Friday, November 30, 2012

The Girl in the Glass



Title:  The Girl in the Glass
Author:  Susan Meissner                                                                                                               
Pages:  334
Year:  2012
Publisher:  WaterBrook Press
                Meg Pomeroy is finally going to Florence, Italy!  Well, maybe.  Ever since she was a little girl, she has wanted to go to Florence.  Her grandmother on her father’s side was born and raised in Florence.  She has loved this city for as long as she can remember.  She longs to see the art of the city, which she feels is the heart of the city.  Her father promised he would take her after her grandmother died when Meg was 12.  Meg is now 30 and still hasn’t set foot on Italian soil.  Broken promise after broken promise mars her relationship with her father, but she still loves him.  She hasn’t gone on her own to Florence because her dad promised her he would take her and she wants him to ask her to go.  She doesn’t want to see the city without him.
                Meg works as an editor for a company that produces travel books.  The owners and some of the staff know about her dream of Florence and her troubles getting her dad to fulfill his promise.  As they see time after time of disappointment for Meg, they don’t get their hopes up as once again he has promised to take her.  Does he really mean it this time?
                A FedEx envelope arrives at her door with a ticket to Florence taking off in five hours.  Should Meg go?  Her father has enclosed a note for her to go as he wants her to see the city of her dreams.  Where did he get the money to pay for the ticket?  Her dad has always been great on dreams, but poor on follow through.  He has never been good managing money.  After his divorce from Meg’s mother, she saw him less and less.  She hopes to meet up with him now in Florence so they can experience the city and its’ sites together.  Will he be at the airport to meet her if she goes?  Where will she stay?
                She contacts a brother and sister writing team, Lorenzo and Renata, born and raised in Florence that she has done lots of business with and lets them know she is thinking of making the trip finally.  They, too, know the story of her many let-downs in not getting to make the trip.  They introduce her to their neighbor, who is writing a book.  Meg is sent the first two chapters of the book and likes them.  She asks to see more and takes a liking to the author’s style immediately, except for the part where she says a relative from the distant past speaks to her through the artwork.  Is this woman crazy?  As she gets to know the author, she begins to like her more and more.  She even likes the fact that someone speaks to her through art.  She also interacts more and more with Lorenzo and begins to develop feelings for him, but won’t admit it.  Lorenzo doesn’t have those kinds of feelings for her, right?
                This book is so very unique and spellbinding.  I enjoyed it very much.  It touches the heart and makes the reader feel.  The art and its’ history provided were very interesting, and I learned a lot.  I would recommend this book and am looking forward to reading Susan’s other books.
                My rating is 4 stars.        
Note:  I received a complimentary copy for an honest review of this book.  The opinions shared in this review are solely my responsibility.  Other reviews can be read at http://seekingwithallyurheart.blogspot.com/ .  Also follow me on Twitter @lcjohnson1988, FaceBook at https://www.facebook.com/lisa.johnson.75457
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