Hot Best Seller

Diamond in the Rough

Availability: Ready to download

When Miss Poppy Garrison accepts her grandmother's offer of financial help for her family in exchange for Poppy joining the New York social season, she quickly realizes she is far less equipped to mingle with the New York Four Hundred than even she knew. As she becomes embroiled in one hilarious fiasco after another, becoming the diamond of the first water her grandmother When Miss Poppy Garrison accepts her grandmother's offer of financial help for her family in exchange for Poppy joining the New York social season, she quickly realizes she is far less equipped to mingle with the New York Four Hundred than even she knew. As she becomes embroiled in one hilarious fiasco after another, becoming the diamond of the first water her grandmother longs her to be looks more impossible by the day. Reginald Blackburn, second son of a duke, is in New York to help his cousin find an American heiress who can help save his family's estate. But when his very proper British manners lead Poppy's grandmother to request he teach etiquette to Poppy, he quickly finds himself in for much more than he bargained for. And while they couldn't be more opposite, Reginald and Poppy just might find they have more to teach each other than they ever could have expected.


Compare

When Miss Poppy Garrison accepts her grandmother's offer of financial help for her family in exchange for Poppy joining the New York social season, she quickly realizes she is far less equipped to mingle with the New York Four Hundred than even she knew. As she becomes embroiled in one hilarious fiasco after another, becoming the diamond of the first water her grandmother When Miss Poppy Garrison accepts her grandmother's offer of financial help for her family in exchange for Poppy joining the New York social season, she quickly realizes she is far less equipped to mingle with the New York Four Hundred than even she knew. As she becomes embroiled in one hilarious fiasco after another, becoming the diamond of the first water her grandmother longs her to be looks more impossible by the day. Reginald Blackburn, second son of a duke, is in New York to help his cousin find an American heiress who can help save his family's estate. But when his very proper British manners lead Poppy's grandmother to request he teach etiquette to Poppy, he quickly finds himself in for much more than he bargained for. And while they couldn't be more opposite, Reginald and Poppy just might find they have more to teach each other than they ever could have expected.

30 review for Diamond in the Rough

  1. 5 out of 5

    Cara Putman

    Laugh out loud delight! This book is a great example of why this author is a go-to for me. I spent so much time laughing out loud that my husband grabbed the book from me to see what had tickled my funny bone. I inhaled the antics of the characters over the weekend. Poppy has mayhem following her around her first season in NYC, and her grandmother hires a British traveling companion to help Poppy become a diamond of the first water. This gentleman has secrets of his own. There's a sliver of myst Laugh out loud delight! This book is a great example of why this author is a go-to for me. I spent so much time laughing out loud that my husband grabbed the book from me to see what had tickled my funny bone. I inhaled the antics of the characters over the weekend. Poppy has mayhem following her around her first season in NYC, and her grandmother hires a British traveling companion to help Poppy become a diamond of the first water. This gentleman has secrets of his own. There's a sliver of mystery, a cup of fun, and a romance that is slow to bloom, but it all comes together for the perfect recipe. Loved every page.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Jen. (JenGalaxy4 Christian Book Reviews)

    . . Thoughts Swirling Around in my Head as I Read the Latest Jen Turano Book * These names!! We need a Jen Turano Character Name Generator! * Oooohh…she’s spunky! * Ha ha! Snappy! * Rouge escargot – hahahaha! * The book title was just used in a sentence! * Nigel!! Not again! * Yay! A snippy and proper grandma! * British accents! * Oh look! She’s titled a list, too! HAHA! * Fist fights, scones and clotted cream! * Dude – Poppy is awesome! * Wo/>Thoughts . . Thoughts Swirling Around in my Head as I Read the Latest Jen Turano Book * These names!! We need a Jen Turano Character Name Generator! * Oooohh…she’s spunky! * Ha ha! Snappy! * Rouge escargot – hahahaha! * The book title was just used in a sentence! * Nigel!! Not again! * Yay! A snippy and proper grandma! * British accents! * Oh look! She’s titled a list, too! HAHA! * Fist fights, scones and clotted cream! * Dude – Poppy is awesome! * Woah – that was crazy! Jen Turano’s sense of humor makes it super easy to enjoy her books! They’re light-hearted, have the most colorful characters and are so entertaining! Do read this book – it’s available September 3rd! Visit www.christianbook.com for preorder details! I received a complimentary advanced copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers through NetGalley. A positive review was not required. Opinions expressed are completely my own.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Lindsey (Books for Christian Girls)

    About this book: “When Miss Poppy Garrison accepts her grandmother's offer of financial help for her family in exchange for Poppy joining the New York social Season, she quickly realizes she is far less equipped to mingle with the New York Four Hundred than even she knew. As she becomes embroiled in one hilarious fiasco after another, becoming the diamond of the first water her grandmother longs her to be looks more impossible by the day. Reginald Blackburn, second son of a duke, is About this book: “When Miss Poppy Garrison accepts her grandmother's offer of financial help for her family in exchange for Poppy joining the New York social Season, she quickly realizes she is far less equipped to mingle with the New York Four Hundred than even she knew. As she becomes embroiled in one hilarious fiasco after another, becoming the diamond of the first water her grandmother longs her to be looks more impossible by the day. Reginald Blackburn, second son of a duke, is in New York to help his cousin find an American heiress who can help save his family's estate. But when his very proper British manners lead Poppy's grandmother to request he teach etiquette to Poppy, he quickly finds himself in for much more than he bargained for. And while they couldn't be more opposite, Reginald and Poppy just might find they have more to teach each other than they ever could have expected.” Series: Book #2 in the “American Heiress” series. Review of Book #1, Here! Spiritual Content- Talks about God, forgiveness, & trials; Mentions of God; Mentions of churches, church going, services, sermons, hymnals, & reverends; A few mentions of prayers, praying, & thanking God; *Note: A few mentions of a ghost and a ghoul. Negative Content- Minor cussing including: seven ‘idiot’s; A couple mentions of curses (said, not written); Some eye rolling; Being kidnapped & a gun aimed at you (barely-above-not-detailed); Fights, Injuries, Pain, & Gunshots (barely-above-not-detailed); Throwing up; Mentions of a sudden death (barely-above-not-detailed); Mentions of fist fights/brawls, injuries, blood/bleeding, criminals/thieves, & stealing (barely-above-not-detailed); Mentions of jail; Mentions of blackmail; Mentions of alcohol & social drinking; Mentions of lies & lying; Mentions of gossip & rumors; Mentions of jealousy; Mentions of throwing up; A couple mentions of an accidents & deaths; A couple mentions of cigars. Sexual Content- five hand kisses (greeting/parting), a not-detailed kiss, a barely-above-not-detailed kiss, and two semi-detailed kisses; Noticing (barely-above-not-detailed); Mentions of kisses & kissing; Mentions of greeting/parting kisses; A few mentions of ruined reputations; A couple mentions of hints of men hiring women in a rough area of town; Love, falling in love, & the emotions; *Note: Mentions of unmentionables; A few mentions of Poppy’s curves (noticed by Reginald). -Poppy Garrison, age 22 -Reginald Blackburn P.O.V. switches between them Set in 1885 (Epilogue in 1886) 347 pages ~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~* Pre Teens- One Star New Teens- Two Stars Early High School Teens- Three Stars Older High School Teens- Four Stars My personal Rating- Four Stars While this isn’t my favorite Jen Turano book, it was still quite a fun read. It took a bit for me to get into because it felt very much like her other books, by mid-way I became more invested and curious to see how different elements would turn out. Murray was a very pleasant surprise of a character and I truly enjoyed him the most. “Diamond in the Rough” was a good and clean read that I believe many will enjoy. :) Link to review: https://booksforchristiangirls.blogsp... *BFCG may (Read the review to see) recommend this book by this author. It does not mean I recommend all the books by this author. *I received this book for free from the Author for this honest review.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Diane Estrella

