September 03, 2012
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 renaissanceisn’t just a word? What if that’s what happens when you dare to believe that what is isn’t what has to be?
I loved the concept of this book, however I had a hard time keeping track of which story belonged to whom. We had the main character, Sofia's story and Nora's story. I enjoy books more when told by 1 or two viewpoints, but three starts to get confusing. The main story is about a girl with a difficult relationship with her father and a desperate desire to make it to Florence, but had to deal with set back and disappointment before finally getting to live out her dream, and her dream didn't play out like she thought it would. Her story intertwined with that of several authors, and a few locals both past and present. I enjoyed the stories and the culture, but wished it were told from one perspective instead of three.
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