How do you review a book that left you so full, but yet so empty This book could have been so muchthan it was Since it is published as Christian fiction, you d expect to find at least something of Christ inside But there was nothing There were a few vague mentions of God, but some of them were taking His name in vain This book, as well as Meissner s previous release, should not have been marketed as Christian fiction She can write, that s for sure But she s abusing her position by writing conclusions that are actually contrary to the Bible, and I m ready to see her removed from Christian circles and into the general fiction market.I ve observed in her past releases that Meissner likes to take three women from different generations or time periods and draw them together somehow I had not thought she d mastered that device until this book Meg, Sofia, and Nora come alive and relate to each other so well Meg, the heroine, is an editor at a travel guide publishing house Her Italian grandmother told her so many stories of her hometown of Florence that Meg has always wanted to go, and her father has promised that he d take her someday Sofia is an author living in Florence whose work draws Meg in, and when Meg finally gets to see Florence and meet Sofia in person, there s an immediate connection between them Nora Orsini is a Medici princess from the sixteenth century, who whispers her words of wisdom to Sofia through many of Florence s famous works of art Nora s story is included in short mini chapters throughout the book.The plot is deeply layered and complex, yet not hard to follow Each character is well drawn I felt the emotions were beautifully expressed, whether disappointment, unexpected joy, uncertainty, etc Like I said, Susan Meissner can write and this is the best of her work that I have seen On the merit of the story alone, I d recommend this to anyone But when it comes to the resolution, Meissner stumbles terribly If her point was merely that we re not just the products of our parents and circumstances, I could get behind that, because I agree fully But her point is pretty much that life is what we imagine it can be That while we do have to face some realities, it s occasionally okay and even a good thing to live in our fantasies This is not normal or acceptable behavior Yes, our imaginations are precious gifts from God But we cannot define our lives Our lives should be defined by what God says When we need comfort, we should seek Him When we need guidance, we should seek Him When we need love, we should seek Him Making up realities is not an adult way to behave, and not a Christ like thing to promote.I can use my imagination and think about how wonderful this book could have been, had Christ been included Meg s journey could have taken her closer to Him, where she could have found the love and relationship and comfort she was longing for She could have realized how He had brought her through and helped her with her past hurts and hard times, and that He had a plan for her future that was only just beginning to unfold The beauty that she saw in Florence could have correlated to the beauty God was revealing of Himself in her life But that s not reality The reality is that Meg was left spiritually unchanged and believing that imagination can define our lives What a disappointment.I received an advanced reading copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for this honest review All opinions are my own This review originated at When I was asked if I was interested in reading and reviewing this novel, as an Italophile I was absolutely delighted to do so Always interested in reading a novel set in Italy this did not disappoint, although I have yet to meet a real life Italian that drinks cappucini after midday It was difficult to decide what genre this should be placed in as it is part historical fiction and part contemporary and as such will appeal to a wide cross section of readers Susan Meissner has skilfully intertwined the historical story of a real Medici with her contemporary characters Three women from different generations Nora, Meg and Sofia are the protagonists in this complex but still very easy to read novel Nora Orsini is a Medici princess from the sixteenth century whose story is told in brief chapters amongst the contemporary ones, which feature Meg an editor with a travel publisher and Sofia an idiosyncratic author whose work has been drawn to Meg s attention.The story opens in San Diego, USA where Meg feels her life is not living up to her dream, possibly due to the uneasy relationships she has with her divorced parents Since she was a child her father has been promising her a trip to Florence, Italy so that she can see for herself the beauty of a place she always been familiar with through a painting belonging to her grandmother It starts to look as if her dream might actually come true when her father tells her to book the trip.Meg sets off for Florence to discover if the experience will solve her relationship issues with her father, but things do not work out quite as expected As she explores the rich history of this beautiful city the stunning art and architecture she is surrounded by make her realise that her perspective on her own life is seriously adrift To discover what happens to her expectations of those around her and her dreams you will have to read this