Cross My Heart

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Random House Children's Books, Mar 12, 2013 - Juvenile Fiction - 263 pages
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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 fiancÚ, 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.


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Contents

Section 1
1
Section 2
5
Section 3
10
Section 4
15
Section 5
20
Section 6
26
Section 7
32
Section 8
37
Section 9
43
Section 10
51
Section 11
223
Section 12
261
Section 13
265
Section 14
267
Section 15
274
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About the author (2013)

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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