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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
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Paperback, 336 pages
Published September 7th 2010 by WaterBrook Press (first published September 2nd 2010)
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Lyn
I had never read a Susan Meissner book but that was a mistake. This is a fantastic double story, intertwining the story of Lady Jane Grey and a modern woman in her middle years. The characterizations burst fresh and complex; the history sparkled with the shimmer of authenticity. I loved A Lady in Waiting!
Cassandra
This was my first book by Susan Meissner and I enjoyed it. I was engrossed in the story quickly and couldn't wait to see how the book ended. Would the present day Jane save her marriage and find out who she is? Will Lady Jane Grey find happiness in the one she loves or will her parents arrange a marriage of convenience?

Well... if I had known a bit more of this time period's history, I could have answered the second question without having read the book. Outside of who Lady Jane Grey marries, the
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Heather

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 of Lucy Day, her fictional dressmaker. How Lucy feels abo
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Elizabeth (etandksmom on TM's)
My first impressions of this book when I picked it up were:

1. The cover art is beautiful.
2. I want that ring!
3. I've never read anything by Susan Meissner. I'm excited to get to know a new author.
4. It's got that new book smell!!!
5. There's a family tree chart in the front. I love books with charts!

My impressions after reading are that you still can't judge a book by it's cover. That said I must confess, I'm an avid reader. I eat books. But this book turned out to be a really slow read for
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Heather
Susan Meissner is one of my new favorite authors. Her writing style and voice are very similar to Geraldine Brooks'. This story is told on a dual timeline, today Jane Lindsay's husband has just moved out after 22 years of marriage to "figure things out in their marriage." Jane had no cues that he was unhappy and is blindsided by this move. She is devastated and heartbroken. Jane runs a small antique shop in New York City and has recently acquired a prayer book from the 1500s, which is hiding a s ...more
Laree
A few months ago, I received a copy of Lady in Waiting, by Susan Meissner to review. In all honesty, I finished the book 5 weeks ago, but never got around to writing a review. So now I've read it twice, and you'll get a more detailed experience!

Basic plot summary:
Jane manages an antiques store. Her husband is living in a different state, and she's lost as to why he left or what to do about it. One day she finds a very old ring in the binding of a Protestant prayer book. The original owner turns
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Katherine
I just found out that I won a First-Reads copy of this from Goodreads! So look for a review of it after I receive it and read it!


I just finished this book and couldn't wait to review it. There are two story lines in this book, one contemporary and one about Lady Jane Grey in the 1500s. I have to admit, at first I was a bit confused trying to place all the people in Lady Jane's story, several people with the same or similar names and trying to fit the people and events into what I know about Engl
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Emily
I enjoyed both of the story lines in this novel. We follow Jane Lindsay as she struggles through a difficult time in her marriage. During this time as an antiques dealer, she finds a ring hidden in the binding of a 300 year old prayer book. The inscription on the ring has a name: Jane.

I liked reading a fictional account of Lady Jane Grey. I wish that we could know more about that remarkable young woman. I already knew her story when I began reading; I'm not sure if it's better to know or not to
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Kathleen E.
Wednesday, September 21, 2011
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 here!
Lady in Waiting by Susan Meissner (Chapters 1-4) waterbrookmultnomah.com/
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Cindy S
Jane Lindsey is an antique dealer who is going through a personal crisis. She receives a new acquisition of historical items from England - one an old prayer book with a centuries old ring inside. The inscription in the ring has the name "Jane" and a latin verse. Parallel to her story is the story of lady Jane Grey, a queen who ruled for 9 days, as told through her seamstress, Lucy Day. Both Janes face challenges that force them to face who they really are and how they should respond to their wo ...more
Babs

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 rin
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Aimee (Getting Your Read On)
One ring. Two women. Hundreds of years apart. Both with the name of Jane.

Jane Lindsey believed she had a steady and comfortable marriage until the day her husband of twenty two years packed his bags and walked out the door. Brad claims he needs space and time to think and Jane is left wondering what happened and how she is supposed to change the course of events.

