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Diamond in the Rough

Diamond in the Rough

Escrito por Jen Turano

Narrado por Andrea Emmes


Diamond in the Rough

Escrito por Jen Turano

Narrado por Andrea Emmes

valoraciones:
4.5/5 (32 valoraciones)
Longitud:
11 horas
Publicado:
Sep 3, 2019
ISBN:
9781974972234
Formato:
Audiolibro

Descripción

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.

Publicado:
Sep 3, 2019
ISBN:
9781974972234
Formato:
Audiolibro


Sobre el autor

Named one of the funniest voices in inspirational romance by Booklist, Jen Turano is a USA Today bestselling author, known for penning quirky historical romances set in the Gilded Age. Her books have earned Publishers 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. She and her family live outside of Denver, Colorado. Readers can find her on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, and at jenturano.com.

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  • (4/5)
    Jen Turano’s American Heiresses series continues with great fun in Diamond in the Rough. To help her family, Poppy Garrison agrees to participate in the New York social season—but having grown up on a horse farm, she is quite unprepared for what that entails, of course. Enter Reginald Blackburn, second son of a duke. He agrees to help Poppy, but she might just prove to be more than he can handle.Opposites in so many ways, Poppy and Reginald make a delightful pair. As is typical of a Turano novel, they encounter one silly situation after another, and complement each other well through it all. I so enjoyed my time with them; seeing them learn, grow, and fall in love made it easy to do. If you love historical romance, I’m sure you will enjoy it just as much.I received a complimentary copy of this book and the opportunity to provide an honest review. I was not required to write a positive review, and all the opinions I have expressed are my own.
  • (4/5)
    Poppy Garrison is basically blackmailed into a proper season in New York with her strong willed grandmother. Poppy’s mother ran away with a man that was not deemed appropriate and Poppy’s grandmother sees this as a way to get back what she lost. But Poppy is not exactly ready for society – nor is society ready for Poppy. And all of this is occurring as the Earl of Lonsdale is seeking an heiress to shore up the family estate back in England. All of the eligible young ladies want to win his favor, except for Poppy.This was a quick, enjoyable read with a quirky heroine. Having been raised on a horse farm all she wants to do is go back to where she doesn’t have to wear constricting clothing and pretend to be what she is not. But her grandmother is determined that she become a “diamond of the first water” as is noted far more times than I could count. She is aided in this progression by the extremely charming and of course handsome, Reginald Blackburn who happens to be the cousin of the visiting Earl. He is also trying to be something he is not. How this all comes into play is something you will have to read the book to find out.The romance progressed in a predictable but fun manner which made the ending satisfying if a little truncated.A lovely read to distract from the everyday with fun characters and a quick moving plot.
  • (4/5)
    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.
  • (4/5)
    Poppy Garrison is basically blackmailed into a proper season in New York with her strong willed grandmother. Poppy’s mother ran away with a man that was not deemed appropriate and Poppy’s grandmother sees this as a way to get back what she lost. But Poppy is not exactly ready for society – nor is society ready for Poppy. And all of this is occurring as the Earl of Lonsdale is seeking an heiress to shore up the family estate back in England. All of the eligible young ladies want to win his favor, except for Poppy.This was a quick, enjoyable read with a quirky heroine. Having been raised on a horse farm all she wants to do is go back to where she doesn’t have to wear constricting clothing and pretend to be what she is not. But her grandmother is determined that she become a “diamond of the first water” as is noted far more times than I could count. She is aided in this progression by the extremely charming and of course handsome, Reginald Blackburn who happens to be the cousin of the visiting Earl. He is also trying to be something he is not. How this all comes into play is something you will have to read the book to find out.The romance progressed in a predictable but fun manner which made the ending satisfying if a little truncated.A lovely read to distract from the everyday with fun characters and a quick moving plot.
  • (5/5)
    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.
  • (4/5)
