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January 1, 2013

THE GIRL IN THE GLASS by Susan Meissner

The Girl in the Glass: A Novel
BLURB:  "Renaissance is a word with hope infused in every letter."  Meg has dreamed, since she was a child of a trip to Florence, Italy. She wanted to step on the ground captured in a photo at her grandmothr's place.  But her father is going to take her after her grandmother died.  Meg's plans seem to be on hold.

She's hoping the trip, which her father told  her to book, will heal the pain left by her parents' divorce.

Meg's father was nowhere to be found when she arrived in Florence.  He left an aspiring memoir-writer Sophia Borelli to take Meg to see the beautiful ancient city. Sophia claims to be one of thhe last Medici family and a Medici princess. Nora Orsini, communicates with her ffrom the masterpieces of the Italian Renaissance.  When the stories of Sophia, Meg, and Nora come together,  their lives will be  changed as they each answer the question: Is renaissance just a word? What happens if you believe that what is,  doesn't have to be?

Review:  4 Stars for  THE GIRL IN THE GLASS

The hurts that come from divorce, the endings of bad decisions, and what secrets can do to you and others, it's about family. That is what life is about and that is what this book is about. The journey starts out in the United States and ends up in Florence Italy. The author never leaves you a moment to get bored with the book.  Meg is the main character. She didn't have a good relationship with either her father or mother and then her parents divorced.  She'd been promised since she was a little girl that her father would take her to Italy.  Her father finally said it was time to go, but when she gets to Florence, he's not there. This is just the beginning.  Nora, Sofia and Meg all learn  that life is what you make of it, not what happens during your life.

The book was like a braiding that you were becoming twisted in. You want to be part of the beautiful world. Don't turn the pages too fast, you need to take it in and think on it.

In this enchanting journey Meg finds what she's been looking for, her LIFE.  You won't want to put this book down,  The excitement of the dramas will stay with you for a long time.  You'll definitely want to read this one again and have a copy on your book shelf.  This is a wonderful story of love, loss and all the things through time that become ours.

Susan Meissner is an award-winning author.  Her books include THE SHAPE OF MERCY, A SOUND AMONG THE TREES and LADY IN WAITING.  She is married to an AIR FORCE chaplain and  mother of four.

"Shut your eyes to the world of pain, and you also shut your eyes to the world of delight."

I give this book 4 stars.

I received this complimentary copy of THE GIRL IN THE GLASS from Waterbrook Multnomah Publishers for this unbiased review.

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