One day Jane, who owns an antique shop, receives a box filled with items from a jumble sale. Secreted away in the spine of an old book
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Renee
Oct 14, 2010 Renee rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: anyone even those who don't read CF
Recommended to Renee by: FIRST Wild Card
Why have I never read any of Susan Meissner's books before? Lady in Waiting is a terrific combination of the contemporary and historical fiction, mixing the lives of two ladies named Jane, one who lives in the present and one who lived in the 16th century. If any of Susan's other books are like this I am missing out!

While not a romance but more of a women's fiction story I still found it to be very entertaining. I loved the connection between past and present through an antique ring. As a lover
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Andrea Guy
To say I loved this story would be an understatement. Lady In Waiting tops my list of books I will forever adore. It was so beautifully written, entwining the lives of a modern day Jane trying to come to terms with her life and Lady Jane Grey, the nine days Queen of England.

The modern day Jane feels so real. She could be the lady at the antique store in your town. Her issues with her parents and her husband make her a little bit annoying at times, but considering the upheaval she's going through
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Sherrinda
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 engr
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Sidne
This novel tells the tale of two women who share the same first name and how their lives unknowingly connected.

Jane Lindsey resides in upper west Manhattan, she has been married for 22 years, she has one college aged son and she is the owner of an antique shop.
Lady Jane Gray resides in England during the year 1548. She is 11 years of age. She is fourth in line to the throne.
The story begins with the tale of the contemporary Jane. It’s the month of Feb. Jane and her husband is sitting in the kit
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Theresa
Oct 15, 2010 Theresa rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Older Teens through Adult
Recommended to Theresa by: FIRST
An uplifting yet heartbreaking book, "Lady in Waiting" is one book that needs to make your must read list! It contains two stories, one about Jane Lindsay that takes place in the present, and one about Lady Jane Grey that takes place in the mid 1500's. What do they have in common? Both of these stories center around a ring.

Each character is memorable and realistic. Lady Jane Grey will be a character I will remember for a very long time. Her story broke my heart and yet she amazed me with her st
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Wendi
Lady in Waiting
By Susan Meissner
Published by Waterbrook Press

Lady in Waiting is a novel about coming to terms with the choices we make either consciously or by omission. Told in two parallel stories, one in Upper West Side, Manhattan today and one beginning in Sudeley Castle, Gloucestershire, England, 1548.

When Jane Lindsay’s husband leave’s her with no warning or explanation other than he felt they needed a break, Jane is left frightened and confused. Struggling to find answers amidst the crit
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Barbara
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Kara Hunt
“Lady In Waiting” is two stories in one. The first story is of Jane Lindsay. The owner of an antiques store whose life is turned upside when her husband of twenty-two years, unexpectedly announces that he needs some space and subsequently packs his belongings and leaves. Jane is floored. Her husband had suggested that she knew that there were problems in their marriage, so this really shouldn’t be a surprise. But the problem is that Jane didn’t know anything. Up to that point, she really believe ...more
Kate
Jane's husband Brad left packed up his belongings and moved to another town while their son was away at college leaving her saying he needed a break from their marriage. Jane ran an antique shop and when a friend bought a safe box from England at a sale Jane managed to open it and found a ring that captured her attention. The story shifts to the Elizabethan era to Lucy a seamstress to Lady Jane whom befriended the young Lady Jane and her life and why the ring holds significance for her (Lady Jan ...more
Arathi Prakash
This book is about two ladies who are from different centuries and the only connection between them is their first name (Jane) and a betrothal ring. One Jane is an antique shop owner in the US and the other Jane is the 9-day Queen of England in the 16th century. The similarity and contrast between the two Janes is very interesting. I could not help reading page after page to know about Jane, the Queen; to find out about her history and also the history of the ring. At the same time, I could not ...more
Carolyne Aarsen
Nov 03, 2010 Carolyne Aarsen rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Anyone who loves history and contemporary stories woven together.
This book was an experience I didn't want to end. I had to force myself to slow down and savor the lyrical writing and the deft prose. Meissner weaves a story between past and present and about decisions. Jane of the present runs and antique shop and in the process comes across a ring inside a prayer book dating back to the Tudor era inscribed to another Jane. Where did it come from? Who did it belong to and what did it mean? The story effortlessly slips between two time periods, present and Tud ...more
Grace
Jan 18, 2011 Grace rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: women and women that enjoy history
Susan Meissner sets the theme for her novel in the present by introducing her readers to Jane Lindsay, a wife of over twenty years and the mother of a son in college.
Now with free time on her hands and fighting the empty nest syndrome Jane takes on managing an ailing aunt’s antique store.

