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I was entranced by the gorgeous writing of Cross My Heart. Sasha Gould can weave a wonderful tale. The were parts of the plot that seemed a bit random in execution to me. That’s not to say I didn’t enjoy it, because I did, I just didn’t know where some of the plot points were coming from. That aside, Cross My Heart really had a cool plot. I loved the aspect of the secret society, the banter between all the characters, and the relationships formed throughout the course of the novel.
The relationship between Laura and Giacoma was really cute. It felt a bit rushed at first, but that was overshadowed by everything that happened following their beginning. I really loved both of them as characters. Laura had spunk, which is always fun in a historical fiction book. The characters were such a fun mix. Faustina was so awesome, there’s no other way to put it. The secondary characters all really stood out in my mind.
Cross My Heart is a must read for fans of historical fiction. The setting was enchanting and I just loved the story. I am very excited to see what is next for Sasha Gould.
On a totally side note, I wasn’t exactly feeling the cover at first. After reading Cross My Heart, I was excited to find that the cover made perfect sense with the happenings of the book, so major props to Random House for a cover that actually deals with the books contents!
Secret societies aren't generally my cup of tea. This one, though, I found much more scintillating than usual. What I loved was that it was a group of women, marginalized in society, but controlling Venice behind the scenes. No one is safe from the actions of the Segreta, even the Doge, the ruler of the city. Of course, they're just as corrupt as male political groups, but I do like to see women getting revenge on the patriarchy.
I also found myself doing a lot of thinking about courtship in that time period. Of course, I knew already that fiancees were regularly swapped to a different child, as though they are interchangeable, and that marriages were arranges after only a handful of meetings. So, none of it was new, but, for some reason, I found myself really thinking about the reality of living that life. Even the guy she gets a crush on, she only meets him a couple of times before they begin an illicit relationship of exchanging letters and talking when they catch a moment alone. Given the limited freedom women had, relationships escalated so quickly.
Cross My Heart is well-written and entertaining. If you love young adult literature or historical fiction, you'll want to get your hands on this one. I know I'll be reading more novels by Sasha Gould! Plus, look at the pretty cover!