Lady in Waiting

Lady in Waiting

by Susan Meissner


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Lady in Waiting by Susan Meissner

Love is a choice you make every day.

Content in her comfortable marriage of twenty-two years, Jane Lindsay never expected to watch her husband, Brad, pack his belongings and walk out the door of their Manhattan home. But when it happens, she feels powerless to stop him, or 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 influence over her life than she once imagined. It all comes down to the choices each makes despite the realities they face.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780307458834
Publisher: The Crown Publishing Group
Publication date: 09/07/2010
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 140,978
Product dimensions: 8.54(w) x 11.28(h) x 0.95(d)

About the Author

Susan Meissner is a former managing editor of a weekly newspaper and an award-winning columnist. She is the award-winning author of A Bridge Across the Ocean, Secrets of a Charmed Life, A Fall of Marigolds, and Stars Over Sunset Boulevard, among other novels. Visit her website at

Reading Group Guide

1. Did you find yourself drawn more to the story of modern-day Jane or long-ago Lady Jane? Why?

2. Why do you think Jane conditioned herself to defer to others when an important decision had to be made? Can you relate?

3. What have you learned about yourself or life or God when you’ve had to wait? Do you consider yourself a patient person?

4. A quote by the French philosopher Diderot is mentioned in chapter 3. “What has never been doubted has never been proven.” Do you think that is true? Do you think this quote holds any significance to Jane Lindsay?

5. Do you think it’s conceivable that Jane truly saw no signs that Brad was unhappy? Why or why not?

6. Does Jane Lindsay’s mother have any redeeming qualities? Is there anything about her personality that makes her  admirable? What about Lady Jane Grey’s mother?

7. What do you think Lucy Day’s strengths were? Why do you think she gave personality traits to the dresses in Jane’s wardrobe?

8. When Jane Lindsay’s mother has the clock fixed, Jane has a hard time thinking of it as the same clock. Is it the same clock? Do you approve of what her mother did? Would you have had the clock fixed? Why or why not? Why do you think some people are drawn to antiques?

9. In the end, Jane decides to stand by Brad during his crisis. What do you think of her decision?

10. If you had lived during the sixteenth century, would you have wanted to be a commoner, a noble, or a royal? Why?

11. Professor Claire Abbot tells Jane Lindsay that Lady Jane Grey was not entirely without choice; had she chosen to, she could’ve refused the crown and escaped to the North with the man she loved. What do you think of this suggestion? If Jane Grey had done something like this, how would it alter your opinion of her?

12. Where do you see Jane and Brad Lindsay in ten years? What do you think Jane Lindsay does with the ring?


1. Like your award-winning novel The Shape of Mercy, Lady in Waiting weaves together a contemporary storyline and a historical storyline. Can you tell us a little about each of your heroines, these two characters named Jane, who play key roles in the present and past?

My present day 40-something Jane Lindsey manages an antique store in Manhattan so she's surrounded all day long with remnants of other peoples' pasts. When the story opens, her husband of 23 years has just taken a job in another state and to her shock he's asked her not to come with him. He tells her he wants time alone to decide whether or not he wants to be married anymore. As she enters this time of waiting - a time she didn't see coming - she begins to see that all of the important decisions in her life were made for her by other people, her parents and her husband especially - and that she let them do it.

While she's coming to this realization, she finds an old betrothal ring, engraved with her first name, hidden inside the binding a 17th century prayer book. But there's no sign that the ring was ever worn and this intrigues her. Jane begins a quest to find out who it belonged to and why it was hidden for 300-plus years. In time, she begins to believe it belonged to Lady Jane Grey. This second Jane, Jane Grey, is a true historical figure, and much like my present day Jane, most of Lady Jane's life-defining decisions were made for her by other people. At the age of sixteen she was named Queen of England by powerful men who did not want Princess Mary, Henry the Eighth's eldest and Catholic daughter, on the throne. These people who wanted Rome out of their rule and realm wanted someone on the throne whom they could control, and history surprisingly shows us they could not.

