Sunday, December 2, 2012

The Girl in the Glass by Susan Meissner

The Girl in the Glass by Meissner, Susan  An interesting and unusual story that will sweep you away to Florence! You'll feel like you're there and if you hadn't wanted to go before, you will now!

Meg is an editor for travel books who has been waiting to go on a promised trip to Florence since she was a child, first with her grandmother and now with her father.  Finally, in her 30's, her father finally follows through with a ticket.  Meg expects to meet him there, but he is nowhere to be found.  Luckily, Meg knows a brother-sister team of writers and Sophia, a memoir writer who claims to be a Medici descendant.  Sophia also claims to hear the voice of a Medici princess speaking to her through the paintings and sculpture of the Renaissance.  Could her claims be true? As Sophia shows her Florence and Meg reads her chapters, she starts to wonder about possibilities.  Is life what you make it or what happens to you?

The descriptions of Florence and the art were beautiful.  I got lost in the book just picturing the beauty described.  I want to visit there more than ever.  I found the parts where Sophia claims to hear the princess to be quite odd, though she claims she's not hearing a ghost.  I liked that diary entries were included for the Medici princess, so there was an intertwining of all three women's stories.  "Hell" is used once as a swear word, which I didn't like and isn't needed. There are other words and ways to show a character's frustration.  Faith is more of a background element to the story, which is something I'm not used to when reading Christian fiction. Overall, the book has more of a literary feel to it and I did like the story.

I received a free copy of this book from Waterbrook Multnomah in exchange for my honest review. Please rate my review!

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