Monday, January 31, 2011
Lady in Waiting by Susan Meissner
From the Back Cover -
Content in her comfortable marriage of twenty-two years, Jane Lindsay had 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 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 cnetury, Lucy Day becomes the dressmaker to Lady Jane Grey, an innocent young woman whose fate seems to be controlled by a dangerous polictical 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.
Susan Meissner is a talented writer of historical romances, or should i say History and Romance? She has a way of writing that puts the reader into the characters place in time, even if you had not thought that was some time you would like to read about.
In today's society, it seems the popular thing, the "in" thing, if you will is to blame someone else for the situation you find yourself in...whether it is your enviroment, your financial or social status, your parents, and so on. Lady in Waiting explores the choices of a young woman in the sixteenth century, as well as the choices of a modern day wife, mother and daughter.
This is not the first book i have read by Susan Meissner, and like Orphans & Widows, Window to the World and Sticks & Stones, this books captivates the reader in short order, and keeps you reading. Even if you, like me, don't usually like to read books written in the first person, don't let that keep you from trying a book by Susan. Lady in Waiting captures the 'what if' life of sixteenth century Jane Grey and through skillful writing compares it to modern-day Jane's life. Although the circumstances of the two Janes were vastly different, Susan expertly entwines the two stories through a ring. What i appreciated and obtained from this book was that even allowing others to choose for us, is in effect our choice, and love is a choice you make every day.
I would recommend this book as a great read.
It is available from Amazon.com, Amazon.ca, Living Books Inc (only Canadian), CBD.com, Barnes & Noble, Parable Christian Books
i recieved this book free from Multnomah Publishers in exchange and for the express purpose of writing an honest review. There was no obligation to give a possitive review.