delightful exploration of disillusionment.http lindyloumacbookreviews.blogspo Renaissance Is A Word With Hope Infused In Every Letter Since She Was A Child, Meg Has Dreamed Of Taking A Promised Trip To Florence, Italy, And Being Able To Finally Step Into The Place Captured In A Picture At Her Grandmother S House But After Her Grandmother Passes Away And It Falls To Her Less Than Reliable Father To Take Her Instead, Meg S Long Anticipated Travel Plans Seem Permanently On Hold When Her Dad Finally Tells Meg To Book The Trip, She Prays That 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 Sophia 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 Sophia, 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 I m not quite sure how to rate this story It kept me reading, although there were parts where I lost interest and skimmed, and I didn t love the way it wrapped up BUT I think this is mostly because the main character is quite dissimilar to myself I relatedto Renata in the story I enjoyed taking a little walk down memory lane with the descriptions of Florence, and I enjoyed the women s fiction pace of the tale Bottom line is that Susan Meissner is a great weaver of tales, and this one is worth reading This would be a fabulous read for anyone who loves art history, Florence, Italy, or a gently paced tale that weaves both historical and contemporary story lines Some readers may find themselves skimming the art history details, but most of them actually contribute to a depth of discovery that is ultimately meaningful to the main characters The surprise ending was a delight Coming from a Christian publisher and author, I was surprised that there was no faith element in this book beyond a mention that someone asked for prayer I believe a spiritual thread could have strengthened the theme, but I still give four stars for skillful weaving of stories spanning several centuries, historical details, and for crafting genuinely likeable characters. I continue to read Susan Meissner s novels They totally fascinate me as she weaves stories around the main story In this one there is a young girl who is working at a publishing company and comes across a story of a Medici survivor in Florence Italy Between a father and a daughter who was promised a trip to Florence and the background of an earlier Medici girl whispering of her life, there is a touching story about what is actually black and white and what is the gray area of ours lives Now I want to go to Florence also. 2.5, this was just okay I enjoyed the present day story muchthen the past which is unusual for me. By reading this creatively magical story which tours through historic Florence, Italy, I feel I have visited and experienced this utterly magnificent city and works of art The Girl in the Glass is a light read with likable contemporary characters Brings us back to a bit of the renaissance period, also 2.5 stars.I usually love Susan Meissner books I really was excited to read this story and it just sort of went no where I did feel drawn into the story, but at 50% I was still trying to figure out what the story was about exactly I won t go into details but the plot just sort of dead ended The story of Nora from the past was interesting but became sort of unimportant in the end The story of Sophia was just sad and depressing Meg s life was odd and was left resolved but in a sort of rushed way So, if you haven t read Susan Meissner before, I don t recommend starting with this one.. I traveled to Florence, Italy and came home too soon This novel is painted in hues or red and bronze and vibrant colors of romance and discovering self in the place God dreams of for you.From the minute I started reading Meg s story I fell in love with her I actually much preferred her story over the sections of Sophia s novel Meg s story had a pull on me I couldn t fully explain Perhaps it was her longing to know where she was meant to be Perhaps it was her dream to visit a place so magical it almost couldn t be true Or perhaps it was her longing to connect with someone who wouldn t let her down, even if she fully didn t realize it at first I think she found a little bit of everything she was looking for and in turn, so did I Her ending breathes hope and joy and content The novel is almost like a dessert disappearing on the tongue, leaving a lingering sweetness too quickly washed away Meg is definitely a character that will live on in her Italian countryside and in my dreams.Sophia s and Nonia s stories certainly contributed to the book, but I didn t become as invested in them, again it was Meg and finally Lorenzo that drew me.I was blissful at the closing of the book and a bit sad too But in the deepest part of my reader s heart where beloved character s live, I know she will live on in happiness This review is my honest opinion Thanks to theVine program and the publishers for my copy to review.
Susan Meissner was born in San Diego, California, the second of three She spent her childhood in just two houses.Her first writings are a laughable collection of oddly worded poems and predictable stories she wrote when she was eight.She attended Point Loma College in San Diego, and married her husband, Bob, who is now an associate pastor and a chaplain in the Air Force Reserves, in 1980 When sh
- 352 pages
- The Girl in the Glass
- Susan Meissner
- 15 October 2018 Susan Meissner