a happy one. I prepared, but the ending still hurt my heart. BUT I am so excited for Beard Necessities, SO EXCITED that we finally have adult Billy and Claire's story coming.
Oh Billy. He has always been such an intense, serious character across the series, and his teenage self is no different in this regard. Some of my favourite scenes in Beard With Me contain moments of Billy laughing - when Scarlet said or did something that pulled this reaction from him, I couldn't help but smile myself. The happy moments in Beard With Me really grabbed my attention, as there were a lot of sad moments for both Scarlet and Billy so I appreciated the small moments of happiness when they arrived.
The young Winstons are all amazing characters, and I adore teenage Cletus and his quirky personality. He was a schemer even back then, "Our momma prayed daily that he'd grow up to use his powers for good. On Sundays, so did I." It was wonderful being able to read about them all at a younger age, to see their younger selves and be able to compare them to their adult selves.