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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, 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 ...more
Paperback, 336 pages
Published September 7th 2010 by Waterbrook Press (first published September 2nd 2010)
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Tracy
Dec 06, 2018 rated it it was ok
I enjoyed the story with Lady Jane Grey. The present day story was a bit annoying to me. I think the main character was a little too weak for me. It started off interesting and then I rapidly got very bored and it's taken me forever to finish it.

I've loved everything else I've read thus far from Susan Meissner, but this one just fell a flat for me.
Lyn
Oct 22, 2010 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!
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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Jamie
Dec 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018
Love her books!!
Ashley Daviau
Apr 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
I must say, I thoroughly enjoyed this story. I always love it when the story flips between past and present with a common thread connecting them, it just adds something to the story for me. Although I did enjoy the past parts more in this story, they were vastly more interesting! All in all this was a quick, fun read.
Elizabeth
Jan 26, 2011 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
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Angie
(This book deserves a proper review which I'll do later on)
Ariel
Jul 18, 2011 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
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Laree
Feb 17, 2011 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
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Heather
Nov 12, 2012 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
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Sarah
Aug 15, 2016 rated it it was ok
I am not even sure what to say about this book. Meissner has great talent but this book let me feeling unsatisfied and confused.

The story cut between a modern day story and a contemporary story with nothing really to tie them together. There was the ring, but it really didn't feel like enough to tie the books together.

I also expected there to be a Christian message. While God and prayer and mentioned, it is in passing and doesn't seem to effect the story.

Overall, I was disappointed in the story
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Nancy Singel Baker
May 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
Historical fiction lovers will find this a compelling story of two Janes, told in century/period appropriate voices, as they wrestle with life's questions.
Marguerite Gray
Sep 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Two stories in one as a contemporary woman clings to a remnant from the past to give her hope for the future. I love stories about the traumatic life of Lady Jane Grey in the 1500s. The author took a unique look at this tragic "Queen."
Joyce
Jun 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
Really like the style of historical versus present day characters... and Susan Meissner is one of the best authors who does this well. The found ring, a prayer book and two Janes, past and present is a great "what if" presumption that weaves good storyline.
Jan
Jul 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
Another really well written story that weaves a thread from past to present. I don't think I will like the next one better than the previous one, and then I do.
Colleen Turner
Sep 11, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-read
I received this book as a first read from Goodreads.

When I began this book I wasn't sure I would enjoy the story being told by two separate women 450 years apart. They are not related and seeminly their only common thread is a ring. This book turned out to be wonderful. It deals with the choices we make and the limitations we, and others, put on those choices.

Jane Lindsay is managing an antiques shop in Manhattan and feels her life is fine. Seemingly out of nowhere her husband tells her he needs
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Jackie
May 26, 2011 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
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Katherine
Sep 08, 2010 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
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Heather Turiello
Feb 20, 2011 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
Tracy
Jan 22, 2016 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
Emily
Nov 12, 2011 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
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Susan
Oct 17, 2015 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
Aura
Jan 30, 2016 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
Eve
What a beautiful book! I have long enjoyed novels with dual timelines, but this one was particularly engrossing. It is so rare that both storylines are equally gripping.

We follow the stories of present-day Jane Lindsay and 15th-century Lady Jane Gray, as both women struggle with fate and how much or how little they can control it.

It is a sweet, sad tale of friendship, hardship and hope.
Mary Bronson
Jun 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I thought this was a very very good book. I loved how it went back and forth between Jane in 2010, finding the ring and her life, and then going back to Jane Grey's time, but it was from the pov of Jane's dressmaker Lucy. It was a fast pace book and I could not put it down. I can not wait to read more by Susan Meissner.
Iyes With Love
I'm currently rereading it again to get back the book's content
Darlene
Didn't enjoy the present day story line as much as the 1500s.
Cheryl
Feb 25, 2020 rated it it was ok
nah, not interested in the royals and their intrigues. Should've just avoided it altogether
Joleen
Lady in Waiting by Susan Meissner
Years: Present day and 1548-1553
Location: Manhattan, NY and England
Format: Kindle
Main Characters:
Jane Lindsay: Dealer in antiques, marriage falling apart
Brad: Jane’s husband
Lady Jane Grey: Young royal
Lucy Day: Lady Jane Grey’s dressmaker

Two stories, two time periods tied together by a ring with the name Jane and a verse Song of Solomon inscribed.

Present day: Jane Lindsay is an antique dealer and just received a box with a prayer book and a ring. Jane felt an auto
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Jay
3/5. This story follows Jane Lindsay, the manager of an antique store in 2010, as she struggles with some personal-life changes and self-evaluation brought on by her husband's need to "take a break" and "get some space." She finds a ring hidden inside an ancient Protestant prayer book which flips the story to a fictional, "what if" take on the life of Lady Jane Grey before her marriage, as told through the eyes of Lucy, a fictional dressmaker and confidant of the Lady Jane. The two stories never ...more
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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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