Lady in Waiting

Lady in Waiting

by Susan Meissner


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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: 435,706
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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chaoticbooklover on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
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!!
SenoraG163 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book came from Blogging For Books and I was not so sure at first. I am not a lover of Christian Fiction but it looked good and I gave it a try.LADY IN WAITING is a very good story that tells the tale of two Janes. One who's marriage is ending after many years and one that lived in the 16th century who's life was just beginning.It all started with finding a ring and wondering what the story was behind the original owner of the ring. I enjoyed how the author weaved the two separate stories together, allowing us to really get to know each Jane's story.I enjoyed Lady Jane much more than I did Jane Lindsay. I found Jane Lindsay to be a bit of a punching bag who did not find it easy to stand up for herself. Maybe it is the age, the inexperience but Lady Jane was much more likable and easier to identify with in my opinion.Overall I did enjoy reading the book. I am glad I took the chance on it. Normally I see Christian Fiction and don't bother.
fantasia655 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This was a very cool book, in the fact that two women who have the exact same thing happen throughout their lives and yet they're centuries apart. There should be more books like this one. Two thumbs up, Susan Meissner!
arielfl on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I picked this book up from a library thing recommendation and I am so glad I did. I love this Tudor period of history and have read a great many of Philippa Gregory's books that covered that period. This book is much slimmer than her novels and can be read rather quickly. This book concerns the fight to determine who gets to control the throne after King Henry VIII's son and heir dies at the young age of 15. The story begins in modern times when I woman named Jane finds a very old ring in the spine of a prayer book that is bought at an estate sale in England. She makes the discovery during a time when she is broad sided by her husbands announcement that he is leaving her. The modern portion of the book covers Janes efforts to discover the owner of the ring as she works out the unraveling of her marriage.The Tudor portion of the book covers the Lady Jane Grey's life from the age of 11 until her death at the age of 16 through as seen through the eyes of her loyal friend and seamstress Lucy. The book bounces back and forth in time but is never confusing and I found both parts of the story to be equally interesting. Lady Jane is a cousin to King Henry's VIII's children and as such is only fourth in line for the thrown. In the last weeks of King Edwards young life, he is manipulated into naming his cousin Jane to the throne. Jane is a political pawn being forced into a role she knows is wrong and does not want by members of her family. Jane is known as the nine days Queen because that is how long her reign lasted when her cousin Mary marched on London and took back the crown. Jane was subsequently charged with treason and executed along with her husband and various members of her family. As the story progresses we learn how Lady Jane acquired the ring found by modern Jane and who her true love is conjectured to be.I really enjoyed this book. Even though I was already quite familiar with the story of the Lady Jane Grey, I love how it was intermingled with the modern Jane Lindsey. I loved the part of the book at the end that showed all of the letters through time between people who owned the ring as it traveled from owner to owner over hundreds of years revealing how the ring ultimately ended up lost in the spine of the book. I think anyone who enjoys historical romances will want to read this book. i look forward to exploring more of Susan Meissner's work in the future.
mejese313 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
After being happily married for 22 years Jane Lindsey experiences the unexpected. Her husband needs a ¿break¿ from their marriage. She is shocked to find out that he already has a new job lined up and is moving to another state. In the mist of struggling to realize what went wrong with her marriage, Jane finds a ring in the binding of a book. The book is quite old, appearing to be from the 16th century. As Jane¿s investigation into the history of the ring unfolds we are also introduced to the story of Lucy Day, seamstress and confidaunt of Lady Jane. As both the story of Jane Lindsey learning about true happiness and the story of the ring are told you will find yourself jumping back and forth between both stories every few chapters. At first I found that I couldn¿t put the book down but the further into the book I read I grew somewhat tiresome of switching back and forth between stories and lost a little enthusiasm for the book. However, if you are married and also have a interest in history I would recommend you read Lady In Waiting. It is well written and overall enjoyable to read if you don¿t mind two stories in the same book. Thanks to Waterbrook Multnomah Publishing Group for supplying me with this book to review!
weatherlover1 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is the story of two Jane's. One from present day and one from the sixteenth-century. Present day Jane is going through a rough spot in her marriage and is trying to figure out what when wrong and how to move forward. Jane from the 1600¿s is set to be married to someone she does not love but has to marry. The story is set around a ring that present day Jane finds and she sets out to find out its past history.This book has been sitting on my desk now for way to long. This is my first review book I have not been able to finish. I tried but I just could not get into it. I just did not find the story line overly interesting. I even read the last chapter trying to spark my interest to read it all but in the end its been on my desk collecting dust. I think my problem was I could not connect with the characters. sixteen¿s century is not an era I really enjoy reading and that plus the fact that the story of this young lady was just so sad. Present day Jane was pretty depressed and it focused on her husband leaving her and how she was trying to cope. Again I just could not get into the story I tried.The author is a good writer she did a great job with the details of the 1600¿s and explained why certain things where happening which was nice. I also felt she did a good job jumping back and forth between the two stories it fit together very well.If you like reading about that era then you may like this book but it just was not for me.