    5++ STARS!!! My favorite book of hers yet! This book is EVERYTHING that makes Jen Turano's writing style so unique and sheer perfection. The exploits, the banter, the chaos, and of course all the feels ... Ahhhh. I was actually trying to read this book SLOWLY so I could savor it longer, but then the roller coaster of excitement started climbing to the top and, WHOOSH... I couldn't read it fast enough and keep up with the ride to the end. Just, so much FUN in reading. Not ta 5++ STARS!!! My favorite book of hers yet! This book is EVERYTHING that makes Jen Turano's writing style so unique and sheer perfection. The exploits, the banter, the chaos, and of course all the feels ... Ahhhh. I was actually trying to read this book SLOWLY so I could savor it longer, but then the roller coaster of excitement started climbing to the top and, WHOOSH... I couldn't read it fast enough and keep up with the ride to the end. Just, so much FUN in reading. Not taking yourself or anything too seriously, but she always manages to throw in so many inspirational and self challenging thoughts to better yourself and help others. I love the way she included God into this story with her eclectic cast of characters. The ending was the sweetest BY FAR! I won this book in a blog giveaway but was not required to leave a review. All opinions expressed here are my own.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Anne

    I absolutely loved this story! The writing is fabulously witty and fast-paced with tangible descriptions of countryside and mannerisms and costume. Poppy Garrison needs to be my best friend because then there would be someone in my life clumsier than I am. Her character is vibrant and fairly leaps off the page with enthusiasm. Reginald Blackburn was a bit uptight in the beginning but I still liked him immediately. He’s British, you know. ;) He has a big heart underneath his ‘stuffy’ exterior and I absolutely loved this story! The writing is fabulously witty and fast-paced with tangible descriptions of countryside and mannerisms and costume. Poppy Garrison needs to be my best friend because then there would be someone in my life clumsier than I am. Her character is vibrant and fairly leaps off the page with enthusiasm. Reginald Blackburn was a bit uptight in the beginning but I still liked him immediately. He’s British, you know. ;) He has a big heart underneath his ‘stuffy’ exterior and is one of the best characters Turano has written, in my opinion. Poppy and Reginald hold center stage in this book but there are a couple of other storylines that make it even richer in depth and characterization. Diamond in the Rough has a lot of heart amid the humor. Fans of historical romance will want to grab a copy of this novel. I was provided a review copy from the publisher with no expectation of a review.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Paula Shreckhise

    Diamond in the Rough by Jen Turano is book #2 in the American Heiresses series. It is a delightful romp into New York high society in 1885. Can a “Diamond in the Rough” be turned into a “Diamond of the first water”? After her family has been estranged from her grandparents, Poppy Garrison finds herself under the tutelage of her grandmother Viola Van Rensselaer, one of the elite in New York society. She is to make her debut, where wealthy American fathers hope to marry their daughters t Diamond in the Rough by Jen Turano is book #2 in the American Heiresses series. It is a delightful romp into New York high society in 1885. Can a “Diamond in the Rough” be turned into a “Diamond of the first water”? After her family has been estranged from her grandparents, Poppy Garrison finds herself under the tutelage of her grandmother Viola Van Rensselaer, one of the elite in New York society. She is to make her debut, where wealthy American fathers hope to marry their daughters to titled Englishmen. The problem is Poppy has no airs or experience. She is also somewhat clumsy. But our heroine has a heart of gold and when she sees the unfortunate in need, she wants to remedy it immediately. Can she be an original by prompting wealthy patrons into helping more personally than just donating money to a cause? In order to be schooled in proper decorum and etiquette, Poppy meets Reginald Blackburn, who is a traveling companion of his cousin, Lord Charles Lonsdale. Madcap comedy ensues. Ms. Turano is an expert in portraying floundering females and hilarious situations with a few twists thrown in. The supporting cast is well fleshed out in Murray Middleton and Adele Tooker. Look for an incident with a horse that has the same name as Murray’s mother and the battle of the clotted cream with Adele and Poppy. This book is not without it’s spiritual elements. Poppy’s grandfather, George, explains his awakening to Poppy and a family reconciliation is the result. The other characters express their faith naturally. I highly recommend Jen Turano’s books, especially this American Heiresses series to fans of Christian fiction who want a nice romantic comedy kind of story. *I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher on behalf of the author. I was mot required to give a favorable review. All opinions are my own.*

  7. 4 out of 5

    Megan

    You don’t find many historical fiction novels that also can be humorous and light hearted. But "Diamond in the Rough" by Jen Turano is certainly just that among the many historical fiction novels published today. I might even go so far as to say it’s a “Diamond of the First Water,” just as our main character Poppy strives to be! Poppy Garrison is a unique, klutzy, and completely genuine and loveable character (and what a name). I loved watching her as she tries to navigate the rules a You don’t find many historical fiction novels that also can be humorous and light hearted. But "Diamond in the Rough" by Jen Turano is certainly just that among the many historical fiction novels published today. I might even go so far as to say it’s a “Diamond of the First Water,” just as our main character Poppy strives to be! Poppy Garrison is a unique, klutzy, and completely genuine and loveable character (and what a name). I loved watching her as she tries to navigate the rules and etiquette of the New York Four Hundred social season (think of Poppy adjusting a broken bustle in public–the horror). But this book isn’t just light and fluffy; there is also a lot of character growth and development and themes of family and identity. I thoroughly enjoyed my romp through the social season, but I am very glad Poppy was the one to do it and not myself, thank you very much! Content: This is a clean read. Rating: I give this book 4 stars. I want to thank TLC Book Tours, Jen Turano and Bethany House for the complimentary copy of this book for review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I express in this review are my own. This is in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s CFR 16, Part 255.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Kav

