Thursday, September 13, 2012

The Girl in the Glass - review

"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 in 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 a trip, she's hopeful that the experience will heal the fissures left on her life by her parents' divorce.  Meg arrives in Florence, but 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?"  (taken from the back cover of the book)

This has been one of the best books I have read this year.  I loved getting to know Sophia, Meg and Nora and how their stories came alive within the pages of The Girl in the Glass.   The only complaint I have is that the book had to end.  Susan Meissner brought the Italian Renaissance to life through her vivid descriptions of the art that Michaelangelo, da Vinci, and others left as gifts to the world.  I highly recommend this book to all.

(Disclaimer: I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review)

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