Book Review: Lady in Waiting

“Love is a choice you make every day.”

Those words on the back cover intrigued me the most. Susan Meissner’s Lady in Waiting is a beautiful novel with two tales woven together by a single ring and an inscription.

Back cover:

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…

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.

My Review:

This is a story for one and all—history lovers and contemporaries alike. Jane’s present-day struggles feel so real and grip the reader by the heart in the same way Lady Jane Grey’s drama unfolds through the eyes of the dressmaker, Lucy.

While some of this felt a bit slow, especially the sections from Lucy’s perspective toward the beginning, everything came together with precise timing. The last half of the book had me holding on tightly and madly flipping each page.

Meissner’s writing is seamless and captivating. For anyone who loves strong characters that will leave you thinking of them long after the book has closed, put this on your list.

Disclosure: I was given this book in exchange for my honest opinion, as part of Multnomah’s Blogging for Books.

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