Saturday, January 29, 2011

Lady In Waiting by Susan Meissner ~ review

Lady in Waiting: A Novel Synopsis from Goodreads:
Love is a choice you make every day.

Content in her comfortable marriage of twenty-two years, Jane Lindsay had never expected to watch her husband, rad, pack his belongings and walk out the door of their Manhattan home. But when it happens, she feels powerless to stop him and the course of events that follow Brad’s departure.

Jane finds an old ring in a box of relics from a British jumble sale and discovers a Latin inscription in the band along with just one recognizable word: Jane. Feeling an instant connection to the mysterious ring bearing her namesake, Jane begins a journey to learn more about the ring—and perhaps about herself.
In the sixteenth-century, Lucy Day becomes the dressmaker to Lady Jane Grey, an innocent young woman whose fate seems to be controlled by a dangerous political and religious climate, one threatening to deny her true love and pursuit of her own interests.

As the stories of both Janes dovetail through the journey of one ring, it becomes clear that each woman has far more infl uence over her life than she once imagined. It all comes down to the choices each makes despite the realities they face.

My take on this book:
This book is the story of two Jane's who lived in different time periods, Jane Lindsey is the modern character, and Lady Jane Grey lived in the sixteenth century. We learn thru the tale of the two Jane's that they have much more in common than just their first name!
Jane Lindsay has  been married to her husband Brad for twenty-two years, and after he drops a bombshell over breakfast that he thinks they need to evaluate where their marriage is going and leaves. Jane is completely blindsided, heartbroken and confused. she thought their marriage was ok! When she finds an antique ring, inscribed with a Latin verse and the name Jane, she decides to investigate to find out more about who originally owned the ring, and as she learns the history of the ring, she also learns that she needs to take some control of her life and make some choices of her own. Will the choices she makes save her marriage?

We get the story of Lady Jane Grey thru her seamstress and friend, Lucy. It seems as if Lady Jane doesn't have any control over her life, with her future being planned by everyone around her, but in the end she chooses her own destiny.

I really enjoyed this story. The author weaves in quite a bit of history which I enjoyed. Even though the story is about two different people the writing is very easy to follow. I think my favorite character in the story was Lucy, she was an interesting, and important part of the book, she was a true friend to Lady Jane Grey. I also enjoyed reading how family members fit into the story and ultimately influenced the outcome. I would also say that while there is the mention of God and religion, it isn't overdone or preachy.Prior to reading this book I hadn't read anything by Susan Meissner, but now I will certainly be looking for more of her work!

I received a complimentary copy of  this book from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group in exchange for an honest review.


  1. I absolutely LOVED this book! Such a great read! I'm glad you read it too! :)

  2. Camille, I think it will be a reread for me, I liked it that much!

  3. I agree! I would re-read it too, but I already sent my copy to my mom since I thought she would love it too!! ;)


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