Lady in Waiting by Susan Meissner

5+ of 5 stars                                                                                                                      

Waterbrook Press, 2010

Paperback, 332 pages

Also available in e-format and Book CD

Of all the good books I’ve read this summer, Lady in Waiting is the very best.

I read it twice this summer – half in paperback first, then the entire book on Book CD. It was worth every minute.

Lady in Waiting is the story of three women.

Jane Lindsay, a contemporary fictional character, is an antique store owner whose husband has just left her. She tells her own story.

Lady Jane Grey is, of course, the historical Nine Days’ Queen.

Lucy Day is Lady Jane Grey’s fictional dressmaker, who tells Lady Jane Grey’s story along with her own.

The women’s stories become intertwined when the modern Jane Lindsay acquires an ancient betrothal ring engraved with her name: Jane. Research leads her to conclude the ring belonged to a woman from Lady Jane Grey’s era, quite possibly to Lady Jane Grey herself.

Each of the stories — two historical, one contemporary – is developed in marvelous detail, and is consistently, believably, thoughtfully told. The fact I learned the story of Lady Jane Grey as I read was a delightful bonus. She is not only a long-ago character to me, but a living, breathing woman.

Susan Meissner did a terrific job of researching and writing this book. After reading Lady in Waiting, I re-read her earlier novels, discovering how much her writing has grown. She who’s always produced good stories is now writing better than ever.

If you like a good story, if you like historical fiction, or if you’d like to learn more history but don’t want to read a textbook, I strongly recommend Susan Meissner’s Lady in Waiting.

Purchase it at Amazon or Borrow it from Calgary Public Library or your own local library.

Learn more about Susan Meissner.


~ by Laureen Guenther on August 22, 2012.

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