Monday, December 31, 2012

The Girl in the Glass by Susan Meissner, ©2012

Girl in the Glass
The story is about Florence and three women from three different spans of time, marked by distinctive characters and events, going back to the Medicis and the Italian Renaissance. Author Susan Meissner describes the plot and characters of her newest modern-day novel with a historical twist set in Florence, Italy - THE GIRL IN THE GLASS

The Girl in the Glass (Sneak Peek--Chapter One)

Are you surprised I am starting my review post with the first chapter just for you? It is too good to wait to the end!

Susan Meissner is so unique in her writings. You are going to love her books if you haven't read them, and super-love this newest book, everyone, I am sure!
A Sound Among Trees
Books take us to places we have perhaps only imagined and introduce us to intriguing people - both real and invented - whose lives inspire, teach and sometimes transform us. Books entertain but they can also enlighten and educate; they can motivate us to attempt great things. That is my goal as a writer, and your friend, that the stories I write will always leave you with a message of hope after you have read the last page. --Susan Meissner

The Girl in The Glass

WaterBrook Press 
        A house shrouded in time.
        A line of women with a heritage of loss.

Since she was a child, Meg has dreamed of taking a promised trip to Florence and finally step into the place captured in a picture at her Italian grandmother’s house. But after her grandmother passes away and it falls to her less-than-reliable father to take her instead, the long-anticipated journey seems permanently on hold.
     When her dad finally tells Meg to book the trip, she hopes 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 Sofia 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 Sofia, 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?
So, this caught my eye and I wanted to find out what the word renaissance meant.

     ~*~Renaissance, Original Italian: Rinascimento, from rinascere "to be reborn" ~*~

To be reborn.

Also, "A house shrouded in time. A line of women with a heritage of loss." was used to describe a previous Susan Meissner novel I read and reviewed, ~ I immediately recognize this opening phrase.

A Sound Among the Trees

WaterBrook Press 
        A house shrouded in time.
        A line of women with a heritage of loss.

As a young bride, Susannah Page was rumored to be a Civil War spy for the North, a traitor to her Virginian roots. Her great-granddaughter Adelaide, the current matriarch of Holly Oak, doesn’t believe that Susannah’s ghost haunts the antebellum mansion looking for a pardon, but rather the house itself bears a grudge toward its tragic past.
     When Marielle Bishop marries into the family and is transplanted from the arid west to her husband’s home, it isn’t long before she is led to believe that the house she just settled into brings misfortune to the women who live there.
     With Adelaide’s richly peppered superstitions and deep family roots at stake, Marielle must sort out the truth about Susannah Page and Holly Oak— and make peace with the sacrifices she has made for love.
Oh, and one more three-ladies: Jane Lindsay, Lucy Day, and Lady Jane Grey! With the first FOUR chapters! in Lady In Waiting!

With these three-generational stories I have read, I am at once eager to read Sophia, Meg, and Nora's stories in The Girl in the Glass. Look what I found mentioned on the back of the book cover! WooHoo ~*~ all of her books that I have are mentioned!

 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 at her San Diego church.

Look what I have with my TBR (to-be-read) treasures: The Shape of Mercy. I would love  to read every one of her books ~*~ so if you  have other Susan Meissner's novels you would like to pass on to me, please let me know!!  I would be d-e-l-i-g-h-t-e-d.

Type on, Susan Meissner, I will try to get caught up in the meantime, but... think you will be ahead of me!

Thank you, indeed, to Susan Meissner for her very in-depth Historical Fictions, my very favorite genre.

I appreciate WaterBrook Multnomah blogging for Books for sending me this copy of The Girl in the Glass to read and review in my own words.

You will definitely enjoy reading The Girl in the Glass! It is down-to-earth as you walk with these ladies so closely tied to our own dreams of love, acceptance, and peace! They can be a reality for us.

Everything you can imagine is real. --Pablo Picasso

We meet our three ladies.

... the place where my life began ~ Florence.
Nora Orsini's story entwining the reminiscent past, travels along the same cobblestone streets generations behold. Meg Pomeroy is a travel book editor at a publishing house in San Diego, California. Sofia Borelli is a tour guide in Florence. Sofia is writing a memoir of her life; a personal accounting, as she says she is of the Medici family lineage and hears the whispers.
   I have a story to tell you. It is a story of Florence and a Medici princess that time has all but forgotten.
   Hers is the voice I hear in the statues and paintings all around me. Her name was Francesca Eleonora Orsini.
   But everyone called her Nora.
Meg arrives in Florence with expectancy. The actual experience she has dreamed of since viewing her nonna's family paintings so entrenched in her memories. Finally, she is here! But all is not as it seems. Her father does not meet her.

Beauty is reflected in Renaissance art, exploring and revealing the inner heart.

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