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Novel Review: The Girl in the Glass


June 18, 2013 by Jen Cudmore

Title & Author: The Girl in the Glass by Susan Meissner

“When Sophia, Meg, and Nora’s stories intersect, their lives will be indelibly changed as they each answer this 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?”

Short summary: Meg has always dreamed of visiting Florence with her dad, who promised to take her one day. Unfortunately, the trip keeps being post-poned. When the day finally comes, it’s nothing like Meg had hoped. What she finds in Italy makes her face some unresolved issues from her past.

What I liked about the story: I prefer to read historical stories, and I like how in some of her novels, Susan weaves in bits of history through her the characters’ modern day lives. In this case, she references Nora Orsini, a Medici princess from the 1500’s. I don’t know much about Italy’s history, and I found the details she added very interesting.

What I liked about the writing: Susan is so good at weaving her theme through the novel without actually stating it. I love that her heroines always go on a journey of self-discovery. I also appreciate her subtle approach to giving God the glory in her stories. She rarely mentions church or prayer, and yet I still sense the Lord’s hand. She definitely deserves all the awards she’s won!


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