Lady In Waiting: A Novel by Susan MeissnerLady In Waiting: A Novel by Susan Meissner

Lady In Waiting: A Novel

bySusan Meissner

Paperback | September 7, 2010

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Love is a choice you make every day.

Content in her comfortable marriage of twenty-two years, Jane Lindsay never expected to watch her husband, Brad, pack his belongings and walk out the door of their Manhattan home. But when it happens, she feels powerless to stop him, or 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.

Susan Meissner is a former managing editor of a weekly newspaper and an award-winning columnist. She is the award-winning author of A Bridge Across the Ocean, Secrets of a Charmed Life, A Fall of Marigolds, and Stars Over Sunset Boulevard, among other novels. Visit her website at
Title:Lady In Waiting: A NovelFormat:PaperbackDimensions:352 pages, 8.2 × 5.52 × 0.74 inPublished:September 7, 2010Publisher:The Crown Publishing GroupLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0307458830

ISBN - 13:9780307458834

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Old Connects with New Old connects with new. Historical fiction meets and connects with contemporary fiction in the stories of two women with centuries separating them. What connects them is a ring and a life of other's making decisions and choices for them. When circumstances come to a head in both of their lives they come to a crossroads and must make the decision to choose their own fates. Lady Jane Grey is a young girl of 11 when Lucy Day becomes her dressmaker. Not living at home, she is basically a political & religious pawn as her parents negotiate her engagement and marriage. Receiving a ring from the one she truly loves, she must hide it as she is not to follow her heart. When the manipulations of those around her start to fall apart, she finally has the opportunity to decide her own fate. Four hundred years later Jane Lindsay, an antique shop owner, receives a shipment of boxes bought at an English jumble sale by her London contact. Inside a locked box is a centuries old Protestant prayer book and within it's fragile binding Jane finds an old ring with a latin inscription and the name Jane. As her own life is unraveling she begins a pursuit to find the original Jane of the ring. Soon the two Jane's stories pick up some similarities even though they lived centuries apart and the contemporary Jane must also take a look at her own life and choose her own fate. Susan Meissner again writes the kind of story I could not put down. I was quickly caught up in both trails of the story and I thought she wove the two together seamlessly connecting the ring in both women's worlds. I was never confused between the two and never forgot details of one while the other was being told. I thought it was a wonderful read that would appeal to both the historical fiction fans and the contemporary fiction fans. Thank you to Waterbrook Multnomah Publishing Group for providing the book free for review.
Date published: 2011-02-08

Bookclub Guide

1. Did you find yourself drawn more to the story of modern-day Jane or long-ago Lady Jane? Why?2. Why do you think Jane conditioned herself to defer to others when an important decision had to be made? Can you relate?3. What have you learned about yourself or life or God when you’ve had to wait? Do you consider yourself a patient person?4. A quote by the French philosopher Diderot is mentioned in chapter 3. “What has never been doubted has never been proven.” Do you think that is true? Do you think this quote holds any significance to Jane Lindsay?5. Do you think it’s conceivable that Jane truly saw no signs that Brad was unhappy? Why or why not?6. Does Jane Lindsay’s mother have any redeeming qualities? Is there anything about her personality that makes her  admirable? What about Lady Jane Grey’s mother?7. What do you think Lucy Day’s strengths were? Why do you think she gave personality traits to the dresses in Jane’s wardrobe?8. When Jane Lindsay’s mother has the clock fixed, Jane has a hard time thinking of it as the same clock. Is it the same clock? Do you approve of what her mother did? Would you have had the clock fixed? Why or why not? Why do you think some people are drawn to antiques?9. In the end, Jane decides to stand by Brad during his crisis. What do you think of her decision?10. If you had lived during the sixteenth century, would you have wanted to be a commoner, a noble, or a royal? Why?11. Professor Claire Abbot tells Jane Lindsay that Lady Jane Grey was not entirely without choice; had she chosen to, she could’ve refused the crown and escaped to the North with the man she loved. What do you think of this suggestion? If Jane Grey had done something like this, how would it alter your opinion of her?12. Where do you see Jane and Brad Lindsay in ten years? What do you think Jane Lindsay does with the ring?

Editorial Reviews

Praise for Lady in Waiting“Lady in Waiting is sheer beauty set in two time periods, both equally captivating stories. Meissner writes characters I care for, root for, and pine alongside—and she does so while weaving enticing, heart-wrenching plots. This book proves why I’m an ardent Susan Meissner fan.”—Mary DeMuth, author of Life in Defiance“Lady in Waiting by Susan Meissner: The pacing, perfection. Transitions between centuries, seamless. Capturing the nuances of relationship, flawless. Put anything written by Susan Meissner on your “must read now!” list, right beside Barbara Kingsolver and Elizabeth Berg. I couldn’t put this elegant novel of love and choice down. A completely satisfying read.”—Jane Kirkpatrick, award-winning author of A Flickering Light and An Absence So Great“A novel about decisions long regretted and decisions yet to be made, Lady in Waiting resonates with the great hope and exhilaration that come with the realization that there is always a choice.”—Siri Mitchell, author of She Walks in Beauty“Artfully blending past and present, Susan Meissner weaves the stories of two different women into a rich tapestry of love, disappointment, and ultimately the power of standing up for what you believe in. The subtlety of her storytelling makes Lady in Waiting both delightful to read and impossible to forget.”—Nicole Baart, author of The Moment Between  Praise for Susan Meissner“As raindrops become mighty rivers, Susan Meissner’s words seem simple in the beginning, but one thought builds naturally upon another, phrases and sentences flow together with effortless fluidity, and before you know it, you are totally engrossed by the powerful undercurrents of her story. To read Ms. Meissner is to put yourself into the hands of that rarest kind of author: an artist working in the medium of words.”—Athol Dickson, Christy Award–winning author of The Cure and Winter Haven“Writing as incandescent as pure flame. Susan Meissner delivers again with a family story that wraps you up and stays with you long after the last page.”—James Scott Bell, best-selling author of Deceived and Try Fear“I loved The Shape of Mercy from beginning to end. Ms. Meissner’s prose sings, and her characters captured my interest from the start. As the story unfolded, those same characters captured my heart. I won’t soon forget Mercy, Lauren, or Abigail.”—Robin Lee Hatcher, award-winning author of Wagered Heart and When Love Blooms“With a deft hand, Meissner blends an intriguing storyline, artful writing, and memorable characters for a truly delicious read. This one’s a keeper!”—Denise Hunter, author of The Convenient Groom“White Picket Fences, with its wonderful cast of characters, offers hope to all of us who live less than perfect lives behind our own white picket fences. Susan Meissner skillfully weaves together parallel storylines to show how healing can come when we risk sharing our secret pain with others.”—Lynn Austin, author of Until We Reach Home