Cross My Heart by Sasha Gould
Release Date: March 13, 2012
Publisher: Delacorte Books Young Readers
Genre: YA Historical Fiction
Challenge: 100 Books in 2013
When sixteen-year-old Laura della Scala learns that her older sister, Beatrice, has drowned, she is given no time to grieve. Instead, Laura’s father removes her from the convent where he forcibly sent her years earlier and orders her to marry Beatrice’s fiance’, a repulsive old merchant named Vincenzo.
Panicked, Laura betrays a powerful man to earn her way into the Segreta, a shadowy society of women who deal in only one currency-secrets. The Segreta seems like the answer to Laura’s prayers. The day after she joins its ranks, Vincenzo is publicly humiliated and conveniently exiled. Soon, however, Laura begins to suspect that her sister’s death was not a tragic accident but a cold-blooded murder-one that might involve the Segreta and the women she has come to trust.
Sasha Gould’s seductive prose draws readers into the upper echelons of sixteenth-century Venetian society, complete with clandestine romance, political intrigue, and deadly secrets.
This was another one of those books I came across while wandering through Barnes and Noble. Then it got put in my closet and I just now fished it out. One hand I’m really happy I waited to read it because now I don’t have to wait very long for the next one to come out. Thank goodness!
Historical fiction are my first love when it comes to books and that’s why this book made its ways home with me.
The characters are well developed. Laura in the beginning of the book portrayed a weak character, one who was thrown into the sharks without really knowing how to swim. However throughout the book she steadily got stronger and stronger. She became a more confident woman who finally stood up to those around her and her father.
This was a well-written novel full of suspense, action and twists that kept me on the edge of my seat throughout the entire book. The vivid descriptions transported you to the 1500′s in Venice.
This was a stunning read. I can’t wait for the next book to come out.