Historical Fiction, Review

Diamond in the Rough by Jen Turano

We had a great chat about Diamond in the Rough by Jen Turano a few weeks ago and I’m delighted to share my review today!

about the book

Diamond in the Rough by Jen Turano

Diamond in the Rough by Jen Turano

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.

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my thoughts

Diamond in the Rough has it all from adventure and sweet romance to heartwarming faith-in-action, reconciliation, and light-hearted humor.

In my humble opinion, Poppy is simply delightful! Although her country roots and propensity for landing in outrageous situations don’t bode well for a triumphant social season among those 400 fancy folks in the big city, I greatly enjoyed the way she innocently shocked those stiff shirts and pampered ladies time and time again. Everyone needs a little gumption, fresh air, and sunshine in their lives!

Reginald is a cautious, quiet gentleman. It’s no wonder he’s suspicious when surrounded by overly eager and flirtatious, title-seeking females and their mothers! Reginald’s devotion to assisting his cousin in his quest for a wealthy bride is second only to his own staunch resolution to avoid any romantic entanglement. I love the way Poppy inadvertently ruffles his feathers and leaves him hot under the collar!

Jen Turano lavishes readers with stories that touch the heart and tickle the funny bone. Fans will notice cameo appearances by characters from her previous stories yet this book can be easily be enjoyed as a standalone. I recommend this title! Diamond in the Rough doesn’t skimp on the substance for the sake of being entertaining.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher and was under no obligation to post a review. The opinions expressed are 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.

Readers may find Jen on her website or connect with her on facebook or twitter.


American Heiresses series

Diamond in the Rough by Jen Turano


Apart from the Crowd series

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