Monday, September 30, 2019

Review: "Diamond in the Rough" by Jen Turano

If you're looking for a lighthearted rom-com set during the Guilded Age, Diamond in the Rough is the book for you!

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.

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 story is humorous and engaging, and I think many fans of historical romance will enjoy it! 3-1/2 stars.

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Read my review of Turano's Finding Margo (3-1/2 stars).

Jen Turano is a USA Today bestselling author and lives in a suburb of Denver, Colorado. Visit her website at
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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through TLC Book Tours. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have 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."


  1. I just finished listening to this one on Sunday. It was the first book by Jen Turano that I had "read." I really enjoyed Poppy's story. I adore authors who make me laugh as I'm reading!

    1. Yes, laughing along is the best! Glad you enjoyed it!

  2. I love quirky characters! Thank you for being on this tour. Sara @ TLC Book Tours


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