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Diamond in the Rough

(American Heiresses #2)

4.38  ·  Rating details ·  396 ratings  ·  175 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 ...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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Trisha Robertson (Joy of Reading)
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
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 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 ...more
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 ...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 ...more
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
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
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
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
Nora St Laurent
Sep 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
Reginald Blackburn is helping his friend the Earl of Lonsdale to seek an heiress to help his family’s estate back in England. There are so many ladies that want to seek his attention all except Poppy. She’s not here to seek a husband. Sir Reginald is giving Poppy lessons on how to become familiar with the rules of proper society. Reginald says to Poppy, ..”Do you know that it’s never permissible for a lady to take it upon herself to chase down members of the criminal persuasion.”

She replies, “
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,
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 ...more
Sep 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A madcap romance

My rating is 4.5 stars

Poppy took the New York Four Hundred by storm when her grandmother blackmailed her into coming for a Season. Unconventional, to say the least, she was constantly shocking the staid Upper Crust with her constant faux pas. I loved that she didn’t set out to brook convention. In fact, she really did try to do the right thing. Most of the time. . .

Reginald was so fun in his very proper way. As a very proper British (not English!) gentleman, he knew what was
Kelly Bridgewater
Sep 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I adore Jen Turano's writing. She brings the Gilded Age to life and creates remarkable and remember able characters to life. With her second addition to her American Heiress series, Diamond in the Rough, this is no exception. Poppy grew up on a horse farm in Pennsylvania and is having her season in New York. She is completely out of her element and falls, literary, over and over again on her face. She keeps getting into scraps and allowing me to shake my head in laughter as she tries to save ...more
Nov 14, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: arcs, 2019
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
Sep 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019, kindle, for-review
Diamond in the Rough is a really funny and very sweet romance. Reginald is hired to teach Poppy proper etiquette in the hopes that she will becoming a proper lady ready for New York society. He quickly finds out he has his work cut out for him. I absolutely adored this book. From the start, I loved Poppy. She was a breath of fresh air. I loved her ability to laugh at herself and how she threw her whole being into whatever she did. The banter between Reginald and Poppy was a lot of fun. Their ...more
Suzie Waltner
Sep 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I adore Jen Turano and her fabulously fun gilded age stories. Diamond in the Rough is another unforgettable, knee-slapping, giggle-inducing romp through New York high society.

Mayhem finds Poppy Garrison—a fact of life she’s come to accept as her reality. This is apparent by the end of the first sentence of this new releases. Reginald Blackburn is everything you’d expect the son of an English noble to be. So, of course, when Poppy’s grandmother strikes a deal with him to properly educated Poppy
Sep 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Poppy Garrison was raised out in the country on a horse ranch, but she accepts a proposition that she participate in a season, and in return her wealthy grandmother will cover her family's debts.

Her grandmother desperately wants Poppy to excel in high society as a diamond of the first water, instead she finds herself dodging one social disaster after another. Her grandmother asks Reginald Blackburn, 2nd son of a duke, to help Poppy to make a success of her season.

Poppy is well out of her depth
Maureen Timerman
Aug 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019
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
Aug 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
Another just plain fun book from this author. I could sympathize with the main character. I’m a klutz...have been all my life. She gets involved in so many “catastrophes” that her grandmother is seeking help. Poppy is such a great main character, and I love the things that come into play from previous books...especially the mention of someone getting stuck because of an interesting bustle! This author is always sure to get giggles and outright laughter from her books. Reginald is wonderful ...more
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
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Jen Turano is a graduate of the University of Akron with a degree in Clothing and Textiles. She pursued a career in management for nine years before switching to full-time motherhood after the birth of her son. When she's not writing, Jen can be found watching her teenage son participate in various activities, taking long walks with her husband and dog, socializing with friends, or delving into a ...more

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