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Diamond in the Rough

(American Heiresses #2)

4.27  ·  Rating details ·  1,195 ratings  ·  305 reviews
When 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 ...more
Paperback, 349 pages
Published September 3rd 2019 by Bethany House Publishers
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Cara Putman
Sep 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
Jen. (JenGalaxy4 Christian Book Reviews)
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
Diane Estrella
Oct 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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
Lindsey (Books for Christian Girls)
About this book:

“When 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 more impossible by the day.
Reginald Blackburn, second son of a duke, is in New York
Dec 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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 much more than I could have expected, I have not found anything to read nearly as pleasing as this book since finishing it...yeah it's just THAT good!

I simply couldn't BELIEVE al
Carrie Schmidt (Reading is My SuperPower)
“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
Nov 14, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2019, arcs
So I finished Diamond in the Rough 2 1/2 weeks ago and am just now sitting down to write my review of it. I hate that I allowed that much time to go by but real life got in the way.

Diamond in the Rough was a little bit of a struggle for me. I'm not well-read in this time period, but I got so tired of seeing the phrase "diamond of the first water." Is that a legit thing from this time period? And if so, it's a dumb and long classification.

Poppy was a bit extra. I mean I just felt like the situati
Paula Shreckhise
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
Linda Klager
Sep 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I loved the cover of this book and thought that I would read it.

This book had some really hilarious moments in it so I would say it was a comedy plus a historical romance. Reginald and Poppy were the main characters, but there was also a gentleman called Murray who became a dear friend to both Reginald and Poppy. Murray first appeared in the story when Poppy was trying to maneuver the steps to a complicated dance. Poppy did not have success and so was the first hilarious moment introduced.

Oct 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Alysha (For The Love of Christian Fiction)
Let me start off by freaking out over this cover!!! If someone would like to send me a huge poster of this cover I would not be mad! 😍😍😍😍

Now on to the gorgeousness that is INSIDE this cover.



I LOVE when "no nonsense" heroes are thrust into the lives of crazy, unpredictable heroines. Wacky things always go down.
Jen Turano is QUEEN of all wacky, and hilarious situations! (And no nonsense heroes)

Reginald was great! 😍
WAY under his brooding nature was
Sep 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
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
Beth Erin
Oct 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Diamond in the Rough has it all from adventure and sweet romance to heartwarming faith-in-action, reconciliation, and light-hearted humor.

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.

Sep 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
Sep 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
From start to finish this is such a fun, high-spirited, effervescent story *insert happy sigh*!! Without fail, I know that I  can depend on finding an enjoyable story when I pick up a book written by author Jen Turano.

With vivacious and often quirky characters that beacon you to kick-up your heels and join in the fun antics. Toss in a measure of light-hearted banter and you have the perfect recipe for a story that is sure to have you both gasping at the sheer genius and laughing out loud wishing
Erin Laramore
Aug 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
When I think of historical romances that make me laugh out loud (even in public), I think of Jen Turano. This one was no different. Though this is the 2nd book in the American Heiresses series, it could easily be read as stand-alone. Though the main character from the first book is referenced and a couple of minor characters in the first book have appearances in this book, there is enough information given that you're not missing anything if you haven't read "Flights of Fancy". (Though you shoul ...more
Sep 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Jen has done it again! There is a reason Jen is one of my absolute favorite authors, because her books have the perfect ratio of romance, humor, a bit of mystery and characters I love. I have yet to read one of her historical books that I didn’t adore (and I have read them all!), and Diamond In The Rough is no exception. The escapades that Poppy somehow manages get tangled up in kept me in stitches and I loved the new characters we met in this story, especially Murray. He was adorable and I love ...more
Aug 22, 2019 rated it liked it
A hilarious, laugh out loud historical fiction novel in typical Jen Turano style. Readers will love the crazy antics of Poppy Garrison as she reluctantly joins the New York social season at the urging of her society grandmother. She finds herself being given etiquette lessons by Reginald Blackburn, who unbeknownst to her is the second son of a duke. This was an enjoyable novel that fans of Jen Turano will not want to miss. The humorous moments and outrageous predicaments that Poppy found herself ...more
Jessica Baker (A Baker's Perspective)
I'm not sure there are adequate words to describe how I feel about books by Ms. Turano. Anyone can say they love a book, but it doesn't seem to be appropriate here, because I more than love them. I adore them. I can't get enough of them. Her books always put a smile on my face, cheer me up on a bad day, and transport me to another world. Her character names are ingenious, some of their traits (and quotes) are entertaining, and the circumstances are always delightfully hilarious. Diamond in the R ...more
Brooklyne E.
Jul 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars!

