Cross My Heart
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... show more
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.
Publish date: 2012-03-13
Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers
Pages no: 272
Edition language: English
, Young Adult
, Historical Fiction
2.5 starsThe one thing I can say I truly loved about this novel was the setting. I do love a good Italian setting and it was clear that the author knew the city of Venice and also had a deep love for the city as well. There was also a love of gondoliers that I sensed and I admit I hadn't given them ...
3.5 This was quite similar to [b:Venom|9999795|Venom (Secrets of the Eternal Rose, #1)|Fiona Paul|http://d.gr-assets.com/books/1331321794s/9999795.jpg|14894766] and despite having read the latter first I enjoyed this a little more.
This was much better than Cinder, but I'm not sure it was meant to be a Cinderella story. You can read my thoughts of why Cinder was such a failure here if you'd like. I thought that maybe I should rate this with an extra star because I read it in one sitting, but even with that fact weighing on me ...
Can you keep a secret? It will cost you? What is it worth? My life!Laura has been living in the convent for six years. Her hopes and dreams of the outside world relies on the contents of the letters she receives from her sister Beatrice. She had not receive a letter from her for a while, when she is...