Diamond In The Rough (Charm And Deceit Bk 1)

Diamond In The Rough (Charm And Deceit Bk 1)

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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 lie 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.

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ISBN-13: 9781603747424
Publisher: Whitaker House
Publication date: 04/03/2013
Pages: 255
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x (d)

About the Author


Jennifer AlLee is a full-time writer who has published numerous short stories, devotions, and plays. She is also active in church drama ministries, one of her primary passions. She attended Concordia University–Irvine and is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers, Romance Writers of America, the Christian Authors Network, and the Christian Fiction Blog Alliance. Her first series with Whitaker House, coauthored with Lisa Karon Richardson, is Charm & Deceit, comprising Diamond in the Rough, Vanishing Act, and Curtain Call. Jennifer lives in Las Vegas, Nevada, with her husband, Marcus, and their children. Readers may visit www.jenniferallee.com to find out more about her and her writing.
 
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. She graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor of arts in theology from Indiana Bible College and is working toward a master’s degree in health law and jurisprudence at Loyola University. Her first series with Whitaker House, coauthored with Jennifer AlLee, is Charm & Deceit, comprising Diamond in the Rough, Vanishing Act, and Curtain Call. In addition to writing books, Lisa works as an area claims manager for Trinity Health, managing medical malpractice litigation for a major health system. She lives in Ohio with her husband and their two precocious children. Readers may visit her blog at www.lisakaronrichardson.com.
 
 

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Diamond in the Rough (Charm and Deceit Bk 1) 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
VicG More than 1 year ago
Jennifer AlLee and Lisa Karon Richardson in their new book, “Diamond 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. 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.”
MaureenST More than 1 year ago
This story is set in Eureka CA in 1861, just prior to the start of the Civil War. Grant Diamond is on the run from the past and has assumed a dead man's identity. Of all the people to take their name, he has become a Reverend...Rev Crew from Harvard's Divinity School. There are some very serious issues tackled here, issues of hate. Hate so strong people are willing to kill. Of Course, where do we find this heathen? In Church! Maybe God will reach their hearts? One of these evil men wants to marry Heiress Lily Rose! Lily is quite the character, think I would have been in complete chuckles watching her antics in her hoop skirts. Can't you just picture her at the General Store...can just see those displays tumbling down. Later she is rolling down a hill, she does get injured, but what a spectacle! Can't you just picture a gambler, playing a Preacher, and then asked to give the sermon? Something has to give! As I said there are a lot of chuckles, and then some ultra serious moments. The chapters are short, which I like, and it becomes a very fast read. Smell the Ocean and stay awhile. I received this book through First Wild Card Book Blog, and was not required to give a positive review.