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Elizabeth Chauncey is a well-off young woman in 14th century London. Though she is considered nobility due to a distant relative, she refuses to think of herself as such. She is close to a childhood friend, Matthias de Bourgueville, with whom she spends much of her time. They have just returned from an outing at the theatre when her world is shaken up.

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Paperback, 62 pages
Published June 6th 2015 by Kellan Publishing
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Justine
Sep 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I really liked The Kiss of Death. The story was intriguing and the book was very well-written. The author also obviously did a lot of research on the time frame that the story took place in to add extra detail.

My only critique is that I wish it had been longer. I think that the story definitely had the potential to be a full novel, and the characters were interesting enough that I would have liked to get to know them better. I think that a longer book with more time for character development wo
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Kate
Apr 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Great story of how the black plague quickly affected everyday life in the 14th century. Cannot wait to see what happens with Elizabeth and Matthias stories.
Liz Arbir
Oct 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The author did an amazing job with their verbiage and tying it into the time period. It was easy to read and I loved the character Elizabeth. What a strong woman character that young people today need to be inspired by!!!“
Stefanie
Apr 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
With the current 2020 Coronavirus pandemic, The Kiss of Death has been a popular read for my 7th grade students. I am presenting them with access to Sarah Natale's debut novella via read aloud, and it's been very interesting to see students interact with the characters and (relatable) conflicts. We are studying Sarah Natale's craft as a writer by noticing the extensive research that she clearly conducted throughout the text, and it's a great read for anyone who is interested in comparing the 14t ...more
Amanda
I received a copy of this book in a Goodreads giveaway.

Considering that the author wrote this in high school, it's a highly impressive read. It has its flaws, and at some points the lack of experience shows, but that's hardly a bad thing at this point in a writer's career. There is a great deal of potential and I look forward to reading more from Sarah Natale.
Kathy
Aug 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The storyline is captivating and unpredictable.
The author did not skimp on her research.
Looking forward for her next Goodread
Kathy
Feb 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved, "The Kiss of Death." It was suspenseful, charming and played on my heartstrings. The story pulled me in and I really felt for the characters. It is a perfect book to read aloud to our sixth graders when they are studying the period of the Black Plague. Beautifully written.
Amanda Manta
May 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
While reading her novel to my class, students were engaged in the story and couldn't wait to hear what would happen next with Elizabeth. It kept them analyzing and critically thinking about the story in a way that tied in History perfectly. The ending left everyone with questions and had students wanting more! They are anticipating what could happen next!
Cheyanne Murray
May 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
Sarah Natale sent me her book for free in exchange for an honest review, so I can completely promise you what you are about to read is my honest thoughts.

The Kiss of Death is a 48 page educational book which follows a well off girl in the time of the bubonic plague. Through Elizabeth, readers will learn about what it was like living through the plague, and also what it was like living in these times before it.

As the plague gets worse, Elizabeth is locked up in a plague house with her family. S
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Diana
Jan 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017
A well researched novella full of pain, suffering and love. Well done!
Virginia
Apr 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The story was captivating. I found myself transfixed into the medieval era, anxiously awaiting what would come next. My heart felt for Elizabeth who upon devastating circumstances pursued her desires with divine strength. I was so sad at the story’s end and wanted the book to last longer. I can’t wait to see what happens in the sequel. Hurry and tell us. Your fans are waiting to hear!

The portrayal of Elizabeth’s gifts of persistence, strength and faith gave the reader hope to go on in the face o
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Cassie Nelson
Sep 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book isn't just about death. It's about Elizabeth overcoming the struggles of a rapid growing illness that is ravishing London. She wants to find her love, Matthias, but overall she wants to help those in need. She's very lucky in her travels and through every Black Plague victim she comes a crossed, it makes me love her more and more. Elizabeth is determined to beat out the Plague. But now it's your turn to find out. Will she find Matthias and live happily ever after? Or will she succumb t ...more
Carol
Nov 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
Considering this book was written as part of a high school English assignment, it's an amazing result. The author did her research, staying faithful to the history but also creating a compelling character whose feelings and human bonds are ones we can fully relate to. What I admire most is the ending. I was supposed to see it coming, I guess (given the title) but it caught me off guard...and sort of swept me off my feet. I don't want to completely spoil the ending, but I was very much in the mom ...more
Rose Nowacki
Aug 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book is a period piece taking place in the 14th century, as seen through the eyes of a young woman of stature. The daily norms are much different from our current norms; the tragic jolt of one's faith and a love so sweet and unique as to cause us to wonder about time, existence and our struggle in life. The author leaves us questioning what really happened to Elizabeth and was Mathias able to reach his love and start a new life together. This ending leaves the reader wanting more - which I ...more
MARSHA
May 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In the context of our current world, this book should be a recommended read for the Junior High / High School age group. This is a relevant story of a young girl's survival during the 14th century Black Death pandemic. Her experiences provide an interesting historical contrast for today's young people living with the social restrains caused by COVID-19. A very good book written by a young author for a young audience.
Liz Arbir
Oct 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The author does an incredible job pulling you into the plot of the story!! I hope there is a sequel to this story because I am not ready to put the book down.
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Regina
Aug 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Great read, looking forward to sequels.
Gretchen
Mar 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
Very engaging!! I loved it!
Alivaster
Aug 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
Before reading this review, please note I know the author personally. My honest review would be a 3.5/5.

Natale’s book, “The Kiss of Death” was her debut novella at a young age and shows great care in researching into the topic of the black death. The novel included sections which gave great insight into the lives of people in the 14th century (i.e. what was worn by different classes, what was worn by doctors, and what incenses were burned/used during that time). I enjoyed learning more about hi
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Caitlin
Jul 30, 2016 rated it really liked it
I love the fact that this novella is a quick and easy read; it can easily be finished in just one sitting. I'm not gonna lie, I'm normally not a fan of stories that take place in different centuries. I find that it's hard to relate to and also picture the atmosphere. However "The Kiss of Death" was quite interesting and kept me wanting to read more! Plus I enjoyed the romance aspect in it. Being the impatient person that I am, I was tempted many times to read Matthias' letter a head of time. How ...more
Kellan Publishing
Jan 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: literary-fiction
A well-written novelette from new author Sarah Natale telling the story of a family as they struggle through the plague and the losses it causes. Will the lovers survive?

Elizabeth Chauncey is a well-off young woman in 14th century London. Though she is considered nobility due to a distant relative, she refuses to think of herself as such. She is close to a childhood friend, Matthias de Bourgueville, with whom she spends much of her time. They have just returned from an outing at the theatre when
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Sarah
May 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
My author career launched when I signed with a publisher for my first book, The Kiss of Death, at age 18.

The Kiss of Death encompasses a struggle for survival amidst a backdrop of deadly plague in Medieval London, with a hint of romance.

I hope you enjoy reading Elizabeth's journey as much as I enjoyed researching and crafting it!
Diane
Jan 08, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A very young author with gobs of talent. To me the book was just okay, but I know she will grow with her writing and I look forward to it.
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Sarah Natale is the author of debut book, The Kiss of Death, which was actually an assignment in her senior creative writing class. She has always had a fascination for the tragedy that devastated 1/3 of Europe’s population and was excited to craft a story around the historical event. Far from the short story requirement, The Kiss of Death demonstrated writing skills akin to a professional author ...more

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