Ladies in Waiting is a character driven novel, and consequently, a bit slow moving. There were several things I really enjoyed about the novel, as well as several things that I did not particularly care for. Despite the slow pace, it is clear from the very beginning that Laura L. Sullivan would weave plenty of scandal and intrigue into the plot to keep the reader engaged.
Ladies in Waiting revolves around three different girls: Eliza, Beth, and Zabby. When we meet each of these girls, there is something unconventional about them, which causes quite a shock for the other characters in the scene. The girls’ adventures and forward thinking definitely brightened up the story.
Despite the interesting plot, there was no real romance in the novel—something it really needed. Of all three girls, only Beth was involved in a romantic relationship, but it wasn’t even satisfying. It was superficial and doomed from the start. Zabby does fall in love, but it is clearly unrequited—this means that there were no swoon worthy moments for her, and as the alleged mistress of the King, I would at least expect some! Eliza spends her whole time refusing to fall in love or marry. While this book did need some more romance, I liked that Eliza was always free—it suited her personality well.
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