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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 without any time passing. On her twenty-first birthday, Libby must choose one path and forfeit the other--but how can she possibly decide when she has so much to lose?


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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 without any time passing. On her twenty-first birthday, Libby must choose one path and forfeit the other--but how can she possibly decide when she has so much to lose?

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  1. 4 out of 5

    RoshReviews

    In a Nutshell: This is like reading two historical stories in one. I have never seen such a unique approach to a dual timeline novel. I was sure this would get a minimum of 4.25 stars. The ending made me jump up a notch. Story: I'm trying very hard not to reveal too much here! Nineteen year old Libby lives two lives simultaneously – one in 1774 and the other in 1914. (Yup, you read that right.) When she goes to sleep at night in one life, she wakes up in the other, and vice versa. In 1774, she is In a Nutshell: This is like reading two historical stories in one. I have never seen such a unique approach to a dual timeline novel. I was sure this would get a minimum of 4.25 stars. The ending made me jump up a notch. Story: I'm trying very hard not to reveal too much here! Nineteen year old Libby lives two lives simultaneously – one in 1774 and the other in 1914. (Yup, you read that right.) When she goes to sleep at night in one life, she wakes up in the other, and vice versa. In 1774, she is the impoverished girl who is struggling to run her late father’s printing press amid mounting debts, a male-dominated society, and the impending political conflict (which we know today as the American Revolutionary War.) In 1914, she is the daughter of a wealthy American businessman whose wife is determined to get Libby married to a member of the British aristocracy in order to jump up the echelons of NY society. Libby knows that she will be compelled to choose one timeline on the eve of her 21st birthday. Which timeline would it be? Would her decision come with any costs attached? The story comes to us in the first person perspective of Libby. Where the book worked for me: 😍 This is such a creative storyline! I have never seen any historical novel approach a dual timeline story with such effectiveness. The timeslip idea is used by the author as a wonderful writing device to bring us the alternate timelines without making them seem forced. You do need to focus and remember what’s happening in Libby’s distinct lives but the writing makes the job quite easy for you. 😍 The story is a strange mix of historical fiction and fantasy and timeslip, but historical fiction clearly rules over a major chunk of the plot. To boot, it is also Christian fiction and it does justice to this genre as well. 😍 If you know me even a little, you know that I'm an overthinker even while reading. I need a plot to be very logical. SFF books get some flexibility from me as it is a highly imaginative genre, but if something has glaring plot holes, the left side of my brain begins cribbing. To my surprise, whenever I had some logical query related to Libby's dual existence, the author sorted it out. I ended up with not a single doubt or query, even with such an ambitious, almost outlandish plotline. That deserves kudos! 😍 The plotting is crystal clear. Every single track, whether major or minor, is taken care of and has a role to play in the overall story development. The author reveals in her note that she knew the entire plot before she started writing the book. Well, it shows! 😍 Libby is a strong lead character and carries the book wonderfully on her shoulders. Despite the inadequacies of her era (both the eras!), she comes off as strong, intelligent, and resourceful, making her a fabulous historical heroine. Some of the secondary characters too are well-sketched, but this is Libby’s story all the way. 😍 The years that the author chose for Libby’s two lives are quite significant. Libby’s society is on the cusp of a war in both timelines and yet the circumstances are so different. Though Libby is an American in both her lives, the author skilfully weaves in England in the 1914 timeline, thereby adding a third historical angle to the already strong historical plot. Thus we get a glimpse of 1774 Virginia, 1914 New York, and 1914 England. 😍 There is an element of romance but while it is the central driving force behind the story, it never overpowers the narrative. 😍 Both the timelines lend themselves wonderfully to a lot of feminist themes and debates - women's rights, suffrage, marital pressure, and so on. 😍 The author seems to have done her research excellently. Historical facts are woven into the fictional narrative, lending them an added touch of authenticity. Her note at the end details which part is true and where she has taken creative license. 😍 The ending is just perfect for this book and gives a nice clue about the next book in this series, which I will eagerly wait to get my hands on. There’s no cliffhanger or open ending. This is how books in a series should end – completing the story within them and yet letting us know where the book might go next. Where the book could have worked better for me: 😕 Some part of the 1774 history went over my head. I know a little about American history from what I have read in books such as 'Gone with the Wind' but this story takes an angle I have never read about. This is my shortcoming, not the book’s. It would be better if you are somewhat familiar with American history, though it is not a must, if you want to understand the conflict in this timeline better. 😕 As is common in many first person narrations, there is some amount of internal rambling. This, at times, interferes with the pacing of the story. All in all, my satisfaction level with this story is extremely high. I love historical fiction, and to get two such compelling and well-researched historical narratives within a single book was a great experience. Heartily recommended to lovers of historical fiction who want to try something quite unlike what they usually read. It is hist-fic with a time-travel twist! 4.5 stars. My thanks to Bethany House and NetGalley for the DRC of “When the Day Comes”. This review is voluntary and contains my honest opinion about the book. *********************** Join me on the Facebook group, Readers Forever! , for more reviews, book-related discussions and fun.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Deanne Patterson

