Diamond in the Rough

Diamond in the RoughWhen 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 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 Than He Bargained For.And While They Couldn T Be Opposite, Reginald And Poppy Just Might Find They Have To Teach Each Other Than They Ever Could Have Expected. 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 ..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..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. 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 anythin 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 About this bookWhen 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 looksimpossible by the day Reginald Blackburn, second son of a duke, is in New York About this bookWhen 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 looksimpossible 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 muchthan he bargained for And while they couldn t beopposite, Reginald and Poppy just might find they haveto teach each other than they ever could have expected Series Book 2 in theAmerican Heiressseries 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 StarNew Teens Two StarsEarly High School Teens Three Stars Older High School Teens Four Stars My personal Rating Four StarsWhile 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 becameinvested 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 mostDiamond in the Roughwas a good and clean read that I believe many will enjoy Link to review 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 I have so many thoughts on this book, historical fiction is NOT my preferred genre but Turano DOES NOT write typical stories and this book was a HOOT from the FIRST page I don t even think the cover does Poppy justice, but I couldn t stop looking at it and smiling I took my time reading this one and it blessed me so muchthan I could have expected, I have not found anything to read nearly as pleasing as this book since finishing ityeah it s just THAT good I simply couldn t BELIEVE al I have so many thoughts on this book, historical fiction is NOT my preferred genre but Turano DOES NOT write typical stories and this book was a HOOT from the FIRST page I don t even think the cover does Poppy justice, but I couldn t stop looking at it and smiling I took my time reading this one and it blessed me so muchthan I could have expected, I have not found anything to read nearly as pleasing as this book since finishing ityeah it s just THAT good I simply couldn t BELIEVE all the accidental craziness Poppy gets blamed for in the beginning She was injured during that FIRST dance and the entire place stops and STARES at HER She is unfazed, of course, and works hard to bring honor to her grandmother, Viola, and the night continues Then they HAD to serve snails at dinner later on, REALLY Do you know how slippery those things are to handle I would ve managed worse than she did trying to follow protocol She just smiles, humbles herself and keep going while most of us would have run to the bathroom to cry and hope to never come out again She does get into the bathroom but not for that reason.The dialogue is LONG but SO WELL DONE, these people take pages to make their points and always with a straight face, I would be trying to keep up and reacting wrong to everything spoken Conversations between Reginald and his cousin are silly but for non amusing reasons.Anyway, there are at least THREE mishaps in the first chapters that Poppy handles famously and she is persistent to become a Diamond of the First Water since Viola has gone to the trouble to host her this season Also, WHY does Poppy HAVE to wear undergarments that DON T fit in almost every chapter That opera scene had me reacting both being stunned and then shaking my head and then laughing, REALLY And she wanted to stay and watch the entire play Girl has gumption, grace and courage in spades and she is surrounded by the elite of society who are so critical They either want to gossip about her or be her next best friend, nothing in between those choices.Reginald doesn t know WHAT to think of Poppy when they meet, but boy is he good at catching her every time she stumbles I didn t really think much of him until later in the plot, but he definitely suits her better than I anticipated I think this quote says it all He thought he d been prepared to deal with America ladies, whom Bertie, the Prince of Wales, had told him were overly exuberant at times, but nothing could have prepared him for the unusual experience of dealing with a young lady like Miss Garrison.I m thrilled Poppy could represent us American ladies in such a way, she has a heart of gold while navigating New York society at such a time when there were so many rules and restrictions Loved EVERY page of her FAVE characters were easily Beatrix and Murray, truly LOVED their friendship with Poppy and every moment they are in the scene it was just BETTER Mother once told me Mr Daft was like Mr Collins from Pride Prejudice That conversation right there is worth a humorous snort and the grandmother has NO idea who Mr Collins isyikes I definitely need to read this one again, it s just a delightful read from beginning to end and even though it s part of American Heiresses series it is a stand alone As funny as the story is forthan half the book, and it is A HOOT, it hasdepth and sweet moments at the end that I was not expecting I just loved every bit of it and hoped I could give this review justice because Poppy s story is DEFINITELY a diamond among books and worth this reader s time 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 He loved her It was as simple as that, even though she was the most exhausting and exasperating lady he d ever met in his life For all that I immediately engaged in Izzie s story in Flights of Fancy, it took me a while to get into Diamond in the Rough I liked Poppy immediately and admired her for her pluck and determination even when she s the center of attention for all the wrong reasons I also liked Reginald right away, despite his rather stodgy name, because even though he is also stod He loved her It was as simple as that, even though she was the most exhausting and exasperating lady he d ever met in his life For all that I immediately engaged in Izzie s story in Flights of Fancy, it took me a while to get into Diamond in the Rough I liked Poppy immediately and admired her for her pluck and determination even when she s the center of attention for all the wrong reasons I also liked Reginald right away, despite his rather stodgy name, because even though he is also stodgy I saw his potential right away Plus he s swoonily British and finds Poppy fascinating both additional points in his favor So I m not exactly sure why I had a hard time connecting with the book, other than just mental fatigue after a long week.However, once I got over my initial lack of enthusiasm, I became immersed in the true heart of the story and enjoyed watching Poppy set the New York 400 and Reginald, too off kilter She s such a genuine character with a big heart, and my heart smiled with the emphasis on social justice that Turano wove effortlessly into this story, even when Poppy hilariously set even that a bit off kilter too Seeing Reginald all ruffled by Poppy s persistence in discussing undergarments, her magnetism for mayhem, and the way she s tumbling her way into his heart is deliciously swoony and Diamond in the Rough wins the award for my favorite kissing scene by this author Keep a fan handy for that one Bottom Line While I wasn t a fan of Diamond in the Rough at first, I ended up completely enjoying the story after all Which is appropriate, given the title, I suppose Poppy and Reginald are such great characters and the banter between them will keep you grinning besottedly throughout Poppy s family unexpectedly grew on me as the story progressed, and I loved the cameo from Miss Mabel references to beloved characters from Turano s previous books And Murray Oh I loved Murray What a hoot Another fun misadventure through the ridiculousness of the Gilded Age I voluntarily reviewed a copy of this book which I purchased for my own collection first seen at Reading Is My SuperPower 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 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 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 Eng 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 helpingpersonally 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 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 meltin 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 theentrenched 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 asinister 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

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  • Paperback
  • 349 pages
  • Diamond in the Rough
  • Jen Turano
  • English
  • 08 April 2019
  • 0764231685