Rating: 3-1/2 out of 5
Genre: Historical Romance
"Sometimes the memories you make from a place you've longed to visit begin before you ever get there."
Meg Pomeroy's longing to visit her grandmother's homeland has been brewing in her mind since childhood. A painting of her grandmother as a child in Florence, Italy fed that desire. After her grandmother's death, the promise of a trip to Florence is made to Meg by her father, who tosses a promise around like a nuisance--much like the broken marriage he had with Meg's mother.
Meg's life as an editor of travel books, ironically, does not include much travel. Florence entices Meg to come to her, and she has always felt that call. But she longs for her father to be the one to take her there, share the experience, and make memories.
A spur of the moment visit by her father changes Meg's life in a profound way--a way she never dreamed of. Her father's brief visit to her San Diego cottage prompts him to apologize for the mess he has made in his life and not being there for her. Shortly after his visit, Meg receives a package with an airline ticket to Florence to travel that same evening--with an open-ended return.
Her father then disappears, leaving Meg's stepmother and taking some of her money. His insistence on her being on that flight led Meg to assume he would meet her in Florence, compelling her to take the flight. Her trip brought her face to face with two clients she has gotten to know through skyping, e-mails, and phone calls. Lorenzo and Renata DiSantis are a brother and sister team who create travel books. Their neighbor, Sophia Borelli, is a tour guide who is writing an unusual travel memoir of Florence's sights. She believes she is a descendant of Nora Orsini of the Medici family and that Nora speaks to her through the masterpieces scattered throughout her beloved Florence.
While Meg reads Sophia's memoirs, explores Florence, and grieves her father's absence, she develops friendships and questions her own future as well as uncovering a dark secret.
The Girl in the Glass is filled with hope and forgiveness, if we seek it. Although I would like to have seen stronger inspirational and Christian references, since few were mentioned, I found this book to be uplifting and engaging.