    I think might just be my favourite Jen Turano book ever! Her special brand of romantic comedy was just what I needed to brighten my day. Meet Miss Poppy Garrison, "magnet for mayhem" and the oh-so-very-proper son of a duke who finds himself entangled in Poppy's NOT-so-very-proper season. Reginald (ugh -- what a name!) is very Reginald-y when he makes his grand entrance. I actually wasn't certain my fainting couch would be necessary on this reading adventure. Ha! So wrong! I I think might just be my favourite Jen Turano book ever! Her special brand of romantic comedy was just what I needed to brighten my day. Meet Miss Poppy Garrison, "magnet for mayhem" and the oh-so-very-proper son of a duke who finds himself entangled in Poppy's NOT-so-very-proper season. Reginald (ugh -- what a name!) is very Reginald-y when he makes his grand entrance. I actually wasn't certain my fainting couch would be necessary on this reading adventure. Ha! So wrong! I was swooning and melting and fanning myself silly not long after making his acquaintance. Loved the way the posh kinda rolled right off him the more entrenched he became in Poppy's escapades. Never quite losing the proper veneer, mind you, but it sure did crack wide open -- enough to expose his heart. Not that he's in the market for an heiress -- that's his cousin's goal. Reginald's just along for backup. And Poppy is delightful. She's a no-fuss-no-frills, practical kind of gal roped into enduring a New York high society season with a matchmaking minded grandma. She's also a klutz. And opinionated. Apt to speak her mind on all manner of inappropriate topics. The debates she and Reginald get into over what is taboo and why are hysterical! A great cast of secondary characters had me laughing and fuming while a more sinister kind of mayhem adds extra hijinks and danger to Poppy's very unorthodox introduction to society resulting in a chaotic mess of sublime satisfaction! Sidenote: This is another book I enjoyed in audible format. Andrea Emmes did a great job of bringing these characters to life. A truly enjoyable listen.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Trisha Robertson (Joy of Reading)

    From start to finish this is such a fun, high-spirited, effervescent story *insert happy sigh*!! Without fail, I know that I  can depend on finding an enjoyable story when I pick up a book written by author Jen Turano. With vivacious and often quirky characters that beacon you to kick-up your heels and join in the fun antics. Toss in a measure of light-hearted banter and you have the perfect recipe for a story that is sure to have you both gasping at the sheer genius and laughing out From start to finish this is such a fun, high-spirited, effervescent story *insert happy sigh*!! Without fail, I know that I  can depend on finding an enjoyable story when I pick up a book written by author Jen Turano. With vivacious and often quirky characters that beacon you to kick-up your heels and join in the fun antics. Toss in a measure of light-hearted banter and you have the perfect recipe for a story that is sure to have you both gasping at the sheer genius and laughing out loud wishing you had thought of something similar yourself. I just love the characters of this book! Jen Turano has a knack for artfully tucking into her light-hearted stories serious topics that often in polite conversations we tip-toe around. The savy reader will appreciate the delicate, balance achieved here and appreciate the blend of fun and serious that most skip right past in joyful abandon. If you are searching for a fun, entertaining novel to lighten your mood and bring laughter to your day then this is the book for you! To be sure this story has found a place of honor on my keeper shelf! (I received a copy of this book from the author/publisher. I am not required to write a positive review. My thoughts and opinions are my own.)

  10. 4 out of 5

    Beth Erin

    Full review and author q&a on FaithfullyBookish.com Diamond in the Rough has it all from adventure and sweet romance to heartwarming faith-in-action, reconciliation, and light-hearted humor. Poppy is simply delightful! Although her country roots and propensity for landing in outrageous situations don’t bode well for a triumphant social season among those 400 fancy folks in the big city, I greatly enjoyed the way she innocently shocked those stiff shirts and pampered lad Full review and author q&a on FaithfullyBookish.com Diamond in the Rough has it all from adventure and sweet romance to heartwarming faith-in-action, reconciliation, and light-hearted humor. Poppy is simply delightful! Although her country roots and propensity for landing in outrageous situations don’t bode well for a triumphant social season among those 400 fancy folks in the big city, I greatly enjoyed the way she innocently shocked those stiff shirts and pampered ladies time and time again. Reginald is a cautious, quiet gentleman. It’s no wonder he’s suspicious when surrounded by overly eager and flirtatious, title-seeking females and their mothers! I love the way Poppy inadvertently ruffles his feathers and leaves him hot under the collar! Jen Turano lavishes readers with stories that touch the heart and tickle the funny bone. Fans will notice cameo appearances by characters from her previous stories yet this book can be easily be enjoyed as a standalone. Diamond in the Rough doesn’t skimp on the substance for the sake of being entertaining. I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher and was under no obligation to post a review. The opinions expressed are my own.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Melissa

    Jen has done it again! There is a reason Jen is one of my absolute favorite authors, because her books have the perfect ratio of romance, humor, a bit of mystery and characters I love. I have yet to read one of her historical books that I didn’t adore (and I have read them all!), and Diamond In The Rough is no exception. The escapades that Poppy somehow manages get tangled up in kept me in stitches and I loved the new characters we met in this story, especially Murray. He was adorable and I love Jen has done it again! There is a reason Jen is one of my absolute favorite authors, because her books have the perfect ratio of romance, humor, a bit of mystery and characters I love. I have yet to read one of her historical books that I didn’t adore (and I have read them all!), and Diamond In The Rough is no exception. The escapades that Poppy somehow manages get tangled up in kept me in stitches and I loved the new characters we met in this story, especially Murray. He was adorable and I loved seeing his growth in the book. If you love to laugh, I HIGHLY recommend this book. As for me, this book has more than earned its place on my keeper shelf next to the rest of Jen’s lovelies. I received this book from NetGalley and was not required to post a positive review. All thoughts are my own.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Erin Laramore