Twinmom on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Title: Lady in WaitingAuthor: Susan MeissnerPublisher: WaterbrookSource: Blogging for BooksAvailable: NowSusan Meissner once again marries opposite polars with two women who live centries apart, yet struggle with the same problem. Do they let others choose their paths or do they choose their own way? They were also linked together with a ring and their name. The theme is choices and we see both women struggle with many choices throughout the book.I really liked the way that while I was learning more about sixteenth century and Lady Jane Gray, while also relating back to present day. True to Ms. Meissner's writing style, she brings so much history to life!Highly recommend this book! Especially if you love Susan Meissner's writing style. If you have never read a book...start now with Lady in Waiting!This book gets a 4 out of 5 family thumbs up!This book was given to me by the Blogging for books program and I was in no other ways compensated by Waterbrook Multnomah
amusingmother on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book takes on two different stories and different aspects of love. Lady Jane Gray is a real historical figure who entered the English court around the time King Henry VIII had a wife outlive him, Katherine Parr. The events of this time period have always fascinated me. The story told is that Henry, unhappy with Catherine of Aragon's inability to produce a male heir, requested a divorce from Rome in order to marry the bewitching Anne Boleyn. Rome said no so Henry started a protestant faith, the Church of England then his wives kept dying on him. Some with his help, others not so much. Henry sires 3 children; Mary, a devout Catholic and later known as Bloody Mary, Elizabeth, the Virgin Queen who ruled Britain for decades, and Edward, a sickly son who died in his mid teens.As I study more of these events and the Catholic church in Britain at this time, along with reformists' ideas floating around, I am more of the opinion that Henry was a Reformist long before he actually became the head of the Church of England. Rome's rigid stand on divorce was the excuse he needed to practice his beliefs. Just my two cents.To be royalty in any country at this time was dangerous and left marriage options in the hands of the powerful or those seeking increased power. This was the case with Lady Jane. Lady Jane was simply a victim of circumstances and a pawn used to secure the crown. Her life and death marked with tragedy. Or was it?Although Lady Jane married a man she did not love, her dressmaker, Lucy, married of her own volition a man of her choice. She enjoyed growing older with him, having children, and struggling to make ends meet. At Jane's coronation, Lucy wisely is dismissed from court and stays far from it as the drama of power plays out; Mary's turn holding the crown, her death, and finally Queen Elizabeth.So what does this have to do with the protagonist in today's Manhattan?Jane Lindsay finds a ring in the binding of book she acquires from Cardiff, Wales. Inscribed is her name and prose from Songs of Solomon. The ring becomes more relevant to her as she finds herself separated from her husband, a circumstance she does not choose. Brad, her husband, announced he was leaving for a different job in a different state closer to their only son, now in college and she was not invited to come. And so she waits as she has done all her life, until someone else makes decisions for her. Like Lady Jane, she is a victim of her circumstances. But is she, really?The contemporary story was compelling and relevant. A younger woman may not understand the undercurrents and the quiet decisions Jane makes or the anticlimactic ending to the book. At the risk of revealing more than I should, this is the perfect book for a wife who watches her husband in the throes of a mid life crisis and feels helpless as her future is uncertain and feels dictated by his decisions.And that's all I'm going to say about that.Solid writing talent. Quiet, yet amazing insight. Beautiful symbolism.
