I spent a day in Florence once—and thought it was enough. But, after reading The Girl in the Glass by Susan Meissner, I’d like to go back—for about a month—with Meissner as my tour guide! Her book does exactly what her main character, a travel book editor, hopes a potential author’s book will do: it makes you feel you’ve been there if you haven’t and long to go back if you have—with a whole new appreciation for all that is there.
As in Meissner’s other recent works, this book gives the reader two stories in one, alternating between a contemporary story and a fictionalized account of an historical character, in this case Francesca Eleonora (Nora) Orsini, granddaughter of Cosimo I de Medici. Nora's story is of her tragic childhood in Florence during the Renaissance. The contemporary story is shared by two women, Meg Pomeroy and Sophia Borelli, whose lives intersect in Florence and have much in common with Nora of the Renaissance. Together, Meg and Sophia must learn, as Nora did, the true meaning of renaissance.
I was totally drawn into the stories in this book and thought they all ended perfectly. Not only will this book appeal to those who enjoy great novels, but also to art enthusiasts, travelers, and those with an interest in the human mind. I thank Waterbrook Multnomah Publishers for sending a complimentary copy for this honest review.