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Lady in Waiting

A Novel

Susan Meissner

Category: Fiction

About Lady in Waiting

Love is a choice you make every day.

Content in her comfortable marriage of twenty-two years, Jane Lindsay had never expected to watch her husband,  rad, 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.

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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 infl uence over her life than she once imagined. It all comes down to the choices each makes despite the realities they face.

Praise

Praise for Lady in Waiting
Lady in Waiting is sheer beauty set in two time periods, both equally captivating stories. Meissner writes characters I care for, root for, and pine alongside—and she does so while weaving enticing, heart-wrenching plots. This book proves why I’m an ardent Susan Meissner fan.”
—Mary DeMuth, author of Life in Defiance

Lady in Waiting by Susan Meissner: The pacing, perfection. Transitions between centuries, seamless. Capturing the nuances of relationship, flawless. Put anything written by Susan Meissner on your “must read now!” list, right beside Barbara Kingsolver and Elizabeth Berg. I couldn’t put this elegant novel of love and choice down. A completely satisfying read.”
—Jane Kirkpatrick, award-winning author of A Flickering Light and An Absence So Great

“A novel about decisions long regretted and decisions yet to be made, Lady in Waiting resonates with the great hope and exhilaration that come with the realization that there is always a choice.”
—Siri Mitchell, author of She Walks in Beauty

“Artfully blending past and present, Susan Meissner weaves the stories of two different women into a rich tapestry of love, disappointment, and ultimately the power of standing up for what you believe in. The subtlety of her storytelling makes Lady in Waiting both delightful to read and impossible to forget.”
—Nicole Baart, author of The Moment Between
 
 
Praise for Susan Meissner
“As raindrops become mighty rivers, Susan Meissner’s words seem simple in the beginning, but one thought builds naturally upon another, phrases and sentences flow together with effortless fluidity, and before you know it, you are totally engrossed by the powerful undercurrents of her story. To read Ms. Meissner is to put yourself into the hands of that rarest kind of author: an artist working in the medium of words.”
—Athol Dickson, Christy Award–winning author of The Cure and Winter Haven

“Writing as incandescent as pure flame. Susan Meissner delivers again with a family story that wraps you up and stays with you long after the last page.”
—James Scott Bell, best-selling author of Deceived and Try Fear

“I loved The Shape of Mercy from beginning to end. Ms. Meissner’s prose sings, and her characters captured my interest from the start. As the story unfolded, those same characters captured my heart. I won’t soon forget Mercy, Lauren, or Abigail.”
—Robin Lee Hatcher, award-winning author of Wagered Heart and When Love Blooms

“With a deft hand, Meissner blends an intriguing storyline, artful writing, and memorable characters for a truly delicious read. This one’s a keeper!”
—Denise Hunter, author of The Convenient Groom

White Picket Fences, with its wonderful cast of characters, offers hope to all of us who live less than perfect lives behind our own white picket fences. Susan Meissner skillfully weaves together parallel storylines to show how healing can come when we risk sharing our secret pain with others.”
—Lynn Austin, author of Until We Reach Home

About Susan Meissner

Susan Meissner is a former managing editor of a weekly newspaper and an award-winning columnist. She is the award-winning author of Secrets of a Charmed Life, A Fall of Marigolds, and Stars Over Sunset Boulevard among other novels.

Product Details

352 pages | Published by WaterBrook

On Sale Date: Sep 7, 2010

Trim Size: 5-1/2 x 8-1/4

Carton Quantity: 24

Sneak Peek

Love is a choice you make every day. Download and read the first FOUR chapters of  Lady In Waiting by Susan Meissner. Jane Lindsay is not accustomed to making her own decisions.  But after her husband packs his things and moves out, she finds herself on an unfamiliar path to finding her own peace and contentment.  When she finds an ancient ring that may have belonged to sixteenth century’s Lady Jane Grey, the story from the past begins to spur her on towards a new definition of happiness. Download and read the first FOUR chapters of  Lady In Waiting by Susan Meissner.

By Alysa Sawyer

This book by: Susan Meissner is the story of two women named Jane; who live centuries apart but are connected by a betrothal ring. Jane Lindsay finds an antique ring with the name "Jane" engraved on it and sets off on a quest to discover the history behind it. Jane is enduring an emotional roller coaster while her marriage is falling apart. Lonely, she feels connected to the "Jane" who once owned the beautiful ring. Step back to the...

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By Heather Randall

I'm a sucker for historic fiction. Lady in Waiting by Susan Meissner does not disappoint. With a clear handle on history, a vivid imagination and loads of emotion, the author brings Jane Grey to life in this unique and heart wrenching story. It's not enough to know what a historical figure feels or thinks. That's been done so many times before. Susan Meissner applies a different strategy, exposing this intriguing character through the eyes...

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By Beth Strand

I love historical fiction and Susan Meissner delivers both a terrific, believable piece of historical fiction and a wonderful contemporary story of love, loss and the choices that define us. This is a tale of two Janes. The first Jane is the manager of an antique store in New York. After more than twenty years of marriage, Jane is hiding the true state of affairs from her overbearing mother. While she's trying to figure out what her...

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By Libbi Hartwig

Choice. The very thing that can either be used for evil, for good, or can be taken away or mercifully given. In Susan Meissner's book, "A Lady in Waiting," she tells the tale of two Janes. Jane Lindsay is happy with her life; she works at an antique store, she is well off financially, and her only son is in an out-of-state college. Life is good, so when her husband asks to be separated, she is dashed. Trying to recuperate, she throws herself...

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By Kathleen E. Belongia

Lady in Waiting by Susan Meissner This is absolutely one of the best books I have read! I love historical fiction and appreciate all of the research the authors do to weave their character stories within the time setting. I give this book rave reviews!! Come along and meet the two Janes, in today and yesteryear, as they both triumph and hold true to their values. Read the first FOUR chapters...

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