Historical Romance Book Review: Diamond in the Rough


About the Book

Title: Diamond in the Rough
Series: American Heiresses, Book 2
Author: Jen Turano
Genre: Historical Romance
Publisher: Bethany House Publishers
Release Date: September 3, 2019

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Publisher's Description

"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."



My Review

Diamond in the Rough, by Jen Turano, the second book in the American Heiresses series, is an utterly delightful novel bursting with unforgettable wit and humor. Once again, Ms. Turano has confirmed that she is undoubtedly a gifted writer with a talent for creating charming stories that inspire even as they entertain. A genuine pleasure to read, this book is truly memorable and endearing.

Diamond in the Rough is a wholly captivating story that is full of unexpected events and plenty of surprises. Abounding with scenes of adventure, comedy, romance, and intrigue, this novel also offers a meaningful story of hope, compassion, reconciliation, and new beginnings. The characters in this book are especially original and compelling. They display endearing qualities that make them unconventional and engaging.  As they persevere through difficulties, evaluate their expectations, and pursue their goals, the characters are relatable and inspiring.

Diamond in the Rough is certainly a wonderful piece of historical fiction. Its thoughtful combination of comedy, romance, and faith makes the story very appealing and extremely enjoyable. It is a splendid novel that I recommend wholeheartedly.

*I was given a copy of this book from the publisher. A review was not required. The review I have written is voluntary and contains opinions that are entirely my own.



About the Author: Jen Turano

"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 is represented by the Natasha Kern Literary Agency." --Biography from Jen Turano's author page on Amazon.com.

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