Author: Michelle Madow
Series: The Secret Diamond Sisters #1
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Date: February 25, 2014
Source: For Review
Savannah. Courtney. Peyton.
The three sisters grew up not knowing their father and not quite catching a break. But it looks like their luck is about to change when they find out the secret identity of their long-lost dad—a billionaire Las Vegas hotel owner who wants them to come live in a gorgeous penthouse hotel suite. Suddenly the Strip's most exclusive clubs are all-access, and with an unlimited credit card each, it should be easier than ever to fit right in. But in a town full of secrets and illusion, fitting in is nothing compared to finding out the truth about their past.
In true Gossip Girl fashion, Madow throws us into Las Vegas’ sparkling lights with a billion dollars and pretty much no rules. If you love stories about the high life, you won’t want to miss it. Madow goes above massive shopping sprees and crazy parties though and gives us more: three sisters from a broken family who find out that their long-lost father is a hotel tycoon. I am a huge fan of sister stories, and unlike several novels that just can’t seem to understand what sisterhood means, Madow nails it.
Savannah, Peyton, and Courtney have been through a lot. While I related to Courtney the most, Peyton’s stories about dealing with her mother’s crap and trying to shelter her sisters from everything that went on was something that I could definitely relate to. I am the oldest of 4 and there have been times when I’ve tried to shield my younger siblings from something. Peyton’s courage with being in such a horrible atmosphere is personally something that I thought was fantastic.
Then there is Courtney, who responsible as always, gets a job to help pay bills. And Savannah, who is very naive. She has had two older sisters out there to help protect her from her mother. She knows it was bad, but she really has no idea exactly how bad it was. She’s a dreamer, carefree, and kind of irresponsible. Definitely the hardest character for me to relate to, but she’s also very forgiving and I admire that. It can’t be easy to accept someone into your life who you felt abandoned you, but Savannah does that. It takes a really special person and definitely some maturity to recognize that there are two sides to every story, and maybe her Dad’s side doesn’t suck.
The things that the girls have gone through with their mother have caused them to form an unbreakable bond. No matter who tries to come between them it won’t work. And I love that. No sisters fighting over the same boy here (because seriously, nothing makes me want to throw a book across the room faster). The Secret Diamond Sisters actually made me cry. Some people will surely say I’m over sensitive, but those scenes about their alcoholic mother broke my heart. Every. Single. Time.
As much as I loved the glamour, the gritty back story, and the sisterly love, this series clearly has a lot more in store for us. I am expecting some heart stopping secrets to come out of the next novels. I mean, there is clearly more to Adrian’s story. I’m excited to see Savannah develop and mature. And Peyton. Oh Peyton. She is such a stubborn, trouble maker, but I am sure she will keep us entertained 🙂
Where over the top, high-life stories typically fail to deliver, Michelle Madow excels. Instead of spoiled princesses and people who let wealth go to their heads. We have three sisters who have struggled and dealt with a lot in their lives before being thrust into the limelight. Three sisters who are learning to heal after finally meeting their father. And three sisters who love each other more anything. Tip of the hat to Michelle. Now go pick it up and tell me what you think 🙂