    See my review on my blog here https://veganbookblogger.wordpress.co... This book is incredibly unique. Not many authors can write different genres as well as this one does. But she writes books that are done equally well in each genre she writes. This book has a unique look at time traveling. When our main character goes to sleep in one time period she'll wake up in another time period without any time having passed. She splits her time between 1774 Colonial Williamsburg and the other in 1914 Gilde See my review on my blog here https://veganbookblogger.wordpress.co... This book is incredibly unique. Not many authors can write different genres as well as this one does. But she writes books that are done equally well in each genre she writes. This book has a unique look at time traveling. When our main character goes to sleep in one time period she'll wake up in another time period without any time having passed. She splits her time between 1774 Colonial Williamsburg and the other in 1914 Gilded Age New York City. There are positives and negatives in each time period and she lives a very different life in each one. I enjoyed reading the rich historical details about each time period. There comes a time when she must make a very important decision about which time period she will stay in as she will not be able to return to the other. I never thought I would enjoy time travel books but the author draws you into the story and makes it so fascinating that you can't help but love it! Pub Date 03 May 2022 I was given a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions expressed are my own.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Meagan

    THIS BOOK WAS SO GOOD!!! /end capslock of doom /steps quietly off soapbox It's refreshingly unique in time-travel/time-slip fiction; Meyer is incredibly creative in managing the nuances of the genre, and breathes fresh life into it and these characters. I was kept guessing the entire time, and the ending came out of nowhere (in the best way)--yet was so satisfying. I particularly adored the WIlliamsburg/1775-ish setting; I'll freely admit that I grew up on the American Girl books, and Felicity was-- THIS BOOK WAS SO GOOD!!! /end capslock of doom /steps quietly off soapbox It's refreshingly unique in time-travel/time-slip fiction; Meyer is incredibly creative in managing the nuances of the genre, and breathes fresh life into it and these characters. I was kept guessing the entire time, and the ending came out of nowhere (in the best way)--yet was so satisfying. I particularly adored the WIlliamsburg/1775-ish setting; I'll freely admit that I grew up on the American Girl books, and Felicity was--next to Kirsten--100% my favorite. My parents can attest to my subsequent obsession with all things Williamsburg after reading Felicity's stories! (Even more so after we visited there ourselves!) So, that timeline in this read held a special place in my heart for pure nostalgia, on top of everything else there was to love. If you like Jody Hedlund's "Waters of Time" series (book 1 being Come Back to Me) I think you'll like this book (and vice versa!). If you're looking for a clean, faith-based alternative to Diana Gabaldon's Outlander book/series, I also fully believe this one will fit the bill. A wonderful addition to the ChristFic genre. 5/5 stars. (Side note, I frankly can't believe this is the first book of Meyer's I've read to date. I'm super stoked she has plenty more books released! {proceeds to add all to my TBR list}) I received an eARC of the book from the publisher via NetGalley. All opinions are my own.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Staci

