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Diamond in the Rough

(The Brides of St. Ives #3)

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In the charming seaside town of St. Ives, a buried secret could bring an unlikely pair together for a lifetime...

Clara Anderson's mother has one mission: to marry off her daughter to a titled gentleman. Unfortunately, though the Andersons have come up in the world, Clara is still the granddaughter of a pig farmer, which means no self-respecting aristocrat will marry her.
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Published August 14th 2018 by Lyrical
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Jen Davis
I’ve never read anything from Jane Goodger, including the two books before this one in the Brides of St. Ives series, but the premise of this story intrigued me enough that I wanted to give it a try. It’s a twist on a romance between a hero and heroine of different stations, which happens to be one of my favorite tropes.

Nathaniel is an impoverished Baron who is in search of a rare diamond his grandfather buried in St. Ives. The old man told him the story of the gem on his deathbed, but passed aw
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Angie
Three years in finishing school had not been enough to remove all her unpolished bits. Clara still laughed too loudly, walked too quickly, and ate with too much enthusiasm to ever be mistaken for a true lady... --Clara's thoughts on being a lady

Clara is the beautiful and determined daughter of a tin miner, and even though she is the daughter of the working class, Clara's mother has always had lofty goals of Clara marrying someone of the ton. A titled gentleman who can help improve their social
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AnnMarie
Aug 07, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Diamond in the Rough is the third book in The Brides of St. Ives series by Jane Goodger. Although it's part of a series it can easily be read as a standalone novel.

Nathanial Emory the new Baron Alford desperately needs a large influx of money in order to restore his family home and those of the estate's tenants. On his deathbed, his grandfather told him of a rare blue diamond that he buried in a garden in St Ives. Before he could give him the exact location he died. That takes Nathanial to the h
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Tracy Emro
Nathaniel Emory, Baron Ashford has a problem, he has inherited a bankrupt estate and while his grandfather told him an amazing story of a falling out with his best friend, a near death experience and a blue diamond, he found and hid as a young man, a diamond that would solve all of Nathaniel's financial problems, he dies before he can relay the exact location. All Nathaniel knows is it is in a garden in St. Ives.


Clara Anderson is the beautiful daughter of common parents, her father is a self mad
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Brenda
Aug 24, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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In the charming seaside town of St. Ives, a buried secret could bring an unlikely pair together for a lifetime...

Clara Anderson's mother has one mission: to marry off her daughter to a titled gentleman. Unfortunately, though the Andersons have come up in the world, Clara is still the granddaughter of a pig farmer, which means no self-respecting aristocrat will marry her. That's just fine with Clara, who's grown to disdain the upper classes. So when she meets an attractive
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Lesley
Aug 07, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Lies, Pain and Forgiveness.
Clara Anderson is the granddaughter of a pig farmer and daughter of a tin miner who has made good. The family have moved from a tiny cottage to a large house and Mrs Anderson is determined that her daughters will marry up in the world; particularly her beautiful elder daughter, for whom nothing short of a peer will do. To this end, both girls attend finishing school, go to London for the season and have substantial dowries. However what they do not have is blue blood a
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Jaci
Aug 05, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A lovely addition to "The Brides of St. Ives" Series by Jane. This is the story of Clara, the daughter of a tin miner who made it rich. Clara's mother is ecstatic that her younger sister has snagged an Earl. Now she is determined to have Clara marry a title too.

Nathaniel Emory is a Baron with a dilapidated estate mired in debt. The only way to save his legacy is to find a rare blue diamond that his grandfather buried years ago in a small town called St. Ives. He disguises himself as a gardener o
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Lori D
A story of searching for a diamond but finding much more in the long run! Nathaniel Emory, Baron Alford has inherited an estate that desperately needs funds to maintain. Going off a deathbed confession of his grandfather, he has to find a rare blue diamond that he had buried in a garden in St Ives. Acting as a simple gardner he ends up at the home of Clara Anderson working in their garden in hopes to find the treasure. Clara has no use for members of the peerage but her mother wants her to marry ...more
Emma
Nov 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
After reading the first few pages, I thought to abandon reading the rest of the book. Then sometime between the second chapter the story began to become increasingly intriguing. I am so glad I took the time to finish the book. The story has a wonderful plot and plenty of subplots to keep you glued to each page and at the edge of your seat. There are many twists and turns that keep surprising you as the story progresses. A tantalizing book. This is a wonderful story of an impoverished baron, his ...more
Caitlyn Lynch
Aug 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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The second book about a pair of sisters in Jane Goodger’s Brides of St. Ives series, Diamond In The Rough is the love story of Clara Anderson, older sister of Harriet from The Earl Most Likely, which I also read and enjoyed. And while I enjoyed Harriet’s story, the ending didn’t quite work for me, so I was intrigued to see how Clara’s story played out.

