I just finished reading The Girl in the Glass by Susan Meissner and was completely delighted.
I was pulled into this story from the first page.
Meg Pomeroy has dreamed of visiting Florence, Italy since she was a child and listened to her grandmother's stories. Her grandmother had a picture from Florence that captured Meg's imagination. At her grandmother's death, it becomes her father's responsibility to take her. He promises for years that they will go together, and even as an adult she believes her dad.
At last he buys her airline ticket and promises to meet her there. So off she goes. Once in Florence she discovers her father stood her up.
The week that unfolds for Meg will delight you.
Susan Meissner weaves together the present and the past beautifully. Not only does she help Meg connect the dots to her own past, but she meets a woman there who teaches her about the history of Florence in a personal way.
This could be the most beautiful book I've ever read.