Saturday, January 29, 2011
Lady in Waiting
Lady in Waiting by Susan Meissner is two stories in one - a treat for readers.
First is the story of Jan - a married woman of 22 years who runs an antique shop. Her dh decides he needs time and space to figure out where their relationship is going. Jane finds a ring in the spine of a book purchased from a British rummage sale. Inside is an inscription; the only word she understands is Jane. And so begins her journey to discover the owner of the ring and how to save her marriage.
And then there is Lady Jane Gray whom lives in sixteenth century England. She is in love with one man but of course unable to choose whom she marries. It's a time of political turmoil and decisions are made based on anything but love. These sections of the book are historical fiction - although Lady Jane was a real person and events in the story are real, the love story is a conjecture of the author's imagination.
I am the first to admit I am not usually a fan of books with flashbacks; I get easily confused but this book was not the case. There were multiple chapters devoted to each storyline and they were so different that I was easily able to keep them straight in my mind. I am also not usually a fan of 16the century historical fiction but the love story kept my interest so much that I was anxious to finish reading Lady in Waiting.
If you enjoy love stories, historical fiction and intertwined plots then you will want to read Lady in Waiting - and you can read the first few chapters now by clicking here.
I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review