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Love, lust, and deadly secrets permeate the lives of Venice's nobility in this thrilling sequel to the romantic and mysterious Cross My Heart.

In a society of liars, who do you trust?

It is 1585 in Venice, and three months have passed since Laura della Scala solved her sister's murder after joining the Segreta, a powerful society of women who trade protection for secrets. ...
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Overview

Love, lust, and deadly secrets permeate the lives of Venice's nobility in this thrilling sequel to the romantic and mysterious Cross My Heart.

In a society of liars, who do you trust?

It is 1585 in Venice, and three months have passed since Laura della Scala solved her sister's murder after joining the Segreta, a powerful society of women who trade protection for secrets. Now Laura is engaged to her true love, Roberto, and she has never been happier. But the night Laura is sent on her first important mission for the Segreta, Roberto is found with the body of a dead woman in his room. Halim, an irresistibly handsome Turkish prince on a diplomatic visit to the city, identifies the woman as his sister and insists that Roberto be executed for her murder, or the Ottoman Empire will attack Venice. Laura is desperate to save both her city and her fiancé. But as the evidence against Roberto builds and Laura finds herself increasingly drawn to Halim, she begins to wonder whether everything Roberto told her was a lie. What Laura discovers is a conspiracy that involves nearly everyone she knows. 

“Once again, feisty, fearless, feminist Laura narrates her story in the present tense, giving it a breathless pace, nail-biting excitement and female insight as she sashays along the canals and corridors and through the slums and palaces of Venice, unraveling secrets and breaking hearts. Romance, revenge, treachery and intrigue.”—Kirkus Reviews

“Full of intrigue, romance, and adventure, this sequel to Cross My Heart is relentless in its pace and fully realized in its vivid historical setting.”—Booklist

“Renaissance Venice gets an injection of Pretty Little Liars in Sasha Gould’s Heart of Glass, the follow-up to Cross My Heart. . . . From gondolas to galas, Laura takes on the status quo—and turns it upside down in her quest for the truth.”—TeenReads.com

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Kirkus Reviews, February 1, 2013:
"Once again, feisty, fearless, feminist Laura narrates her story in the present tense, giving it a breathless pace, nail-biting excitement and female insight as she sashays along the canals and corridors and through the slums and palaces of Venice, unraveling secrets and breaking hearts. Romance, revenge, treachery and intrigue."

Booklist, March 1, 2013:
"Full of intrigue, romance, and adventure, this sequel to Cross My Heart (2012) is relentless in its pace and fully realized in its vivid historical setting."

School Library Journal
Gr 9 Up—Gould's sequel to Cross My Heart (Delacorte, 2012) once again finds high-society Venetian Laura della Scala in a tricky situation. This time, her fiancé, Roberto, stands accused of murdering a young foreigner. Laura still belongs to the Segreta, a clandestine society of women who wield secrets like the deadliest of swords. But when her appeals to the group for help in clearing Roberto's name are not answered, she takes matters into her own hands. Meanwhile, Halim, a visiting Turkish ambassador, singles Laura out to give him a tour of the city. She is oddly drawn to the dark prince but then learns that the murdered girl was his sister. Now the Turkish fleet threatens Venice's shores with attack, Roberto has mysteriously escaped from prison and disappeared, and somehow Laura's old enemy Carina resurfaces-not dead, but very much alive, and bent on revenge. Laura doesn't get a break from action and neither will readers, who can just about feel their own slipper-clad feet racing through the cobbled streets of Venice from one crisis to another. Clumsy segues between action sequences and relentless plot twists notwithstanding, Gould offers a fast-paced adventure. Readers who stick with this one will be rewarded with an exciting tale of romance, intrigue, lies, and of course-secrets.—Tara Kehoe, Plainsboro Public Library, NJ
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After solving her sister's murder in Cross My Heart (2012), 16-year-old Laura once again becomes perilously implicated in the secrets and scandals of 16th-century Venice when her fiance is accused of murder. Laura's blissfully betrothed to the doge's handsome son Roberto. As a member of the Segreta, a clandestine society of upper-class women who trade secrets to protect Venice, Laura's given her first solo assignment. The same night, an unidentified woman is murdered in Roberto's rooms, leading to his arrest. Convinced Roberto's innocent, Laura seeks help from the Segreta, but she finds herself distracted by the attentions of rakish Prince Halim, who's heading a diplomatic mission from Turkey. When Halim identifies the murdered woman as his sister and threatens to attack Venice unless Roberto dies, the doge's rivals seize power. As Laura works to save both Roberto and Venice, she discovers a link among the murder, Halim's visit, Venice's political takeover and a vengeful plot by an old enemy determined to punish Laura and the Segreta. Once again, feisty, fearless, feminist Laura narrates her story in the present tense, giving it a breathless pace, nail-biting excitement and female insight as she sashays along the canals and corridors and through the slums and palaces of Venice, unraveling secrets and breaking hearts. Romance, revenge, treachery and intrigue. (Historical fiction. 12 & up)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780375990083
  • Publisher: Random House Children's Books
  • Publication date: 3/12/2013
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Pages: 336
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.60 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet 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. Heart of Glass is her second novel. 
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  • Posted March 31, 2013

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    For everyone who read the incredible story, Cross My Heart, this

    For everyone who read the incredible story, Cross My Heart, this is the sequel that, if possible, is even better than the first.




    Here we begin with Roberto - the Doge’s son - honing his battle skills with the love of his life, Laura della Scala. Laura is the young lady who solved the murder of her sister three months ago by joining up with the secret society of ‘masked’ females who call themselves the Segreta. These are women who help one and all, by trading their massive skills and huge network of resources for secrets.




    One day, when Laura heads out to choose her wedding dress, she runs across a young woman whose face is adorned with the proof that she’s being beaten by her husband. Laura tells her to come to a very specific spot where the Segreta will meet that night, in order to see justice done. However, when the woman arrives, the secret she trades is one of war - a secret that the Segreta will use in a very interesting way.




    Soon the night comes where Laura goes out on her first special mission, sent by the head of the Segreta. Unfortunately, the mission is a bust, but what’s worse is when Laura returns to the city and finds a murdered woman in Roberto’s home.




    Dealing with the pain of watching her beloved go through agony over a crime he did not commit, Laura must also deal with her father - who is still far more interested in money than he is in his children. Although Laura enjoys the company of her brother, the wife he has chosen is not up to snuff in her father’s eyes, and he constantly complains about her.




    However, when Roberto is accused of murder, her father does receive a glint in his eye, when Prince Halim and the Turks arrive in Venice on a strictly diplomatic trip. The city goes into an uproar over the visit, but the Prince is extremely interested in Laura, and wants to vie to win her hand from the Doge’s son who has literally been pushed off his glamorous throne. When it is revealed that the dead woman was actually Prince Halim’s sister, the Prince tells all of Venice that the Ottoman Empire will strike if Roberto is not put to death immediately.




    The adventure begins as Laura and her masked Segreta women try their best to unearth the secrets and lies that have been put in place, racing against the clock in order to save both Roberto and their beautiful city.




    As was said in the beginning, it is always a thrill when ‘Book II’ is even better than the first. This author has done a magnificent job continuing the tale of Roberto and Laura, and readers will not be able to put this down!




    Quill says: A magnificent tale of mystery, intrigue and danger; the author receives a definite ‘A+’!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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