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PW REVIEW: Lady in Waiting by Susan Meissner

09/27/2010 Fiction

Web Exclusive Lady in Waiting

Susan Meissner, WaterBrook, $13.99 trade paper (352p) ISBN 9780307458834Veteran author Meissner (White Picket Fences) blends past and present in this compelling novel about making choices. Jane Lindsay never thought she’d be alone, but after her husband leaves her, she must face the reality of her marriage and life choices. One small ring, found in the binding of a book bought at an English rummage sale, changes the course of Jane’s thinking as she researches another Jane, whose name is inscribed in the ring. Readers jump back in time to England after the death of Henry VIII. Lucy Day is ordered to Sudeley Castle, bearing a dress for Lady Jane Grey. Lucy narrates the tale of Lady Jane, pawn in the schemes of powerful men who seek the throne of England even as young Jane Grey is determined to live–and die–on her own terms. Modern Jane studies Lady Jane, coming to realize that she alone must choose how she lives. Both the history and the modern tale are enticing, with Meissner doing a masterful job blending the two. (Sept.)

1 comment

  • Just came across this and it sounded so good. Thought you might like it.
    You are Loved,
    Maureen Alber

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