2. What did you find most interesting about Lady Jane Grey while researching this novel?

I have always been moved by the story of Lady Jane Grey. She's one of the lesser known Tudor queens and few people know her story because her reign was so short. In most of the biographies and novelizations I have read she is depicted as either a stoic martyr for the Protestant faith or a helpless pawn. I wanted to explore the notion that she was singularly neither but instead a young woman who had the same hopes and dreams as any teenage daughter of a duke in the seventeenth century. She wanted a happy life with love in it and to make her own choices about the things that mattered most to her. I knew going into it that Jane Grey's story didn't end well for her but that doesn't mean she didn't choose how her story would end. She did.

When my modern-day Jane comes to understand Lady Jane was not denied all avenues of choice, she realizes neither has she.

3. Your books are very popular with book clubs. How do you believe the themes of "waiting" and "choosing" resonate with women? How do these themes tie into our spiritual life?

I think book clubs are remarkably suited for helping people consider big life issues, especially for women, because we're known for being non-compartmentalizers - We tend to make sense of life by looking at all of it - all at once.

Most of us travel through life on a journey marked with starts and stops. And seasons of waiting - sometimes waiting for other people, sometimes waiting on God. We are constantly finding ourselves in valleys of decision. Sometimes we end up in hard places through no fault of own and our guilt or innocence regarding the situation doesn't change anything. We're still going to find ourselves in those places. We can't always choose our circumstances but we can always choose how we are going to respond to them. We are never completely without choice. Even when we're waiting.

