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Lady in Waiting

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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
Paperback, 336 pages
Published September 7th 2010 by WaterBrook (first published September 2nd 2010)
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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
Dec 05, 2010 Lyn rated it it was amazing
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!
Feb 05, 2011 Elizabeth rated it liked it
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
Nov 12, 2012 Heather rated it it was amazing

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
Heather Turiello
May 15, 2011 Heather Turiello rated it really liked it
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
May 26, 2011 Jackie rated it liked it
I didn't actually love this book. I found the story less than compelling. However, I still always look for a book by Ms. Meissner because I so love her writing. It's kind of strange to like the writing, but not the book. After all, the writing is what makes the book. But in this case, I need to separate the plot from the actual pictures the words paint.

I wasn't awfully enamored of the story. I was by turns irritated and pained by the actions of the characters. (And I did grow weary of the dress
Feb 17, 2011 Laree rated it it was amazing
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
Jul 18, 2011 Ariel rated it really liked it
I love this Tudor period of history and have read a great many of Philippa Gregory's books that covered that period. This book is much slimmer than her novels and can be read rather quickly. This book concerns the fight to determine who gets to control the throne after King Henry VIII's son and heir dies at the young age of 15.

The story begins in modern times when I woman named Jane finds a very old ring in the spine of a prayer book that is bought at an estate sale in England. She makes the dis
Oct 18, 2010 Katherine rated it really liked it
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
Jan 31, 2016 Tracy rated it liked it
Meh. This is the third Susan Meissner book that I've read in a row, and it's probably time to stop. I know it's just chance that I read A Fall of Marigolds first and loved it, then Secrets of a Charmed Life, which I liked a lot, and now this, which just didn't do it for me. One thing I've found is that I don't love the pacing of her books; all three have gone back and forth in time, and I think she spends too much time in one period and not enough in the other, and then ends up rushing to wrap i ...more
Nov 19, 2011 Emily rated it really liked it
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
Jan 30, 2016 Aura rated it it was ok
Well I gave it about a third of the book and I do not want to read more. I have about 15 books in my shelf that I am eager to read that have something new and/or exiting to share with me. This book was not horrible but rather dull Also, I feel tricked. I do not care to read Christian fiction. I am finding that this info is sometimes buried in the bio of the author to get a wider audience to try the book. If a book reads like Christian fiction, then the author and publisher should let the reader ...more
Kathleen E.
Nov 13, 2014 Kathleen E. rated it it was amazing
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)
Rosemary Cantrell
Jan 26, 2016 Rosemary Cantrell rated it liked it
This novel jumps back and forth between modern and 16th century. The historical figure is Jane Grey. The modern character is also named Jane. She is an antique's dealer and discovers a ring hidden in the binding of a prayer book.

What is interesting to me is that I recently read another historical novel where the focus character was the younger sister of Jane Grey. It was interesting to see the different takes on similar events.

Jane Grey is a tragic figure in history, having been manipulated int
Nov 26, 2015 Lisa rated it it was amazing
Another wonderful novel by Susan Meissner. Some specific things I love about this book: (1) the description of Lady Jane Grey's life from the point of view of her maid, Lucy Day (based as much as possible on the scant historical record but vividly and well-imagined by the author); (2) the characters take marriage seriously, including the possibility of emotional disloyalty, which in these sex-saturated days gets little attention, but can be devastating to a marriage; (3) the characters take fait ...more
Oct 18, 2015 Susan rated it really liked it
The Tudor monarchs have always fascinated me. There is very little "fact in the historical fiction portion of this novel, but then there is not all that much known about Jane Grey's inner thoughts and opinions. Really enjoyed the way the author was able to weave the modern story and the historical fiction together. This technique was used much more effectively than the first book I read by Meissner, "Secrets of a Charmed Life." In this novel, both stories mattered and both Jane's were well drawn ...more
Feb 09, 2016 Megan rated it really liked it
I wanted to give this book 5 stars! What held me back was the focus on Jane Grey and her story line as opposed to the present day Jane. I have already read books about Jane Grey and her family and while I enjoyed the story line with the ring and its connection to the present day Jane I really wanted to see how the relationship between Jane and Brad came full circle. I was so happy that the author had chosen to write a story about a marriage that may have been on the rocks but had the possibility ...more
Apr 29, 2015 Maggie rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this lovely, interesting novel, which was very well-written with excellent character development and historically-accurate details (with a little literary license thrown in.) I especially enjoyed the touching Lady Jane Grey parallel storyline. And once again, I'm surprised I enjoyed a "Christian fiction" novel. I admit I avoid reading anything preachy or moralizing, but other than a few references to God, this book is anything but preachy or moralizing. It does, however, deal wi ...more
Iyes With Love
I'm currently rereading it again to get back the book's content back to my memory :)
Cindy S
Oct 13, 2014 Cindy S rated it really liked it
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
Nov 12, 2015 Mitzi rated it really liked it
This was another book club read. We all liked Fall of Marigolds well enough so we decided to read another of Meissner's books. It had two story lines as well, one in the present and one on the 1600's, the dressmaker to Lady Jane Grey. Both women feel as though all their choices are made for them, but realize in the end how even when they find themselves in situations because of others' choices, they can still choose their own path. It took me a bit to get into it, but in the end I liked this bet ...more
May 05, 2015 Allison rated it liked it
While this hooked me pretty quickly with an interesting medieval Jane/modern Jane storyline, towards the end, I found myself skimming at times. Many folks already know how Lady Jane Grey's story goes, and the book stays pretty true to it, although I would probably have preferred hearing the story from the Lady Jane herself to better complement modern Jane's storyline. I didn't find modern Jane all that interesting, either, with some weak and unrelated family drama thrown in to mix up what seemed ...more
Jan 12, 2011 Babs rated it really liked it

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
Aimee (Getting Your Read On)
Feb 16, 2011 Aimee (Getting Your Read On) rated it really liked it
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
Oct 14, 2010 Renee rated it really liked it
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
Andrea Guy
Mar 30, 2011 Andrea Guy rated it it was amazing
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
Jan 15, 2011 Sherrinda rated it it was amazing
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
Mar 21, 2011 Sidne rated it liked it
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
Oct 15, 2010 Theresa rated it it was amazing  ·  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
Jan 23, 2011 Wendi rated it liked it
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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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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