Monday, January 7, 2013

"The Girl in the Glass" by Susan Meissner

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 thoughts:  A good book.  Very descriptive in “painting pictures” of Florence and the many wonderful works of art that have come from this area of our world.  I enjoyed the story line and how sometimes we have to just be brave and step out on our own – follow our dreams.   

Jumping between times in history was hard to follow at times, but in the end it came together.  I enjoyed the characters of Meg, Sophia & Nora and how their lives entwined. (rev. P.Howard)

DISCLOSURE:  A complimentary review copy was provided by Blogging for Books on behalf of the publisher, WalterBrook Press and the author to facilitate our honest review. Opinions expressed are solely those of the reviewer.

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