Incidentally, this book takes place at the same time as most of the events in The Earl Most Likely. You definitely don’t have to have read the oth
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Krystal
This story was... interesting. In a lot of ways this was a good story. The characters were complex and the writing was strong. However, the story itself just doesn't live up to its potential.

To begin with there are several different story-lines happening all at once. You have Clara, being forced to hide her disdain for everyone "high born" as her mother is determined to see her marry a title. You have Nathaniel, whose title is in dire straights, his home in ruins, and the only thing that can sa
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Connie Fischer
Aug 13, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
estate and is shocked at its condition. His grandfather is ill and his butler, Mr. Barkley, has been caring for the man. Nathaniel truly loves his grandfather and has great memories of their time spent together when he was a young boy.

Jonathan Emory, Baron Alford, is now dying and wants to share a secret with Nathaniel. It appears that when he was a young man, he went to Brazil with a friend. They had heard diamonds were easy to find. The Baron found a huge blue diamond and brought it back to E
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Janet
Aug 10, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.25 Stars
Clara Anderson’s mother has one mission: to marry off her daughter to a titled gentleman. Unfortunately, though the Andersons have come up in the world, Clara is still the granddaughter of a pig farmer & the daughter of a tin miner made good, which means no self-respecting aristocrat will marry her. That’s just fine with Clara, who’s grown to disdain the upper classes. So when she meets an attractive man even more common than she is, she decides it’s time to forge her own path. Exc
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Nicole
Jun 05, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received this novel from net galley and the publisher for an honest review. Thank you!
This novel includes romance and secrets. Clara Anderson has no desire to marry a titled gentleman, for she has a poor opinion of them. Many do not know the meaning of hard work and look down upon those who worked hard to earn their fortune. However, Clara's mother wants her to marry a titled gentleman and Clara just goes along with her, hoping her mother will give up. Nathaniel Emory, Baron Alford, needs mone
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Marti
Diamond in the Rough by Jane Goodger is an historical romance. The book reminded me how catty people can be when asked to accept someone who is different. Clara Anderson is not a member of the ton, despite her mother’s ambitions to marry her off to a titled gentleman. Clara never seems to just fit in. Something her mother fails to understand, Clara is perfectly happy without going out on a marriage mart. She even seems to have developed a tendre for the gardener.

The Gardener is not what he seem
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wonderfullyweird88
Diamond in the Rough is the third instalment in Jane Goodger’s The Brides of St Ives series. Each book can be read as a standalone.
Clara Anderson's mother will not rest until her daughter has married a titled gentleman. The family may be wealthy now but in the eyes of the ton, Clara will always be the granddaughter of a pig farmer.
Nathaniel Emory, Baron Alford, is masquerading as a gardener to find a blue diamond hidden by his grandfather years before. He needs to find the diamond to save his
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Hilda Etherton
Jun 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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This story is about a young lady, Clara Anderson, whose's mother wants her to marry someone, such as a Lord or Baron, and put on display at every opportunity. Nathaniel Emory, has just lost his grandfather, the last family member, and told him about a blue diamond that is buried in St. Ives, the property where Clara lives. Nathaniel is poor and by finding that stone he can pay off his father's debts and bring Lion's Gate back to being a productive land.

