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Product Details

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: WaterBrook Press (September 18, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307730425
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307730428
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.6 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (131 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #505,038 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Praise for The Girl in the Glass

“The Girl in the Glass is possibly the most beautiful book I’ve ever read. Susan Meissner lifted her book to the level of poetry at the same time she drew me in so deeply to the story that I was lost in the world she created. The story comes in three threads that twist together into a stunning, compelling, enchanting whole. I absolutely loved it.”
—Mary Connealy, author of The Kincaid Brides series

“The Girl in the Glass
is a compelling story that left me begging the world to stop long enough to savor its pages. Susan Meissner is a master storyteller who weaves times and characters together with writing that paints perfect images. This time she gifts us with a trip to Florence, home of art and story.”
—Cara C. Putman, award-winning author of A Wedding Transpires on Mackinac Island and Stars in the Night

“Susan Meissner has done it again with this sweeping tale that will have you turning the pages late into the night. Get caught up in the journey of Meg as she finds her life and direction in the beauty and mystery of Italy. You will be cheering magnifico!”
—Jenny B. Jones, award-winning author of Save the Date and A Charmed Life series

Praise for Susan Meissner

“Meissner delivers a delightful page-turner that will surely enthrall readers from beginning to end. The antebellum details, lively characters, and overlapping dramas particularly will excite history buffs and romance fans.”
—Publisher’s Weekly starred review

“Meissner transports readers to another time and place to weave her lyrical tale of love, loss, forgiveness, and letting go.”
—Karen White, New York Times best-selling author of The Beach Trees

“My eyes welled up more than once! A beautiful story of love, loss, and sacrifice, and of the bonds that connect us through time.”
—Susanna Kearsley, New York Times best-selling author of The Winter Sea

“How does Susan create characters that stay with me long after I close the book? How does she address the emotions and memories that hold us hostage with such grace? I keep reading, knowing I’ll discover a fascinating story and hoping I’ll infuse some of the skill and craft that Susan weaves to make it.”
—Jane Kirkpatrick , award-winning author of The Daughter’s Walk

About the Author

Susan Meissner is an award-winning author whose books include The Shape of Mercy, Lady in Waiting, and A Sound Among the Trees. She is the wife of an Air Force chaplain and a mother of four young adults. When she’s not writing, Susan directs the Small Groups and Connection Ministries program at her San Diego church.

More About the Author

I cannot remember a time when I wasn't driven to write. I attribute this passion to a creative God and to parents who love books and more particularly to a dad who majored in English and passed on a passion for writing.

I was born in 1961 in San Diego, California, and am the second of three daughters. I spent my very average childhood in just two houses. I attended Point Loma College in San Diego, majoring in education, but I would have been smarter to major in English with a concentration in writing. The advice I give now to anyone wondering what to major in is follow your heart and choose a career you are passionate about.

I didn't do a lot of writing in the years my husband was on active duty in the Air Force, when we were living overseas, or when we were having children. When my little heirs were finally all in school, though, I became aware of a deep, gnawing desire to write a novel; a desire I managed to ignore for several years.

Finally when I could disregard it no longer, I resigned in 2002 as editor of a small town newspaper, and set out to write my first book, "Why the Sky is Blue." It took four months to write and ten months to be accepted by a publisher. But I was absolutely thrilled to sign with Harvest House Publishers in 2003. I am now working on my sixth novel for Harvest House and it's been a wonderful, thrilling ride.

Customer Reviews

I could have read this book all night!
M & S Scales
I loved the setting of this story in Florence, Italy, and the fascinating way that Susan enmeshed her characters together from other centuries and other cultures.
Rebecca B. Jordan
I also liked how the author summed things up at the end of the book.

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Avid Mystery Reader VINE VOICE on September 1, 2012
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I've read at least one other novel by Susan Meissner and can't say that it held my interest but this novel is totally different. From the very first page I was hooked. I know that this is a Christian read and although there are some overtones, those who do not like to be hit over the head will be pleased. The book is about real life; the issues that occur due to divorce, the consequences of bad decisions, the consequences of secrets. The novel really is about family and family relations. The beginning part of the story is set in the United States with an eye on Florence Italy and then moves to Florence. There are many twists and turns in this story and the reader never finds a dull moment. The main character (Meg) is an editor for a travel publishing company, she is the product of divorce with a rather shaky relationship with both mother and father. Her father has promised to take her to Italy (specifically Florence) since she was a little girl and now she is an adult and it has not happened. Then, her father comes through and she winds up in Florence but her father never shows. She winds up staying with a woman that has written an interesting memoir about being the last of the Medici that her publishing company considers publishing. This is just the beginning. This is a thoroughly enjoyable read and one of the best (Christian read or not) that I have come across in a long time. I highly recommend it.
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14 of 18 people found the following review helpful By reviewsbyerin on September 29, 2012
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How do you review a book that left you so full, but yet so empty? This book could have been so much more than it was. Since it is published as Christian fiction, you'd expect to find at least something of Christ inside. But there was nothing. There were a few vague mentions of God, but some of them were taking His name in vain. This book, as well as Meissner's previous release, should not have been marketed as Christian fiction. She can write, that's for sure. But she's abusing her position by writing conclusions that are actually contrary to the Bible, and I'm ready to see her removed from Christian circles and into the general fiction market.