    "Diamond in the Rough" by Jen Turano provides a fun reading experience. Miss Poppy Garrison was raised on a horse farm, and has come to New York to join her grandmother for a "season" in polite society. Poppy becomes embroiled in one humorous exploit after another. She manages to surprise and offend quite a few people in the upper echelons of society as she attend numerous polite society engagements.Reginald has come to America to accompany his impoverished relative, the Earl of Lonsdale, as he seeks an heiress for a bride. Poppy's grandmother Viola engages Reginald to instruct Poppy in proper etiquette to help her advance in society. The results are humorous and touching. This is a clean romance and a rollicking good read. Readers should prepare to be amused and also to learn some historical details about the time period in New York's upper crust society.I received this book from the publisher and from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. The opinions expressed here are entirely my own.
  • (5/5)
    I believe that this has been my favorite book that Jen Turano has ever written. I laughed from start to finish. I would have loved to have a friend like Poppy to go through a season with. Every character was so well written. I can’t wait for book 3 in this series. Though this book still makes you know that you would have wanted money if you lived during these times. I received a copy of this book from the author for a fair and honest opinion that I gave of my own free will.
  • (4/5)
    Diamond in the Rough is a fun read. It is Turano's second book in her American Heiresses series, and it was nice to become reacquainted with some of the characters from the first book, particularly Beatrix Waterbury. This story centers around Miss Poppy Garrison, granddaughter of Viola Van Rensselaer, who is having her first social season in New York in payment to her grandmother for a loan given to her parents as they expand their horse farm into Kentucky. Mrs. Van Renssselaer is determined to see her clumsy but exuberant granddaughter turned into a diamond of the first water. She has tasked Mr Reginald Blackburn with seeing to it. He is sorely vexed with Poppy's propensity for unusual mishaps, but is not inclined to let a challenge go unmet. While fun-filled and lighthearted, this book also reminds the reader of our duty as children of God to invest ourselves, not just our resources, in the lives of those less fortunate. I am grateful to have received a copy of this delightful book from Bethany House via NetGalley in exchange for my honest opinion. I was under no obligation to provide a positive review and received no monetary compensation.
  • (5/5)
    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.
  • (5/5)
    I love books by Jen Turano and this is no exception. Her books are well written and light-hearted, laugh out loud, fun. The main characters were well developed and interesting. They were interesting and kept the flow going well. This is a Christian book but not preachy at all, in fact, it is a little lighter in this area than her other books. The one thing I did find wrong was that it was not as well-edited as her other books, but I was given an advanced reader's copy and hopefully, the final book will have the errors taken care of. I highly recommend this book. I give it 5 out of 5 stars, even with the errors.
  • (5/5)
    After rolling on the floor laughing I am now able to collect my thoughts. Poppy is hysterical and so full of life that I would love to be her friend. She has a big task ahead of her to help her family out which proves to be a journey she will never forget.The opening pages of the book set the tone for the delightful writing talent of the author. She is known for witty and charming characters. Poppy is hands down my favorite and she is written with pure inspiration and charm. I could picture Poppy as she and her dashing partner danced around the room. Leave it to Poppy to make a scene at a gala with important and influential people .Reginald is a very distinguished gentleman who Poppy's grandmother sets her sights on to help Poppy. Oh what a deal Poppy is getting into because of her grandmother. The banter between Poppy and her grandmother is priceless. Two very determined women trying to get the upper hand on the other. The author has out done herself with this wonderful story filled with laughs, family values and faith.As Poppy matures and becomes more refined I felt she finally realized how loved she was by many. Her grandmother wants her to marry for money. Poppy has admirers but will she do what her grandmother wants? This is one story that I couldn't put down because it was funny yet reminiscent of someone finding their place in life.As with all her books, the author gives us wonderful characters and leaves us with a wonderful message that stays with you forever. I love the faith elements in the story and reading how a young woman named Poppy learned to believe in herself.I received a copy of this book from the publisher and author. The review is my own opinion.