Tuesday, October 9, 2012

The Girl in the Glass by Susan Meissner ~ review

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: WaterBrook Press (September 18, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307730425
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307730428

This book is also available in e-book form.

Renaissance is a word with hope infused in every letter.
Since she was a child, Meg has dreamed of taking a promised trip to Florence, Italy, and being able to finally step into the place captured in a picture at her grandmother’s house. But after her grandmother passes away and it falls to her less-than-reliable father to take her instead, Meg’s long-anticipated travel plans seem permanently on hold.
When her dad finally tells Meg to book the trip, she prays that the experience will heal the fissures left on her life by her parents’ divorce. But when Meg arrives in Florence, her father is nowhere to be found, leaving aspiring memoir-writer Sophia Borelli to introduce Meg to the rich beauty of the ancient city. Sofia claims to be one of the last surviving members of the Medici family and that a long-ago Medici princess, Nora Orsini, communicates with her from within the great masterpieces of the Italian Renaissance.
When Sophia, Meg, and Nora’s stories intersect, their lives will be indelibly changed as they each answer the question: What if renaissance  isn't just a word? What if that’s what happens when you dare to believe that what is isn’t what has to be?

My take on this book:
Whenever Meg Pomeroy closes her eyes and thinks of home she always envisions Florence  Italy a place she has never been.Her feeling of home came from the paintings that hung on her Italian grandmother's walls, especially the one her great-great grandfather painted that shows a young girl reaching toward a statue.She has always longed to go to Italy, and her father made a deathbed promise to her grandmother that he would take her, but it never seemed to happen. When finally at the age of thirty her father tells her to book the trip as she finally embarks on her long awaited dream trip, what will she find in Florence,Italy. 

The author's descriptions brings to life the city of Florence, she made me feel as if I was seeing things thru the eyes of the characters. Meg wasn't the strongest character, but as the story progresses she comes into her own it was so nice to see her grow and change as the story progressed. I thought the author did a good job of giving us weaving the past together with the present, she did it smoothly making the story easy to follow. While there are Christian messages woven into the story, they are very well done, and don't dominate the story. If you enjoy a well written story, with beautiful descriptions and words that just flow off of the page, a sprinkling of romance and a story that reminds us of the ties that bind, then your certainly going to want to read this one. 

A complimentary copy of this book was provided in exchange for an honest review.

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for your thoughts on this -- I have wanted to read this.


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