mmmorgan1089 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
In Lady in Waiting the prolific Ms. Meissner has crafted an intriguing tale of two Janes. One, Jane Lindsay, is a contemporary New York antiques dealer and the other is the unfortunate Lady Jane Grey who ruled England for a mere nine days in 1553 before being executed. The stories are linked by a ring that surfaces in Modern Jane¿s antiques shop with a Latin inscription and one recognizable word: Jane. While investigating the ring¿s provenance Lindsay becomes convinced that it once belonged to Lady Jane Grey. As Lindsay tries to unravel the mystery of the ring, she is also struggling to come to terms with her husband¿s sudden and devastating separation which has caused her to question whether her decision to marry him had been truly her own or if she had succumbed to the expectations of others. Lady Jane is seen through the eyes of her fictitious seamstress and confidante, the young Lucy Day. Lady Jane hopes to marry the man she loves but powerful men with schemes to rule England through her have other plans.It would be easy for both Janes to simply give up and let other people determine their life¿s course. But they do not. Lindsay, with the help of her sister, her friends, and a caring therapist, learns that she is responsible for her own life, her own happiness and that, if she wishes to, she can fight to save her marriage. Lady Jane Grey, caught up by political and religious forces beyond her control nonetheless comes to see that she can still make a choice, even if it results in her death.These two stories flow effortlessly side by side, each informing and enriching the other. Award-winning author Jane Kirkpatrick (The Daughter¿s Walk) comments are typical of the praise being heaped on Meissner for this fine effort. ¿The pacing, perfection. Transitions between centuries, seamless. Capturing the nuances of relationships, flawless. Put anything by Susan Meissner on your `must read now¿ list¿. I couldn¿t put this elegant novel of love and choice down. A completely satisfying read.¿
BookAddictDiary on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Okay, I bought this off the clearance self.I admit it -I had no real prior interest in this book until I discovered it on the clearance shelf at my local used book store, and was somewhat intrigued by the blurb. Rather than approaching Jane Grey's story in the traditional, historical fiction sense, author Susan Meissner throws a unique twist into the well-known story by weaving it into a tale of another woman named Jane in modern-day New York.At the beginning of the novel, Jane is hit with a devastating divorce and is suddenly thrown into a strange new world where there is little to hold onto. That is, until she finds a mysterious ring hidden inside a prayer book that she believes once belonged to the doomed Lady Jane Grey. In Tudor-era England, readers meet Lucy, the dressmaker for Lady Jane Grey and observer of Jane's strange nine-day reign and political drama. Lucy's story helps shine some light on the mysterious ring, though Jane may never know if the ring was Jane Grey's.Lady in Waiting was a solid novel -not great, not bad, but solid. It reads very quickly -I read it in an afternoon -and offers a fun, escapist adventure through Lady Jane Grey's life and Jane's journey to find herself after her divorce. The writing is solid and comfortable, and the historical accuracy seemed to be consistent with my knowledge of the period, and I especially enjoyed seeing the period from the eyes of a common, though fictional, person, it gave it a different feel and allowed me to see a different side of Tudor England. I'd also like to see more novels integrated a modern element with the historical one -mostly just for something a little bit different.A worthwhile read for a Sunday afternoon.
ashleywintters on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book was interesting. It tells the story of modern day Jane with her choices (or lack their of) and impending doom of her marriage and Lady Jane Grey (actual historical monarch) who literally had no choices. It compares the two of them in a way and Jane finds a 'mystery ring' that belonged to Lady Jane but cannot prove it was hers. The book shows how two completely different women had somewhat of the same problem and how one helped the other to overcome it. I liked Lady Jane and how she was portrayed. I love when actual historical figures are given a 'voice' for their personal life, even if it is just for fictional purposes. She seemed so real and you could feel her emotions through her seamstress' words. Jane's character was ok. I didn't like the 'whining' but it served its purpose in the story to tell of her character and change it. My favorite character was Lucy, the seamstress who was also friend to Lady Jane and loved her very much. All the characters were very realistic and the story well written. I rate this a 4/5. It was a good read, but not one I would add to my 'keeper' shelf.Thank you to LibraryThing for the review copy of this book. I received this book in exchange for an honest review and the opinions stated above are 100% mine.
Raenolt on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book kept me turning and turning the pages just wanting to see what would happen! The Past/Present effect had me on the edge of my seat. I would just settle into a relationship with the characters and it would change to the next set of characters. While reading, my mind would float to what I would think would happen to each "Jane" and how it would all tie together. This was my 1st book by Susan Meissner and halfway through the book I started looking for more books by her...cause I know I'll read more of her books in the future. Love how she writes and looking forward to read another book by this author!
polarmath on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed reading about the characters in the different time periods. It was interesting to follow the characters as their lives progressed. I enjoyed learning about how things were in a different time period and seeing how things can be the same as well.
LynndaEll on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
"Lady in Waiting" revolves around two "Janes" linked by one ring and separated by 400 years. Even though the stories are told separately, Susan Meissner smoothly transitions between them. The best word I can use to describe the book is "enjoyable." This book will go in my permanent library so that I can read it again and again. I recommend it for readers of historical fiction and for everyone who likes to read a good book on a rainy autumn afternoon. (I received an advanced copy for review.)
