Palmer, Diana. Diamond in the Rough. (New York: Harlequin, 2009). ISBN – 9780373175772. Harlequin Romance #4087, April 2009.
Main Characters: Sassy Peale and John Callister
Related Works: This is part of Diana Palmer’s The Men of Medicine Ridge series.
Description from book:
Sassy Peale is desperate to help her family, but her meager salary doesn’t stretch far. Then she meets John Callister, and she thinks her new friend is an honest-to-God cowboy – rugged and trustworthy.
But John isn’t a ranch hand, he’s a millionaire from one of Montana’s most powerful families! And when Sassy finds out who he really is, she’s certain the arrogant millionaire is just playing with her. John has to convince Sassy that he’s the man she first thought he was – a diamond in the rough.
Diana Palmer is one of the first romance authors that I ever read, back when I used to steal my mom’s romance books. Almost all of Palmer’s books that I read as a teenager stand out as some of my favorite books of all time (September Morning, Cowboy and the Lady, Fire and Ice, The Australian, Champagne Girl, Unlikely Lover, The Tender Stranger, and I could go on and on an on). As such, she was the first author that I put on my “Must Buy” list. I often wonder whether or not I would love her stories as much if I hadn’t of fallen in love with her books as a young girl.Yes, many of her stories, especially her category ones, seem very similar. They do tend to be a bit predictable. Yet despite this, her books always leave me with happy, and warm and fuzzy feelings. Seriously, I still love her books!
In this book, John Callister comes to the town of Hollister to reinvigorate his family’s ranching operation. He and his brother Gil run a multi-million dollar ranching enterprise and are very well known in ranching circles. Because of his well-known name, John pretends to be a ranch manager rather than owner. He gets caught up in the troubles of a local girl, Sassy Peale. Sassy has a difficult life. She has to support her sick mother and sibling on a meager salary at the local feed store. Her job is made rather difficult by her boss who sexually harasses her. John steps in to try and help. He also can’t help himself from getting involved with Sassy. Of course, Palmer’s heroes never give in to true love that easily. Sassy eventually finds out about John’s true identity causing even more angst for the couple. But true love does prevail.
Fortunately, Diana Palmer’s next book comes out in June – so I won’t have to wait too long until I can read more!
Read first March 2009