The Girl in the Glass

The Girl in the Glass by Susan Meissner is possible one of the best books I have ever read. Definitely, in my top ten!

Meg is an editor at a travel book publishing house.  She as always dreamed of going to Italy with her father and her grandma after seeing a painting her grandpa painted.  After her grandma passes away, life, finances, and her unreliable dad keep getting in the way of the trip of a lifetime.  Meg’s parents divorced a long time ago and for years she has held resentment toward them, buried just below the surface.  Her mom meets a younger guy and Meg starts feeling sorry for herself.

After her father gets into a bit of trouble (no spoilers here!), Meg receives a ticket in the mail for a trip to Italy. She gets off the plane and that’s when the fun begins!

Enter a woman who claims she is Medici and can hear her great-grandma in art. She lives next door to a brother-sister duo that Meg edits for. During her stay, she is in search of many things– herself, as well as a statue in a painting she remembers. By the end of the story, she has found both.

The book is so well written, prose-like. You can imagine the places and feel connected to Meg as she goes on this journey of a lifetime. And, don’t get me wrong… it’s not just a glorified travel book– the plot is amazing. The ending is nothing short of amazing. I think my jaw dropped when I read the last section… in fact, I said out loud… “NO WAY!’

I laughed. I cried. I got mad. And, yes, I had tears in my eyes at the end. I was sorry to see the book end… I wanted to “live” with the characters forever.

Definitely, read this book. I will be rereading this one soon!

The Girl in the Glass


I received this book for free from Waterbrook-Multnomah Publishing Group in exchange for honest and unbiased opinion.


  1. I have this one on my shelf, but haven’t read it yet. You’re convincing me to move it closer to the edge where I’m more likely to pick it up sooner. 🙂

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