First Line Friday (week 164): Diamond in the Rough

Posted October 11, 2019 by meezcarrie in Christian, First Line Fridays, historical, Jen Turano, romance / 12 Comments


Happy Friday! And welcome to First Line Friday, hosted by Hoarding Books!!! Since it’s Friday, it’s time to grab the book nearest to you and leave a comment with the first line. Today, I’m featuring Diamond in the Rough by the ever-fabulous Jen Turano!


And the first line is…

New York City
November 1885

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.

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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12 responses to “First Line Friday (week 164): Diamond in the Rough

  1. Anne L. Rightler

    My first line is: Jack Reacher caught the last of the summer sun in a small town on the coast of Maine, and then, like the birds in the sky above him, he began his long migration south.
    Past Tense, Lee Child
    I haven’t read them all but I’ve read quite a few. I think he’s up to #24 now. It always amazes me how prolific writers are. I have a hard time writing a letter let alone dozens and dozens of novels. So many books…so little time.

  2. I have only read one book by Jen Turano. I know, I know . . . . 😉

    I am starting Dark Ambitions by Irene Hannon this weekend. Here’s the first line — “He got away!”

    Have a wonderful weekend!

  3. Kay Garrett

    March weather in Wharton County, Pennsylvania was as unpredictable as a cutting jeer from Nana D. Although bound to happen, the actual impact boasted an infinite range unlike any missile I’d ever seen launched.
    BROKEN HEART ATTACK by James J. Cudney

  4. Sarah

    What a great first line! Seems like I’ve seen Jen Turano’s name everywhere lately!

    My current first line: “I wasn’t going to marry him anyway.” Looks Like Love by Brandy Bruce.

    Since Fall has finally come to south Texas, it should be a good reading weekend! Hope everybody has a good one!

  5. Gloria A

    I stood on the cabin’s porch and looked out into the wooded area surrounding the lodging we’d be calling home for the nest week.
    A Very Mummy Holiday by Lynn Cahoon

  6. Becky Smith

    Happy Friday! My first line is from “Sara’s Gift (Small-Town Christmas Wishes Series Book 4) by Kimberly Rose Johnson:

    “I have no idea who or what should get Charity’s fifteen hundred dollars.”

  7. Pam K.

    “‘Josephine Nordegren floated through the woodland silent as a ghost.” This is the first line from Aiming For Love by Mary Connealy.

  8. HA that’s a great first line!
    I’m currently reading The Anatomist’s Wife by Anna Lee Huber, a Victorian mystery. Here’s the first line: “The scream froze me in my tracks, but the shout that followed propelled me out of my indecision and around the hedge line of the maze.”

    Happy Friday!

  9. Paula Shreckhise

    Loved Diamond in the Rough!
    My first line is from Aiming For Love by Mary Connealy:
    October 1873
    Hope Mountain
    Near Bucksnort, Colorado, Near Grizzly Peak, Colorado
    Josephine Nordegren floated through the woodland silent as a ghost.

  10. Happy Friday, Carrie! I’m sharing from two Carrie Anne Noble books on my blog this week. Here is the second line from The Gold-Son:

    “The forest was a forbidden place, spoken of only in warnings and whispers.”

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