    When I think of historical romances that make me laugh out loud (even in public), I think of Jen Turano. This one was no different. Though this is the 2nd book in the American Heiresses series, it could easily be read as stand-alone. Though the main character from the first book is referenced and a couple of minor characters in the first book have appearances in this book, there is enough information given that you're not missing anything if you haven't read "Flights of Fancy". (Though you shoul When I think of historical romances that make me laugh out loud (even in public), I think of Jen Turano. This one was no different. Though this is the 2nd book in the American Heiresses series, it could easily be read as stand-alone. Though the main character from the first book is referenced and a couple of minor characters in the first book have appearances in this book, there is enough information given that you're not missing anything if you haven't read "Flights of Fancy". (Though you should read it - it's fantastic!) This book follows the life of Poppy Garrison, whose parents own Garrison Farms. When the bank calls in their loan early, Poppy chooses to allow her grandmother to bail them out in exchange for debuting in society for a season. Her grandmother desperately wants Poppy to become a "Diamond in the First Water", but Poppy always seems to find herself in the most ridiculous of predicaments, making her more of a "diamond in the rough". This lends to the hilarity of the book and makes the romance aspect that much better. In spite of the frivolity, though, there is a good spiritual thread and a bit of drama included and the characters are well fleshed out and likable as well. This book truly has it all! There were a few sub-plot stories that tied up a bit TOO neatly for my liking, which is why this one got 4 stars instead of 5, but I still thoroughly enjoyed the story-line and I believe that Poppy and I would have been the the very best of friends. Special thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for an advanced E-copy of this book. I was under no obligation to write a review and the thoughts contained herein are my own.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Jessica Baker (A Baker's Perspective)

    I'm not sure there are adequate words to describe how I feel about books by Ms. Turano. Anyone can say they love a book, but it doesn't seem to be appropriate here, because I more than love them. I adore them. I can't get enough of them. Her books always put a smile on my face, cheer me up on a bad day, and transport me to another world. Her character names are ingenious, some of their traits (and quotes) are entertaining, and the circumstances are always delightfully hilarious. Diamond in the R I'm not sure there are adequate words to describe how I feel about books by Ms. Turano. Anyone can say they love a book, but it doesn't seem to be appropriate here, because I more than love them. I adore them. I can't get enough of them. Her books always put a smile on my face, cheer me up on a bad day, and transport me to another world. Her character names are ingenious, some of their traits (and quotes) are entertaining, and the circumstances are always delightfully hilarious. Diamond in the Rough is no exception. Poppy just might be my favorite character by Turano, ever. She says things at the wrong time, gets herself into some interesting pickles, and is a total handful. However, she is charming, not afraid to stand up for what she thinks is right, and honestly tries to do the right thing. She is loyal to her family, and the cause of her grandmother trying to make her the best of the season. The scenes she has with children, with those less fortunate, and with her friends are such a pleasure to read. They show the true nature of Poppy - which should be seen by some other not-so-nice characters in the book. There were so many laughable scenes I can't even remember them all! The first line alone was great, let alone talking about snails tasting like chicken, the deaf Mr. Phalen thinking Viola was changing her name to Frank, ending up in water, and so many more. Turano is known for her quirky lines and this book has several to enjoy. The way Turano weaves a little humor into a good portion of the book is just amazing. The fact that her mind can think up these crazy stories just blows my mind! But don't let the humor fool you - Turano is also great at weaving in remarkable lessons in her stories. My favorite in this one happened to come from a character other than Poppy (I won't say who to refrain from having a spoiler). This person happens to have a scene with the less fortunate, and sees how they truly live. It is at that very moment the character realizes all that they truly have and take for granted. It is also at that time I started to think of all that I had and take for granted. Yes, even among the comedy, there are lessons to be learned, and thoughts you cannot help but think. Bravo Ms. Turano for reminding me how good I really have it, even on days when I don't feel like I do! All in all, as with every other Turano book ever written, this is a book that you need to read! The characters, the circumstances, the setting, are all worth your time. I encourage you to really read into the characters and try to figure out who the bad guys might really be. I think you'll be a little surprised with a twist at the end! I received a complimentary copy of this book. I was not required to write a favorable review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Grace Mullins

    THIS BOOK. It's funny. I feel like I've said this about every one of this author's books, but it is a fact of truth. You want to smile like a maniac and forget all of the unpleasantness of reality? Okay,  do yourself a favor and please---PLEASE---pick up a Jen Turano book. (Pleassse?) (As you may have guessed) I've loved all of Jen Turano's books, but I loved this one just as much as "The Ladies of Distinction" series, which is basically my favorite series of books EVER. Something about this book brou/>(As THIS BOOK. It's funny. I feel like I've said this about every one of this author's books, but it is a fact of truth. You want to smile like a maniac and forget all of the unpleasantness of reality? Okay,  do yourself a favor and please---PLEASE---pick up a Jen Turano book. (Pleassse?) (As you may have guessed) I've loved all of Jen Turano's books, but I loved this one just as much as "The Ladies of Distinction" series, which is basically my favorite series of books EVER. Something about this book brought me back to that series' feel, and it made me SOOOO happy.  Two words: Murray Middleton.  There really isn't a lot of books I've come across where the heroine ends up striking a heartwarming male friendship that doesn't lead to fluttery feelings, and (eventually) love. Poppy's relationship with Mr.Middleton was a delight to read.  The poor man was a rather humorous addition to the cast of characters, even if it was because he suffered some mishaps here and there. :-/ He's definitely my new favorite cinnamon roll character.  The heroine is unintentionally clumsy, and it made for some sublime reading. How Turano keeps coming up with all of these outlandishly hysterical situations for her characters time and time AMAZES me. (I particularly liked the elevator scene *snorts*) There was a "villainous" character from a previous book that's shown mending their ways. A-D-O--R-E-D this! Redemption is one of my favorite concepts to read, and I liked how this book took a hard to like character and made me cheer him on. Did Not Like So Much... I did find the ending a little predictable. But Turano is a queen of comedy, so I one shouldn't expect the feel of a suspenseful thriller. So I'm not UPSET. I just wish that the endings of her books didn't always end with a similar element. (Which I can't really expound without spoiling those who haven't read her books...) Overall, it's a new favorite. Definitely the cup of cheery tea I needed. I give "Diamond in the Rough" by Jen Turano a rating of four and a half (rounding to five), and recommend to every soul who desires a book that will at least make them crack a tiny grin on their face. *Thanks to the author and publisher for a complementary copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. I was not required to write a positive review.

