Author: Gabrielle Meyer
Genre: Split-time Romance
Series: Timeless #1
Release Date: May 3, 2022
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?
Reviewer: Paula Shreckhise
Fabulous. What a wonderfully unique time travel story.
Libby from 1774 Williamsburg and Anna Elizabeth from 1914 New York society are the same person. When Libby goes to sleep in one time, she wakes up in the other, alternating time periods. She must decide which time she wants to remain in by her 21 st birthday. Ms. Meyer has developed an absolutely captivating premise, and she executes it with believable characters and scenarios.
Libby and Henry are right in the formative days of the American Revolution with interactions with some of our founding fathers. We feel the emotions going through Libby as she sees Henry putting his life in danger for the patriots. “Freedom is not free. The price is far greater than anyone realizes.” And when Libby navigates her days leading up to WWI, we see how torn she is in her life in the early 1900s.
Ms. Meyer puts a few twists and turns into the story, weaving faith throughout, but the end is satisfying with a hint at what the next book in the series could be about. “There are some things too mysterious for us to understand. We are not to know all the answers. Only God does, and He calls us to trust and believe that He is doing what is best.”
Definitely going on my keeper shelf, and I am awaiting the next book!
I received a complimentary copy of this book from Bethany House on behalf of the author. I was not required to give a favorable review. All opinions are my own.
Reviewer: Laura J. Davis
I have never read a book by Gabrielle Meyer before, and I can honestly say it will not be my last. When the Day Comes blew me away and had me crying like a baby. It also had me up until the wee hours of the morning. I couldn't put it down. It had all the feels!
Libby Conant lived one life in 1774 Colonial Williamsburg and the other life in New York in 1914. Now here is where I get confused. When she went to sleep in 1774, she woke up in 1914, but she was not in the same body. I may be wrong about how this worked, but my understanding was that her consciousness floated back and forth between both bodies. Her parents are different in each era too. An interesting concept, isn't it?
I loved the faith element in this book. Both Libby and her mother had a mark on their chests that indicated they were time travellers. But, the unique gift they were given came with rules. On her 21st birthday, Libby had to choose which era she wanted to live in. Once she made that choice, she would stay there forever. But when you throw in love interests, complications from those love interests, and two wars, the choice is not very easy. This is where faith comes in. I loved this aspect because it was all about trusting God's plans for us.
With lots of surprises, twists and turns, When the Day Comes will not be a book you can easily put down. I cannot wait for the second book!
I received this book from Bethany House through NetGalley for my honest review.
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