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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Grade Level: 7 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 700L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers (March 13, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385741502
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385741507
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.9 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,684,856 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Kirkus Reviews, January 15, 2012:
"Told in the first person, present tense from Laura’s perspective and set amid glittering ballrooms and dark canals, this richly atmospheric thriller stars a bold heroine who tackles murder, betrayal and revenge with contemporary gusto. Enticing, exciting fare."

VOYA, February 2012:
"Determined to unravel the truth behind her sister’s untimely death, the beautiful young heroine quickly discovers danger and intrigue involving arranged marriages, family feuds, political power plays, clandestine meetings, and a secret society of powerful women...The author is adept at portraying action scenes, and the story moves rapidly."

About the Author

Sasha Gould lived in Venice until she was nine years old. She later studied fashion in London. Her favorite things are opera, ballet, and romantic movies. She now lives in the Lake District of England with her cat, Tosca, and writes about Venice, the beautiful and mysterious city she knows and loves.

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Cross My Heart is a must read for fans of historical fiction.
Erica
It was also disappointing that Laura's romance with a young artist became part of the story only halfway through and I felt it was a little rushed at the end.
Allison (Abibliophobic)
Good new- it is a stand alone, so no cliff hanger while waiting for a sequel!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kale on March 13, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Laura della Scala is the throw away daughter of an ambitious father. When her older sister Beatrice drowns and is unable to fullfill her role in their father's scheming, he summons Laura from her holy exile within a convent to assume the role of fiancé to a vile and decrepit merchant.

It seems she's just traded one prison for another, so when Laura is approached with an offer of aid by a secret society called the Segreta, she barters the secret she has to free her of the horrible impending union. But as she reacquaints herself with the world outside the convent walls, Laura begins to think her sister's death wasn't an accident, and the Segreta aren't to be trusted.

Cross My Heart was a good read. Gould wrote a solid book, with good ideas, defined characters, a nice romance, and some intrigue. But I suppose I was hoping for more. More romance and twists more Venice. I wanted to read Cross My Heart because of it's setting, I wanted to revisit this beautiful unique city, but it wasn't highlighted like I thought it would be. It was a lot of good ideas wasted on typical story lines you could see straight through. The book was safe and formulaic. I wished the author would have push it and been more daring and different.

The understated Cross My Heart is really just a nice quiet read. What I thought had all the qualities of a stand out book, unfortunately blends into a sea of similar novels.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Emily (Book Jems) on January 21, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Cross My Heart was a great historical young adult novel. I enjoyed it immensely. It was addicting and suspenseful.

It stars a young girl, who has just been taken from the convent where she has lived for most of her life. Her father sent her there as a child and has not heard from him in years, until her beloved sister dies. Then she is sent for and replaces her dead sister in a horrible arranged marriage. The main character, Laura, is horrified by her ancient, awful husband-to-be. When she is invited into a secret society of woman who offer to get her out of the marriage, she jumps at the opportunity. This leads to a series of murders and secrets that rock Venice to its core.

This book was great. It was definitely predictable, but the writing and characters made it enjoyable. I immediately knew who Laura would end up with and as the story went on, the murderer became more and more obvious. The predictability is why I didn't give it five stars, if the mystery of the story had felt more... mysterious, I would've given it five stars plus a thousand. That's how into the book I was.

The author, Sasha Gould, is wonderfully descriptive. The story she provides us is vivid and captivating. Ms. Gould has an almost lyrical prose that enamored me. I really, really enjoyed this story and the way it was written. I've never been out of the United States, but I've dreamed of traveling across Europe. Cross My Heart only made my desire to visit Venice even greater. The pictures that Ms. Gould paints are easily seen in my mind. It doesn't take a lot of imagination to see Venice the way Laura does.

I assume the characters are realistic for their time period. I haven't made many stories based in Italy, and none of the ones that I have read were set in Venice.
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Format: Kindle Edition
I reserve a 5 star rating for truly exceptional books, but I liked this easy read. The setting and nice story line kept me going.
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By DV on April 28, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
This mystery keeps you guessing with it's twists and turns. It has an interesting look at old Venice. It suggest the power of women that may or may not be true of the time period. I was thoroughly involved the society but not so much with the romance, which seemed rather contrived.
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Just okay. Not even planning on loaning it to my friends or giving it to our local library for their shelves.
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By Alexzandra Grove on April 14, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I haven't read many books that take place long ago and was a little scepticle about how easy it would be to follow but Cross My Heart had me hooked from chapter one. Laura is such a sweet young woman who wants to do whats right as well as follow her heart. There is plenty of action, mystery, and romance to keep you captivated till the very end. I didn't want to put this book down!
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By Cherry Dueitt on February 20, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
Interesting story full of intrigue and mystery. Set in Venice in 16th century. Nice details of clothing of that era.
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By WovenMyst on December 11, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Sasha Gould's Cross My Heart goes far beyond spectacular palazzos and the frivolous concerns of higher society. In a world where Laura della Scala's status as the second daughter gains her a place in a convent and where the darkest shadows of Venice hold the Segreta, Gould explores the power of secrecy and of the women who covet that power.

Readers are presented to Laura as her time in the convent comes to a close. Her days as La Muta, the Quiet One, will be no more as she's taken home and learns of the death of her older, beloved sister Beatrice. The worst news comes when her father announces that she must take her sister's place and marry the decrepit Vincenzo. Signora Allegreza di Rocco approaches Laura at an opportune time, when her reintroduction into Venetian society turns for the worst course. She provides Laura with a way out of her marriage if only she would divulge a secret. Here is where the game truly begins and Laura becomes part of the Society of Secrets, a deadly society that may have had a hand in Laura's sister's demise.

The mystery of Beatrice's death and what power the Segreta truly holds will fascinate readers. The plot flows at a steady pace that allows time for Laura to burrow into hearts and for the suspense to build and take hold of the plot. Gould adds a romantic situation between Laura and an acclaimed painter, Giacomo, that turns out be more than a relationship tested by the restrictions of class. While the story's plot twists aren't overly shocking or unbelievable, they lend a hand in the anxious, heart-racing emotions that Gould will certainly put in all readers.

Gould's writing style excellently traverses time to place the audience in 16th century Venice.
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