5 Stars Out Of 5
A review of LADY IN WAITING BY SUSAN MEISSNER
March 10, 2011
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A REVIEW OF LADY IN WAITING, by Susan Meissner
January 28th, 2011
Today I'm reviewing LADY IN WAITING, A NOVEL, by Susan Meissner. This is a story within a story. Jane Lindsay is a woman whose marriage of many years seems to be ending. Her doctor-husband has left New York for New Hampshire, saying they "need some space," now that their son is in college, to decide if they even want to be married any more. This comes as a complete surprise to her, but it forces her to reexamine their life together. About the same time, a box full of discarded things found in a Britain by her English antiques-dealing associate, she obtains an old prayer book, and in that, she finds a mysterious antique ring found hidden in its binding.
Meanwhile, the story of Lucy Day unfolds. In the sixteenth century, she is the seamstress of Lady Jane Grey, a young girl of noble birth and great scholarship. From the cradle, she has been the pawn of her powerful parents, who scheme to place their daughter into the most advantageous position in the Tudor court where young King Edward the Sixth's health is fragile and the crown hangs in the balance. Lucy becomes more than a seamstress the lonely young Jane Grey; she is eventually her companion and closest friend, rejoicing with Jane as it seems she will marry happily, then grieving with her as that betrothal is cancelled, because her parents think to make their daughter not just a nobleman's wife, but the Queen.
Back in modern times, Jane Lindsay works to discover the identity of the owner of the ring, and as she comes closer to the truth, she comes closer to the truth about herself and her marriage.
I knew Jane Grey's fate already, but nevertheless, Meissner's story had me racing over the pages to see what Jane Lindsay's fate would be. It's a completely absorbing story-within-a-story, a framework that is not easy to pull off, but Meissner does it flawlessly. This is the first book by this talented author that I've read, but it won't be the last. Brava!
This book was provided free for review by the Waterbrook Blogging for Books Program.
Blessings, Laurie Kingery