cover image The Girl in the Glass

The Girl in the Glass

Susan Meissner. WaterBrook, $14.99 trade paper (352p) ISBN 978-0-307-73042-8

Travelogue, history lesson, mystery, romance—the newest from veteran author Meissner (The Shape of Mercy) combines a bit of all to create a delightful tale that will take readers into the heart of Florence, Italy. Travel-book editor Meg Pomeroy thinks of Florence as home, though she’s never visited despite her dad’s vow to take her. When the promised trip materializes, Meg thinks her dreams have come true despite misgivings about her father’s motives, her mother’s dating a younger man, and her own ambivalence about dating again after she breaks off her engagement. The trip is a chance to connect with Lorenzo DiSantis, a writer she’s met only via Skype and e-mail, and Sofia Borelli, a memoir writer who says she’s a Medici descendant and whose book enchants Meg from the first word. Sofia believes that Nora Orsini, a Medici granddaughter, speaks to her through the art of Florence. Meissner blends Nora’s, Sofia’s, and Meg’s stories with a deft hand, creating a layered work of art sure to enchant readers. Agent: Chip MacGregor, MacGregor Literary. (Sept.)