While much of the time I enjoy reading non-fiction, there are those fiction books that deal with history that draw me in, and that was true of The Girl in the Glass by Susan Meissner.
Meg, the protagonist of the book, has been waiting for years for her father to fulfill a promise to take her to Italy. When it finally happens, she hopes for the healing of a relationship–but instead it looks like it’s going to be yet another broken promise.
As the book proceeds, it becomes not only the story of Meg and Sophia Borelli–a possible writer who appears to be a descendant of the Medici family–but also the story of Nora Orsini, a Medici princess who appears to communicate with Sophia.
The three women’s lives intersect in unexpected ways, bringing unexpected consequences, because each of them–in various ways–has to answer the question of what “renaissance” means for them. Is it indeed truly possible to believe that life can change? that what appears to be true and set isn’t what life has to be?
This book is easy to read, and while the combination of stories could have been confusing, instead, each informs and impacts the other. It’s a good read!
This book was provided free of charge from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group in exchange for reviewing it.