Cross My Heart by Sasha Gould takes you to Venice of 1585, where the city is ruled by the Doge, and families play a deadly politically game to stay in his favor. Laura, the second daughter of a merchant, has just found out that her beloved older sister, Beatrice, has died and she must now leave the convent where she has spent the past six years of her life. Her joy of returning to society is shattered when she finds out that she is now betrothed to Beatrice's fiance', a much older man who makes Laura's stomach turn. In desperation she turns to a secret society of women called "La Segreta", and finds that everything in Venice has a price, and not everything in Venice is what it seems. Trying to find her sister's murderer, Laura embarks on an exciting journey that includes love, secrets, and intrigue.