I didn’t really start reading Susan Meissner until The Shape of Mercy. The dual contemporary and historical story line hooked me completely. It’s still one of my favorite books. And though I have thoroughly enjoyed Susan’s books since then–Lady in Waiting and A Sound Among the Trees–neither has challenged The Shape of Mercy as my favorite Susan Meissner book. Now The Girl in the Glass has done just that.
The Girl in the Glass is another amazing tale of past and present–with a third story between the two woven in for good measure. It’s an emotional journey about family and belonging, reality and fantasy, memory and expectation, love and friendship. It’s a tale that leads you gently along and just when you think you know where it’s going, it surprises you, leaving you breathless to keep reading. The characters, both past and present, are so real I expect to find them on the streets and in the cafes of Florence, Italy, should I ever get to go there. And if I never do, I still feel as if in some small way I’d visited it while in the pages of this book.
Besides a compelling story and characters, the book is full of rich language and images, the kind you want to slow down and savor, if you can let go of the characters for a few minutes (which I couldn’t!). When I grow up, I want to write as beautifully and masterfully as Susan Meissner.
Guess what? I have a giveaway for an autographed copy of The Girl in the Glass! One entry each for a comment on this post or on my facebook author page or tweeting this blog post (be sure to tag me @AnneMateer so I see it!) between now and midnight Saturday. If you love real characters, beautiful prose and travel (even vicariously!), I promise you’ll love this book!