  15. 5 out of 5

    BlueJeansAndTeacups

    •*• Author Wields Comedy Like a Sword! •*• I could not stop smiling & laughing. This is her best book yet & the cover is to die for! 1885, New York, NY – “Any smidgen of hope that her entrance into New York high society would be deemed a rousing success died the moment Miss Poppy Garrison’s tiara became firmly attached to the sleeve of her dance partner.” Now how is that for an opening line? Poppy has left her family’s Kentucky horse farm to come to New York at the request, or rat/>Now •*• Author Wields Comedy Like a Sword! •*• I could not stop smiling & laughing. This is her best book yet & the cover is to die for! 1885, New York, NY – “Any smidgen of hope that her entrance into New York high society would be deemed a rousing success died the moment Miss Poppy Garrison’s tiara became firmly attached to the sleeve of her dance partner.” Now how is that for an opening line? Poppy has left her family’s Kentucky horse farm to come to New York at the request, or rather insistence of her excessively wealthy grandmother to experience her first “Season”. She tends to say and do the first thing that pops into her head often to the horror of her grandmother and those of the elite NY 400. Disaster tends to follow her, but since she is quite used to that she simply rolls with it. “Do you know that I once got knocked straight off a horse because a duck flew into me?” The Earl of Lonsdale and his cousin, Reginald Blackburn have traveled from England to find an American heiress to marry, effectively rescuing the Earl from financial ruin. However, they are determined to find someone of good character. Something Reginald is certain Miss Garrison certainly is not from the unusual way her dance partner twirled her away, crashing directly into himself and her less than demure commentary to the perturbed host of the ballroom. Then later, finding her crawling on all fours in search of something. “Reginald was of the firm belief that always maintaining the proprieties was exactly what separated true ladies and gentlemen from the masses.” No, Miss Poppy Garrison was certainly not the type of woman he would approve of for his cousin. But when disaster and mystery follow Poppy around like a bad penny, Reginald finds himself caught up in her world, most unexpectedly. As does the meek mannered Mr. Middleton whom Poppy quickly befriends. I really enjoyed the dynamic of her relationship with both men who are distinctly different. Watching Murray Middleton grow and come into his own as the story progressed was a delight. The “snail scene” was hilarious. Very “Pretty Woman”. Just like in real life, the supporting characters take an active role and add so much to the story. TEA MOMENT: Ok, so I was so excited by the tea-themed cover of this novel, months before it was even close to release. So imagine my surprise when Poppy is at the tearoom in Rutherford & Co. and this happens, “They do offer an impressive assortment of teas, but…” She looked up. “Will you find me quite beyond the pale if I admit I don’t actually care for tea, preferring coffee instead?” “You don’t care for tea?” “Shocking, I know.” “Scandalous more like.” But, my little heart attack was quickly diminished by the hilarious scone and clotted cream scene. “Adele frowned, “You said you were savoring clotted cream when I first arrived.” “Savoring, detesting,” Poppy said with a wave of her hand. … “It was a riveting battle if Reginald had ever seen one, although one where clotted cream, jam, and scones were the weapons, instead of the usual pistols, swords, or knives.” FAITH MOMENT: “Family matters. Friends matter. Embracing a relationship with God matters. And it’s past time I rectify that.” MYSTERY NOTE: I genuinely thought I knew who the culprit of the story was, smiling to myself that I had figured it out. Boy was I wrong! The breadcrumbs that led me to my choice unexpectedly did NOT lead to who I thought they would. Naturally, that made the story even more exciting. While there is a bit of danger, there is not any gore or undue stress to the reader. I am so smitten with this book, I may have to forego my To-Be-Read pile in favor of re-reading older Jen Turano novels again! Bethany House Publishing / American Heiresses Series: Flights of Fancy – book 1 Jan 1, 2019 Diamond in the Rough – book 2 Sept 3, 2019 Storing Up Trouble – book 3 tba

  16. 4 out of 5

    Nicole

    A hilarious, laugh out loud historical fiction novel in typical Jen Turano style. Readers will love the crazy antics of Poppy Garrison as she reluctantly joins the New York social season at the urging of her society grandmother. She finds herself being given etiquette lessons by Reginald Blackburn, who unbeknownst to her is the second son of a duke. This was an enjoyable novel that fans of Jen Turano will not want to miss. The humorous moments and outrageous predicaments that Poppy found herself A hilarious, laugh out loud historical fiction novel in typical Jen Turano style. Readers will love the crazy antics of Poppy Garrison as she reluctantly joins the New York social season at the urging of her society grandmother. She finds herself being given etiquette lessons by Reginald Blackburn, who unbeknownst to her is the second son of a duke. This was an enjoyable novel that fans of Jen Turano will not want to miss. The humorous moments and outrageous predicaments that Poppy found herself in were my favorite parts of the story. I received a complimentary copy of this book by Bethany House and was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are mine.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Melissa

    What a delightful novel by Jen Turano! The second book in the American Heiresses is filled with laughs and meaningful romance. I loved Poppy. She's headstrong and knows her own mind, but she is also a lady, even though she doesn't exactly know how to handle herself in every situation. Reginald is the perfect balance to Poppy's nature, giving level-headed advice and direction, but also finding himself falling for this woman who can't seem to fit in with the society mavens. Poppy is spun What a delightful novel by Jen Turano! The second book in the American Heiresses is filled with laughs and meaningful romance. I loved Poppy. She's headstrong and knows her own mind, but she is also a lady, even though she doesn't exactly know how to handle herself in every situation. Reginald is the perfect balance to Poppy's nature, giving level-headed advice and direction, but also finding himself falling for this woman who can't seem to fit in with the society mavens. Poppy is spunky and a friend that everyone would want to have (as long as you aren't trying to sabotage her). This book delves into more serious topics such as forgiveness, deception, and the meaning of family. I always adore Ms. Turano's books and this one was perfect for me at this time--light, but with a meaningful message. I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book, all opinions are my own.

  18. 4 out of 5

    The Lit Bitch

    Recently I have been completely hooked on sweet historical romances. I burned through Mimi Matthews books and was eager to fill the void with an author who could encapsulate a sweet romance with some humor. When I read the summary of this one, my first thought that this could be the author to fill that void in my TBR list. I have been absolutely craving more sweet romances and this book sounded like it would be able to satisfy my sweet tooth..This book came across at the perfect time Recently I have been completely hooked on sweet historical romances. I burned through Mimi Matthews books and was eager to fill the void with an author who could encapsulate a sweet romance with some humor. When I read the summary of this one, my first thought that this could be the author to fill that void in my TBR list. I have been absolutely craving more sweet romances and this book sounded like it would be able to satisfy my sweet tooth..This book came across at the perfect time and I couldn’t wait to sink my teeth into it. This book is from Christian publisher, Bethany House, but for me it read less like a Christian romance with obvious religions references and more like a proper, chaste, sweet romance which was exactly what I was hoping for.. This is the second in a series but it could easily be read as a stand alone book and for me that’s exactly what it was, a stand alone. But I would be open to reading the other book in the series because the characters were a hoot and I loved each person I encountered. What in the world did I just read? I say that with a laugh on my lips and a smile because this book was so much fun and unexpected. I was hoping that it would be a fun read on par with Mimi Matthews, but what I found was an author with her own unique voice and talent. I smiled and laughed my way through this novel and throughly enjoyed every single chapter! Turano is a truly gifted story teller and I eagerly look forward to reading more books by her! In fact, I ordered the first book in this series immediately following this one! Turno has written a number of other books and series and that experience shows in this novel. While I have only read this one book, I am eager to explore her other books and series because her talent is undeniable and I couldn’t get enough of this book! The thing that stands out in this book for me is Poppy. She is an incredible character—witty, razor sharp, and she knows who she is. I absolutely love her and want to hang out with her. She is unique and refreshing. In a sea of classic heroines, Poppy stand out like a beacon and I love her! She made this book for me with her humor. Once I started this one I couldn’t put it down and breezed through it which left me wanting more from Turno. The setting was enjoyable but it’s the banter and characters that make this book. The romance was more of a slow building one rather than an instant attraction. If this book hadn’t been so charming and funny, I don’t know that I would have appreciated the slow burn romance, but since it was so charming and funny, I thought the slow burn romance worked just fine indeed. If you love sweet romances with a strong, humorous heroine then this book needs to be on your radar! I absolutely loved this book and can’t wait to read more by Turno in the future! See my full review here

