Tuesday, May 17, 2022

When the Day Comes by Gabrielle Meyer: Book Review

 **I received a complimentary copy for consideration. All thoughts are my own. 

How will she choose, knowing all she must sacrifice?

Libby has been given a powerful gift: to live one life in 1774 Colonial Williamsburg and the other in 1914 Gilded Age New York City. When she falls asleep in one life, she wakes up in the other. While she's the same person at her core in both times, she's leading two vastly different lives.

In Colonial Williamsburg, Libby is a public printer for the House of Burgesses and the Royal Governor, trying to provide for her family and support the Patriot cause. The man she loves, Henry Montgomery, has his own secrets. As the revolution draws near, both their lives--and any hope of love--are put in jeopardy.

Libby's life in 1914 New York is filled with wealth, drawing room conversations, and bachelors. But the only work she cares about--women's suffrage--is discouraged, and her mother is intent on marrying her off to an English marquess. The growing talk of war in Europe only complicates matters.

But Libby knows she's not destined to live two lives forever. On her twenty-first birthday, she must choose one path and forfeit the other--but how can she choose when she has so much to lose in each life?

Gabrielle Meyer (www.gabriellemeyer.com) has worked for state and local historical societies and loves writing fiction inspired by real people, places, and events. She currently resides along the banks of the Mississippi River in central Minnesota with her husband and four children. By day, she's a busy homeschool mom, and by night she pens fiction and nonfiction filled with hope.

Imagine living two different lives in two different times. This is Libby's reality going back and forth between 1774 and 1914 in When the Day Comes. Each day when she goes to sleep in one timeline, she wakes up in the other--losing no time in between. She continues to do so until her 21st birthday, at which time she will be able to make the decision which timeline to remain in.  I don't read many time travel stories, but I loved the unique idea behind this story and found myself drawn in. 

This story was fantastically written... creating two very different worlds for Libby, both equally interesting. It was a bit hard to wrap my brain around how one could keep these two lives straight, but I found the author did a good job of making it easier for the reader to understand. There was a bit of a surprise twist at the end, which I will admit I suspected might be coming a little while before it happened, but it did not disappoint anyway. While the story was entertaining, it also had a really great message on God's plans and timing. 

This story was certainly unlike any I have read in the past, and I absolutely adored it. I cannot wait to see what happens next in the Timeless series. 


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