Meg has longed to go to Florence, Italy since the time she was a child. Over the years of disappointment in her father's promise to take her, Meg has grown into a woman who works for a publisher of travel books. Finally circumstances come together to send Meg to Italy. Only it's not quite the trip she's dreamed of. Searching for her missing father, Meg comes to know a woman, Sofia, who claims to be a direct descendent of the Medici family. Sofia shows Meg the Florence of the long ago Medici princess Nora Orsini, and Meg learns that some things are can't be gray but are black and white. As the stories of Meg, Sofia, and Nora intertwine, Meg learns some important lessons along the way.
This book was beautifully written. Yes it was slow moving at times, but it added to the beauty of it. I felt that I was there in Italy with Meg, Sofia, and Nora as they explored the secrets that Florence has to offer and tell. What I found the most fascinating was the way that Meg learns to accept the black and white along with her gray. She had to face a difficult decision and while making the right choice, she grew up a bit.
This is a perfect book to snuggle up under an warm blanket with a cup of hot tea, coffee, or hot chocolate and get lost in the beauty of Italy.
I received this book for free from the publisher, Waterbrook Multnomah's Blogging for Books program for the purpose of reviewing. My thoughts and opinions are my own.
Recommended for fans of contemporary fiction, Lynn Austin, Deborah Raney, and Lisa Wingate.
Rating - 4 stars