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 has spent her lifetime as a writer, starting with her first poem at the age of four. She is the award-winning author of The Shape of Mercy, White Picket Fences and many other novels. When she’s not writing, she directs the small groups and connection ministries at her San Diego church. She and her pastor husband are the parents of four young adults.