Monday, August 8, 2016

"Diamond in the Rough" by Jennifer AlLee & Lisa Karon Richardson

About this book:

  “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: Book #1 in the “Charm and Deceit” series.

Spiritual Content- Nearly All About preachers/reverends & a letter to a mission society; Many Prayers & Blessings over food; Scriptures are mentioned, quoted, remembered & talked about; Church, Hymns, & Sermons; Many, many talks about God, Jesus, God’s grace, faith, & His children; ‘H’s are capital when referring to God; Lily has a devout faith; Grant thinks God has it in for him (*Spoiler* He learns that’s not true. *End of Spoiler*); Many mentions of God, Christians, godly men & Heaven; Many mentions of witnessing & sharing about the gospel; Many mentions of churches & sermons; Mentions of Bibles reading & Bibles; Mentions of those in the Bible; Mentions of prayers; Mentions of sins & sinfulness; A few mentions of monks & convents; A couple mentions of saints;
*Note: Mentions of idols & heathens; Mentions of a couple of men being Satan’s spawn, the brood of Satan & the devil himself; A few mentions of demons; A few mentions of luck & God; A couple mentions of a religious ceremony; A couple mentions of twisting Scriptures; A mention of someone “making his existence a living hell.”; A mention of someone thinking “I’ve gone to hell.”; A mention of staying “out of hell”; A mention of someone going to Hades.

Negative Content- Minor cussing including: a ‘blast it all’, a ‘dang blast it’, a ‘how in tarnation’, an ‘idiot’, a ‘what the—‘, a ‘where in blazes’, two ‘drat’s, two forms of ‘stupid’, three forms of ‘blast’; Mentions of curses said & almost said by POV characters (said, not written); Pain, Blood, Dizziness & a Fire (up to semi-detailed); Nearly All About gambling, gamblers, poker, saloons, cons & being framed for a murder; Many, many mentions of drunks, drinking, flasks, & liquor; Many, many mentions of prejudice & hatred towards the Indians; Many, many mentions of corpses, bodies, blood, the smell, & murder (up to semi-detailed); Many mentions of a massacre & screams (boarder-line barely-above-not-detailed // semi-detailed); Mentions of hitting & attacking people; Mentions of jail & hanging; Mentions of being drugged; Mentions of lies & lying; Mentions of gossips; A few mentions of robbers & thieves; A few mentions of hunting; A few mentions of spitting; A couple mentions of the war; A couple mentions of throwing up; A mention of a raid; A mention of manure.

Sexual Content- a hand kiss, a barely-above-not-detailed kiss and a semi-detailed kiss; A bit of Touching (barley-above-not-detailed); Noticing; a ‘hussy’; A mention of women of ill repute; A mention of a woman living with a man before they married; A mention of a man accosting a woman (an asking, nothing happened); A couple mentions of married couples kissing; A couple mentions of an innuendo & seeing to the needs of a man; A couple mentions of a man asking a woman if she was taken advantage of; Mentions of men buying slaves as mistresses; Mentions of reputations & blushing; Mentions of jealousy & flirting; Some love, falling in love & the emotions:
            *Note: A mention of an inappropriate dress; A few mentions of modesty & nightgowns.

-Lily Gardenia Rose
-Grant Diamond
                                        P.O.V. switches between them, Carter & Abernathy (3x)
                                            Set in 1861
                                                     254 pages

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My personal Rating-
Okay, I’m grinning like the cat who just ate the cannery. This book was so much fun and full of wonderful Spiritual Content. I took a chance on “Diamond in the Rough” seeing that Anne Mateer enjoyed and recommended it & I highly enjoyed this novel! The plot was great and so well written, lots of wit as well that had me smiling big. The romance was really light which was perfect for the plot. This really was so cute, but also had a deeper angle of Lily’s passion for witnessing to the Indians in the story which I loved. I’m very much looking forward to getting my hands on the rest of the series and reading them!

See y’all on Wednesday with a new review!

*BFCG may (Read the review to see) recommend this book by this author. It does not mean I recommend all the books by this author.

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