Cross My Heart by Sasha Gould

Cross My Heart by Sasha Gould hasn’t gotten a lot of hype that I’ve seen. Let me tell you: it deserves more! The lyrical writing makes the atmosphere so rich and engaging. The plot is full of masterful twists and turns, most of which I didn’t see coming. Cross My Heart is definitely a book I won’t be forgetting anytime soon!

Laura has spent the last few years in a convent. When she is suddenly sent for at home, she can’t wait to get there! She is thrilled at the chance to spend time with her sister, Beatrice. Unfortunately, she has been sent for because Beatrice drowned in the Venice canals. Now Laura is expected to take her place and marry nasty old dude. When she finds a way to get out of it – she takes it without fully weighing the cost. The secrets she is about to uncover make her wonder if it was worth it…

Y’all, the plot twists that Sasha Gould weaved into Cross My Heart are truly awesome. This novel kept me engaged from start to finish, I couldn’t get enough of Laura and the people in her life! Who was really on her side? Who wasn’t? All the questions I had kept the pages turning.

The setting was brilliant as well – Venice is so gorgeous and lush and exotic throughout the story. I love the life that Sasha Gould breathed into it.

And, to keep the praise coming: Laura was a great character as well. I thought she was developed well – her thoughts and actions stayed consistent to who she was. Considering how plot-driven this novel is, I was thrilled that the characterization didn’t suffer. Well, mostly…

Freaking insta-love. No matter how much I loved all the characters, not having enough relationship interaction and development is a big no-no. In fact, I’d say that this one thing is keeping Cross My Heart off my list of favorites. I was rooting for Laura to get her man, of course. But I was extremely let down by how quickly they fell for each other.

So, other than the one (albeit big) misstep, I fell for Cross My Heart. The writing was gorgeous and the plot wonderful. I definitely recommend this one to historical and mystery fans!

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  • Amy @ Turn the Page (YA) February 20, 2012, 7:45 am

    I’ve been wanting to read this for a while now – it sounds great, although I am sad about the insta-love which I just cannot stand in books. The UK cover is awful, I’d be much more likely to pick it up with this cover 🙂

  • Respiring Thoughts February 20, 2012, 9:03 am

    I just read this one last night, and while I wasn’t a huge fan, I think it had some good points. Like you said, the insta-love was a huge turn-off.

    Thanks for sharing your review!

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  • Chandra @ Unabridged Bookshelf February 20, 2012, 5:16 pm

    I haven’t heard of this one before, but it sounds really good! I am glad you liked it! Great Review!

    Also I tagged you in Blog Tag, it is just a fun question game. If you want to participate, the post is here no pressure, it is just for fun. 🙂 I love your blog!
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  • Andrea February 21, 2012, 12:59 pm

    The cover for this is absolutely beautiful! I really enjoy the idea behind this (it’s the first I’ve heard of it), your praise does this book well I say. I definitely want to check it out! Great review!!
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