Truth or Beard

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Penny Reid

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Since he saved her cat from the tree when they were kids, Jessica has had a crush on Beau. For just as long, she has detested his twin, Duane.A case of mistaken identity leads Jessica to realize that the twin she actually wants isn’t the one she assumed she did, and she’ll have to fight to keep him.



Short Summary

JESSICA JAMES moves back to her hometown of Green Valley, Tennessee to live at home and teach at the local high school for a couple years while she pays off her student loans. Since she’s teaching advanced math, she gets extra incentives for teaching in a rural area.

Duane and Jessica are finally free to talk honestly, and he admits he’d love to go traveling with her. They get back together just in time to spend a perfect Christmas together with all the Winstons.


Green Valley, TN

Based on a True Story


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Happy Ending

Mature Audience Themes

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Main Character Details

Name: Jessica Jones

Age: 20s

Gender: Female

Role: Protagonist

Key Traits: Aspiring,Confident,Blunt,Outspoken,Adventurous,Charming,Honorable,Educated,Funny

Additional Character Details

Name: Duane Winston

Age: 20s

Gender: Male

Role: Protagonist

Key Traits: Masculine,Engaging,Honorable,Strong Moral Code,Heroic,Charming,Confident,Faithful,Heartthrob

Additional Character Details

Name: Beau Winston

Age: 20s

Gender: Male

Role: sidekick

Key Traits: Charming,Educated,Honorable,Strong Moral Code,Masculine,Modest

Additional Character Details

Name: Paul Russo

Age: 70

Gender: Male

Role: antagonist

Key Traits: Aggressive,Criminal,Narcisstic,Power Hungry,Villainous,Manipulative

Development Pitch

A romance through and through, love is what shines in this book from the very start. A down-home love story if there ever was one, this is a good twist on the childhood sweetheart trope, even if full of cliches. Turning that on its head, Jessica gets to experience true love for the first time as an adult, and in the last place she expected. The timeline restriction of just over one year that they place on their own relationship is a unique feature, and playing that up even more could be to the benefit of the story. Instead, the entire book takes place over approximately two months, Halloween to Christmas, so the expiration date doesn’t really come into play. Jessica’s characterization is fresh and fun, and she feels so nuanced for a romantic comedy. She’s witty and smart and sort of an outsider, but she’s not afraid to embrace her more feminine — and even sexy — side. This is refreshing, as so often smart women characters are relegated to being just that, or to not knowing they’re attractive. Jessica is a great mix of both, and her commitment to her travel dreams is inspiring inspiring. She’s a protagonist for here and now, and it’s easy to see women in the audience wanting to be her and looking up to her. The small town setting is also charming, and the book thrives when it leans into that element. This story would make for the sweetest romantic comedy, and romantic comedies are always in style. Jessica and Duane are the lovable yet relatable leads, and their relationship be

About The Author

Penny Reid is the New York Times, Wall Street Journal and USA Today Best-Selling Author of the Winston Brothers, Knitting in the City, Rugby, and Hypothesis series with over 1 million copies sol. 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. Her books are translated in eleven different languages and published in Germany, Italy, France, Poland, Israel, Serbia, Brazil, Spain, Hungary, Czech Republic, and Russia.

Target Audiences

Age: 18-34,35-54,55+

Target Gender: Female Leaning

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Publishing Details

Status: Yes: self-published

Publisher: Self Published

Year Published: 2015

Hard Copy Available



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