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Diamond in the Rough

American Heiresses, Book 2
Narrated by: Andrea Emmes
Series: American Heiresses, Book 2
Length: 11 hrs and 26 mins
Categories: Romance, Historical
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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.

©2019 Jennifer L. Turano (P)2019 Two Words Publishing LLC

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Diamond of the First Water!

"Allow me to be frank," I absolutely, wholeheartedly LOVED this book! Highly recommended!
The humor drew me in from the first line. This story provides many moments of laughter throughout its pages, I laughed out loud more times than I can count.
I love the subtle messages of hope, forgiveness, healing, and redemption.
Poppy Garrison is a unique heroine. She finds herself in the most peculiar circumstances but they don't seem to upset her at all. She has spirit and spunk!
Reginald Blackburn is a wonderful hero! He truly comes to Poppy's rescue in several situations. I love the decorum lessons he gives Poppy and the patient persistence he has with her.

I never think of the people dwelling in Jen Turano books as characters. They are fully formed real-life people in my mind and I love them all! Every person adds something to the story. They aren't just there to fill space.
I highly recommend this book in any format. I own the paperback, the Kindle, and the Audible versions. I will be reading and listening to it again and again.

*The reason I took a star from the performance rating was because of a few mistakes. The narrator switched between Lonsdale and Londale several times. The correct name was Lonsdale. She also used a different voice from the one she used in the previous book for a returning character. The most jarring mistake, in my opinion, was the voice she chose to use for Miss Mabel Huxley. Miss Mabel appeared in three other novels (Apart From the Crowd series). I wish someone (an editor perhaps) would have told Ms. Emmes this so she could have provided the proper New York accent (or one similar to Lauren Ezzo's) instead of a snooty British one.
These won't prevent me from being a repeat listener, Jen Turano books are too good.

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Loved it!

First time I have gotten from this author! I loved it. Sweet, clean and funny. I caught myself laughing out many times. Looking forward to future books from this author.

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Another Fantastic Story

Jen Turano once again wowed me with her wonderful and funny story. With quirky and lovable characters and charming mystery, Turano has once again spun a great tale. I really enjoyed the audiobook as the narrator brought the characters to life. Uplifting, upbeat, with a fast pace--don't miss out on this new novel by the Uber-talented Jen Turano!

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This Author

I just love this author! I pre-ordered this book and the first night it came out I stayed up late listening to it (which I don't do often) because I just couldn't stop! Her characters have such great depth to them and the stories are engaging! Plus it's wonderful to have wholesome love stories!