1. Diamond in the Rough #2
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    Diamond in the Rough #2
    Jen Turano
    Bethany House / 2019 / Trade Paperback
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  1. Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Hilarious yet again!
    October 16, 2019
    LifeofLiterature
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    I think Jen Turano's books are easy to love because she has the ability to write seamless plots, touching romance, and truly hilarious heroes and heroines. This novel follows her usual writing style with even more likeable characters. I never tire of reading about their hilarious escapadesshe is so creative! Poppy is the perfect heroine to love, with her no-nonsense, practical sense that seems to crack into Reginald's stern exterior. I enjoyed reading about how they affected and changed each other for the better. It was easy to laugh at the scenes, but the humor did not detract from the deeper spiritual messages and serious character growth. There is also an element of mystery. I really enjoyed this book and cannot wait to see what this author pens next!

    I received a complimentary copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers. Opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.
  2. Salinas, CA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    This is an absolutely hysterical historical romantic comedy!
    October 16, 2019
    Debbie Wilder
    Salinas, CA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This wonderful story can easily be renamed Poppy's Madcap Adventures. It kept me laughing from start to finish.

    I fell in love with Poppy and her unconventional way of moving through high society from the beginning. Reading the reactions of "proper" society people was just as amusing. I thoroughly enjoyed seeing how many of the other characters developed and came into their own as the story progressed.

    It wouldn't be a Jen Turano novel if there weren't high society ladies carrying around pistols. I love how she always manages to write such quirky characters that it fits with the story though. The other tidbit that I've come to expect from this author are funny animal scenes. In this story they were at least about typical household pets.

    I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. All of the opinions expressed are my own.

    Disclaimer: *Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a copy of this book for free in the hope that I would mention/review it on my blog. I was not required to give a positive review, only my honest opinion - which I've done. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.*
  3. Canada
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Great historical rom/com
    October 15, 2019
    KavR
    Canada
    Gender: female
    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 melting and fanning myself silly not long after making his acquaintance. Loved the way the posh kinda rolled right off him the more entrenched he became in Poppy's escapades. Never quite losing the proper veneer, mind you, but it sure did crack wide open -- enough to expose his heart. Not that he's in the market for an heiress -- that's his cousin's goal. Reginald's just along for backup.

    And Poppy is delightful. She's a no-fuss-no-frills, practical kind of gal roped into enduring a New York high society season with a matchmaking minded grandma. She's also a klutz. And opinionated. Apt to speak her mind on all manner of inappropriate topics. The debates she and Reginald get into over what is taboo and why are hysterical!

    A great cast of secondary characters had me laughing and fuming while a more sinister kind of mayhem adds extra hijinks and danger to Poppy's very unorthodox introduction to society resulting in a chaotic mess of sublime satisfaction!

    Sidenote: This is another book I enjoyed in audible format. Andrea Emmes did a great job of bringing these characters to life. A truly enjoyable listen.
  4. Bloomer, WI
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Delightfully enjoyable light-hearted reading
    October 5, 2019
    Blooming with Books
    Bloomer, WI
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    Diamond in the Rough

    American Heiresses #2

    By Jen Turano

    Miss Poppy Garrison is in her first New York Season in exchange for her grandmother's help for the financial difficulties in which her family has been caught up in through no fault of their own. There is just one little problem, Poppy has absolutely no idea how to behave among the New York Four Hundred, much to her grandmother's dismay.

    With her future on the line, Poppy seems unable to keep herself from one social mishap after another and is in desperate need of assistance. Reginald Blackburn, who is assisting his cousin - Charles Wynn, Ninth Earl of Lonsdale - in his search for a wife, is enlisted by Viola Van Rensselaer in tutoring Poppy in what she needs to know. Reginald is a no-nonsense type person, who to keep the title hunting American heiresses, at bay has concealed his identity as the second son of a duke. He is always up for a challenge and unfortunately Poppy just might be a challenge he is unable to overcome. She's everything he doesn't like in a young outspoken, exuberant, and willful - and if he's not careful she just may turn his world upside down.

    Diamond in the Rough is, like most if not of Jen Turano's works a fun read. Poppy is a walking disaster in the eyes of society but she tries her best to make the most of her current situation. And of course, there is a bit danger involved that seemingly points to someone deliberately "helping" Poppy's missteps occur. But what's a lady to do when she finds herself out her element? Well if you are Poppy Garrison you just do the best you can and accept the blame for what goes wrong.

    If you like light-hearted historical fiction this is a most delightful read. Though this is the second book in the American Heiresses series it can easily be read on its own and thoroughly enjoyed. Poppy is a fun character who is caring and would be a most unique friend. Reginald is interesting seeing himself one way while those around him see something else and Poppy just might be the best thing to happen to him.

    I was provided a complimentary copy of this book by the publisher with no expectations but that I provide my honest opinion. All thoughts expressed are my own.
  5. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    Poppy is such a fun character and her antics keep the reader laughing throughout!
    October 4, 2019
    Grace
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    I pre-ordered Jen Turano's latest book, Diamond in the Rough, months ago and it was totally worth the wait. I absolutely LOVED it!!! Poppy is such a fun character and her antics keep the reader laughing throughout! Jen has a way of pulling her reader into the story and even while you are away from the book, you are thinking about the characters and plot and looking for ways to get back to the book. I wish I could tell you more about, but I would hate to spoil the surprises to come in this breath of fresh air that is The Diamond in the Rough.
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