January 12, 2011

Lady In Waiting by Susan Meissner: Review & Giveaway

This is my first reading of Susan Meissner's work and it definitely won't be my last. While I don't normally enjoy books written in first person, this book was able to transport me deep into the lives of two very special women, living lives five centuries apart.

Having been left by her husband of twenty-two years, Jane Lindsey focuses on running her aunt's antique shop. Her love of old things sustains her through the twist her life's path has taken. She stumbles upon an old 16th century ring engraved with her name, and immediately feels a kinship with the one who had worn it before. She looks into the ring's past, bringing speculation that stirs her soul.

We are given a glimpse into the life of Lady Jane Grey through the eyes of her dress maker, Lucy Day. Faced with a life amid political and religious turmoil, Lady Jane struggles with the wants of her heart and duty to her parents. Eventually, she faces the heavy mantel of duty to the crown.

I was drawn into the lives of these women and loved the theme of choices. Each felt they had no choices in life, and yet, as they struggled through the trials of their lives, they both learned about themselves and the choices they had made in the past, as well as the choices facing them.

This was truly a beautifully crafted book, full of lovely prose, and interwoven with interesting history. It's a must read for any historical fiction lover.

Back Cover:

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 namesake, 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.

For a sneak peak look at the first chapter of Lady in Waiting, go HERE.

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You can purchase this book at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Christianbook.com.

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To rank my review at Blogging for Books, go HERE.

*** I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.


***For a chance to win a copy of this book, please leave a comment along with your email address. U.S. citizens only. Chances of winning are based on the number of entries and winner is draw from a non-biased third party- Random.org. I am not responsible for any lost or damaged items for said prize.


Thanks for stopping by. Drawing for Lady in Waiting will be  held on January 21st.

22 comments:

  1. The choices we make do make a diff in own lives and those around us. We are always as helpless as we think.

    desertrose5173 at gmail dot com

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  2. I can't wait to read this book. My book club group is considering it, too.
    raneyfamily @ mac.com

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  3. Saw this at Barnes and Noble yesterday...almost picked it up. It sounds great and I've not read Susan's books yet.
    Thanks for the chance to win.
    jancline at ymail dot com

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  4. I'd love, love, love to win Susan's book! I am a huge fan.
    Ann_Lee_Miller@msn.com

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  5. I love Susan's books....they are just full of so much depth! martha(at)lclink(dot)com

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  6. I adore Susan's books, too. I've had my eye on this one awhile to read. If I win it I'll definitely post a review wherever I can!

    joyfulhutch[at]msn[dot]com

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  7. I haven't heard of this one before, but it sounds interesting! I like mysterious plots :)

    pinkdaddysgirl[at]msn[dot]com

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  8. I love this story line. I would love to win Susan's book and know I will enjoy reading. Thanks for this opportunity to enter giveaway.

    misskallie2000 at yahoo dot com

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  9. I've read "The Shape of Mercy" and loved it. Looking forward to reading more of her books. Please enter me.

    Gail
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  10. I've not had the pleasure of reading any of Susan's books. I'll have to remedy that. Thank you for the opportunity to win a copy.

    homesteading[at]charter[dot]net

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  11. I also enjoy Susan's book. This books sounds great...a ring in a box...Love it!


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  12. This sounds like quite a book. I would love to read it.

    Blessings,
    Jo
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  13. Sounds like a good book! Count me in!
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  14. Sounds great, thanks for entering me!
    twinwillowsfarm at gmail dot com

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  15. I've not read anything by Susan yet but would love to based on your review - please enter me in the drawing. Thanks!

    janmarien[at]embarqmail[cot]com

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  16. This book sounds fantastic! Susan's A Shape of Mercy is one of my faves of hers, but I haven't read this one yet. :) Great review, Sherrinda! (jamida(at)charter(dot)net)

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  17. I love Susan Meissner books. This sounds very interesting. I would love to read it.

    pleblanc_1[at]charter[dot]net

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  18. Fantastic review. What a wonderful read this would be.
    Please enter me in the drawing.
    Thank you for the chance.
    wdesirees[at]yahoo[dot]com

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  19. Hi Sherrinda--
    My first visit--beautiful spot you have here! "Lady in Waiting" sounds like a great read...thanks for the opportunity to enter the drawing!

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  20. I love the sound of this book! Susan's books are always great. Thank you for the opportunity to win a copy.

    homesteading[at]charter[dot]net

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  21. I would love to win the book "Lady in Waiting". Thanks for the chance to win.

    debbiemcla[at]msn[dot]com

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  22. I really enjoyed your review of Susan's book, Lady in Waiting, and would love a chance at winning a copy. I've read A Shape of Mercy, and really liked it. Thank you for the entry.

    Blessings,
    Sandee61

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