Saturday, June 4, 2022

When The Day Comes By Gabrielle Meyer

When the Day Comes
by Gabrielle Meyer
Publisher: Bethany House
Series: Timeless
ISBN: 9780764239748

Since this was a new-to-me author I figured I'd give her a try when she came up as the book to review for Bethany House. I'd seen her book all over Instagram and figured I needed to give it a try. I was blown alway!


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?

My Review:

When the Day Comes was EXCEPTIONAL! I actually didn't read the synopsis before I agreed to read it. So many people were saying how great it was I gave in to the hype, which I rarely do. I'm SO glad I did.

This was my first foray into this author's writing and I'm going back for more. After reading this book, she could write about collecting rocks and I'd snatch it up. lol

Where to start... I guess with Libby. I absolutely loved her... in both times. She's definitely a prime example of nature vs nurture. Being nurtured in one time period as opposed to not being nurtured in another time period show the power a parent has over a child. Also a good example of speaking life or death into someone's life. She was courageous, loyal, and strong in both times.

Then there's everyone else... her "moms". I adored her mama in the 1775 and wished for a painful, torturous death to Mother Wells in 1914. Yep, I just said that. Read the book, you'll end up agreeing with me. I think Mother Wells will be one of the top villains I've ever read.

The men in the story... what can I say? I loved them and despised them in equal measure. I mean, when you're dealing with two time periods that's bound to happen. I do want to put a heads up out there that there is are a couple of traumatic experiences that happen within the story, but the author did a wonderful job with that part of it.

I loved that the author used real people in Williamsburg during 1775 and bringing to life the streets I've walked there. I'm SO ready to go back. Not only that, I want to visit the coast of England in Whitby.

Ok, let's talk about the story itself. I was riveted from the get-go. The dual timelines that Libby lived was a fascinating idea and the author made it completely believable. When you become completely absorbed in a story like this, you know you're not going to be able to put it down. The transitions between each time was seamless because of how the author set them up initially for the reader. The question of what was going to happen and how was so unpredictable! I tried throughout the entire story to figure out how it would all fall out in the end. I was NOT prepared. I SOOOO wanted to cheat because I was on the edge of my seat, but I didn't and it was absolutely worth the suspense and the wait!

As I mentioned on Instagram, this may be my favorite book of the year. Any time anyone asks for a recommendation this will be the first book that I will mention! I 100% can't wait for book two to come out. I will note that if you blow by the epilogue in a book you will NOT want to do that with this story. 

About the Author:

Gabrielle Meyer ( 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.


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