  19. 4 out of 5

    Nora St Laurent

    Reginald Blackburn is helping his friend the Earl of Lonsdale to seek an heiress to help his family’s estate back in England. There are so many ladies that want to seek his attention all except Poppy. She’s not here to seek a husband. Sir Reginald is giving Poppy lessons on how to become familiar with the rules of proper society. Reginald says to Poppy, ..”Do you know that it’s never permissible for a lady to take it upon herself to chase down members of the criminal persuasion.” She Reginald Blackburn is helping his friend the Earl of Lonsdale to seek an heiress to help his family’s estate back in England. There are so many ladies that want to seek his attention all except Poppy. She’s not here to seek a husband. Sir Reginald is giving Poppy lessons on how to become familiar with the rules of proper society. Reginald says to Poppy, ..”Do you know that it’s never permissible for a lady to take it upon herself to chase down members of the criminal persuasion.” She replies, “That’s completely ridiculous. ” Who decided that ladies can’t react accordingly when someone has the audacity to relieve them of their personal possessions?” I like how the author writes about strong, free thinking, practical women in the mist of high society who are looked down on, like Poppy. They look at her as if she is a freak. Frankly no one knows what to do with her. Poppy didn’t realize what hard work it was to become a lady. She tells Reginald like it is, “Perhaps instead of trying to instruct me on how to speak, properly about mundane topics like the weather, you should teach me how to handle myself in a brawl. That would better prepare me in the future if I find myself involved in another similar situation.” The grandfather tells Poppy she has been black mailed by Viola’s grandmother to introduce her almost 23-year-old Poppy Garrison to a proper season in New York. She sees this as a way of reliving the season she missed with her daughter since she ran off and got married. Leaving the family all together. Poppy wants to unite the family and please her grandmother. Poppy’s grandfather tells her that’s fine to want to please her grandmother but when it becomes to much and Viola wants to change who she is as a person then end it. It’s not worth doing. Poppy’s grandmother is determined she become a “diamond of the first water,” So she agrees to have lessons from a handsome, charming man named, Reginald Blackburn who has saved her life several times during her stay in New York. Poppy has gotten into trouble no fault of her own. It turns out Poppy and Reginald are both trying to be something they by nature are not. It’s a challenge for them as they fight their feelings, they realize are getting stronger as these lessons go on. I enjoyed this story and the characters. I felt something was missing.as I read. I think things may not have been so over the top for me this time because I didn’t realize that this was book two in the American Heiresses series. I recommend you read book one first. If you haven’t read any of this authors books you should. They are always fun and entertaining. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher and Netgalley. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising” Nora St. Laurent TBCN Where Book Fun Begins! www.bookfun.org The Book Club Network blog www.psalm516.blogspot.com Book Fun Catalogue front page www.bookfun.org

  20. 5 out of 5

    Winnie

    Set in Gilded Age New York where it was important to be a “diamond of the first water,” Diamond in the Rough features Poppy Garrison who despairs of ever reaching that goal. Delightful, quirky, and prone to mishaps, Poppy seems to attract chaos and pandemonium wherever she goes. She meets each new disaster with aplomb and continues to be her endearing and entertaining self. “You must have realized by now that I’m not always keen to follow rules.” Despairing of ever seeing Poppy fit i Set in Gilded Age New York where it was important to be a “diamond of the first water,” Diamond in the Rough features Poppy Garrison who despairs of ever reaching that goal. Delightful, quirky, and prone to mishaps, Poppy seems to attract chaos and pandemonium wherever she goes. She meets each new disaster with aplomb and continues to be her endearing and entertaining self. “You must have realized by now that I’m not always keen to follow rules.” Despairing of ever seeing Poppy fit into society, her grandmother hires Reginald Blackburn to give her etiquette lessons. What follows is a hilarious, entertaining romp that left me giggling, chuckling, and laughing out loud (with maybe a snort or two for good measure)! And, yes, I realize that precludes me from being a diamond of the first water! I’ll have to settle for being a diamond in the rough like Poppy. I love Poppy and Reginald. They are both fantastic characters—some of my favorite Turano people. They aren’t perfect, but they’re perfect for each other. A stellar supporting cast adds to the enjoyment and fun of the tale. Filled with witty banter, humor, romance, intrigue, and a few life lessons, it’s a delight to read. I loved the message to be yourself and not who others want you to be. Jen Turano is an incredibly gifted writer with an amazing sense of humor. Her characters come alive on the page and are so delightful and fun. The settings are all so richly painted, and the colorful imagery in her stories brings them to life. If you’ve never read any of her books, do yourself a favor and grab one. You can start with this one—it’s part of a series, but it can easily be read alone. I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy from Bethany House. All opinions are my own.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Kristina

