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 fiancé, 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.”
While, I enjoy historical fiction, it is not my favorite genre. I did however enjoy this book. The characters for the most part were nice, the only person that really got under my skin was Laura’s father. I will never understand people who put status and money before family. (I will not go to much into it for fear of spoiling anything) Laura is a bit naive when it comes to certain things.
I very much enjoyed the plot of this book. The opening sentence just begins a wonderfully descriptive historical fiction novel. I feel like the synopsis only scratches the surface of the amount of drama and all that goes on in the novel. The setback for me is that the storyline for the love interest is expected. I’m not sure how I felt about the love interest and I was feeling some insta-love along throughout the story, but maybe that’s just how I perceived it. The villain however I felt was nicely introduced.
Cover= Love! I love the cover with The face mask is beautiful, just with her not having a neck it throws off the bottom half of the cover.
I am giving this book a three star rating but will be recommending it for those who enjoy historical fiction novels.