The Girl in the Glass by Susan Meissner is possible one of the best books I have ever read. Definitely, in my top ten!
Meg is an editor at a travel book publishing house. She as always dreamed of going to Italy with her father and her grandma after seeing a painting her grandpa painted. After her grandma passes away, life, finances, and her unreliable dad keep getting in the way of the trip of a lifetime. Meg’s parents divorced a long time ago and for years she has held resentment toward them, buried just below the surface. Her mom meets a younger guy and Meg starts feeling sorry for herself.
After her father gets into a bit of trouble (no spoilers here!), Meg receives a ticket in the mail for a trip to Italy. She gets off the plane and that’s when the fun begins!
Enter a woman who claims she is Medici and can hear her great-grandma in art. She lives next door to a brother-sister duo that Meg edits for. During her stay, she is in search of many things– herself, as well as a statue in a painting she remembers. By the end of the story, she has found both.
The book is so well written, prose-like. You can imagine the places and feel connected to Meg as she goes on this journey of a lifetime. And, don’t get me wrong… it’s not just a glorified travel book– the plot is amazing. The ending is nothing short of amazing. I think my jaw dropped when I read the last section… in fact, I said out loud… “NO WAY!’
I laughed. I cried. I got mad. And, yes, I had tears in my eyes at the end. I was sorry to see the book end… I wanted to “live” with the characters forever.
Definitely, read this book. I will be rereading this one soon!
I received this book for free from Waterbrook-Multnomah Publishing Group in exchange for honest and unbiased opinion.