Friday, December 31, 2010

Book Review: Lady in Waiting by Susan Meissner

Lady in Waiting is an intriguing story – actually two stories – of Jane, a New York antique store owner living in the 21st century and Jane, the Tudor Queen of the 16th century. The 21st century Jane is waiting for her husband to make the decision of what he wants to do about the emptiness in their marriage, just as she has waited for him and her parents to make the decisions that have shaped her entire life. While she waits she discovers a ring hidden in a recently acquired book that she decides could have belonged only to Lady Jane Grey. Jane’s quest to learn more about the 16th century Jane leads her on a journey inside her own soul – a journey that leads to the discovery of what duty and choice mean, and the decisions she needs to make to preserve her marriage.

This is the first novel I have read by author Susan Meissner, but it won’t be the last. Her writing is fluid and seamless and the stories flow smoothly between the centuries. I felt an immediate liking for her characters, enjoying them so much that it was hard to put the book down. I recommend this book highly, and be sure to follow it up with more of Susan Meissner’s books!

I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.

Monday, December 20, 2010

Book Review: The Charlatan's Boy by Jonathan Rogers

Grady has been pretending he was a feechieboy for as long as he can remember, travelling from town to town with Professor Floyd and putting on a real professional act. That is, until people stop believing in feechiefolk. Now, you tell me, how can you make any decent money educating the populace about feechiefolk when they don’t even pretend to believe what you say?

As Grady and Floyd travel throughout the island of Corenwald we follow Grady on a quest. Although he has been raised by a show man on the road, Grady longs for home – a place to belong with people who know him and want him. In every village he peers into people’s faces, looking for a familiar looking eyebrow or ear, any family resemblance. He wonders what it would be like to have a friend, to see the same people every day, to find out who his real family is.

Jonathan Rogers has created a world of swamps, alligators and small towns that feels very familiar. The Corenwald world fits around the reader’s shoulders like an easy old sweater. I’m looking forward to reading the next installment of Grady’s story, due out in 2011.

I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.