    1774-1775 & 1914-1915 Virginia & Whitby, England What a unique approach to time travel! Libby spends every other day in her two different paths...1774 Williamsburg, Virginia and 1914 New York City. On her 21st birthday, she must select which path to leave behind and in which to spend the remainder of her life. Which will she choose? Wonderful historical details for both time periods included in the pages. There is the contrast between fighting for freedom from England in one path to living in Engl 1774-1775 & 1914-1915 Virginia & Whitby, England What a unique approach to time travel! Libby spends every other day in her two different paths...1774 Williamsburg, Virginia and 1914 New York City. On her 21st birthday, she must select which path to leave behind and in which to spend the remainder of her life. Which will she choose? Wonderful historical details for both time periods included in the pages. There is the contrast between fighting for freedom from England in one path to living in England in the other. Also, a class difference for Libby between the two time periods. Loved the plot twists and focus toward trusting God to know what's best for us. And the cover...lovely. Engaging novel and I'm so glad it's the first of the series. Can't wait to see what happens next. My gratitude to publisher Bethany House for a complimentary copy of the novel. I was not required to post a review and all opinions expressed are my own.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Kailey

    This is definitely going on my list of favorite books for 2022! I loved it so much! I didn't want to put it down! This book made me feel so much. I even cried several times while reading, which is incredibly rare for me. I loved the concept of time crossing and think that the author did an excellent job with that. This is a one of a kind book and I can't recommend it enough! I received a complimentary copy from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed a This is definitely going on my list of favorite books for 2022! I loved it so much! I didn't want to put it down! This book made me feel so much. I even cried several times while reading, which is incredibly rare for me. I loved the concept of time crossing and think that the author did an excellent job with that. This is a one of a kind book and I can't recommend it enough! I received a complimentary copy from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are mine alone.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Nicole

    Even though it is still early in the year, When the Day Comes by Gabrielle Meyer has definitely found a place on my list of favorite books of 2022. This time-crossing novel has such a unique premise unlike any I have ever read before, with Libby living simultaneously in two different time periods and having to decide on her 21st birthday which path she will remain in forever. When she goes to sleep in one time period, she wakes up the next day in the other time period, and vice versa. I had neve Even though it is still early in the year, When the Day Comes by Gabrielle Meyer has definitely found a place on my list of favorite books of 2022. This time-crossing novel has such a unique premise unlike any I have ever read before, with Libby living simultaneously in two different time periods and having to decide on her 21st birthday which path she will remain in forever. When she goes to sleep in one time period, she wakes up the next day in the other time period, and vice versa. I had never read any books by Gabrielle Meyer before, but after reading the synopsis, I knew this was a novel that I had to read. This time-crossing novel will appeal to a wide range of readers, with storylines taking place in both 1774 Colonial Williamsburg and 1914 in New York City and England. Gabrielle Meyer created a fascinating story that kept me reading until the late hours of the night. Both storylines are rich with historical details, beautiful messages of faith, and characters who the readers will deeply care about. Even if you do not think you are a fan of time-crossing novels, you will be after reading this novel! The romantic storyline in one of Libby’s paths kept me rooting for a happy ending even when I did not see how it could be possible. When the Day Comes is highly recommended for fans of time-crossing novels and historical romance. Luckily for Gabrielle Meyer’s readers, this novel is book one in her Timeless series, and there will be more time-crossing novels to look forward to in the future! I received a complimentary copy of this book and was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are mine.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Jeanne Alfveby Crea

