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Saturday, January 15, 2011

Lady in Waiting by Susan Meissner

Lady in Waiting
Susan Meissner

Lady in Waiting

This is the story of two women named Jane.  One Jane lives in modern day New York City, the other Jane is Lady Jane Grey who lived in the 16th century in England. The modern Jane's husband has decided that they need a separation from each other to determine where their marriage is going. Jane is shocked and without a clue as to why he has decided that they need this separation. In England, Lady Jane Grey is living a life that seems to be completely at the design of others. Both Janes seem to be living lives that are directed by others and leave them both without choices. Looking at modern Jane and the long deceased Lady Jane, we can see similar choices that the parents of both Jane's have made or nudged their daughters toward. But at various times in their lives, they did make their own decisions.
I really enjoyed reading this book. I enjoy reading about royalty and how they lived way back when. For that reason, I found Lady Jane Grey's story to be more interesting to me. A ring arrives at the family antique shop that the modern Jane manages for her aunt. The antique ring is discovered hidden in an antique prayer book. The ring has a Latin inscription and the name Jane. This leads to the back and forth chapters of the modern Jane and the 16th century royal Lady Jane Grey. It seemed to me that both Jane's felt that things happened in their lives without their consent. Eventually both Jane's realize that they did have choices along the way so they did have some control over their own destiny.

If you would like to read the first 4 chapters, please follow this link

This book was provided to me to read and review by WaterBrook Multnomah Publishers.