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Review: Cross My Heart by Sasha Gould

Tuesday, March 6, 2012
Cross My Heart by Sasha Gould

Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers
Release Date: March 13, 2012
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley
Challenge: 2012 Debut Author

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 fiancĂ©, 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.
A historical fiction set in Venice is definitely my kind of book, but there is something missing from this book.

I'm all for secret societies and historical fiction and I had high hopes for Cross My Heart. There's a very interesting story set, but there was just something missing. The idea of a society of women who deal with secrets is very intriguing. There just wasn't enough happening with this society to hold my attention.

Laura is thrown back into society after spending years in a covenant. She struggles with finding her own life when she's being ordered to marry to save her family. I felt a bit disconnected from Laura, but I admire her loyalty to her sister.

What kept my attention were the secrets! The secrets were perfect in the novel. Things are very interesting when they are in the hands of women. Then it lost me again when there was sort of an insta-love when Laura meets an artist.

Overall: 3 out of 5
Cross My Heart was a quick read that was enjoyable with a satisfying ending. I was captured here and there, but it had trouble keeping my full attention.


  1. Ooh I love secrets! :D I haven't heard much about this one it sounds pretty neat. Although I'm not a huge fan of historicals though. Great review Vy!

  2. I am dying to read this. I just adore historical fiction, but I'm saddened that it was missing something. I still must get my hands on it ;)

  3. Ahh, those society girls books! They are always a yummy read every now and then! It's too bad it didn't grasp your attention the whole way through, though! The secrets sound super exciting, though, and I like the cover too! :) Great review!

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  4. This one does sound really interesting! I don't think I heard of it before. It's too bad it didn't quite have that wow factor for you though. Glad it was still a decent read!

  5. Huh, I've never heard of Cross My Heart before. But the cover is absolutely gorgeous, that's why I clicked on your review from my reader! I think I'll give it a shot, even though the ending is rushed. If her writing style is good, like you say, then I think I can overlook that. :) Great review!

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