Sunday, May 29, 2016

The Diamond Secret by Suzanne Weyn

This was my TBR book for May. It counts for the pink path on Story Sprites for Alternative History. It also counts for Royal Challenge, since Anastasia was a princess.
The Diamond Secret (Once Upon a Time Fairytales)
Simon Pulse

Nadya remembers nothing about her past and works hard in her low paying job as a waitress in a tavern. Ivan tries to forget the terrible cost of supporting the Russian Revolution and his witness to the deaths of the Romanovs. He and Sergi, a count who is searching for his family, decided to try to find someone to impersonate the lost princess Anastasia, to gain the reward her grandmother is offering. When Ivan meets Nadya, he sees in her the same spirit Anastasia possesses and he and Sergi convince Nadya that she is the lost princess. As they travel together, something is kindled between Ivan and Nadya, but when things began to point to her being the real deal, Ivan may pay for the lies he has told and Nadya is put in great danger. Can their love survive the truth?

This was a good retelling of Anastasia's story and a good what if the princess survived. People will always continue to wish things could have been different for the princess and people will continue to write alternatives to the sad truth. This story did have a bit of almost instalove and needed a few more details, but it was a charming story and did have some sweet points. 4 cups of cocoa and a nice addition to the series. Also this is my favorite cover of the whole series, isn't it beautiful! Thanks again to Michelle for hosting!


  1. Yay! So glad to see that you enjoyed this book :)
    The story reminds me a lot of the cartoon version of Anastasia..."Dancing bears, painted wings...Things I almost remember." Sorry, one of my favorite songs from the film. lol

    So this is a series? Ooh I need to check it out!

    1. It is sort of like the cartoon version. The series is different books on fairytale twists for the most part. This and maybe one other are alternate histories. There are several different authors in the series.