Saturday, January 22, 2011
Lady in Waiting by Susan Meissner
Have you ever been plagued with regrets over a choice you made? Agonized over a decision and the path where it led? Wondered what would have happened had you taken a different route?
Jane Lindsay can relate--a recent empty nester, Jane is thrown a curve ball when her husband announces that he has taken a job out of state and will be moving immediately. And he's going alone. Suddenly Jane's nest is emptier than she'd planned and she's left a "lady in waiting" not sure what the future holds for her marriage and whether she has any choice in the matter.
It's at this time of confusion that Jane, manager of an antique shop, opens a box of items sent from an English buyer. A mysterious metal box is enclosed but no key. Smashing the lock, the contents contain a protestant prayer book and a rosary--an interesting contrast. Upon further examination, Jane discovers a lump in the book's spine and cuts the binding to investigate. To her surprise, she finds an unusually small ring with exquisite jewels (sapphire, ruby, and diamond), which she suspects to be hundreds of years old. Even curioser is the Latin inscription plus a single name: Jane. As she searches for answers about the ring's history, she learns a great deal about herself.
Jane's modern day dilemmas are juxtaposed against the historical background of the life of Lady Jane Grey as seen through the eyes of her seamstress, Lucy. In this setting, both the seamstress and her Lady face agonizing choices of character but Lady Jane's choices will affect the nation and ultimately her life.
Journey with both Janes as they discover that fulfilling one's duty may be the greatest demonstration of love possible. And as you reflect on your own choices and the consequences that followed, you just might see things in a whole new redemptive light.
Would you like a sneak peek into the book? Enjoy four chapters of Lady in Waiting compliments of Multonomah Waterbrook Press. Then purchase your own copy of Lady in Waiting through Waterbrook Multnomah Press for $13.99.
For more information about the author, Susan Meissner, visit her website. And take a look at what other bloggers thought of the book HERE.
Disclaimer: I received a free copy of Lady in Waiting to review from Waterbrook Multnomah Publishing Group as a part of their Blogging for Books program. No other compensation was received and all opinions expressed are my own.
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