Friday, February 28, 2020

Book Review: Diamond in the Rough by Jen Turano

About the Book

To save her family from financial ruin, Miss Poppy Garrison accepts an unusual proposition to participate in the New York social season in exchange for her grandmother settling a family loan that has unexpectedly come due. Ill-equipped to handle the intricacies of mingling within the New York Four Hundred, Poppy becomes embroiled in one hilarious fiasco after another, doomed to suffer a grand societal failure instead of being deemed the diamond of the first water her grandmother longs for her to become.

Reginald Blackburn, second son of a duke, has been forced to travel to America to help his cousin, Charles Wynn, Earl of Lonsdale, find an American heiress to wed in order to shore up his family estate that is in desperate need of funds. Reginald himself has no interest in finding an heiress to marry, but when Poppy's grandmother asks him to give etiquette lessons to Poppy, he swiftly discovers he may be in for much more than he bargained for.

You may purchase a copy here.

My Review

It's always a treat to pick up a new Jen Turano book!  The cover is absolutely gorgeous, but more than that, one knows that there are surprises to be discovered inside.  Diamond in the Rough is the second of Turano's American Heiresses series, yet totally can be read as a stand-alone.  Nods to characters in her previous books make the reader happily take note.

Turano has again given us a heroine that is independent and spirited, and is a delight to know.  Plenty of witty repartee between characters, as is characteristic of Turano's novels, fills the pages.  The most amazing thing is the hilarious situations in which Poppy and her friends find themselves throughout the book.  Those comical scenes amidst the stuffy high society atmosphere of 1885 New York City especially entertain the reader.

Fans of historical romance will delight in this book.

I received a copy of this book from the author, through the publisher, Bethany House, for review purposes.  The thoughts expressed here are my own.

About the Author

Named One of the Funniest Voices in Inspirational Romance by Booklist, Jen Turano is a USA Today Best-Selling Author, known for penning quirky historical romances set in the Gilded Age. Her books have earned Publisher Weekly and Booklist starred reviews, top picks from Romantic Times, and praise from Library Journal. She’s been a finalist twice for the RT Reviewers’ Choice Awards and had two of her books listed in the top 100 romances of the past decade from Booklist. When she’s not writing, she spends her time outside of Denver, CO. She can be found on Facebook at or visit her on the web at She is represented by the Natasha Kern Literary Agency.

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