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.

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Lady in Wating
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Review: A Very Special Delivery

A Very Special Delivery (Love Inspired #349)

Product Details

  • Publisher: Steeple Hill Books
  • Sold By: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: NOOKbook (eBook)
  • Sales Rank: 1,045

Synopsis

It was the surprise of a lifetime for recluse Molly McCreight when single dad Ethan Hunter entrusted her with his infant daughter while he delivered medicine to an elderly man during an ice storm. Past experience had taught Molly how fragile life could be, but she was touched by this stranger’s faith in her abilities. Once the storm had passed, though, and her guests returned home, normalcy eluded Molly. The Hunters’ presence had brought much-needed joy to her quiet world, but their absence threatened to crush her forever. Still, was she ready to admit that this tiny family held the key to the future she’d always secretly craved?

My Thoughts

This was a very sweet book.  I need some light romantic reading on occasion and this totally fit the bill.  Molly McCreight is living in her quiet sad life on her farm without her family after a tragic accident claims the life of her nephew and she feels responsible for his death.  She is preparing for a huge snow storm when she hears a car coming up here drive.  The horrible storm lands Ethan Hunter and his infant daughter, Laney.  Molly is terrified when Ethan explains that he needs to leave Laney with Molly so that he can go give a cancer treatment further down the road or the patient will die.  Molly makes it though this early experience but becomes even more terrified that something with happen to this beautiful child and it will be her fault as the storm knocks down wires that electrify the garage and they are trapped at the house until the storm clears enough to dig out the delivery van that had gotten stuck in the snow when Ethan walked back to her home the night before.  Once the storm has cleared, Ethan attempts to date Molly and finds out just how bad things are when Molly and Ethan bump into Chloe, Molly’s sister, in town.  Ethan sets out to heal both of these women so that he can be with Molly.

The characters in this story as very likable and you really feel bad for both of them early on in this story.  They both have very sad stories.  It is a easy enjoyable read that makes you want the best for both of them and the beautiful, Laney.  What I enjoyed the most was the twist at the end that seemly healed both Chloe and Molly.  Beautiful story with a very happy ending.

My Rating

3.5 of 5 stars.  I enjoyed the book and its light reading quality but I probably would not pick it up to read again.