This was a lovely tale about two women connected by a single ring spanning 4 centuries. The modern day Jane is a woman who is content in her 20+ year marriage until out of the blue, he husband accepts a job in another state and doesn’t want her to join him. The other Jane’s story is told through the eyes of a dressmaker named Lucy Day. The sixteenth-century Jane is none other than Lady Jane Grey, fourth in line for the throne after the passing of King Henry VII.
Meissner does a fabulous job in presenting the stories of two women from different eras of time in such similar ways. I loved the stories of both Jane’s and truly have trouble deciding which storyline I liked better. I realized, too, as I read this book that I must be getting older as I identified with the modem day Jane. Not that I completely understood her situation, but it’s rare to be married for 10 years and have it go swimmingly the whole time.
I thought the historical pieces were fascinating and especially loved the trail of letters at the end. It made me long to know more and to fantasize about such links with our past.
I recommend his book to anyone with an interest in modern chick lit, historical romances or interest in pre-Elizabethan England. It was a lovely book and I will be eagerly looking for more by this author!
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Disclaimer: I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.