Tuesday, May 2, 2023

In This Moment by Gabrielle Meyer: Book Review

 *Book received for consideration. All thoughts are my own.

Maggie inherited a gift from her time-crossing parents that allows her to live three separate lives in 1861, 1941, and 2001. Each night, she goes to sleep in one time period and wakes up in another. Until she turns twenty-one, when she will have to forfeit two of those lives--and everyone she knows in them--forever.

In 1861, Maggie is the daughter of a senator at the outbreak of the Civil War, navigating a capital full of Southern spies and wounded soldiers. In 1941, she is a navy nurse, grappling with her knowledge of the future when she joins a hospital ship going to Pearl Harbor. And in 2001, she's a brilliant young medical student, fulfilling her dream of becoming a surgeon.

While Maggie has sworn off romance until she makes her final choice, an intriguing man tugs at her heart in each era, only complicating the impossible decision she must make, which looms ever closer. With so much on the line, how can Maggie choose just one life to keep and the rest to lose?

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.

In This Moment is book number two in the Timeless series. While I would highly suggest reading the first book anyway (it's wonderful), I definitely think this one could be read as a standalone as well. 

The premise behind this series is absolutely fascinating and will draw me in every time. Maggie is born with a gift of time crossing, which has her living different lives across many years (in this case- 3 separate timelines in 1861, 1941, and 2001). When she goes to bed in one timeline, she wakes in the next... until she turns 21 and has to choose which to stay in. This is pretty much the same basic story idea as the first book, just with another timeline added in... but of course, the lives of Maggie are quite different and her choices are as well. Given the premise of this book, it could easily be a lot to track and get confusing quite easily, but I feel like the author does a really good job of putting it all together in a way that makes sense and flows well. This is such a beautifully written story, and so unlike anything else I've seen. Overall, a really entertaining read and certainly one worth reading. 


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