Review: Lady in Waiting

Lady in Waiting: A Novel

Product Details

  • Pub. Date: September 2010
  • Publisher: The Doubleday Religious Publishing Group
  • Sales Rank: 76,806

Synopsis

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 and 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 other word: Jane. Feeling instant connection to the mysterious ring bearing her namesake, Jane begins a journey to learn more about the ring—and perhaps about herself.

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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 their lives than they once imagined. It all comes down to the choices each makes despite the realities they face.

My Thoughts

I was drawn to this book from seeing the cover and then even further by the book jacket summary.  I love history and stories that are historical accurate, even if they include some fiction.  I have read other books that do not flip well between current day and historical times well.  I am please to report that this book was a great balance between the two.  Just when you got into the story line with one person it flipped and we got to learn more about the other Jane.  This really made the story work.

Lady Jane’s Story

I really enjoyed that these parts of this story were written not from Lady Jane’s perspective rather her seamstress Lucy.  This made for a interesting view of what was going on in not only Lady Jane’s life but those in the world around her and how others were affected by the times.  From this point of view, we see how little things changed this young women’s (I had not realize how young) life for better and for worse.    I loved the historical accuracy of this story line, but also thoroughly enjoyed the fiction written in to make the story work.  I loved trying to figure out what was going to happen to the ring.

Present Day Jane’s Story

Like so many women in today’s culture, her husband announces one day that he has taken a job out of state and need a “break”.  Jane is heart broken and not willing to share her pain with anyone other than her best friend.  Jane owns an antique store that once was her Aunt.  In a package, Jane discovers few hundred year old Book Of Common Prayer and in its binding a ring.  She is drawn to the ring because it has her name inscribe in it.  After some research, could it be Lady Jane Grey’s ring?  In the process of trying to save her marriage, she realizes that she must first make herself happy.  The top of this list is discovering if this ring really is Lady Jane’s?  Will she figure out the mystery and can she save her marriage?

I thought at first that I was going to be drawn mostly to the historical end of this story but about midway through the book, that changed.  I felt like I could understand present day Jane so much better.  I felt sad for her and wanted the best for her.  I enjoyed seeing how these two stories played together.  My favorite part of the entire book however is the very end which has letters tracking the history of the beautiful ring. 

My Rating

4 of 5 stars – This is a good read especially if you enjoy history!

I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.  All opinion are my own.

Review: The Splendor Falls

The Splendor Falls

Product Details

  • Pub. Date: September 2009
  • Publisher: Random House Children’s Books
  • Format: Hardcover , 528pp
  • Sales Rank: 282,184
  • Age Range: Young Adult

Synopsis

Sylvie Davis is a ballerina who can’t dance, she lost everything important to her in one missed step.
Uprooting her from her Manhattan apartment, and shipping her to Alabama is her mother’s solution for Sylvie’s unhappiness. But life might not be any more simple down south.  As it turns out, her family has a lot more history than Sylvie ever knew. More unnerving, though, are the two guys that she can’t stop thinking about.
Then Sylvie starts seeing things. A girl down by the lake. A man peering into the window. And a graveyard with an oddly placed headstone. Sylvie’s lost nearly everything—is she starting to lose her mind as well?

My Thoughts

Very interesting book.  I love that there is a little of history and lore in this book. 

I had a hard time liking Sylvie in the beginning of this book.  She just seemed like a stuck up girl who while yes had a horrible accident was just rotten.  It did not take me long to see that she was just hiding her pain that that she really was likable.  I really like Rhys right from the beginning.  I love that he didn’t put with with Sylvie’s attitude.  There was always the air of mystery around him.  As for Chase and the other kids in the story, they were well defined and as you read the story you understand why they are the way there are.

The author did a wonderful job on keeping you in the dark on what was really going on for a very long time in this story.  At first, it was pretty slow read but then I got to a point where I just could not put the book down.  I wanted to know what was going on!  Great plot. 

For me the most enjoyable parts of this story has to do with the history of the area and Sylvie’s ancestors and the lore that goes along with the Standing Stones.  I am very interested in the standing stones and did not go into this story knowing that this was even a part of the story.  That made it even better for me. 

This book is definitely work checking out.  It makes you question the seemly “magic” things that happen in our lives.

My Rating

4 of 5 stars.  Mostly for the slow start.

Review: Audio book 7th Heaven by James Patterson

7th Heaven (The Women's Murder Club)

Product Details

  • Pub. Date: April 2009
  • Publisher: Hachette Audio
  • Format: Compact Disc

Synopsis

Two cases have pushed San Francisco detective Lindsay Boxer beyond her limits. In the first, a terrible fire in a wealthy home has left a married couple dead and Lindsay and her partner, Rich Conklin, searching for clues. At the same time, Michael Campion, the son of California’s ex-governor with a reputation for partying, has been missing for a month. When there finally seems to be a lead in his case, it is a devastating one. And the combined pressure from the press and the brass is overwhelming.
Assistant District Attorney Yuki Castellano plunges into the biggest case of her life to get to the bottom of Michael Campion’s disappearance. As fire after fire consumes couples in expensive neighborhoods, Lindsay and her friends in the Women’s Murder Club race to find the arsonists responsible. But suddenly the fires are raging too close to home. Frightened for her life and torn between two men, Lindsay confronts the most daunting dilemmas she’s ever faced — in a thriller with unexpected twists and emotional extremes of the kind only James Patterson — “the man who can’t miss” (Time) — can deliver.

My Thoughts:

First, let me say that the reader on this book is amazing.  I have listened to a lot of audio books that I just cannot get through because the reader is one tone and that it is.  The tones and inflection change with each character helping to draw you into the story.  I enjoy that Patterson runs two story lines in these stories, as it helps to keep my interest and keeps me always wondering what is going to happen next.  
At face value, the book has twists and turns like crazy.  Things that you never expect to happen do.  That being said, there are a few inconsistent parts of the the story.  For me this was just fine because the story was just that good.  


I was very excited to get back into the lives of these women and find out what was going on.  I enjoyed that the story is not all about the cases.  We are dealing with the sexual tension between Lindsay and her partner Rich and her feeling for her boyfriend who has proposed but Lindsay can’t make a decision.  Yuki and her odd interactions with the wicked author,Twilly.  And then the minor story lines that go long during the story.  I love these women and getting to know what is going on with them.  It make me want to keep coming back time and time again. 


I listen to audio books on my commute which is just over 30 minutes each way.  I had trouble getting out of the car because I just wanted to know what was happening.  The worst was when the weekend came and I had to put it aside for two hold days (that didn’t happen – I made my husband and kids listen on Sunday between church and grocery shopping).  I just wanted to know how they were going to catch Pidge and Hawk and who killed Michael Campion?!?!  I never saw the end of either of these story lines coming.  James Patterson always offers me a surprise in the end.


My Rating:

4 of 5 stars

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