Tuesday, November 27, 2012

The Girl in the Glass by Susan Meissner

Read while home alone? definitely
Tissues needed? probably not
Overall rating: 5 stars

Meg, an editor living in California, dreams of going to Florence, Italy with her father. Meg’s grandmother grew up there and for Meg, Florence seems like a home she hasn’t visited yet. Meg’s job brings her into contact with Sofia, a native of Florence who is writing a rather unique memoir. Sofia believes she is a descendant of the great Medici family and that the artwork of her city speaks to her. Literally. It seems to be in the voice of Nora, a Medici princess from the 1500’s. Before considering publication, Meg’s editors aren’t sure if the familial claim or voices need to be addressed first. In The Girl in the Glass the stories of these three women wind themselves together with Florence as their perfect setting.

This book was awesome! I love stories about strong women overcoming life’s obstacles, so set that in Italy with just a touch of history and romance thrown in and it’s a perfect book for me. The characters were engaging and I enjoyed floating along with them as their stories unfolded, especially as the three narratives came together. I knew this was a favorite because after I finished reading, I couldn’t jump right into another book—I had to let this one percolate and then settle a bit first. If you enjoy art, Italy, or the Renaissance there’s plenty to like in The Girl in the Glass.

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This is another book I did NOT get at my library. I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review, but the opinions are mine.


  1. this sounds like an interesting book. Thanks for your thoughts and the review. Hope you have a great week! :O)

  2. I always feel a little sad when I finish a really good book because it's over and I've gotten attached to it. I also can't just jump right into the next one. Sounds like a very interesting plot!

    1. That's exactly how I feel--and maybe like I'm cheating a little to move on to another book.

      p.s. I requested Power of One based on your recommendation and it just came in. Looking forward to reading it!

  3. I love books with strong female characters, too!

    1. Yes! Sometimes I get inspired to be stronger myself when I read stories like this. For example, imagine going to Italy by myself? Why, maybe I could!