Meg loves the Italian city of Florence. She dreams of visiting the city that her grandmother described so lovingly. Despite her father’s 18-year-old promise to take her there, the closest she’s gotten is talking with travel writers Lorenzo and Renata DiSanti via Skype.
Sofia Borelli is a neighbor of Lorenzo and Renata in Florence. She has written a powerful story that parallels her life with that of a Medici descendant of the sixteenth century, Nora Orsini. Sofia also claims to be descended from the powerful Medici family.
Susan Meissner overlaps the stories of the three women, alternately writing of the childhoods of Nora and Sofia and the contemporary stories of Sofia and Meg. In some ways, Meg relates better to Sofia and Nora than she does to her own life with family crises and her uncertain love life. Ultimately, Meg and Sofia must examine who is the girl they see when each stares into the looking glass.
After reading this, you will feel as though you’ve been to Florence, seen the sights, and sat in a local café drinking a cappuccino or enjoying a gelato with your Italian friends. Meissner makes the city come alive; it is almost another central character in the story.
I received this book from Waterbrook/Multnomah’s Blogging for Books program. I was not required to write a positive review.