The Girl in the Glass by Susan Meissner
Ah, this is a difficult book for me to review. There is so much pondering and self-reflection in the first person narrative that I felt as if I were slogging through much of the time. On the other hand, the writing was well done: thoughtful prose and interesting descriptions.
Meg has always wanted to go to Florence, Italy with her father. As an adult, she's almost given up on the trip when he arranges it unexpectedly. Instead of touring Florence with her father, though, Meg finds herself alone and touring the famed city with Sofia, an older woman who is a tour guide and wants to be an author. Meg experiences a journey of discovery of the city of Florence even as she faces a journey of self-discovery.
This book was ponderous reading. It was very deep, full of self-reflection. I don't particularly like novels written in a first person narrative for this very reason. I really had a hard time reading much at a time.
But, the book was very well-written. The theme was well-developed. The characters were memorable and likable. The story held my interest. And the ending was good and fitting.
So, despite the very heavy self-reflection, I give it 4 stars and a PG rating for content.
I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are entirely my own.