Her marriage of twenty-two years takes a turn for the worse as her husband expresses the desire for them to seek distance between them to see if their marriage is based on love or just a need to fulfill securi
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Laura
Title: LADY IN WAITING
Author: Susan Meissner
Publisher: Waterbrook Press
September 2010
ISBN: 978-0-307-45883-4
Genre: Inspirational/part historical, part contemporary/women’s fiction

Jane Lindsey has been married for twenty-two years and she’s content—at least until Brad packs his belongings and walks out the door of their Manhattan home. But Jane is powerless to stop Brad—nor the events that follow his departure.

While going through a box from a British ‘jumble sale’, Jane discovers an old ring with
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Leslie
Antique dealer Jane Lindsay's comfortable domestic world has just been shattered when her husband Brad took another job and moved to a different state, telling her that he needs "space" to decide if their marriage is worth continuing. Floundering and depressed, she finds her interest in life being rekindled when she receives a box of jumble sale goods from a contact in England and finds an old ring with her name engraved on it concealed in the binding of an old prayerbook. Who was the "Jane" who ...more
Michelle
(3.5 stars) Jane runs an antiques store after taking it over from an elderly relative. Her son is off to college, and she collaborates with her mother's home staging business, providing antiques for high end homes. She thinks everything is going well in her life, but is shocked when her husband tells her he wants to separate and has accepted a job outside of the area. As she deals with the shock, she receives a shipment of goods from her colleague in the UK that she picked up at a rummage sale. ...more
Kelly Hager
This is the story of two women, both named Jane. One is in the modern day, a woman whose husband has just left her. Through her job running an antique store, she finds an old ring with an inscription in Latin...and her name. The ring belonged (obviously) to the other Jane, Lady Jane Grey. The book weaves their stories together, two women who are more or less at the mercy of circumstances and not in charge of their own lives.

It's understandable that Lady Jane Grey wasn't in control of her life. S
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Jenny Proctor
Lady in Waiting follows the parallel stories of two women, both named Jane.

Jane Lindsay is a modern day antiques dealer, twenty years into her marriage and completely unsure of what she wants for the rest of her life.

Lady Jane Grey is a young woman caught in the middle of political scandal and intrigue in 16th century England.

How could these women's lives ever intertwine?

When Jane Lindsay finds a ring in the spine of an old prayer book and digs further and further into the ring's history, sh
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Pattyrflg
I listened to this book on CD. This is a book about choices. Everyone makes choices even if they choose to allow others to make their choices--that is their choice.

Jane Lindsay manages an antique store and finds a ring in an old prayer book that was inside a box of items purchased at a jumble sale in England. An inscription inside the ring is addressed to another "Jane." Jane begins to wonder who this "Jane" from the past is and what her life was like. A ring set with diamonds, rubies and emera
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Susan Meissner was born in San Diego, California, the second of three. She spent her childhood in just two houses.
Her first writings are a laughable collection of oddly worded poems and predictable stories she wrote when she was eight.

She attended Point Loma College in San Diego, and married her husband, Bob, who is now an associate pastor and a chaplain in the Air Force Reserves, in 1980. When sh
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