    Exceptional story by author Gabrielle Meyer! I've read historical fiction, dual timeline stories, and stories that involve time travel, and When the Day Comes has the most unique and compelling take on all three and I loved every minute of it. Even when had no idea how it would end, or when I didn't think it could possibly end well. "I knew these things because I lived two lives simultaneously-one in 1774 and one in 1914. When I fell asleep in one path, I woke up in the other, back and forth, wi Exceptional story by author Gabrielle Meyer! I've read historical fiction, dual timeline stories, and stories that involve time travel, and When the Day Comes has the most unique and compelling take on all three and I loved every minute of it. Even when had no idea how it would end, or when I didn't think it could possibly end well. "I knew these things because I lived two lives simultaneously-one in 1774 and one in 1914. When I fell asleep in one path, I woke up in the other, back and forth, with no time passing in either one while I was away. It has been this way since the day I was born. But all of that would change on my twenty-first birthday when I was given the choice to forfeit one path and stay in the other forever. I already knew which one I would choose." "In 1774, my name was Elizabeth Conant, but my mama had called me Libby from birth. In 1914, I was Anna Elizabeth Wells and had been called Anna until I was almost five, when I asked to be called Libby." "We are about to embark on a war for independence, and that will include the freedom of thought, opinion, and belief." "My surroundings were lovely, but I was not free to fly beyond it's confines. I was expected to be beautiful and to perform for the world to see, but I was not allowed to soar as I was meant to soar." "It seemed that no matter where I lived, war was not far away." "Freedom isn't free, Libby. The price is far greater than anyone realizes." "We must take whatever joy can be found from each day and not borrow tomorrow's sorrow." "God is concerned with the state of your heart more than where you live or what time you occupy. He wants to know that He has your heart, Libby. All of it. He wants to know that you trust Him no matter what happens." I could not stop turning pages! Author Gabrielle Meyer's talented pen puts you right there, whether you find yourself 1774 or 1914, she has done her research well and the reader is completely immersed in that time period. I also enjoyed the spiritual truths along the journey. If you're looking for a unique twist on fantastic historical fiction, look no further that When The Day Comes. I can hardly wait for the next story in this series! My sincere thanks to the author, publisher, and Net Galley for allowing me to read an early copy. All opinions are my own.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Courtney Ballinger

    Wow. I didn't know what to expect from this novel since the premise of time-crossing is so unique. I wasn't sure if it would feel too fantastical and hard to believe. But let me tell you, I shouldn't have worried one bit. When the Day Comes is one of the most gripping, unpredictable historical novels I've ever read. I loved both time periods, colonial Williamsburg and Gilded Age America and England. Libby was a strong, smart, patient, and kind heroine who I rooted for entirely. Also, Henry was an Wow. I didn't know what to expect from this novel since the premise of time-crossing is so unique. I wasn't sure if it would feel too fantastical and hard to believe. But let me tell you, I shouldn't have worried one bit. When the Day Comes is one of the most gripping, unpredictable historical novels I've ever read. I loved both time periods, colonial Williamsburg and Gilded Age America and England. Libby was a strong, smart, patient, and kind heroine who I rooted for entirely. Also, Henry was an amazing hero. I loved the intrigue surrounding him. The "time travel" was explained in a way that I could wholly "believe" in the story. I cried for Libby, and I cheered for her. Honestly, this book took a toll on my emotions but in the best way. This book will challenge your faith in a way that makes you want to depend on the Lord even more fully in your own life. The emphasis on God's will was inspiring. The next book in this series can't come soon enough! *I received a copy of the novel from NetGalley. All opinions are my own.*

  9. 4 out of 5

    Rachel McMillan

    from endorsement: A riveting, exceptional hook bolstered by a beguiling authorial voice, When the Day Comes eases readers into two startlingly different and brilliantly researched historical periods. Meyer’s effective historical voice binds readers to a remarkable woman whose courageous propensity to love is balanced by her decision and willingness to commit to life’s truest calling. Fans of Heidi Chiavaroli and Roseanna White will be clamouring for more.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Kristina Hall