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Anonymous 5 days ago
Beautifully written, as always, with wonderful characters. A story about the thing I treasure most about antiques...the wonder and mystique of who the original owners might have been and what their lives, loves, trials might have been like.
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Booklover6g More than 1 year ago
I love Susan Meissner's books. I enjoy the way she mixes the present with the past. It is always a wonderful read
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Choice. The very thing that can either be used for evil, for good, or can be taken away or mercifully given. In Susan Meissner¿s book, ¿A Lady in Waiting,¿ she tells the tale of two Janes. Jane Lindsay is happy with her life; she works at an antique store, she is well off financially, and her only son is in an out-of-state college. Life is good, so when her husband asks to be separated, she is dashed. Trying to recuperate, she throws herself into discovering the truth about one of her newest antiquities, and discovers the truth about herself as well. This book was unreservedly wonderful. I literally adored it. It was well organized, giving detail, but not too much. When I saw this book, I knew I would want to read it. Susan Meissner¿s books are those I would readily suggest to read, she weaves present into past intricately and seamlessly. If I had any criticism, or rather a warning, I would just say that there are a couple of paragraphs that are, uncomfortable for those who are unmarried. Perhaps not for everyone, and maybe just for me. Overall, I have loved every historical book I have read by Susan Meissner, and this one definitely does not disappoint! Sincerely, Libbi H Waterbrook Multnomah gave me this book free for this review.
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Stlphotogirl More than 1 year ago
Overview: Jane runs a family antique shop in New York, loves old things, and after 22 years of marriage now finds herself alone because her husband (Brad) needed some "space". As she is coping with Brad's abandonment and the possible end of her marriage, she finds a treasure hidden in the spine of an old book. It's a ring, and not just any ring! It's pre-Elizabethan and has a Latin inscription in it which includes one word she instantly recognizes-Jane. As present day Jane works through the problems in her life, she seeks to discover what became of Jane and the man who gave her this ring. My Thoughts: I'll be honest, when I first picked up this book I wasn't 100% sure that I was going to like it. I do love historical fiction-especially romance-so it did have that going for it. This is the first book by Susan Meissner that I have ever read. I wasn't sure about reading a book that centered around possible romantic tragedy but the story telling and the plot were fantastic! They drew me in quickly and kept me entranced until the very end. I highly recommend Lady in Waiting, and it has inspired me to read more of Susan Meissner's work. Lady in Waiting is an engaging and rich story about two Jane's and how their stories intertwine. Don't miss out on this amazing book! And believe me, you'll want to find out how it ends. A Copy of this book was provided for me at no charge by Waterbrook Multnomah Publishing for review purposes.
sneps More than 1 year ago
The story focuses on two main characters: Jane Lindsay, who is an antiques shop owner and is recently separated from her husband; and Lady Jane Grey, a young woman whose marriage and fate is determined by those around her. Susan weaves both their stories together, as an old ring brings them together and for a purpose. Susan's writing allows the reader to become immersed in each of their own stories and allows these central characters ample opportunity to share their journey with us, while also bringing closure to the mystery of the ruby ring. Through their journey, both Jane's come to realize that they still have a voice and are in charge of their own destiny. Throughout the story, both Jane's gain inner strength and a deeper faith. While Lady Jane Grey is ultimately executed, as history reports, Susan brings to life this woman who in the end did not compromise her values. Jane Lindsay, through a series of events and discussions with her therapist, family, and friends, realizes that she is ultimately in charge of her own happiness and also can decide the fate of her marriage. While I will not give away her ending, I will note that Susan doesn't tie everything in a sweet little bow for readers. This allows the reader to imagine what her decision is and the course of her own happiness. I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves historical fiction, Christian fiction, and enjoys reading about self-empowerment for women and their relationships.
Jennifer_Bonds More than 1 year ago
When I saw the chance to review a book for free by Susan Meissner, I was quick to sign up! Not long ago, I had read Why the Sky Is Blue by this wonderful author and can honestly say that it is one of my favorite books. I highly anticipated getting Lady in Waiting because I had already experienced Meissner's beautiful writing. Lady in Waiting blends the lives of two Jane's, one from the present day and one from the sixteenth century. The story is wonderfully written and the two time periods are woven together in a fluidity that captures your attention from the start. Both women learn about their choices in life despite the hardships that they are faced with. Present day Jane Lindsay had been with her husband of 22 years only to have him walk out of their marriage unexpectedly, leaving her many questions about the decisions she has made in her life. He moves to another town and asks her for time. Jane manages an antique shop and comes across an old ring in a box of relics from a British jumble sale. The ring has a Latin inscription inside the band and one recognizable word ~ Jane. Jane instantly feels a connection to the ring and goes on a journey to learn more about the ring and in return learns more about herself. Sixteenth-century Lady Jane Grey is a young woman that is going to be betrothed hopefully to the man that she truly loves. In a twist of fate, everything changes in her life. She has always had decisions made for her but realizes that she does have a choice. Political and religious scandal comes into her new life as a married woman and the life that she knows comes to an end. Her trusted friend and dressmaker of many years, Lucy Day, is the only person that she can confide in and trust with her beloved ring. I would highly recommend this book and any other book by Susan Meissner. I look forward to reading her other work because I have been greatly impressed with the two books that I have read. She knows how to tell a heartbreakingly, beautiful story! This book was provided to me free of charge from Waterbrook Press for review purposes through their Blogging for Books program. The opinions in this review are my own and were not influenced.
