Thursday, January 16, 2020

Review: Diamond in the Rough by Jen Turano

About the Book
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.

My Thoughts

Diamond in the Rough is another laugh-out-loud funny romance from Jen Turano. I always have a huge smile on my face when I'm reading one of her books. There's just something so special and uplifting about them. This is one of my favorites.

Poppy's entrance into New York high society doesn't get off to the best start. It's full of mishaps, slips of the tongue, social miscues, and embarrassing snafus, but that doesn't stop Poppy from having an upbeat attitude about it all. I loved that about her. She's so cheery and optimistic despite it all. Wouldn't it be nice to be more like her in awkward situations? She's exactly who she is. No airs. No apologies. Just her awesome, mishap-prone self.

And then there's Reginald who I have to admit I fell for the moment he first appeared on page. There's just something about a broody Englishman that I can't seem to resist. His attempts to teach Poppy proper etiquette were quite amusing. There was never a dull moment when those two were together.

I absolutely loved this story and highly recommend it to anyone looking for a sweet romance and a good laugh. I can't wait for the next book.

Five Stars


  1. I just barely checked this one out of the library, and now I'm even more excited to read it. :)