I love historical fiction and Susan Meissner delivers both a terrific, believable piece of historical fiction and a wonderful contemporary story of love, loss and the choices that define us. This is a tale of two Janes. The first Jane is the manager of an antique store in New York. After more than twenty years of marriage, Jane is hiding the true state of affairs from her overbearing mother. While she’s trying to figure out what her future holds, a box from a jumble sale arrives containing an old prayer book and a hidden ring inscribed to “Jane.”
Finding the mysterious Jane from the past occupies the current Jane’s thoughts. Was the original recipient of the ring happy? Was she loved? Did the ring bring her joy and peace or did her love end in disappointment? Intermixed with the story of the current Jane is the powerful story of the ring’s original owner . Both stories will keep you turning pages. I often find that stories set in two different times will have one “stronger” story line that I can’t wait to get back to. “Lady in Waiting” was the exception, I found both story lines equally compelling.
If you’re looking for a terrific read or a great gift book for a historical fiction fan, pick up a copy of “Lady in Waiting.” I think you’ll be glad you did.
I received this book free as part of the Blogging for Books program.