    Diamond in the Rough by Jen Turano is the second book in the American Heiresses series. It can be read as a standalone for those new to this series of books. However, I heartily recommend reading Flights of Fancy (it is a delight to read). From the very first page, I was drawn into this engaging and humorous historical novel. Poppy Garrison is a vibrant woman with a zest for life. She is twenty-two years old and could care less about society. However, she made a promise to her grandmother and Po Diamond in the Rough by Jen Turano is the second book in the American Heiresses series. It can be read as a standalone for those new to this series of books. However, I heartily recommend reading Flights of Fancy (it is a delight to read). From the very first page, I was drawn into this engaging and humorous historical novel. Poppy Garrison is a vibrant woman with a zest for life. She is twenty-two years old and could care less about society. However, she made a promise to her grandmother and Poppy intends to keep it. Viola did not count on Poppy’s clumsiness or how often she manages to get herself into sticky situations. Poppy’s antics had me laughing through the whole book (there is a snail incident, a busy bustle, runaway horses, a tiara incident and so much more). Reginald Blackburn is an English gentleman who believes is proper decorum. He agrees to give lessons to Poppy, but he had not idea it was going to be such a challenge. I like how the characters grow as individuals as the story progresses. While Diamond in the Rough is humorous, there are some sweet, tender moments. The story focuses on Poppy and Reginald, but there are side stories involving some of the other characters (like Charles Wynn, Murray Middletown, Viola Van Rennsselaer, and Poppy’s mother). I thought Diamond in the Rough was well-written and it proceeded at a fast pace. I like how Jen Turano captured the time period with the clothing, language, the dances, books, conveyances, and people. I was swept back to the Gilded Age and watched Poppy as she was let loose on New York high society. My favorite line comes from Poppy when she states, “I’ve always felt that misfits are far more interesting than normal folks.” Diamond in the Rough is by far my favorite book by Jen Turano. I cannot wait to read the next novel in the American Heiresses series. Diamond in the Rough is an amusing historical novel that has dizzying dances, runaway rides, an eager earl, rowing relatives, slippery snails, husband hunters and a peppy Poppy.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Phyllis

    A madcap romance My rating is 4.5 stars Poppy took the New York Four Hundred by storm when her grandmother blackmailed her into coming for a Season. Unconventional, to say the least, she was constantly shocking the staid Upper Crust with her constant faux pas. I loved that she didn’t set out to brook convention. In fact, she really did try to do the right thing. Most of the time. . . Reginald was so fun in his very proper way. As a very proper British (not Englis A madcap romance My rating is 4.5 stars Poppy took the New York Four Hundred by storm when her grandmother blackmailed her into coming for a Season. Unconventional, to say the least, she was constantly shocking the staid Upper Crust with her constant faux pas. I loved that she didn’t set out to brook convention. In fact, she really did try to do the right thing. Most of the time. . . Reginald was so fun in his very proper way. As a very proper British (not English!) gentleman, he knew what was expected and was determined to ensure that his cousin, the Count, was not tricked into an undesirable marriage. And somehow found himself committing to help Poppy learn what was expected. What he didn’t expect was the need to constantly come to her rescue. There were so many enjoyable characters. Murray, the mama’s boy. Oh, how I loved seeing him come into his own! Viola, Poppy’s grandmother. Charles, Reginald’s cousin. Beatrix, who I’m sure is going to have her own story. Even Nigel. In between the laugh-out-loud moments were undercurrents of lessons learned. Forgiveness. Priorities. Helping the poor. That sometimes society doesn’t know best and it is okay to just what is right. There is a spiritual message here, though it is subtle. Readers who enjoy humorous historical fiction will find Jen Turano‘s Diamond in the Rough to be a real gem. Read my full review at Among the Reads I was given a copy of this book. I was not required to give a favorable review nor was any money received for this review. All comments and opinions are my own.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Kelly Bridgewater

    I adore Jen Turano's writing. She brings the Gilded Age to life and creates remarkable and remember able characters to life. With her second addition to her American Heiress series, Diamond in the Rough, this is no exception. Poppy grew up on a horse farm in Pennsylvania and is having her season in New York. She is completely out of her element and falls, literary, over and over again on her face. She keeps getting into scraps and allowing me to shake my head in laughter as she tries to save he I adore Jen Turano's writing. She brings the Gilded Age to life and creates remarkable and remember able characters to life. With her second addition to her American Heiress series, Diamond in the Rough, this is no exception. Poppy grew up on a horse farm in Pennsylvania and is having her season in New York. She is completely out of her element and falls, literary, over and over again on her face. She keeps getting into scraps and allowing me to shake my head in laughter as she tries to save her reputation. She transforms by the end of the season but shows her heart by wanting to do good for those less wealthy. On the other hand, Reginald, the hero, keeps his true identity a secret, but is always there to rescue Poppy. There romance appears a little disjointed, but I believe Turano wrote their romance this way on purpose. It made their happily-ever-after a little more sweeter. As for the plot, I really enjoyed spending time with these characters. I got so wrapped up in their lives that I even googled Fifth Avenue mansions during the 1890's to have an idea of how HUGE these little homes actually were. I love this story and can't wait to get my hand on the final installment. Thanks for another wonderful story, Turano. I received a complimentary copy of a Diamond in the Rough by Jen Turano from Bethany House Publishers, but the opinions stated are all my own.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Kari

    Diamond in the Rough is a really funny and very sweet romance. Reginald is hired to teach Poppy proper etiquette in the hopes that she will becoming a proper lady ready for New York society. He quickly finds out he has his work cut out for him. I absolutely adored this book. From the start, I loved Poppy. She was a breath of fresh air. I loved her ability to laugh at herself and how she threw her whole being into whatever she did. The banter between Reginald and Poppy was a lot of fun. Their jo Diamond in the Rough is a really funny and very sweet romance. Reginald is hired to teach Poppy proper etiquette in the hopes that she will becoming a proper lady ready for New York society. He quickly finds out he has his work cut out for him. I absolutely adored this book. From the start, I loved Poppy. She was a breath of fresh air. I loved her ability to laugh at herself and how she threw her whole being into whatever she did. The banter between Reginald and Poppy was a lot of fun. Their journey to love was a joy to watch. Along with Poppy and Reginald's romance, the rest of the story is full of great characters. Murray was my favorite. I loved the friendship that developed between him and Poppy. I would have loved to see his point of view in the wooing of his love interest. The book deals with forgiveness, family and being true to yourself. I didn't read the book that came before this one, but that was OK It worked very well as a stand alone. I do want to go back and read Flights of Fancy. I would definitely recommend this one to anyone who loves clean historical romances. I would be surprised if you weren't left smiling like I was in the end.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Suzie Waltner

    I adore Jen Turano and her fabulously fun gilded age stories. Diamond in the Rough is another unforgettable, knee-slapping, giggle-inducing romp through New York high society. Mayhem finds Poppy Garrison—a fact of life she’s come to accept as her reality. This is apparent by the end of the first sentence of this new releases. Reginald Blackburn is everything you’d expect the son of an English noble to be. So, of course, when Poppy’s grandmother strikes a deal with him to properly educ I adore Jen Turano and her fabulously fun gilded age stories. Diamond in the Rough is another unforgettable, knee-slapping, giggle-inducing romp through New York high society. Mayhem finds Poppy Garrison—a fact of life she’s come to accept as her reality. This is apparent by the end of the first sentence of this new releases. Reginald Blackburn is everything you’d expect the son of an English noble to be. So, of course, when Poppy’s grandmother strikes a deal with him to properly educated Poppy in decorum, hilarity ensues. Yet, behind all the silly and quite memorable situations (come on, Poppy makes a list of all her society faux pas for Reginald), Poppy has a heart of gold. She values family, friendship, and honesty over appearances and gossip. Is it any wonder Reginald, who is horrified upon first meeting Poppy, becomes enamored with her as he spends time with her and sees the beauty of her heart? Disclosure statement: I receive complimentary books from publishers, publicists, and/or authors, including NetGalley. I am not required to write positive reviews. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Faye

