Jane Goodger pens a perfectly pleasant historical romance. Clara Anderson and Nathaniel Emory are absolutely perfect for each other. I love the way they were able to interact on such an open and personal level. It should have seemed ironic because I knew he was keeping secrets but I felt as if he were more truthful with her than he even was with himself. I enjoyed how comfortable and herself she was with him, how genuinely happy she was spending time in her garden. While part of me wanted to dislike her mother for the stress she was putting her through I completely understood why. I loved Clara’s sister and would love to get the details of her story. I enjoyed the many subplots in this story and how every one of them were tied up without rushing it. "Diamond in the Rough" was a fabulous historical romance! It's loaded with emotion, adventure, interesting characters, elaborate details and above all a solid love story. This one left me smiling for days after I’d read it.
The Story: Clara Anderson has beauty and grace and a healthy dowry thanks to her father’s shrewd business skills and while her mother holds out for a title Clara would prefer a simple life. Nathaniel Emory, Baron Alford might have a title but he is practically destitute so he pretends to be a gardener in order to locate his grandfather’s lost treasure. But he finds more than he bargained for . . . Can these two bridge their societal gaps and have a happily ever after?
The Brides of St. Ives
In the charming seaside town of St. Ives, a buried secret could bring an unlikely pair together for a lifetime . . .
Clara Anderson’s mother has one mission: to marry off her daughter to a titled gentleman. Unfortunately, though the Andersons have come up in the world, Clara is still the granddaughter of a pig farmer, which means no self-respecting aristocrat will marry her. That’s just fine with Clara, who’s grown to disdain the upper classes. So when she meets an attractive man even more common than she is, she decides it’s time to forge her own path . . .
. . . Except that handsome, rugged Nathaniel Emory, Baron Alford, is no more a commoner than Clara is a blue-blood. He’s appeared on the scene for one reason only: to save his family’s estate from ruin by finding the exceedingly valuable blue diamond his grandfather buried in the Anderson’s garden fifty years ago. To do that, he must pretend to be a gardener. He didn’t count on the most beautiful girl he’s ever seen getting in his way. But Clara has made no secret of her dislike for aristocrats. Which means that once she uncovers his ruse, he’s certain she’ll never see him again . . .