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Lady in Waiting: A Novel

Lady in Waiting - Susan Meissner
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 ring bearing her namesake, Jane begins a journey to learn more about the ring—and perhaps about herself.


In the sixteenth-century, Lucy Day becomes the dressmaker to Lady Jane Grey, an innocent young woman whose fate seems to be controlled by a dangerous political and religious climate, one threatening to deny her true love and pursuit of her own interests.

As the stories of both Janes dovetail through the journey of one ring, it becomes clear that each woman has far more influence over her life than she once imagined. It all comes down to the choices each makes despite the realities they face.

My 2 cents:

This is a unique historical read. These two woman lived hundreds of years apart and come together with this one ring Jane finds. Jane is upset as she never saw her husband leaving her. It was a complete shock. She thought they would be together for ever. Lady Jane and regular Jane have a lot in common not just the ring with the word "Jane" inside of the ring but, soon learn they do have a say in their lives. Going from person to person and century to century the author did a great job for winding things together instead of it feeling choppy so to speak. I was shocked at how well the story was.