    Poppy Garrison was raised out in the country on a horse ranch, but she accepts a proposition that she participate in a season, and in return her wealthy grandmother will cover her family's debts. Her grandmother desperately wants Poppy to excel in high society as a diamond of the first water, instead she finds herself dodging one social disaster after another. Her grandmother asks Reginald Blackburn, 2nd son of a duke, to help Poppy to make a success of her season. Poppy i Poppy Garrison was raised out in the country on a horse ranch, but she accepts a proposition that she participate in a season, and in return her wealthy grandmother will cover her family's debts. Her grandmother desperately wants Poppy to excel in high society as a diamond of the first water, instead she finds herself dodging one social disaster after another. Her grandmother asks Reginald Blackburn, 2nd son of a duke, to help Poppy to make a success of her season. Poppy is well out of her depth in high society, but I admired how she gives it her best effort. She has a no-nonsense sensibility, and doesn't see the purpose of all the hoopla and ceremony. She longs for a life of purpose beyond the next social outing. I admired her strength to stand up to her domineering grandmother, and how she stands up for herself. Reginald has come to America to help his cousin Earl Charles Wynn find a wealthy American wife. But he is every bit the proper English gentleman, with no interest in an American wife, he has a secret of his own that he doesn't want to get out into society. But when word gets out that he is helping Poppy, mothers of other American heiresses leap at the opportunity to put their daughters under his cousin's nose. Reginald is intrigued by Poppy's forthrightness, honest charm and practical sensibilities which bring out a softer side in himself. Jen Turano at her best, with this highly entertaining read with an admirable heroine, hilarious escapades, faith, friendship, and romance. Poppy shines as a true friend and encourager, finding her own place as a fish out of water. She befriends many others who struggle to fit the mold. Sparkling dialogue brings this book to life, especially between Poppy and Reginald. I loved the fast paced, twisting plot, with fantastic characters at every turn, plenty of laugh out loud humor. Utterly enjoyable, you won't want to miss it! I received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Rachael

    Another just plain fun book from this author. I could sympathize with the main character. I’m a klutz...have been all my life. She gets involved in so many “catastrophes” that her grandmother is seeking help. Poppy is such a great main character, and I love the things that come into play from previous books...especially the mention of someone getting stuck because of an interesting bustle! This author is always sure to get giggles and outright laughter from her books. Reginald is wonderful oppos Another just plain fun book from this author. I could sympathize with the main character. I’m a klutz...have been all my life. She gets involved in so many “catastrophes” that her grandmother is seeking help. Poppy is such a great main character, and I love the things that come into play from previous books...especially the mention of someone getting stuck because of an interesting bustle! This author is always sure to get giggles and outright laughter from her books. Reginald is wonderful opposite Poppy. The story, characters, and faith theme all combine for another winner of a read from Ms. Turano. No one in Christian Fiction produces a novel like hers. Go buy any of her reads...and have fun! This is one of her best yet. I received this book from the publisher. All opinions are my own.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Maureen Timerman

    This story is wondrously funny, the word pictures kept me page-turning, and never expecting what is about to happen next. Talk about putting a square peg into a round hole, well, we take a farm girl and put her into elite society in NY City in the 1880’s. She is soon rubbing, or falling, shoulders with the who’s who in America, along with some British aristocrats. We have family blackmail, assaults, guns going off, horses in Central Park lake, etc. Could just picture this as a movie, b This story is wondrously funny, the word pictures kept me page-turning, and never expecting what is about to happen next. Talk about putting a square peg into a round hole, well, we take a farm girl and put her into elite society in NY City in the 1880’s. She is soon rubbing, or falling, shoulders with the who’s who in America, along with some British aristocrats. We have family blackmail, assaults, guns going off, horses in Central Park lake, etc. Could just picture this as a movie, but be aware along with glorious laughs there are a few gasps as we wonder if our Poppy will survive. A don’t miss delightful read! I received this book through Net Galley and Bethany House Publishing, and was not required to give a positive review.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Becky

    Diamond in the Rough is the amusing story of Poppy Garrison, a young woman trying to make her way in society because of a deal she made with her grandmother. Poppy is accident prone, to say the least, and she finds herself in one mess after another! This novel contains quite a few quirky characters, and I enjoyed their interactions with each other. While I did struggle to immerse myself in the book, I think that's more of a reflection of where my head is now than of Turano's writing. Diamond in the Rough is the amusing story of Poppy Garrison, a young woman trying to make her way in society because of a deal she made with her grandmother. Poppy is accident prone, to say the least, and she finds herself in one mess after another! This novel contains quite a few quirky characters, and I enjoyed their interactions with each other. While I did struggle to immerse myself in the book, I think that's more of a reflection of where my head is now than of Turano's writing. Poppy's story is humorous and engaging, and I think many fans of historical romance will enjoy it! 3-1/2 stars. Disclosure of material connection: I received this book from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review, and the opinions expressed are my own.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Loraine Nunley

    Another success for the original ladies who have taken early 1900s New York society by storm and sprinkled it with their unique personalities. 🙂 There was so much to love about this story. I truly cannot pick just one thing. But I will begin with the heroine of the story, Poppy. Like all of this author’s heroines, Poppy manages to get herself into some pretty funny and strange situations. She handles each situation with a grace that I know I wouldn’t be able to achieve in real life. I Another success for the original ladies who have taken early 1900s New York society by storm and sprinkled it with their unique personalities. 🙂 There was so much to love about this story. I truly cannot pick just one thing. But I will begin with the heroine of the story, Poppy. Like all of this author’s heroines, Poppy manages to get herself into some pretty funny and strange situations. She handles each situation with a grace that I know I wouldn’t be able to achieve in real life. I so admired that about her. She is strong and independent, but above all has a large capacity of kindness. She deserved a knight. Full review is at my website. I received this book complimentary from the author. I was not required to give a review. All of the opinions I have expressed here are my own.

Add a review

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Loading...
We use cookies to give you the best online experience. By using our website you agree to our use of cookies in accordance with our cookie policy.