Tara22 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Who knew the courage that could be found within one child-sized ring? This ring was given to Lady Jane Gray in the sixteenth century, but this book starts in modern-day New York City by Jane Lindsay inside of an ancient prayer book. The story goes between Jane L. and Jane Gray's dressmaker Lucy and tells of each Jane's struggle to understand their own ability to make choices for themselves.This story can be very aggravating and seem unfair, but it gives you a sense of hope and courage. A very good read!!
hobbitprincess on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I love historical fiction, especially when it involves England and royalty. I also love antique jewelry. This book combines those two things with a modern story too. The main characters are Jane Lindsey, an antique dealer who is waiting on her husband to decide on the fate of their marriage; Lady Jane Grey, who is waiting on her parents to decide to whom she'll be married; and Lucy, Lady Jane's lady-in-waiting, who tells Jane's story. I like the development of all the characters, from the historical figures to the modern Jane. The ring draws them all together in a way that creates an interesting story. I hardly put this one done once I'd started it.
psychdoc66 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Lady in Waiting is an absorbing and well written story. Two women from different time periods (one lives in modern times and the other lives in pre-Elizabethan England)are linked by a gemstone ring. Both women deal with the timeless issues of love, duty, and difficult choices. I plan to read Susan Meissmer's other books!
wakela on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Lady In Waiting was one of those books that is difficult to put down. There is so much going on that you don¿t want to miss anything.Susan Meissner really makes you feel like you are a part of each world.Lady In Waiting is the story of Jane Lindsay (wife, mother, antique store manager) who is confronted with the idea that her marriage is crumbling and she now has to reassess her life and what she wants out of it. Jane finds a ring that takes her on a wild ride to find its original owner.Little does Jane know that the original owner was Lady Jane Grey. Through glimpses of the past, we follow Lady Jane¿s story through the eyes of her seamstress, Lucy Day. We see the joys and sorrows of Lady Jane as she grows up from a small eleven year old child to the Queen that she was for nine days. This book was very well written. It was wonderful to follow along both plotlines as they interwove together to tell a very awe-inspiring tale of love, courage, and determination.I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.
Lori_OGara on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I just started reading this book and already I am hooked. The mix of modern and historical is working wonders to weave a story about two women and it is tied together with a ring. Jane is a character that any woman who has struggled with her love life can relate too. I am going to finish reading this book, I am about half way through it and I will come back to finish this review....but for now I am loving it!
MichelleSutton on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Meissner skillfully incorporated varying circumstances that allowed each of these women to see that they did indeed have choices and that those choices would determine how they lived their lives. I loved watching their empowerment grow, and experiencing what each Jane gained by that personal revelation. And while the circumstances in their lives didn't necessarily change, the beauty of the peace that they'd found in owning their choices outshone their difficulties.The message about love being a choice was probably the most moving of all of themes found in this book. It's so true that we can't love a person, truly love them, and manipulate them at the same time. I found the story enjoyable on many levels and was particularly fond of the message of choosing to love. Love, like forgiveness, is a choice.
Tea58 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
susan meissnerFrom cover to cover Lady in Waiting by SUSAN MEISSNER is magnificent. The novel is Christian fiction based on the life of Lady Jane Grey. At the end of the book Susan Meissner separates the truth from the fiction. The novel as a parallel between the lives of two women. One woman, Lady Jane Grey, lived during the 16th Century. In the modern era there is Jane Lindsay living her life. She is a mother, wife and daughter. When she finds a ring tucked away in the spine of a very old prayer book, her whole life changes. God does give HIS sheep the ability to think creatively while circumstances in our lives seem to be falling apart.The author wrote the novel with a nimble finger. She excellently stitches this story in the same way that Lucy Day is able to expertly sew gowns for herself and Lady Jane Grey. Jane Lindsay and Lady Jane Grey's stories are like a spiral seashell. The nautilus comes to mind. I feel this way because Susan Meissen cleverly interweaves Lady Jane Grey's story with the story of Jane Lindsay. She never drops a stitch. In the end we have a beautiful spiral staircase. This staircase winds its way through fantastic romance, the hungry eyes of power on to choices made and unmade and heartbreak along with great happiness. There are many themes in this novel. Read and enjoy.
skstiles612 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
One of my favorite reads is historical fiction of just about any era. When you mix historical times with modern times it enhances the read even more.Jane Lindsay¿s marriage has ended after 22 years. She never saw it coming. Instead of moping around she puts herself whole-heartedly into her antique shop. While going through an old box, she discovers a ring engraved with her name. This makes her wonder about the owner of the ring. She sets out to find out all she can about the Jane who had owned the ring. She learns the Jane is none other than 16th century Lady Jane Grey. Both women were dealt a bad hand but they both possessed a strength and courage they didn¿t know they had.The great thing about this book is that the two stories are told in alternating sections. Lady Jane Grey¿s story is told through the point of view of Lucy her dressmaker. It felt like I was reading two stories and yet the thread connecting them seamed them together effortlessly. Before reading this book I actually knew little of Lady Jane¿s story. I did wait until I¿d finished the book before I did some research on her. It is because of books like this that I am finding myself becoming a fan of British history. I don¿t often enjoy first person narrative. It seems stilted or forced. Susan Meissner was able to pull this off with no problem. There are some excellent reasons to read this book, the interconnected stories, the historical aspect, and the subtle lessons of strength and courage. This is definitely a book to recommend to all my friends.
Anonymous More than 1 year 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