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One book, two stories, interwoven across five centuries. Susan Meissner expertly weaves the stories of two Janes in her novel, lady In Waiting. Focusing on the theme of choice, Mrs. Meissner tells the story of modern day Jane Lindsay, who has always been happy to allow others to make those important life choices for her. After twenty-two years of marriage, Jane’s husband decides they need a break and walks out the door. Jane is forced to confront her pleaser personality and decide who she really is and what she really wants.

Jane is soon introduced to the other Jane – the Lady Jane Grey – as she researches a beautiful ring found in a box from a British jumble sale. Through the voice of Lucy Day, a dressmaker to the young Lady, we discover that while we don’t always have a choice in every matter, the most important elements of our lives are to be decided by our choices.

Mrs. Meissner’s storytelling is riveting. The transitions between modern-day Jane and sixteenth century Lucy are well done and appropriate. I was asked if this was a romance novel and answered no. While there are elements of romance resent, the stories within are really a “coming to truly know one’s self” story. Five stars.

Disclaimer: I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.

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