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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?

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"Travelogue, history lesson, mystery, romance — the newest from veteran author Meissner (The Shape of Mercy) combines a bit of all to create a delightful tale that will take readers into the heart of Florence, Italy. Travel-book editor Meg Pomeroy thinks of Florence as home, though she's never visited despite her dad's vow to take her. When the promised trip materializes, Meg thinks her dreams have come true despite misgivings about her father's motives, her mother's dating a younger man, and her own ambivalence about dating again after she breaks off her engagement. The trip is a chance to connect with Lorenzo DiSantis, a writer she's met only via Skype and e-mail, and Sofia Borelli, a memoir writer who says she's a Medici descendant and whose book enchants Meg from the first word. Sofia believes that Nora Orsini, a Medici granddaughter, speaks to her through the art of Florence. Meissner blends Nora's, Sofia's, and Meg's stories with a deft hand, creating a layered work of art sure to enchant readers. Agent: Chip MacGregor, MacGregor Literary. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

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A beautiful scarf, passed down through the generations, connects two women who learn that the weight of the world is made bearable by the love we give away....

September 1911. On Ellis Island in New York Harbor, nurse Clara Wood cannot face returning to Manhattan, where the man she loved fell to his death in the Triangle Shirtwaist Fire. Then, while caring for a fevered immigrant whose own loss mirrors hers, she becomes intrigued by a name embroidered onto the scarf he carries…and finds herself caught in a dilemma that compels her to confront the truth about the assumptions shes made. Will what she learns devastate her or free her? 

September 2011. On Manhattans Upper West Side, widow Taryn Michaels has convinced herself that she is living fully, working in a charming specialty fabric store and raising her daughter alone. Then a long-lost photograph appears in a national magazine, and she is forced to relive the terrible day her husband died in the collapse of the World Trade Towers…the same day a stranger reached out and saved her. Will a chance reconnection and a century-old scarf open Taryns eyes to the larger forces at work in her life?

About the Author

Susan Meissner is an award-winning author whose books include The Shape of Mercy, Lady in Waiting, and A Sound Among the Trees. She is the wife of an Air Force chaplain and a mother of four young adults. When she’s not writing, Susan directs the Small Groups and Connection Ministries program at her San Diego church.

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mommiebethers, September 9, 2012 (view all comments by mommiebethers)
The Girl in the Glass is the second novel by Susan Meissner I have had the privilege to read. The first story I read by Susan Meissner is A Sound Among the Trees and from the start I was hooked on Susan Meissner's style of writing. I find her writing style unique. In The Girl in the Glass her unique style really made this novel very deep. The prologue introduces Nora Orsini from Florence, Italy in October of 1592. As you enter the first chapter, it is now in San Diego California where Meg is imagining Florence Italy, a place she has never been but is waiting for her Father to take her. Meg's Nonna (Grandma) wanted to take her but she died before she and Meg could go but Meg imagines the Florence, Italy that Nonna describes. In between each chapter we learn more about Nora Orsini's life, family, and Florence in 1500's. Nora is a descendant of the Medici Family. A very wealthy, influential family that had been part of great artists like Michelangelo and DaVinci.



Susan Meissner tells a few stories in this one book: Nora's, Meg's, and Sophia's. The stories are beautifully haunting and in some cases heartbreaking. I was drawn into this story from the beginning and completely enjoyed it. Susan Meissner writes with authority about Italy now and going all the way back to the 1500's, Italian Artist and their art, writing books, and publishing books. I loved all of the characters in this story, felt a kinship with Meg and Sophia. These two women really left a lasting impression. The story lines are wonderful and the descriptions of Florence Italy Susan Meissner writes makes me want to visit Italy even more. I truly felt like I was seeing Italy and the art through Meg and Sophia's eyes. I highly recommend this story to those who enjoy historical fiction, it will not disappoint! I look forward to reading more from Susan Meissner.
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Casey Herringshaw, August 20, 2012 (view all comments by Casey Herringshaw)
I traveled to Florence, Italy and came home too soon. This novel is painted in hues or red and bronze and vibrant colors of romance and discovering self in the place God dreams of for you.

From the minute I started reading Meg’s story I fell in love with her. I actually much preferred her story over the sections of Sophia’s novel. Meg’s story had a pull on me I couldn’t fully explain. Perhaps it was her longing to know where she was meant to be. Perhaps it was her dream to visit a place so magical it almost couldn’t be true. Or perhaps it was her longing to connect with someone who wouldn’t let her down, even if she fully didn’t realize it at first. I think she found a little bit of everything she was looking for…and in turn, so did I. Her ending breathes hope and joy and content.

The novel is almost like a dessert disappearing on the tongue, leaving a lingering sweetness too quickly washed away. Meg is definitely a character that will live on in her Italian countryside and in my dreams.

Sophia’s and Nonia’s stories certainly contributed to the book, but I didn’t become as invested in them, again it was Meg and finally Lorenzo that drew me.

I was blissful at the closing of the book…and a bit sad too. But in the deepest part of my reader’s heart where beloved character’s live, I know she will live on in happiness.

This review is my honest opinion. Thanks to the Amazon Vine program and the publishers for my copy to review.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780307730428
Author:
Meissner, Susan
Publisher:
Waterbrook Press
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Subject:
Historical
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20120931
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Pages:
400
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.06 in 1 lb
Age Level:
from 18

Related Subjects

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Fiction and Poetry » Literature » Contemporary Women

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Travelogue, history lesson, mystery, romance — the newest from veteran author Meissner (The Shape of Mercy) combines a bit of all to create a delightful tale that will take readers into the heart of Florence, Italy. Travel-book editor Meg Pomeroy thinks of Florence as home, though she's never visited despite her dad's vow to take her. When the promised trip materializes, Meg thinks her dreams have come true despite misgivings about her father's motives, her mother's dating a younger man, and her own ambivalence about dating again after she breaks off her engagement. The trip is a chance to connect with Lorenzo DiSantis, a writer she's met only via Skype and e-mail, and Sofia Borelli, a memoir writer who says she's a Medici descendant and whose book enchants Meg from the first word. Sofia believes that Nora Orsini, a Medici granddaughter, speaks to her through the art of Florence. Meissner blends Nora's, Sofia's, and Meg's stories with a deft hand, creating a layered work of art sure to enchant readers. Agent: Chip MacGregor, MacGregor Literary. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Synopsis" by ,
A beautiful scarf, passed down through the generations, connects two women who learn that the weight of the world is made bearable by the love we give away....

September 1911. On Ellis Island in New York Harbor, nurse Clara Wood cannot face returning to Manhattan, where the man she loved fell to his death in the Triangle Shirtwaist Fire. Then, while caring for a fevered immigrant whose own loss mirrors hers, she becomes intrigued by a name embroidered onto the scarf he carries…and finds herself caught in a dilemma that compels her to confront the truth about the assumptions shes made. Will what she learns devastate her or free her? 

September 2011. On Manhattans Upper West Side, widow Taryn Michaels has convinced herself that she is living fully, working in a charming specialty fabric store and raising her daughter alone. Then a long-lost photograph appears in a national magazine, and she is forced to relive the terrible day her husband died in the collapse of the World Trade Towers…the same day a stranger reached out and saved her. Will a chance reconnection and a century-old scarf open Taryns eyes to the larger forces at work in her life?

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