snidbits More than 1 year ago
Jane Lindsay manages an antique shop in Manchester, New York. She had thought her life was going fine until her husband tells her he's taken a job in New Hampshire.without her. He says he needs some space and some time to think. Jane struggles to understand why her husband left and what she's to do with her life without him in it. She comes across a ring among some things to sell in her store. But this isn't just any ring. It's several hundred years old and she believes it might have belonged to Lady Jane Grey. What makes the ring even more interesting is that the name "Jane" is inscribed inside it. Can she and her husband work things out? And who did the ring really belong to? I've not read any other books by Meissner so I wasn't sure what to expect. However, I enjoyed the book. I liked how she switched from telling Jane Lindsay's story to the story of the ring and then back again. I was a little disappointed that more wasn't said as to Jane's marriage. It ends on the note that they will work things out but I would have liked more concrete proof of that - I like happy endings. Overall, a good read and I'll definitely add her other books to my "to read" list.
storm09 More than 1 year ago
I had expected it to be a typical novel about the unsung people of the Tudor Era. While it is in theory it is about personal relationships in the past and in the present. I love how the story is intertwined between present day Manhattan and the England of the past. Jane had the opportunity to do what she had always wanted and needed to do but was never given the opportunity to in the past. I really enjoy this book and have recommended it to my friends to read.
S-Scales More than 1 year ago
The only complaint I have is that I wanted more of both stories!! I wasn't too sure about the connection between the two tales, other than the ring, of course. However, Mrs. Meissner crafted two wonderful stories where one was truly needed by a character in the other, as you will see when you read Lady in Waiting. Mrs. Meissner brought to life two totally different times with completely different characters even though there were two accounts of "Jane" sharing the space of a single novel. Because she did that so well, I am looking forward to reading another book of hers, in which she uses a full novel to tell just one story. As you can tell, I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a good read! I loved following Lucy in the sixteenth-century and craved a friend like her. Also, my heart went out to the Jane in that story. However, I felt like I could connect more to the Jane in modern Manhattan. My favorite quote from the book is said concerning Jane's marriage by her mom, "You don't give up on someone just because that person is unhappy. And you don't let them give up on you." Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through Blogging for Books, Waterbrook Multnomah Publisher's book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
Barbarian_Librarian More than 1 year ago
I would love to share an awesome book that I was privlidged to read when I was iced in during the blizzaster last month. Lady in Waiting by Susan Meissner happened to be one of the best things about being cut off from the rest of the world and locked in my dorm. It was soo good. I couldn't put it down. I was a little sketchy about it at first, because it is a romance novel and it has a historical background, and there is nothing I hate more in the world than historical fiction that isn't all that historical and is based on "imaginary" facts. Here I was plesently suprised. The entire novel isn't set in 16th century Britain, half of it is set in present day Manhattan. The book alternates chapters between a forty something year old antique dealer, Jane, who is going through a marital crisis and is trying to piece together what has happened to her and a young seamstress, Lucy, who is a dressmaker to a noble family hoping to marry their daughter with the king. Both are going through some major trials in their lives and are trying to grow and learn from them. When Jane finds an antique ring embedded in an old prayerbook she begins a journey of discovering the mystery of the ring and discovering a little bit more about herself as well. Like I said, I'm not a huge romance nut, but I finished this book in less than a day and it wasn't overwhelmingly romantic or sleazy or anything like that. It was a good light romantic and historical read. It was really intriguing to see how the two different stories interweaved together even though they were centuries apart. I would highly reccomend this book and if any of Susan Meissner's other books are half as good as this one, I would definitely reccomend them as well. I know that I've personally inter-library loaned them in and I'm sure I won't be disappointed. Well that about does it for this lovely little book rant :) I enjoyed this book a great deal and I hope that someone else gets as much enjoyment out of it as I did as well. I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.
Liz_Roadman More than 1 year ago
