Thursday, February 24, 2011

Lady in Waiting - Book Review

Book Synopsis:

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-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.

My Review:

A story of love and its boundaries, Lady in Waiting by Susan Meissner tells two stories of women named Jane. One is in a modern setting, dealing with the hardships of her husband abruptly declaring that their marriage needs a break. The other is set in past times of queens, kings, and matriarchs.

A ring found by the modern-day Jane takes readers to the British monarchy times of a Jane from the past. It was easier for me to read and understand the story of modern-day Jane. Being that the other Jane's story was held during the time of British monarchy, it was somewhat hard for me to follow along with the different hierarchies and rulers. However, that did not stop me from understanding the different emotions that both Janes went through.

Jane Lindsay's story was told in first person point-of-view while Lady Jane Grey's was told by her dressmaker, Lucy. I, at first, thought that Lady Jane Grey's story should be told firsthand as the other Jane's was. But I had a fond liking for Lucy and how she related to the story.

Both stories intertwined fluidly and reading about the lives and decisions of Jane Lindsay and Lady Jane Grey took me into their world of decisions, choices, and love.

I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review. The opinions within this post are of my own and I was not influenced in any way. Please do your own research before purchasing products. Your opinions and results may differ.