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When Miss Poppy Garrison accepts her grandmother’s offer of financial help for her family in exchange for Poppy joining the New York social Season, she quickly realizes she is far less equipped to mingle with the New York Four Hundred than even she knew. As she becomes embroiled in one hilarious fiasco after another, becoming the diamond of the first water her grandmother longs her to be looks more impossible by the day.

Reginald Blackburn, second son of a duke, is in New York to help his cousin find an American heiress who can help save his family’s estate. But when his very proper British manners lead Poppy’s grandmother to request he teach etiquette to Poppy, he quickly finds himself in for much more than he bargained for.

And while they couldn’t be more opposite, Reginald and Poppy just might find they have more to teach each other than they ever expected.

Diamond in the Rough is the second book in Jen Turano’s American Heiresses series, coming after Flights of Fancy. I have been a huge fan of Jen’s for years, and have loved absolutely everything she’s ever written, though I have to say, this could quite possibly be my favorite book so far. Honestly, this whole series has been fantastic, but there is just something about Poppy and Reginald’s story that is so unforgettable to me. Not only did I laugh until my sides hurt, I also fell in love with each and every character of this novel, and I couldn’t put it down and hated when it came to an end.

Poppy Garrison may not fit in amongst the elite New York Four Hundred, but she is impossible not to love and admire. Although she might constantly get herself into all kinds of scrapes, she always has the best intentions at heart, and she doesn’t let what other people think about her keep her from being who she truly is. Rather than conform to the picture of what society expects her to be, she stands up for what she believes in and puts others first, and that made her such an inspiration to me.

And then there’s Reginald. Oh, how I loved him. Although—at first especially—he often comes across as slightly stuck-up with those perfect manners of his and the way that he expects everyone else to adhere to them as well, he is actually anything but. His sweetness and thoughtfulness always win the day, and his concern for Poppy as she finds herself in predicament after predicament melts my heart. Not only that, but his selflessness in helping his cousin search for the perfect American heiress to marry helped me to know immediately that he would be the perfect match for Poppy. From page one until the very end, this story captivated me, and made me even more certain that Jen is one of my all-time favorite authors. There is just something about her novels that sets her apart from anyone else; not only do they transport you right into the world they are portraying, but they make it feel real. I genuinely feel like I know and understand the characters, and they are relatable. I feel a true kinship with them that is often hard to feel with many leading ladies in the stories I have read, and I commend Jen for that. All in all, I have absolutely nothing negative to say about this book, and happily grant it a place on my all-time favorites list.

Rating: 5 bookshelves

Recommend? Yes!

I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the author. All opinions expressed are my own.

Happy almost October! I can’t believe September is almost over already! I feel like I say that every month. But for those of you have been reading my blog lately, you know that I am getting married at the beginning of November, so I am VERY happy every time a month passes and I get closer and closer to that wonderful day. While we wait, there’s some fantastic novels coming out over the month of October, so you should check them out!

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Happy Tuesday! I know my blogging—and my reading—has taken a bit of a backseat lately, partly because of wedding planning and house buying, and partly because of something new I’m starting! My fiancé Bryce and I have started a new gluten-free bakery business, and I just couldn’t wait to announce it to you! For now, we are taking local orders through Facebook or over the phone, and we will be at the Lexington Market at Icehouse over the next few weekends, but we are hoping to have a website up soon! So keep your eyes out for more news about that soon!

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Happy almost September! Can you believe that August is already almost over?! I feel like it just started, and yet here we are, with another month waving goodbye. It’s crazy how quickly this year has gone. There are quite a few things that I am looking forward to though, one of which is all of the amazing books that are releasing this month! With everything going on—wedding planning, looking for a house, and a new business that I am starting that I will have to tell you ALL about in another post—I haven’t really had a lot of time for reading lately, and that has been really sad. I have been attempting to read my advance reader copy of As the Light Fades, which I have really been enjoying so far, and Diamond in the Rough is already waiting on my shelf to be picked up next, so hopefully you will be hearing about those here soon. That’s another thing I’ve been missing: I’ve hardly had time to post anything here too! I’m sorry I have been neglecting all of you lovely readers, and I hope to do better about that in the weeks to come. But for now, take a look at these fantastic novels I hope to read soon, if all the planning will finally slow down and let me get around to it!

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Happy almost August! I’m so excited that another month is almost gone, because that means I am one month closer to my wedding! I feel like the days are passing SOOO slowly, though at the same time I am somewhat glad they are because I am nowhere near finished planning. I honestly feel like I should write a post or two about wedding planning or how life is going right now for me, so we’ll see. For now, here’s a fun picture of me and my fiancé from our engagement shoot. (Isn’t he just the sweetest???)

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Happy Tuesday! This week I am revisiting a weekly linkup that I really love but just haven’t been able to keep up with lately called Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. Top Ten Tuesday is all about books and lists—two of my all-time favorite things, which is probably why I love it so much. This week’s top ten list is Top Ten Auto Buy Authors, meaning the top ten authors whose books we automatically buy, sometimes even without knowing anything about that particular book. When I normally talk about auto-buy authors, I think about authors whose new releases I immediately preorder, even if the synopsis hasn’t been released yet, because I cannot imagine not owning anything new they come out with. The funny thing is, because of this stupid thing called a budget and the fact that weddings are super, SUPER expensive, I haven’t preordered a book in quite some time.

However, I do still think about preordering books (I just can’t help myself), and I do immediately add new books to my TBR list all the time, so I think that counts for this kind of list. And believe me, if I could preorder books as often as I would like, I totally would. So, let me get started listing these authors for you! And for each author, I’m going to add an image of the cover of their most recent book that I have read, just because I love sharing about how awesome their books are.

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