I've observed in her past releases that Meissner likes to take three women from different generations or time periods and draw them together somehow. I had not thought she'd mastered that device until this book. Meg, Sofia, and Nora come alive and relate to each other so well. Meg, the heroine, is an editor at a travel guide publishing house. Her Italian grandmother told her so many stories of her hometown of Florence that Meg has always wanted to go, and her father has promised that he'd take her someday. Sofia is an author living in Florence whose work draws Meg in, and when Meg finally gets to see Florence and meet Sofia in person, there's an immediate connection between them. Nora Orsini is a Medici princess from the sixteenth century, who whispers her words of wisdom to Sofia through many of Florence's famous works of art. Nora's story is included in short mini-chapters throughout the book.

The plot is deeply layered and complex, yet not hard to follow. Each character is well-drawn. I felt the emotions were beautifully expressed, whether disappointment, unexpected joy, uncertainty, etc.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Stephanie Ward TOP 1000 REVIEWER on January 31, 2013
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3.5 Stars

'The Girl in the Glass' is an interesting novel about family, destiny, and finding yourself. The writing was well done and had a good pace. The setting of the novel was perfect and I loved getting to explore Italy in both the past and the present with the author's detailed descriptions. The storyline was intriguing and had lots of mystery, magic, and history mixed together. This was a really fascinating concept and the author managed to pull it off and still have the reader believing it could actually be true. I definitely recommend this for fans of historical fiction and also for those who love to read about foreign places and mysterious family secrets.

Disclosure: I received a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By iiiiReader VINE VOICE on August 8, 2012
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"The Girl in the Glass" is the second Susan Meissner book that I have read. While I was torn about the first "A Sound Among the Trees", this book was beautiful to read. I was touched by the stories and by the individuals who populated the pages.

What a wonderful gift Ms Meissner has - the ability to bring these characters to life and to express her ideas and thoughts and beliefs through them.

The book weaves three stories into one with a wonderfully satisfying conclusion. While the ending isn't happily ever after for all, it feels real - as if it honestly happened. The book talks about the vanishing point in paintings - there now seems to be a vanishing point in novels, too, where fiction and reality meet and become one. I look forward to reading more books by Ms. Meissner.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Lady on September 20, 2012
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I have been to Florence, Italy twice in my life. This book I hoped to transport me a third time. The disappointment I did not feel upon either of my trips to Florence, visited me upon completing this book.

The Girl in the Glass has two, perhaps three, points of view (POV). Told mainly from Marguerite's (Meg's) POV, there's short insertions of Nora Orsini's (a direct Medici descendent, who lived in the late 16th century) and Sofia Borelli's memoir (a present-day woman who claims to be a direct Medici descendent) POV scattered throughout. I could have done without either Nora's or Sofia's. In fact, both distracted from the plot and served only to expound upon a theme that I found less than enriching.

Essentially, the plot boils down to: Meg is an editor for a publishing company, which publishes travel novels. One of her writers inquires about her interest in a memoir on behalf of an acquaintance of his, Sofia. Despite some reservations, and the fact that her company doesn't take on memoirs, Meg agrees to read a couple of chapters, and is "enchanted" by the writing. Meanwhile, Meg's father, a deadbeat dad who abandoned her mother to marry another woman and was never really a part of Meg's life after that, has never fulfilled his promise to take her to Florence, where her novel-writing friend and his sister live, as well as this "enchanting" memoir writer who claims to be a descendent of the Medici's. All of a sudden, Meg's dad decides to make good on his promise and tells her that it's "looking good" for them to go to Florence. She wants to believe him (like she always does), even though he's rescinded on this promise dozens of times before. So she starts looking up plane tickets, etc., and tells him her findings.
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