This book is written about two women named Jane. One in the present and one living about 400 years in the past. Their stories are told in this novel. Although the writing is fantastic, I had a hard time with it grabbing my attention. Usually by the tenth chapter I expect to be drawn in to another world; I wasn't. It seemed slow going. I like a bit more controversy in what I read. I'm not a huge fan of historical romance and I couldn't wrap my head around the fact that Lady Jane was 15 and expected to marry a king. I know that this is how it was, but I didn't grow up then and it's a bit disturbing for me to read that. Unfortunately I wasn't able to read the book. Maybe one day I'll be able to pick up and start again. Maybe I'm just not in a place in my life where I can relate to the Janes' stories.
Renee90 More than 1 year ago
Lady in Waiting: A Novel is written by Susan Meissner. This is a wonderful tale about two women with the same name - Jane. One is from the past and one lives in the present. A ring is the connecting bond between them and that is just the start of this captivating tale! You'll travel through past and present as each woman finds that love is a choice and choices abound even for those who feel they are helpless to choose their own destiny. My review? What a Wonderful Book ~ I Loved this story! I enjoyed how it went from present to past, past to present and wove a tale that captivated and swept me away! Many thanks to Waterbrook Multnomah for the opportunity to review this book.
khager23 More than 1 year ago
This is the story of two women, both named Jane. One is in the modern day, a woman whose husband has just left her. Through her job running an antique store, she finds an old ring with an inscription in Latin...and her name. The ring belonged (obviously) to the other Jane, Lady Jane Grey. The book weaves their stories together, two women who are more or less at the mercy of circumstances and not in charge of their own lives. It's understandable that Lady Jane Grey wasn't in control of her life. She was a teenager in the 16th century and, as such, little better than property for her father to do with as he liked. It's a little sadder for modern-day Jane, because she really shouldn't be as adrift as she is. (Her husband tells her he's not sure he wants to be married anymore and she basically waits to figure out what he wants to do.) Does it sound like I didn't like the book? I did, very much. I don't agree with current Jane's life choices, but I liked her very much anyway. And Lady Jane? I completely loved her. Lady Jane is obviously a real person* and her story was incredibly moving. * = I'm not well-versed in British history, or I would've known before reading this everything that happened to her. I think this book is worth reading just for that! ;)
SheilaDeeth More than 1 year ago
An author compared to Barbara Kingsolver and recommended by Jane Kirkpatrick has to be worth reading. And Susan Meissner's Lady in Waiting was a lovely introduction to both author and writing. The story takes place in the present day world of Jane Lindsay, and the sixteenth-century world of Lady Jane Grey-the Nine Days' Queen. Mrs. Lindsay wonders how much of her life is worth putting back together when her husband leaves her. She runs an antique shop and her mother tries to tell her what to do-mend the clock that stopped when its owner died; fight for the marriage that may or may not have failed. Meanwhile Lady Jane Gray is observed through the eyes of a servant girl, one who sees how little her mistress's life is under her own control, and how much the rich and successful have to lose. Of course, we in our modern worlds control far less than we think. We're pushed by duty and the need for security. We imagine how things might have been while wearing our rose-colored spectacles, while forgetting that true relationships require work to make them work. The clock doesn't tick and the spouses don't talk. Lady Jane rejoices in the promise of hope then persists in the face of disaster, watched by her faithful friend. Perhaps it's not what happens that defines us so much as how we face what happens. And perhaps the lessons learned by both Janes are as valuable to the reader as the beautiful ring they share. The story, shaped around a ring, comes full circle at the end. Time ticks through the centuries in a sequence of letters, cleverly uniting past and present as reader and character step back into the worlds where we belong. Lady in Waiting is a cleverly constructed story, with a nicely chosen title. We wait. We hope. And sometimes, once in a while, we learn to act. There's a gentle grace and a quiet faith behind this tale, but most of all there's real people, real history and real hope. Disclosure: I got this book from Waterbrook Press's Blogging for Books website in exchange for an honest review.
KarenLange More than 1 year ago
Jane Lindsay is heartbroken as she watches Brad, her husband of twenty two years, walk out the door of their Manhattan apartment. Devastated and confused, she wonders how their marriage got to this point. How does one make sense of something they didn't see coming? Jane doesn't know, and is clueless as to what to do next. Feeling as though she has no rudder, she stumbles through her days at her antique shop. One day is brightened slightly when she finds an old ring under the cover of a 16th century prayer book. Intrigued, she launches a search to find its origin. She feels a connection with the mysterious owner, for the name engraved on the inside of the ring belongs to her as well. Jane. Rewind the calendar to 1548, and we find an equally distraught young English girl by the name of Lady Jane Grey. At eleven years of age, she is the chief mourner at the funeral of her friend, Queen Katherine. The little Lady is not only grieving the Queen, but saddened that Katherine's infant daughter will never know her mother. Politics and family circumstances dictate that Jane's slight frame bear more than it should. Tutors and higher learning fill the young Lady's days. Jane's desire is to have the approval and affection of her mother, but knows it will never happen. In time the young Edward Seymour grows fond of Jane, and she of him. He bestows her with a secret gift as a promise for their future. Both Janes struggle to find their purpose and the answers they long for. Our modern Jane relies on her friend Molly for a listening ear, the Lady Jane, her seamstress Lucy. Only our modern Jane, though, has the privilege of knowing how they might be connected. Do they experience life's hard lessons? Yes. Do they grow and change? Perhaps. I read Ms. Meissner's book, The Shape of Mercy and enjoyed it so much that I knew I had to read Lady in Waiting. She has a gift for taking two people, who are outwardly unrelated, and linking them together through the bonds of hidden similarities and challenges. There's much to be said for the ties of kindred spirits and the stories that lie within. Ms. Meissner's storytelling ability is wonderful and I hope that she continues writng this way. I, for one, am a big fan.
