Reviewer: Amy Lignor
Title: Lady in Waiting
Author: Susan Meissner
Publisher: Waterbrook Press
Release Date: September 2010
Genre/Sub-genre: Historical Inspirational Fiction/Romance
Year/Setting: 1548/England (and) Present Day/Manhattan
Overall Rating: 4.5
Sexual Content Rating: None/Subtle
Language (Profanity/Slang) Content Rating: None/Mild
Violent Content Rating: Minimal/Moderate
Susan's Website/Blog: www.susanmeissner.com
Seriously…and, I mean, seriously…this is one of those fantastic adventure/mysteries that you will not be able to put down. Spinning a present-day tale by incorporating a fantastic piece of history is, most definitely, a winning formula.
In 1548, England, a young woman by the name of Lucy Day is sent to help a child named Lady Jane. Her new, young boss is extremely upset; Jane’s life has been turned completely upside down because of the tremendous loss of the Queen Dowager Katherine. Jane is eleven years old when the Queen is taken away from her, and she is left with only the Lord Admiral Seymour to lead her into adulthood. What Lady Jane doesn’t begin to grasp is the fact that she will soon be used as a pawn by a few very haughty, greedy people who want to see Lady Jane on the throne in order for they, themselves, to get the power they’ve wanted for so long. What these people will never realize is that a single gift given to Jane by her great and true love will find its way into the future.
Jane Lindsay lives in Manhattan. She runs her Great Aunt’s antique shop because her mother, a woman who "stages houses" in order to sell them, doesn’t want to have much to do with the old, dusty business. Jane, on the other hand, absolutely loves it. She has a great time searching the small hamlets of Massachusetts and Connecticut for the oldest piece of history she can find. In fact, at the beginning of Jane’s story, she has found a clock related to the Titanic; while she’s beyond excited, her mother wants to have someone tinker with it so it will work again, and mess up a true piece of history.
Jane also has a best friend and buyer who lives in London. Her name is Emily and she runs a costume shop there, as well as combing the territory for antiques to send to Jane in NYC. When a package arrives from her, Jane finds an old box that has a Book of Common Prayer locked inside it from 1662. Not only is this a fantastic find, but there’s also a lump in the cover of the book which holds a stunning gold band covered in gemstones. Inside the band there’s an inscription that comes from the Song of Solomon – the "love poem in the Old Testament."
With this newfound treasure, Jane finds herself digging into all the history books, wondering if perhaps she should tell the family who sold the box for practically nothing, that a treasure beyond belief had been located inside. Unfortunately for Jane, the excitement of the treasure is almost immediately crushed, as her husband decides to up and leave her, telling Jane that he feels a separation is a "must."
Every page of this fantastic novel offers a new "twist." These come from Jane’s life, as she must deal with a distant husband, a sad college-aged son, and a mother who seems like she’s as ‘out there’ as any mom can get. The twists and turns also come from Lucy Day, as she finds a man she falls madly in love with, while trying her best to save the famous woman who not only sat on the throne of England for nine days, but also lost her life because of other people’s greed.
On a personal note, I have to say that I loved the antique shop, remembering the small town I’m from in Litchfield County where every Saturday my mom and I would ride around and discover all the wonderful treasures of the past. Trust me, whether you’re an antique hunter, a historical fan, a puzzle junkie, or a person who wants a good, solid family/love story, this is most definitely the book for you!
Until next time,
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