|Publisher:||Random House Inc|
|Publish Date:||Sep 2012|
|Number of Pages:||334|
|Shipping Weight (in pounds):||0.7|
|Product in Inches (L x W x H):||5.5 x 8.5 x 1.0|
Meg Pomeroy's grandmother promised that one day she would take her to Florence, Italy. But her death leaves the trip on the shoulders of Meg's father, whose divorce from her mother has led to a strained relationship with Meg. Still, when Meg is 30, her father tells her to go ahead and book the trip. When Meg arrives in Florence, her father isn't there. Instead, he has left instructions for would-be memoir writer Sofia Borelli to show Meg the sites. For her part, Sofia claims to be the last surviving member of the Medici family. She also claims that Nora Orsini, a Medici princess, communicates with her through paintings.
Verdict: Meissner (A Sound Among the Trees) effectively weaves the stories of the three women together for a compelling tale that is both descriptive and emotional. Recommend it to fans of Melanie Dobson.
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Renaissance is a word with hope infused in every letter.
Since she was a child, Meg has dreamed of taking a promised trip to Florence, Italy, and being able to finally step into the place captured in a picture at her grandmother’s house. But after her grandmother passes away and it falls to her less-than-reliable father to take her instead, Meg’s long-anticipated travel plans seem permanently on hold.
When her dad finally tells Meg to book the trip, she prays that the experience will heal the fissures left on her life by her parents’ divorce. But when Meg arrives in Florence, her father is nowhere to be found, leaving aspiring memoir-writer Sophia Borelli to introduce Meg to the rich beauty of the ancient city. Sofia claims to be one of the last surviving members of the Medici family and that a long-ago Medici princess, Nora Orsini, communicates with her from within the great masterpieces of the Italian Renaissance.
When Sophia, Meg, and Nora’s stories intersect, their lives will be indelibly changed as they each answer the question: What if renaissance isn’t just a word? What if that’s what happens when you dare to believe that what is isn’t what has to be?
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