In Susan Meissner’s
novel Lady in Waiting
(WaterBrook Press), Jane
Lindsay is forced to pick
up the pieces and start
over again after her
husband of 22 years
bails on her—something
she’s not
quite sure
how she’ll
Jane finds
an antique
ring with
her name
inscribed on it in Latin,
well, her curiosity leads to
an intriguing journey that
not only reveals the ring’s
origins, but her own
strength in the midst
of trials.

“When I wrote The Shape
of Mercy
a couple years
ago, I found I really
enjoyed dovetailing a
contemporary story with a
historical event,” Susan
tells FamilyFiction.
“History is always a
looking glass—it reflects
back to us what we revere
as timeless. For Lady in
I blended the
story of a modern woman,
emotionally shipwrecked
after her
leaves her,
with the
true story
of Lady
Jane Grey, who was queen
of England in the 16th
century for just nine days.
Both women seemingly
were in situations where
they couldn’t choose their
own destiny. Of course,
things aren’t always what
they appear. Not then, and
not now.”

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About The Author

Susan Meissner is a USA Today bestselling author of historical fiction with more than half a million books in print in fifteen languages. She is an author, speaker and writing workshop leader with a background in community journalism. Her novels include As Bright as Heaven, starred review in Library Journal; Secrets of Charmed Life, a Goodreads finalist for Best Historical Fiction 2015; and A Fall of Marigolds, named to Booklist’s Top Ten Women’s Fiction titles for 2014. A California native, she attended Point Loma Nazarene University and is also a writing workshop volunteer for Words Alive, a San Diego non-profit dedicated to helping at-risk youth foster a love for reading and writing.