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Thursday, January 20, 2011
Lady in Waiting: A NovelTitle: Lady In Waiting
Author: Susan Meissner
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Publisher: WaterBrook Press
Date: 9/7/2010
Pages: 352
ISBN: 0307458830
Source: Publisher
Purchase: Lady in Waiting: A Novel


Summary: 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.

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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. (Goodreads)

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My Review: An uplifting yet heartbreaking book, "Lady in Waiting" is one book that needs to make your must read list! It contains two stories, one about Jane Lindsay that takes place in the present, and one about Lady Jane Grey that takes place in the mid 1500's.

    The Present day Jane is waiting for her husband to make the decision of what he wants to do about the emptiness in their marriage, just as she has waited for him and her parents to make the decisions that have shaped her entire life. While she waits she discovers a ring hidden in a recently acquired book that she decides could have belonged only to Lady Jane Grey. Jane’s quest to learn more about the 16th century Jane leads her on a journey inside her own soul – a journey that leads to the discovery of what duty and choice mean, and the decisions she needs to make to preserve her marriage.

Each character is memorable and realistic. Lady Jane Grey will be a character I will remember for a very long time. Her story broke my heart and yet she amazed me with her strength. Jane Lindsay will also be one that I will not soon forget. Her story is of finding one's self and gaining both strength and insight and learning exactly what she wants.
Both stories, although different, were still about the same thing - choices. Those choices that were made for us, and those that we ourselves make, and what we do with them.

This is a fantastic book that has definitely been one of the best I've read in a long time. I'm now going to be hunting down more Susan Meissner books. She's an author that could easily make my favorite's list!!




I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.

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