Heart2Heart More than 1 year ago
Choices. We make them everyday. Sometimes we truly believe however, that some of those choices are made for us. Overdemanding parents who assert their will for us in our lives setting expectations on what they feel is "best" for us. Today we live in a world where it's OK to make choices. In the early 1500's, most choices for daughters were made by their parents. Mostly for the benefit and well being of their daughter and family, but the daughters desires were never really considered. Jane Lindsay believes that where she is at today in her personal life, her professional one and even who she is married to were not her choices but that of her overbearing parents. Now that Jane has been dealt with her husband Brad's decision to give their marriage some time while he relocates to a different city, Jane once more feels that nothing is within her control. Jane Grey was only 11, when she felt she had found the perfect man for her. He could provide for her and her family and was an up and coming member of the nobility class. Yet her choice was not hers to make. It was up to her parents. Their decision was all about influence and political posturing within the country over the next Queen of England during the reformation. Oh how she wishes her parents would ask for her opinion, but that is not a choice she has. When a mysterious ring turns up in a centuries old prayer book with a Latin inscription from the Song of Solomon with the name Jane on it, it will unite both of their lives in unique, mysterious and life changing ways. What will they choose to do with their fate? I received the latest novel Lady In Waiting by Susan Meissner compliments of WaterBrook Multnomah for my honest review. Being a fan from many years ago of the life of Lady Jane Grey and her historical life, I fell in love with the two parallel lives of both Jane's in two different periods of time that overlap one another. This one is a 5 out of 5 stars for anyone who loves historical Christian romance.
sewdabee More than 1 year ago
One book, two stories, interwoven across five centuries. Susan Meissner expertly weaves the stories of two Janes in her novel, lady In Waiting. Focusing on the theme of choice, Mrs. Meissner tells the story of modern day Jane Lindsay, who has always been happy to allow others to make those important life choices for her. After twenty-two years of marriage, Jane's husband decides they need a break and walks out the door. Jane is forced to confront her pleaser personality and decide who she really is and what she really wants. Jane is soon introduced to the other Jane - the Lady Jane Grey - as she researches a beautiful ring found in a box from a British jumble sale. Through the voice of Lucy Day, a dressmaker to the young Lady, we discover that while we don't always have a choice in every matter, the most important elements of our lives are to be decided by our choices. Mrs. Meissner's storytelling is riveting. The transitions between modern-day Jane and sixteenth century Lucy are well done and appropriate. I was asked if this was a romance novel and answered no. While there are elements of romance resent, the stories within are really a "coming to truly know one's self" story. Five stars. Disclaimer: I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.
FictionWithFaith More than 1 year ago
"Lady In Waiting" is two stories in one. The first story is of Jane Lindsay. The owner of an antiques store whose life is turned upside when her husband of twenty-two years, unexpectedly announces that he needs some space and subsequently packs his belongings and leaves. Jane is floored. Her husband had suggested that she knew that there were problems in their marriage, so this really shouldn't be a surprise. But the problem is that Jane didn't know anything. Up to that point, she really believed her marriage was fine. The second story is about sixteenth-century Lady Jane Grey, as told through the eyes of Lucy Day her dressmaker and confidant. We are introduced to Lady Jane as a young girl of nobility whose story of sorrow, irrevocable choices and faith are journaled as she quickly rises to Queen of England. Even if it was only for nine days. "Lady In Waiting" is about choices. The choices we make, the one's we don't and the choices we choose to ignore. Both Jane's struggle to find a happy medium between the choices they want and the choices that have already been made for them. For one of them, finding that balance may have come too late. And in the middle of both women's stories...the ring. An ancient relic purchased at a British sale for Jane Lindsay's antique store, with a Latin inscription and the name Jane engraved into the band. The story is definitely an enjoyable read, although in some parts, the storyline moved along slowly. However, there was also a suspense element that kept me turning the page and wanting to read more. The story is very well told and moves seamlessly across the centuries. The book will definitely challenge you to rethink some choices you have made. And it will also cause you to think twice about that new antique you just purchased as well. Does it have a story to tell? You bet. "I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review"
AbsolutelyKathy More than 1 year ago
