Cross My Heart by Sasha Gould

Cross My Heart

bySasha Gould

Kobo ebook | March 13, 2012

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Venice, 1585.

When 16-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 fiancé, 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 their 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.

Title:Cross My HeartFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:March 13, 2012Publisher:Random House Children's BooksLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0375985409

ISBN - 13:9780375985409

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it An awesome read!
Date published: 2013-07-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from In a city of secrets... What is YOURS worth? *copy provided by publisher for review* With a setting of Venice 1585 and a deliciously tempting cover, who could ever resist Sasha Gould's Cross My Heart? I certainly couldn't, and upon it's arrival, which was a complete and total surprise thanks to Random House of Canada, I absolutely could not wait to read it. Cross My Heart tells the story of one Laura della Scala, a sixteen year old girl who was sent to live in a convent by her father while her older sister lived on the outside, completely free. Unfortunately, when the news arrives that her sister has drowned, her father immediately sends for her leave of the convent. Upon returning home, Laura discovers that not everything is as well as it seems. Laura is being forced to marry her deceased older sister's fiancee Vincenzo. Furthermore, Laura comes to discover that in Venice there is an underground secret society called Secreta, one filled with women who deal in only one currency - secrets. The more Laura learns about the Secreta, the more of their secret agenda she unveils. Cross My Heart opens with an excitingly terrifying and dangerous prologue that instantly hooks the reader in. I highly doubt anyone could top the incredible excitement and suspense that the first 3 pages presented in Cross My Heart! Upon diving into Cross My Heart, I was instantly introduced to the late 1500's Venice, a beautiful setting deliciously wealthy of history and passion. Laura, Cross My Heart's protagonist, instantly became a character I greatly admired. She was wise, observing, determined, and cunning - a perfect protagonist for a romance mystery like Cross My Heart. In Cross My Heart I was immediately welcomed by Sasha Gould's beautiful and seductive writing. I found it instantly refreshing! It's very rare to come across writing that pulls you in so deeply to a new fictional world. Readers will, without a doubt, find themselves loving this very facet the most when it comes to Sasha Gould. Additionally, I found myself absolutely adoring Sasha Gould's tightly wound mystery that had me wondering and guessing right to the end. I found myself enjoying viewing things through Laura's perspective, whether it be uncovering secrets or falling in love. Cross My Heart by Sasha Gould is, by far, one of my absolute favorite thrillers yet! Readers can expect romance and unrelenting suspense in Sasha Gould's latest! I am, without a doubt, extremely excited to see what happens next in Heart of Glass, Cross My Heart's companion novel.
Date published: 2012-03-26
Rated 3 out of 5 by from An Alluring YA Historical Novel What first attracted me to Cross My Heart was its cover, without a doubt. I love the dark background and the glamour of the girl's gorgeous Venetian mask, and after I read the plot description, the mystery aspects continued to draw my attention. Venice, a shadowy secret society of women, and a dash of forbidden romance... how could I resist? When Laura della Scalla learns she is to leave the convent her father forced her into many years ago, her happiness is soon shattered after she discovers she's only coming home because her beloved sister, Beatrice, has drowned. With a dwindling estate and ambitions for more political power, Laura's father is now forcing his daughter to marry the cold, old merchant Vincenzo whom Beatrice had been engaged to previously. Desperate to avoid exchanging one form of prison for another, Laura finds herself joining the Segreta, who are her only hope in avoiding the marriage. But when Laura learns there's more to Beatrice's death than a tragic accident, she doesn't know who to trust anymore... The novel really brings to light the limitations of the freedom woman had during the time period, and how their futures were often in the hands of men. Daughters were often forced into marriages that were more like business arrangements, so I admired Laura finding the strength to try and change her fate on her own terms. Not surprisingly, Laura practically has a non-existent relationship with her father, but she still has to play nice for him and not bring shame to her family name. But her years in the convent have also left her naive and unprepared in many ways for a high society where gossip, secrets, and power are everything. Sasha Gould's debut novel Cross My Heart is a wonderful historical novel that will allure readers with its Venice setting and the power of dark secrets just waiting to be revealed. I would have liked to possibly learn more about the origins of the Segreta and seen more suspense in Laura's inquiries into the death of her sister... but nevertheless, I still very much enjoyed seeing the storyline unfold before my eyes. You can read this review at: http://midnightbloomreads.blogspot.com/2012/03/cross-my-heart-by-sasha-gould.html
Date published: 2012-03-12