Saturday, September 17, 2011

Review: The Diamond Secret - Suzanne Weyn

Synopsis: Nadya is a mischievous kitchen girl in a Russian tavern. Having nearly drowned in the Iset River during the turmoil of the Bolshevik Revolution, she has no memory of her past and longs for the life she cannot remember. Then two young men arrive at the tavern and announce that Nadya's long-lost grandmother has sent them to find her. Yearning for family and friendship, she agrees to accompany them to Paris for the joyful reunion. Nadya eagerly embarks on her journey, never dreaming it will be one of laughter, love - and betrayal.

Review: I am a great fan of the theories surrounding Anastasia's survival (even if modern historians insist that it was impossible for her to have survived), and The Diamond Secret presents a new and thoroughly interesting version of this "what if" scenario. It is, of course, a predictable story, but still enjoyable, and the ending had a small, surprising element that I was not entirely expecting.

Nadya is a very likable heroine, at times slightly annoying, but no one is perfect, and the two young men equally good, though sometimes the "leading man" was aggravating and I had a hard time entirely understanding why Nadya liked him.

Some of the dialogue feels off, but the writing style, as a whole, is pleasing and contains just the right amount of descriptiveness; Readers will be swept away by the beautiful imagery. The Diamond Secret is just as enjoyable as all other installments in this series.

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Others in the Once Upon A Time Series:
The Storyteller's Daughter (Cameron Dokey)
Beauty Sleep (Cameron Dokey)
Snow (Tracy Lynn)
Midnight Pearls (Debbie Viguie)
Scarlet Moon (Debbie Viguie)
Sunlight and Shadow (Cameron Dokey)
Spirited (Nancy Holder)
The Night Dance (Suzanne Weyn)
Golden (Cameron Dokey)
Water Song (Suzanne Weyn)
Before Midnight (Cameron Dokey)
The Rose Bride (Nancy Holder)
The Crimson Thread (Suzanne Weyn)
Belle (Cameron Dokey)
Wild Orchid (Cameron Dokey)
The Diamond Secret (Suzanne Weyn)
Winter's Child (Cameron Dokey)
Violet Eyes (Debbie Viguie)
The World Above (Cameron Dokey)

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