Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Diamond in the Rough by Jennifer Allee & Lisa Karon Richardson A REVIEW

Grant Diamond is a professional gambler on the run from his past. When he comes across a wagon wreck, 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 local 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 rancher rousing fresh hatred against the Indians, Grant fears the new life he's built may soon crumple like a house of cards.

Series: Charm & Deceit (Book 1)
Paperback: 256 pages
Publisher: Whitaker House (May 1, 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1603747427
ISBN-13: 978-1603747424
Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 8.5 x 5.5 inches
Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces

Jennifer AlLee and Lisa Karon Richardson are a dynamic writing team.

When Jennifer isn't spinning tales, she can be found reading, spending time with family and friends, and singing at the top her lungs to whatever happens to be playing on the radio. Her novels include The Love of His Brother (Five Star, 2/07), The Pastor's Wife (Abingdon Press, 2/10), The Mother Road (Abingdon Press, 4/12) and A Wild Goose Chase Christmas (Abingdon Press, 11/12). Diamond in the Rough, Vanishing Act, and Curtain Call make up the historical romance series co-written with Lisa Karon Richardson, and released by Whitaker House. Comfort and Joy, part of the Mistletoe Memories novella anthology, released 9/13 from Barbour House. Future novels from Abingdon Press are Last Family Standing (9/14) and Vinnie's Diner (4/15). Jennifer is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers, Romance Writers of America, Christian Authors Network, and the Christian Fiction Blog Alliance.

Jennifer resides in the grace-filled city of Las Vegas with her family. Visit her website at

Lisa Karon Richardson has led a life of adventure–from serving as a missionary in the Seychelles and Gabon to returning to the States to raise a family–and she imparts her stories with similarly action–packed plot lines. In addition to writing, Lisa works as an area claims manager for Trinity Health, managing medical malpractice litigation for two major health systems in Ohio and Indiana. She lives with her husband and their two precocious children in Ohio. Readers may visit her blog at

  Diamond in the Rough is a nice book and I enjoyed reading it.  The story begins with a neat beginning. I like Lily Rose, Diamond and the Pinkerton agent. They are all strong characters and they blend together very nicely.
  This book has a lot to do with being prejudice to people that are different from you and teaches a great lesson. Just because someone is different doesn’t make them inferior to you or less of a person. That doesn’t only represent the Indians in Diamond in the Rough it also is about Lily Rose’s Moms past and Diamonds. It speaks to us all.
  I really did like the ending of this wonderful book. I recommend Diamond in the Rough for an easy afternoon read.

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Thank you to Whitaker House for providing this book for review. 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

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