    Disclosure: I received this book free from the publisher/author. The opinions I have expressed are my own, and I was not required to write a review. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255. Characters: Libby was an engaging main character. I enjoyed her personality and the voice Gabrielle Meyer gave her. Language: Clean. Moral/theme: The sovereignty of God was a big theme in this novel. Plot: The time-travel aspect added a unique element to When the D Disclosure: I received this book free from the publisher/author. The opinions I have expressed are my own, and I was not required to write a review. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255. Characters: Libby was an engaging main character. I enjoyed her personality and the voice Gabrielle Meyer gave her. Language: Clean. Moral/theme: The sovereignty of God was a big theme in this novel. Plot: The time-travel aspect added a unique element to When the Day Comes and was probably my favorite part. I’m not a huge lover of historical fiction, and I was a little disappointed to see one of my least favorite historical plots come up—the arranged marriage. Random comments: In her 1914 life, Libby is married to an abusive man who assaults her a couple of times. Nothing happens “on scene” except for kissing, and I think the author handled it tactfully. But readers who struggle with this should be aware. One thing I found pretty weird was how Libby was married to one guy in 1914 and kissing/wishing she could marry another guy in 1774. I wasn’t comfortable with that situation—especially given the plot twist at the end. But I’m not really here to discuss time-travel morals :) Romance: Clean. Just kissing. Writing: This is the first book I’ve read by Gabrielle Meyer, and I enjoyed her writing style. I found it easy to read and descriptive without being too descriptive. Overall: When the Day Comes was an interesting read, and I’d recommend it to those who enjoy Christian fiction, split-time novels, historical romances, and time-travel stories.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Michelle

    I am a long time fan of Gabrielle Meyer. This is her first book with Bethany House and is also one of my most anticipated reads. This story did not disappoint! It is simply one of the best books I have read this year! Two time periods of 1774 and 1914 and one woman who gets to experience both worlds. I LOVE time travel stories and this has history and romance AND a very unexpected twist. Does it get any better than that? I think not. While reading, I felt all of the emotions and about mid book I I am a long time fan of Gabrielle Meyer. This is her first book with Bethany House and is also one of my most anticipated reads. This story did not disappoint! It is simply one of the best books I have read this year! Two time periods of 1774 and 1914 and one woman who gets to experience both worlds. I LOVE time travel stories and this has history and romance AND a very unexpected twist. Does it get any better than that? I think not. While reading, I felt all of the emotions and about mid book I wasn't sure I wanted to know the ending. I was pretty ticked off at a character that I was sure would just ruin the entire story. Much to my delight, this story keeps you guessing and you must finish to the very last page to understand how truly talented Meyer is with her writing. She takes pain and heartache and weaves in hope and a truth that God is the author of our story. I adored this book and I can't wait for the next book in the series. Five stars!! "I received this book from Bethany House for free. All opinions are my own and I was not required to write a positive review."

  12. 5 out of 5

    Rachelle Cobb

    Outlander meets Downton Abbey! In this fascinating tale I couldn’t put down, Libby lives two lives. And she knows eventually she must choose only one. From the American Revolution to the Gilded Age, I thought this story was expertly written, with history and the unique time-crossings accessible and easy to follow. But so very suspenseful! I was on the edge of my seat many times. The ending had me holding my breath. One of my favorite reads of 2022. I can hardly wait for the sequel. Trigger warning Outlander meets Downton Abbey! In this fascinating tale I couldn’t put down, Libby lives two lives. And she knows eventually she must choose only one. From the American Revolution to the Gilded Age, I thought this story was expertly written, with history and the unique time-crossings accessible and easy to follow. But so very suspenseful! I was on the edge of my seat many times. The ending had me holding my breath. One of my favorite reads of 2022. I can hardly wait for the sequel. Trigger warning: (marital) rape - not graphic

