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This is one of the silliest books I have ever read, many things highly improbable and unrealistic. At least the beginning is. I kept reading anyway because the characters are likeable, it’s clean without gratuitous sex scenes, and it does keep moving. It improves a lot towards the end and wraps up very nicely.
Adorable. Poppy Garrison visits her wealthy grandmother, Viola, to be introduced to the social elite in New York. Unfortunately the outspoken Poppy seems to attract trouble. Viola enlists the help of Reginald Blackburn to teach her granddaughter manners and transform her from a “diamond in the rough” into a “diamond of the first water.” The Englishman is in New York with his cousin Charles, Lord Lonsdale, to help him find an American heiress he might marry to relieve his indebted estate. Reginald finds it convenient not to disclose his own title as Lord Blackburn, and avoid aspirational mothers and daughters. But as his cousin may well consider Poppy as a marriage candidate, he agrees to help her learn British etiquette. Time spent with Poppy, although at times infuriating and dangerous, is never boring. Good comes from their adventures into poor communities as Poppy enlists the help of others to improve the situations of those less fortunate.
Diamond in the Rough by Jen Turano is the second book in her American Heiresses series. Poppy Garrison accepts financial help from her grandmother for her family. In exchange Poppy must join her for the New York social Season. Trying to make Poppy into the crème of society is a challenge. There is trouble everywhere that she goes. Reginald Blackburn, second son of the Duke of Sutherland came to New York to help his cousin find an American heiress to marry. Because of his very British manners, Poppy’s grandmother hires him to teach Poppy etiquette. Will Reginald be able to turn Poppy into a Diamond of the First Water or is she too much of a Diamond in the Rough? This book is hilarious! I caught myself laughing out loud several times. Earning some strange looks from my husband! I loved the way Poppy never backed down from a fight but stood for what she thought was right. She wasn’t afraid of what people said about her. She stayed true to herself. Some of the situations that she found herself in were hilarious but she made the best of the situation and kept on going. We could learn a lesson from her. Don’t let the situation overcome you; overcome the situation!
I received this book from the author in exchange for my honest review.