Wednesday, December 26, 2012

The Girl in the Glass - Susan Meissner

I wasn't planning on posting again until the new year, but I just finished a book I was sent to review from WaterBrook Multnomah from their  Blogging for Books program. (I receive books from them in exchange for my honest feedback.) Since I should have gotten this posted a while ago, I thought I should share my thoughts before 2013.

by: Susan Meissner
Published 2012

This is quite the book! I will admit, I'm not one to be well-versed in Italian art or the ancient families of Florence. Most of the descriptions found in the book were new to me. For those of you who have been to Florence or love the art, sculptures and architecture of its past, much of the book might pull at certain places in your heart.

That said, let me share the book description from the back cover.

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?

The Girl in the Glass completely captivated me. It is filled with beautiful imagery and description and almost has a poetic quality to it. I was enthralled with the messy lives of the main characters, how they intersected, and how the truth and what you imagine are both possible in the same lifetime. As the main character, Meg's life was the messiest, and she was the first to admit it. I loved watching her character evolve and figure out just who she "was" and who should really wanted to be.  The ending was a bit unexpected, but most of it was what I hoped would eventually happen. It is a book that will make you take a step back and look at reality and dreams in an entirely new light. My favorite quote is from Meg on the last page of the book:
"And that what might be is worth risking to have."
If you are looking for a book to start the new year, this is one I would recommend. And for you children's book lovers, this is one adult book I think you'll love. 

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I received a free copy of this book from WaterBrook Multnomah for my honest opinion. The views expressed here are my own. 

See you next year! I promise this really is my last post of 2013!