Psalm 27:1

The Lord is my light and my salvation—
whom shall I fear?
The Lord is the stronghold of my life—
of whom shall I be afraid?

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Lady in Waiting Book Review

SUMMARY:  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 name-sake, 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.

REVIEW:  This was an interesting book.  The story was very well written.  I was drawn into the dual time and story lines.  The idea of a ring connecting the two lives four centuries apart was thought-provoking.  Both women came to the conclusion that they needed to take charge of their lives and stop letting others make decisions for them.  Unfortunately, in Lady Jane's case, her realization came too late.  This was a charming and delightful book and I would recommend this to anyone who loves history, a good story and/or a good book. 

This book was provided by Waterbrook Multnomah for review without compensation.

SUSAN MEISSNER has spent her lifetime as a writer, starting wth her first poem at the age of four.  She is the award-winning author of The Shape of Mercy, White Picket Fences, and many other novels.  When she's not writing, she directs the small groups and connection ministries at her San Diego church.  She and her pastor husband are the parents of four young adults.  Visit her web site at

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