Lady in Waiting- Susan Meissner

 Lady in Waiting: A Novel

Jane Lindsay's marriage is failing.  It came as a complete surprise to her when her husband wanted to move away to New Hampshire to a new job and new home without her.  He insists they need to find out what is holding their marriage together now that their grown son has left for college.

Jane is struggling with this and with her relationship with her mom who insists on giving unasked for advice.  In the midst of Jane's turmoils, a new set of boxes arrives at the antique shop she runs for her aunt.  Within the boxes, purchased from a rummage sale in England, Jane finds a ring.  This is a very special ring that has an inscription from the Song of Solomon and Jane's own name inside.

As Jane's story unfolds and she comes to learn more about herself and her marriage, we also learn the story of the other Jane- the one whom the ring was originally inscribed for.  Both Janes come to learn the truth about their choices and the fact that they both have choices to make.

Susan Meissner's story is very thought-provoking.  I had a hard time really relating to the characters whose relationships with each other seemed rather flat to me.   But, I did find myself relating to the discoveries Jane was making about her life, and I found myself very interested in the historical story of the "other Jane."  Meissner includes some information at the book's end to let us know what of the story was historically accurate.  I loved the historical fiction part of this book as that is one of my favorite genres when it is well done!  So, despite the characters being a little hard to get to know, I found this to be a fairly good read.

I received a free copy of this book from WaterBrook/Multnomah Press for review purposes.  The opinions expressed are solely my own.