  13. 4 out of 5

    Nora St Laurent

    The cover first caught my eye. I had to peek inside. I started reading, “Williamsburg, Virginia May 5, 1774, “For as long as I could remember, my mama had told me that my life was a gift. But at the age of nineteen, I had yet to see how this life I was living, or rather, the lives I was living – could be anything other than a burden.” Ok, I was hooked. I love learning about Colonial Williamsburg in 1774. It was fun to hobnob with George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and a few others before the de The cover first caught my eye. I had to peek inside. I started reading, “Williamsburg, Virginia May 5, 1774, “For as long as I could remember, my mama had told me that my life was a gift. But at the age of nineteen, I had yet to see how this life I was living, or rather, the lives I was living – could be anything other than a burden.” Ok, I was hooked. I love learning about Colonial Williamsburg in 1774. It was fun to hobnob with George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and a few others before the declaration was signed. The author’s love of history shines throughout this creative, time-travel adventure. This is not your typical time slip story where you have two separate people in different times, leaving you wondering when their lives would connect. This story has readers watch Libby, visit two timelines, one in 1775 where we meet Libby’s Mama and her two sisters. Readers see them work hard to keep the public printing press going, so they can print for the House of Burgesses and the Royal Governor and try their best to provide for their family and the Patriot cause. Then the author whisks readers to 1914 Gilded Age in New York City, where Libby’s mother there is sterically, planning her every move up the social ladder. It was suffocating. Libby looked forward to her 21st birthday. Things would change that day. She’d be more in control of her life. Libby thinks, ..."My life in 1914 was so different from my life in 1774. Here, in 1914 I was waited upon by servants and spent my days pursuing pointless social obligations. Though some might imagine the life I led was delightful, I longed for purpose like I had in Williamsburg." I felt for Libby and her situation, having a controlling mother in 1914 and a compassionate, encouraging mother in Williamsburg. I loved Libby’s storyline in both time periods, she’s a woman who knows what she wants, is determined to do what she can to get there. She is passionate about family and has tremendous courage to see things through. Things start to get crazy for Libby, as she counts down the months till she turns 21. This is a riveting, exceptional, remarkable, story that had me glued to my seat, turning pages. I kept wondering how this situation would play out, I couldn’t see it finishing well, but alas, the author pulled the ending off brilliantly, I didn’t see that one coming. It was a delightful surprise, that got me all chocked up. I’m excited about where the author will take readers next. as this is book one in the Timeless series. Mark this one down to discuss for book club, it’s a rich, intriguing, imaginative read. This book is one you don’t want to miss. This author is one to watch. Disclosure of Material Connection: I have received a complimentary copy of this book by the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising” Nora St. Laurent TBCN Where Book Fun Begins! The Book Club Network blog www.bookfun.org

  14. 5 out of 5

    Shannon I The Reel Bookery

    Going as one of my favorite books ever!! Full review coming soon.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Susan Snodgrass

    I have read a lot of dual time stories and enjoyed them, but never had I read one quite like this one. Libby lives in two worlds simultaneously, one in 1774 and the other in 1914. When she goes to sleep at night, she wakes up in another time, without any time passing. This was really intriguing. Many in her family had been time crossers. She will eventually have to decide which world to stay in because she can’t do this forever. She knows which world she wants to live in. But will it be the worl I have read a lot of dual time stories and enjoyed them, but never had I read one quite like this one. Libby lives in two worlds simultaneously, one in 1774 and the other in 1914. When she goes to sleep at night, she wakes up in another time, without any time passing. This was really intriguing. Many in her family had been time crossers. She will eventually have to decide which world to stay in because she can’t do this forever. She knows which world she wants to live in. But will it be the world she will choose? Fascinating premise, this story was and the author does a very nice job with it. I know I was surprised several times. Recommended. My thanks to Bethany House for a copy of this book via Net Galley. The review is my own opinion.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Lindsey (Books for Christian Girls)

