- Mass Market Paperback: 240 pages
- Publisher: Signet Book (Jun 2001)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0451203852
- ISBN-13: 978-0451203854
- Product Dimensions: 16.8 x 10.2 x 1.8 cm
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,245,406 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Miss Derrien Edwards has two passions in life, gardens and golf. Although she can openly indulge the former, she must disguise herself as a boy to enjoy the latter. Derry is the best caddie in the city, thanks to her mentor, Hugh Philps. When the kindly old man requests a favor, she cannot deny him, despite her aversion to titled Englishmen. She agrees to teach the viscount, but all her lessons might not concern the game of golf!
DIAMOND IN THE ROUGH is a gem of a tale! Readers will adore Adrian and Derry, two intellectuals who find there is much to be said for love...and passions. The interactions between these two complex characters -- in both Derry's personas -- are realistic, but intriguingly unpredictable. The dialogue is crisp and witty and the plot evolves at a brisk pace.
Ms. Pickens's knowledge and love of golf is evident throughout but does not overwhelm the story, allowing readers who have never played the game to thoroughly enjoy the book whilst learning a bit about the sport. Avid Regency fans may find the errors in titles and forms of address mildly disconcerting, but overall will thoroughly enjoy this delightful tale.
If you're in the mood for a refreshingly different romance, with marvelous characters, wit, and charm, I highly recommend DIAMOND IN THE ROUGH.
Adrian Lindley, the Viscount Marquand, determined early in his life that he would not follow in the footsteps of either of his parents, known to society for their unconventional ways. For the Earl of Chittenden not only had a fondness for drinking but was also a gambler, unable to help himself in spite of numerous promises to his son that he would give it up. It took one final disastrous wager with the Marquess of Hertford to bring matters to a head. The Earl had done the one thing he'd promised his son he'd never do--wager Woolsey Hall, the last unencumbered property and the one closest to the heart of the Viscount.
Having experienced the residual effects of an overiding passion only too well, the Viscount had determined never to succumb to such lures for himself. He would be stable, and steady and dull, if that's what it took. That was why he'd proposed marriage to (and been accepted by) the beautiful Honoria Dunster. The blonde and beautiful young woman was considered a chunk of ice by many of the young men in London because of her lack of emotion. Adrian thought her exactly what he wanted and needed.
Of course, he was also a young man of his time, well up on shooting and riding and all the other manly activities. But the men of London seldom engaged in golf. So it was off to Scotland for Adrian to take a crash course in the game, as the only way to prevent the loss of his favorite estate, even if it meant nearly jeopardizing his true first love-- landscape design. A commission he desperately wants is about to be awarded, and time is short. But yet--there is Woolsey Hall to be considered.
To his great surprise, the game turned out to be far more complicated than he'd originally thought, and while Hugh Philp, the acknowledged master of St. Andrews promised to help Adrian in his quest, it was the young caddie Dirty Derry, who became his teacher.
Along with learning about the game, Adrian learns about himself, about Derry and about Honoria. For Derry isn't a lad, but an impetuous young woman, Derrien Edwards, who not only shares Adrian's great passion--landscape design--but has a prodigious knowledge of the game of golf--forbidden, of course, to females. Secrets unfold, while others are maintained, and tensions rise while waiting for the climactic game.
It's amazing how much story is stuffed into these 229 pages. Not one word too many is utilized in the setting forth of this story. It's simply marvelous! Worthy of the Masters, in fact!
The hero and heroine are likeable, unique, and well-developed. The plot rarely hangs, keeping the reader interested throughout. There is a bare hint of passion, keeping this book from being too sweet (or, for that matter, too raunchy as some series romances are). The rather detailed picture of the early days of golf is intriguing as is the athletic hero's struggle to master the sport. He also battles the social stigma of having a trade, an interest he discovers that he shares with the heroine (who herself is frowned upon by society for her abilties and desire to use them).
Filled with the realistic developmentment of a romantic relationship, a couple with sufficiently unique characters, and a fresh approach to an old plot (rescuing the family fortunes).