Nathaniel poses as a gardener, but knows n
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Candy Briggs
Aug 09, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I just don't know about her mother, she keeps pushing, trying to get her daughter a peer. What of poor Harriet? I enjoyed the story of Clara and Nathaniel and the trails they had to go thru. I loved when she went to a ball and her parents got drunk and were removed. When she got home she ran to Nathaniel's shed. Nathaniel was working as a gardener to try to find the elusive Blue Diamond. His grandfather had told him about it while he was dying. Of course, he learned that his grandfather had buri ...more
Sara
Jul 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I received a free copy from netgalley in exchange for an honest review. I like this like a lot diamond in the rough tell the story of Nathaniel who has been told by his grandfather that a blue diamond was hidden long ago and Nathaniel needs it in order to restore his estate which is in tatters due to his father's debts. The relationship between Clara was very sweet and very organic. I loved everything about the story except for the king's murder subplot that didn't seem to really fit in anywhere ...more
ShariB
Aug 04, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Diamond in the Rough is the love story between Nathaniel Emory and Clara Anderson, 3rd in The Brides of St. Ives Series. This is a standalone, HEA Historical Romance with some sizzle.
How does a Baron get out of the pickle in which he placed himself? How does the daughter of a tin miner convince her mother that she doesn’t wish to marry a titled gentleman?
This is a beautifully written story with believable characters, intrigue and romance.
I plan to find and read the other books in this series and
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Christine Woinich
Aug 14, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc, netgalley-book
Secrets almost destroy Clara's HEA. Nathaniel was not what he seemed, but he was want Clara wanted. A friendship grew into more, but the secret kept it from becoming more. I loved Clara's willingness to make her mother happy no matter what she had to put up with, showing how much she could love. I smiled as Nathaniel's single-mindedness shifted focus as he got to know Clara. The ending seemed a bit rushed to wrap everything up but left no loose ends. The story was good, and it was nice to see so ...more
Brittany
Jul 29, 2019 rated it liked it
I received this from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. So this is book three in the Brides of St. Ives series. I almost didn't read this when I realized it occurs almost simultaneously with book 2. I just hate having to reread about events. However, the author did do a good job making sure that the story stood on its own. Clara is the beautiful daughter and her mom is obsessed with making a match with Nobility;. The only problem is that they are not and it is a very hard world to join. ...more
Anna Swedenmom
Aug 22, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A buy and enjoy book. This book though part of a series can be read alone. I was not sure how to rate this one. The book had some ups and downs and some periods of being slow. However, with all of that, it still was an enjoyable read. Strong writing that holds your attention. A story line with characters with depth. Each part of this book was worth unwrapping and following. A story to just sit back and relax with. Though perhaps not up to her standard it was still a very enjoyable read. I was gi ...more
Celisky5
Jul 26, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wonderfully pure and lovely ❤

This was a lovely quick read for anyone who wants a pure and lovely book. It did not have any of the explicit details of doing “the devil’s tango”. Instead it had cute and simple moments. They sure were lovely.
I have it a 4 stars because it was a bit predictable in some points and a bit slow in the middle.
Overall a great book that I’ll be sure to read again some day 💕
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Lauren H
Aug 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I received the Kindle edition of this book in a Goodreads giveaway. It was my first book by Jane Goodger, and I absolutely loved it! You definitely need to suspend your disbelief for parts of this story (but then, that's true of so many historical romances). I found the story to be so cute and heartwarming, I couldn't help smiling at so many parts! I'll definitely have to read Harriet's story next!
Carla/mom
Jul 15, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received this novel as a Goodreads giveaway. It is the first time I have read a book by this author. I don’t like to give spoilers nor do I like to re-iterate what a book is about. I will just say I enjoyed this read and I will continue to read books by this author thank you so much for the “giveaway” I couldn’t have been happier. Now I need to go back and read The Brides of St. Ives 1 & 2. Happy reading.
Melinda M
Aug 26, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Diamond in the Rough by Jane Goodger is book three of The Brides of St. Ives series. It is a story about a buried secret and a romance. It does well as a stand alone. This is the first book that I have read by Jane Goodger and it kept my interest. It is well written.

I received a copy thru a Goodreads Giveaway.
JoAnn
Aug 01, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well written romance with a good plot and well developed characters. I enjoyed the author’s writing and look forward to reading more of her books. I received an arc from the publisher via Netgalley and this is my unbiased review
Pamela Flowers  Jolly
I’ve liked the other books in this series, and really, I thought this would be charming, I’d looked forward to reading it. But, to be honest, it’s horribly boring and I didn’t care what happened to the couple. They just weren’t interesting . So sorry, I couldn’t care about them .
Sally Hannoush
Aug 08, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the third book in the series. You don't have to have read the others to enjoy this one. This was a lovely Historical Romance that has more than one happy ever after. The characters had character! This was not a boring usual love story. A fun read.
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