Author: Susan Meissner
One book spanning two time periods, at first appearance the common thread that weaves both periods together is a ring. In one time period the ring is shrouded in mystery and in the other time period it is a symbol of hope. The modern day time period centers around Jane Lindsay, a 40 something wife and takes you on a journey of a modern day marriage struggling to stay afloat. The historical period is about the young Lady Jane Grey, as told by her seamstress, Lucy Day. Lady Jane is extremely young by today's standards, but as the story unfolds we see that she too struggles with the uncertainty of a pending marriage. As the reader continues on the journey of these simultaneous story lines you start to realize that the message of the book is much deeper than a storyline about a ring.
The stories were not action packed, in fact I was able to put the book down several times during the reading of it, however upon completion of the book I had to take time to reflect on the overall message in the book and examine what parts of my own life were reflected in the book. The answers that I came up with were surprising - at first I denied that I had anything in common with either of the Janes or Lucy, but upon reflection I know that I carry a little piece of each of them within me.
I strongly recommend this book and that you read it to the end, the discovery of yourself may surprise you.
Using my rating system I have to give this book a 4 STAR rating due the the thought invoking process that it provoked. Sometimes a book does not have to be full of action and adventure to be a Great Book, this book is one of those.
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I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group in exchange for my honest review.