Love is a choice you make every day.
Content in her comfortable marriage of twenty-two years, Jane Lindsay had never expected to watch her husband, rad, pack his belongings and walk out the door of their Manhattan home. But when it happens, she feels powerless to stop him and the course of events that follow Brad’s departure.
Jane finds an old ring in a box of relics from a British jumble sale and discovers a Latin inscription in the band along with just one recognizable word: Jane. Feeling an instant connection to the mysterious ring bearing her namesake, Jane begins a journey to learn more about the ring—and perhaps about herself.
In the sixteenth-century, Lucy Day becomes the dressmaker to Lady Jane Grey, an innocent young woman whose fate seems to be controlled by a dangerous political and religious climate, one threatening to deny her true love and pursuit of her own interests.
As the stories of both Janes dovetail through the journey of one ring, it becomes clear that each woman has far more infl uence over her life than she once imagined. It all comes down to the choices each makes despite the realities they face.
1. Did you find yourself drawn more to the story of modern-day Jane or long-ago Lady Jane? Why?
2. Why do you think Jane conditioned herself to defer to others when an important decision had to be made? Can you relate?
3. What have you learned about yourself or life or God when you’ve had to wait? Do you consider yourself a patient person?
4. A quote by the French philosopher Diderot is mentioned in chapter 3. “What has never been doubted has never been proven.” Do you think that is true? Do you think this quote holds any significance to Jane Lindsay?
5. Do you think it’s conceivable that Jane truly saw no signs that Brad was unhappy? Why or why not?
6. Does Jane Lindsay’s mother have any redeeming qualities? Is there anything about her personality that makes her admirable? What about Lady Jane Grey’s mother?
7. What do you think Lucy Day’s strengths were? Why do you think she gave personality traits to the dresses in Jane’s wardrobe?
8. When Jane Lindsay’s mother has the clock fixed, Jane has a hard time thinking of it as the same clock. Is it the same clock? Do you approve of what her mother did? Would you have had the clock fixed? Why or why not? Why do you think some people are drawn to antiques?
9. In the end, Jane decides to stand by Brad during his crisis. What do you think of her decision?
10. If you had lived during the sixteenth century, would you have wanted to be a commoner, a noble, or a royal? Why?
11. Professor Claire Abbot tells Jane Lindsay that Lady Jane Grey was not entirely without choice; had she chosen to, she could’ve refused the crown and escaped to the North with the man she loved. What do you think of this suggestion? If Jane Grey had done something like this, how would it alter your opinion of her?
12. Where do you see Jane and Brad Lindsay in ten years? What do you think Jane Lindsay does with the ring?