Friday, October 4, 2019

Diamond In The Rough by Jen Turano

Book review of Diamond In The Rough by Jen Turano (Bethany House) by papertapepins

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.

As always, Jen Turano's characters are witty and humorous in their banter. This is one of my favourite of the books by this author so far. Poppy Garrison is such a fun character. Her grandmother is determined that she will become a Diamond of the First Water, but Poppy couldn't care less. She's outspoken and genuine, something that the Four Hundred of New York are not used to.

Reginald Blackburn sounds like a stick-in-the-mud, but of course as the story goes along he shows his humanity more and more. He has a soft side under that very proper British exterior. These two are quite the combination! 

I really enjoyed this book. My only complaint is that there was such a large amount of dialogue, but at least it's pretty hilarious. I appreciate the combination of historical detail and humour this author infuses into her stories.

This book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. Available at your favourite bookseller from Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group.


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    Jen Turano

    Jen Turano, the USA Today bestselling author of eleven books and two novellas, is a graduate of the University of Akron with a degree in clothing and textiles. She is a member of ACFW and lives in a suburb of Denver, Colorado. Visit her website at...
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