Book two in the American Heiresses series was such a fun read!

Poppy was my favorite character (I also loved Beatrix and can't wait for her book!!) But Reginald was just OK for me. I didn't really get into his character that much.

I loved how Poppy spoke her mind and was completely honest about each situation. Not caring what others thought. I laughed so hard when she flung the snail across the room, and getting to read about each bit of "mayhem" she caused was "quite" entertaining! He
Grace Mullins
Sep 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing

It's funny. I feel like I've said this about every one of this author's books, but it is a fact of truth. You want to smile like a maniac and forget all of the unpleasantness of reality? Okay,  do yourself a favor and please---PLEASE---pick up a Jen Turano book. (Pleassse?)

(As you may have guessed) I've loved all of Jen Turano's books, but I loved this one just as much as "The Ladies of Distinction" series, which is basically my favorite series of books EVER. Something about this book
•*• Author Wields Comedy Like a Sword! •*•
I could not stop smiling & laughing. This is her best book yet & the cover is to die for!

1885, New York, NY –
“Any smidgen of hope that her entrance into New York high society would be deemed a rousing success died the moment Miss Poppy Garrison’s tiara became firmly attached to the sleeve of her dance partner.”

Now how is that for an opening line?

Poppy has left her family’s Kentucky horse farm to come to New York at the request, or rather insistence
Feb 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
She's taking New York, and him, by storm!

There are many adjectives that apply to a Jen Turano book. Delightful. Charming. Enchanting. Captivating. Fascinating. Engaging. Lovely. Scrumptious. All of these definitely apply to this Diamond In The Rough who, with the help of a certain English gentleman, is either going to turn into a diamond of the first water or a colossal disgrace during her first society season.

But, oh, Poppy's madcap adventures are so much fun! As is Reginald's amusing attempts
Melissa (LifeFullyBooked)
Sep 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
What a delightful novel by Jen Turano! The second book in the American Heiresses is filled with laughs and meaningful romance.
I loved Poppy. She's headstrong and knows her own mind, but she is also a lady, even though she doesn't exactly know how to handle herself in every situation. Reginald is the perfect balance to Poppy's nature, giving level-headed advice and direction, but also finding himself falling for this woman who can't seem to fit in with the society mavens.
Poppy is spunky and a fri
Oct 13, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: audiobook
Eye roll inducing
Hallie Szott
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
Oct 03, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2019
Diamond in the Rough is the amusing story of Poppy Garrison, a young woman trying to make her way in society because of a deal she made with her grandmother. Poppy is accident prone, to say the least, and she finds herself in one mess after another!

This novel contains quite a few quirky characters, and I enjoyed their interactions with each other. While I did struggle to immerse myself in the book, I think that's more of a reflection of where my head is now than of Turano's writing. Poppy's stor
Aug 29, 2020 rated it it was ok
Ugh. Started out good.... Cute, funny scenes. But the writing was overkill for me. Tedious. Skim-read the last little bit and was hard to finish.
The Lit Bitch
Sep 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recently I have been completely hooked on sweet historical romances. I burned through Mimi Matthews books and was eager to fill the void with an author who could encapsulate a sweet romance with some humor.

When I read the summary of this one, my first thought that this could be the author to fill that void in my TBR list. I have been absolutely craving more sweet romances and this book sounded like it would be able to satisfy my sweet tooth..This book came across at the perfect time and I couldn
Sep 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Set in Gilded Age New York where it was important to be a “diamond of the first water,” Diamond in the Rough features Poppy Garrison who despairs of ever reaching that goal. Delightful, quirky, and prone to mishaps, Poppy seems to attract chaos and pandemonium wherever she goes. She meets each new disaster with aplomb and continues to be her endearing and entertaining self.

“You must have realized by now that I’m not always keen to follow rules.”

Despairing of ever seeing Poppy fit into society,
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