Renaissanceis 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.
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.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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September 18, 2012
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