Book Review: “Diamond in the Rough” by Jennifer AlLee and Lisa Karon Richardson

October 23, 2015 at 10:59 am | Posted in Books | Leave a comment
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Jennifer AlLee and Lisa Karon Richardson in their new book, “diamond book coverDiamond in the Rough” Book One in the Charm & Deceit series published by Whitaker House brings us into the life of Grant Diamond.

From the back cover: A tale of a man masquerading as a missionary, a beguiling woman who buys his bluff, and the detective who just might make him lay all his cards on the table.

Grant Diamond is a professional gambler on the run from his past. When he comes across a wagon wreck outside of Eureka, California, the chance to escape his pursuers is too good a gamble to pass up, and he assumes the identity of the dead wagon driver. His plan takes an unexpected turn when lumber heiress Lily Rose mistakes him for the missionary she had asked to come work with the Wiyot Indians. Seeing Eureka as a promising place to lay low, Grant plays along. Before he knows it, he’s bluffing his way through sermons and building an Indian school. But with a Pinkerton on his trail and a local rancher rousing fresh hatred against the Indians, Grant fears the new life he’s built may soon crumple like a house of cards.

Jennifer AlLee and Lisa Karon Richardson work very well together and they really know how to tell a story and all I can say is well done! Grant is a very interesting person who has a Pinkerton agent after him for a crime he did not commit and is trying to keep a low profile for a while. That plan fails miserably as everyone believes he is who he is  impersonating. And that leads to some really fun moments. It really is a neat moment when everyone comes together to build. The ladies have given us a wonderful story that shows us repentance and forgiveness played out nicely. And did I mention it is a romance? “Diamond in the Rough” is also just plain fun and interesting as well.  Don’t start this book late at night because it will cost you sleep. I am so looking forward to the next book in this series.

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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Whitaker House.   I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 <> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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