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I had never heard of this book before, so I read it with no expectations.
The writing is nice, the protagonist enjoyable, and the plot suspenseful.
Despite its predictability and lack of character development, I liked Cross My Heart.
While I won’t be rushing out to get the sequel anytime soon, I would recommend Cross My Heart if you want a quick historical read, especially one set in Italy.
Parts of this book greatly reminded me of Grave Mercy. Both characters deal in secrets and hail from a convent. Cross My Heart is Grave Mercy’s younger, less complex companion.
Nicole is a very annoying main character. She constantly complains about studying in Paris. I could not at all understand her negativity. I’m a huge language lover and one of my biggest dreams is to study abroad. I wanted to shake Nicole until she realized how lucky she was.
Paris, where the novel obviously takes place, didn’t really come alive on the page. In the beginning I thought there was potential, but the setting never amazed me.
The series seems to be geared toward younger readers, which isn’t really my kind of thing. If I come across another S.A.S.S. book I might give it a chance, especially because each one is written by a different author, but if I don’t I won’t be disappointed.