Love is a choice you make every day. This is one of the quotes from Lady in Waiting that just stuck in my head. I received Lady in Waiting for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review. The story starts off with Jane, a antiques store owner in Manhattan. Jane is currently going though a separation period with her husband Brad. Susan Meissner is a wizard with words and really pulls you into the story. I felt like I was one of Jane's friends while I was reading the story. Right there to feel her pain and see how lost she was as she ventured down the path of the unknown. As soon as you feel comfortable with Jane's story, you quickly are pulled into a side story of Jane Grey and her dressmaker Lucy. Their stories start back in England, 1548. We are introduced to the life of noble women back in that time and the life of the simple people. It was lovely to read how Jane and Lucy defied the norm and formed a loving relationship with each other. Susan Meissner ties all three stories together seamlessly. I did enjoy the story and it kept my interest though out the book. The women are all going though a state in their lives where they are learning who they truly are. Learning that they control their destiny and happiness. I felt a strong connection to this part of the book when both women realize their power and control over their own lives. I would recommend this book to any woman or person that loves a good romantic mystery novel. I would state that I wasn't in love with the ending, but that it didn't ruin the whole book for me.
SidneReadz More than 1 year ago
This novel tells the tale of two women who share the same first name and how their lives unknowingly connected. Jane Lindsey resides in upper west Manhattan, she has been married for 22 years, she has one college aged son and she is the owner of an antique shop. Lady Jane Gray resides in England during the year 1548. She is 11 years of age. She is fourth in line to the throne. The story begins with the tale of the contemporary Jane. It's the month of Feb. Jane and her husband is sitting in the kitchen. Her husband informs her that he has taken a new job in another state and that he will be moving out. Jane is devastated. Her husband wants them to re-evaluate their marriage because he dose'nt want to continue the marriage as it is. Jane is devastated. As she try to figure out what with wrong in her marriage and why she had not seen any signs that her husband what not happy she try to continue her regular home routines. At the antique shop, Jane's English friend sends her some boxes that are full of items of interest for the store. In one of the boxes Jane notice a smaller box that is locked. Jane unlocks it and finds a prayer book inside. Within the prayer book hidden was a small distinguished crafted ring inset with rubies and diamond. Jane notice the ring has an inscription written in another language however she recognized one word. 'Jane', It bearred her name. Jane instantly became intrigued with the ring and desired to know its origin. Lady Jane Gray story is narrated by Lucy her seamstress and confidant. Lucy was sent to design and sew dresses for Lady Jane. Lady Jane days are filled with studies and preparation as a Lady in waiting for her parents are seeking her betrothal. Lucy and Lady Jane become very close friends. Lucy is older than Lady Jane and may have served as an older sister figure to her also. Lady Jane has eyed a young man whom she wishes to be betrothal to for she is attracted to him and she feels he is to her also since she caught him admiring her while in attendance at a dining party. Later she finds that her wish comes true. She will be betrothal to the one her hearts wishes for. Meanwhile Lady Jane also finds a man of her heart. They share secrets and makes plans. While in the garden Lady Jane and her future husband are making acquaintance and he gives her a ring. No one ever knew of this except Lucy. Does Jane Lindsey find the reason her husband left her. Was it another woman even though he says it wasn't? Why is the son so upset and who is Dana? Did her marriage reconcile? Lucy names her daughter after Lady Jane. Lucy decides to share with her daughter the wonderful heartfelt story of her name sake and the ring. Why does Lucy have the ring? How did the ring get to America four centuries later? What connection will Jane Lindsey find out about the ring? It is more than their names that connect them? I don't read many historical books of any nature however after reading this one I shall look for others by the author. I most enjoyed how the life of an aristocratic historical figure and a contemporary middle class fictional figure was integrated into a wonderful entertaining novel. I was so fond of them both. However the historical Jane story was much heartfelt for me. I especially enjoyed the character of Lucy. She was a very patient and compassionate woman. She was indeed exactly what the character of Lady Jane needed. The ending was not how I expected it to end, that is
justmeWY More than 1 year ago
Let me begin by telling you that I love historical fiction. I love reading a novel that has a bit of truth and history behind it. This book was no exception. I began reading it and could not put it down until I had finished. Susan Meissner has written a delightful and entertaining novel. This is the story of two ladies named Jane. Jane Lindsay lives in current times and is trying to make sense of her husband's sudden decision to take a job in another state without her. She manages her aunt's antiques shop in New York. She has spent her life trying to please everyone else, but never fully realizing her own wants and needs. Lady Jane Grey's story is set 400 years ago and involves English royalty. Her life has been ruled by people who were more concerned about position and politics than with her happiness and welfare. It was heartbreaking to see her used as a pawn by so many people. Their lives are intertwined when modern-day Jane finds a ring in an old prayer book. Thus begins the story of the ring's journey from 16th Century England to present-day New York City. While one Jane is trying to figure out her life, love, and marriage, the other Jane is focusing on obedience, discipline, and duty. The characters in this book were believable and endearing and I highly recommend reading it.