Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Lady in Waiting by Susan Meissner

After two decades plus of marriage, Jane Lindsay assumed she and her husband Brad would always be a couple. Thus when Brad walks out on her to move from Manhattan to Manchester, New Hampshire, she is stunned as she never even remotely saw it coming. With their son away at school, Jane struggles with the end of her emotionally comfortable life.

At her East Village antique shop, amidst a box filled with alleged relics sent by her English friend Emma Downing, Jane finds an old ring. On the inner band is etched a phrase in Latin with one English word: Jane. With a need to know more about the ring that came from a British estate sale, she investigates who the original Jane was. She soon learns about sixteenth-century dressmaker Lucy Day who worked for ill-fated innocent Lady Jane Grey; at a time when the country`s tumultuous divide placed her in the deadly middle. Connected by the ring and their first name, Lady Jane and Manhattan Jane have more control over what they want out of their lives than either originally had thought.

Susan Meissner has a great website with info about her, her books, writers, readers, etc. You'll want to go visit her site.

I've read several of Susan's books. Picket Fences is the only one I have reviewed. I believe I won Shape of Mercy, which is why there is no review for it. This was one of my favorites. I read this book in a day; it was just so good I had a hard time putting it down. I could really relate to Jane, the antique shop owner, which is probably one reason I enjoyed the book so much. I was fascinated with Lady Jane's story and the history surrounding the era. Who knew royalty had their own tailors and dressmakers?

I would highly recommend this book. If you like to read fiction (and especially historical fiction), then no doubt you'll enjoy this book.

You can purchase this book from Amazon or any other retailer who sells Christian fiction.

I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review. It was my privilege.

Unto the Hills: A Daily Devotional By Billy Graham

Unto the Hills: A Daily Devotional

By Billy Graham 

The classic 365-day devotional from Billy Graham, now back in print.

No matter your place in life, this classic collection of devotional readings is designed to bring you daily to that special place of renewal— to help you pause and gaze "unto the hills" for help and inspiration.

Each of the 365 daily readings in this inspiring collection offers a carefully chosen passage of scripture, a brief, thoughtful message from Dr. Graham, and a heartfelt prayer composed especially for this book. Distilled from a lifetime of study and ministry, these devotionals supply daily food for thought about living fruitfully and joyfully in an often fretful world.

Simple, direct, encouraging yet challenging, this book offers itself as a heartening companion for your daily walk in the valley. This collection is a gentle but constant reminder that we can find help for all our needs as long as we remember to look up . . . unto the hills but especially unto the Lord. 

About the Author:

"My one purpose in life is to help people find a personal relationship with God, which, I believe, comes through knowing Christ." --Billy Graham

Evangelist Billy Graham took Christ literally when He said in Mark 16:15, “Go ye into all the world and preach the Gospel to every creature.”

Mr. Graham has preached the Gospel to more people in live audiences than anyone else in history—nearly 215 million people in more than 185 countries and territories—through various meetings, including Mission World and Global Mission. Hundreds of millions more have been reached through television, video, film, and webcasts.

My thoughts:
This is a great devotional. Some of the pages have enough room on them to make notes or write out your prayers. It's a paperback so you can flip and hold the pages back. It's a pretty good size, but it is for a year. I enjoyed the daily format and the words of inspiration. I would recommend this book for anyone looking for a general devotional.

You can purchase this book at Amazon or anywhere else that sells Christian books.

Thank you Thomas Nelson for providing me with a complimentary copy of this book to review.