16 August 2019

Diamond in the Rough | First Line Friday + The Friday 56

The Friday 56 is hosted weekly by Freda's Voice.
First Line Friday is hosted weekly by Hoarding Books.

Happy Friday!

Jen Turano's newest novel, the second in her American Heiresses series, arrived this week! I can't wait to start reading.

First Line: Any smidgen of hope that her entrance into New York high society would be deemed a rousing success died the moment Miss Poppy Garrison's tiara became firmly attached to the sleeve of her dance partner.

From Page 56: It wasn't that she didn't appreciate the efforts on her grandmother's part to see her accepted into high society, but spending two hours that afternoon with Reginald as he'd tolled on and on about what wines were expected to be served with what course had sent her into an almost catatonic state.


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.

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  1. Just from the opening I can tell Poppy is a character I could probably relate to. This sounds like a fun one! I hope you enjoy it. Have a great weekend, Hallie!

  2. Sounds like a fun story. This week I am spotlighting Stolen Things by R. H. Herron from my review stack. Happy reading!

  3. Diamond in the Rough sounds like a book I would enjoy. Thanks for mentioning it.

  4. Love it! I actually laughed out loud at the first line! Have a great weekend!


  5. Oh, I can't wait to read Jen's book!! Happy Friday! My first line is from “The Redemption Road” by Christa MacDonald:

    “The jingle of sleigh bells rang out as the door to the shop swung open.”

  6. This sounds like a delightful story. Fun opening and 56.
    My post features a mystery: Bless Me Father For I Have Sinned.

  7. I really hope to get to read this one in the near future!
    Today on my blog I shared the first line from My Dearest Dietrich by Amanda Barratt. I just finished A Glitter of Gold by Liz Johnson but I'm about to start The Healing Jar by Wanda Brunstetter so I'll share that first line here: "Tears sprang to Lenore Lapp’s eyes as she stood with the others who had come to witness this special English wedding." Happy reading!

  8. Sounds like a good one! Happy weekend!

  9. Happy Saturday! I still haven't read a Jen Turano book, and definitely need to rectify that! Today I'm sharing the first line from The Killing Tide by Dani Pettrey: "Fire ripped through Finn's right shoulder, ricocheting down his arm." Have a great weekend!


  10. Happy Saturday!

    I'm currently reading Trial by Patience by Tabitha Bouldin.

    "Sully galloped down the trail."

    Hope you have a great weekend! 🙂❤📚

  11. Oops! That’s not a good start. It sounds like a fun read. :)

    I’m sharing on my blog the first line from When Mountains Sing by Stacy Monson.

    The clash of cologne, sweat, and ego assaulted her senses as it did every weekday morning.