    Trigger Warning: rape (marital rape), sexual assault. About this book: “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 without any time passing. She has one conscious mind but two very different lives and bodies. In colonial Williamsburg, Libby is a public printer for the House of Burgesses and the Royal Governor, trying to provide for her family and Trigger Warning: rape (marital rape), sexual assault. About this book: “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 without any time passing. She has one conscious mind but two very different lives and bodies. 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 undesirable English marquess. The growing talk of war in Europe further complicates matters and forces her to make sacrifices she never imagined. On her twenty-first birthday, Libby must choose one path and forfeit the other forever--but how can she possibly choose when she has so much to lose in each life?” Series: Book #1 in the “Timeless” series. Spiritual Content- Ecclesiastes 3:11 at the beginning; A Scripture is remembered; Church going; Many talks about God, His plans, & trusting Him; ‘H’s are capitalized when referring to God; Libby wonders if God’s plan was for her and her mother to push the boundaries in the eighteenth century; Libby gets mad at God and feels like He abandoned her (she quickly changes thoughts because she 1774 mother told her not to be bitter and angry); Many mentions of God, Him choosing who is a time-crosser, trusting Him, & His plans; Mentions of prayers, praying, & blessings over food; Mentions of churches, church going, reverends/priests, & sermons; Mentions of a day of fasting & prayer; Mentions of being blessed & blessings; Mentions of miracles & faiths; A few mentions of seeing others again after their death (The word ‘Heaven’ is never used); A few mentions of Christmas carols; A mention of women being in the clergy in the 1990s; *Note: A mention of a woman studying a genealogy book religiously; A mention of being careful not to make yourself a god. Negative Content- Minor cussing including: a ‘stupid’; A bit of eye rolling; All about many mentions of wars, revolutions, battles, bombs, fighting, injuries, deaths, treason, spies, & executions (hangings); Many mentions of rumors & gossip; Mentions of quartering soldiers; Mentions of deaths & grieving; Mentions of slavery & slaves (including Libby’s 1774 mother is strongly against slavery since she lived in the 1970-1990s and frees their slaves in 1774); Mentions of jails/prisons; Mentions of threats; Mentions of lies & lying; Mentions of hatred (Libby in 1914 believes her mother hates her and is incapable of love; she also slaps Libby; there is also a mention of knives being attached to a chair to force Libby sit straight when she was a child); Mentions of jealousy; Mentions of alcohol, drunks, & taverns; A few mentions of tobacco & pipes; A few mentions of throwing up; A mention of an assassination; *Note: Mentions of a man saying that women “have no sound reason, have very little humor, and are not honorable enough to vote” and hopes that his fiancée-to-be is young and trainable *Spoiler* (view spoiler)[ This is from the man Libby is forced to marry *End of Spoiler* (hide spoiler)] ; A few mentions of an old man wanting a young girl to be indentured to him; A couple mentions of brand names (Diet Coke & Coca-Cola). Sexual Content- To avoid the spoiler, two sexual assaults (rape) happen *Spoilers but Major Trigger Warning* (view spoiler)[Libby is forced to marry a man (in 1914 who is almost double her age) and wants to avoid consummating the marriage, but when he is drunk, he rapes her twice. The second rape resulting in a pregnancy. There are obviously no details in the actions, but his kisses and forcing himself on her and her weeping and begging for him to stop are recalled and described; Libby’s 1774 mother tells her it’s not her fault; Libby feels defiled and her heart broken; When the pregnancy is discovered, Libby is very upset and wonders if she could possibly lose the baby (which she knows she shouldn’t want such a thing to happen, but if it does, she wasn’t sure if she would mourn the loss) and a maid offers her a vial of something that will take care of the “problem” (Libby rejects it as she is now committed to the baby); There is continuing mentions of his behavior from both of those nights; After the first time, he apologizes to her and says he drank too much (which he knows wasn’t an excuse) and it has caused a rift that he would like to repair (he then gets drunk again and the second rape happens saying that he wants her to know that he desires her); After the second time, he sends a letter saying that he regrets his actions and hopes that she can try to forgive him; Libby knows he wrote the letter because of possibly facing death in a battle and wonders if she can trust him; She has trauma because of all of this and reminds herself that there was beauty among the ashes (the baby); After the baby is born, she is glad the baby looks nothing like him because she wants to put the past behind her and that was “easier to do without constant reminders”; During all of this, in 1774, Libby is in love with another man; *End of Spoilers* (hide spoiler)] ; Libby stares at a man’s unbuttoned shirt; A man stares at Libby’s lips & she wants him to kiss her (border-line barely-above-not-detailed // semi-detailed); Four hand/palm kisses (up to barely-above-not-detailed), a cheek kiss, four head/forehead kisses, a not-detailed kiss, five barely-above-not-detailed kisses, seven semi-detailed (3 unwanted) kisses, and a detailed kiss; Remembering kisses (up to semi-detailed); Wanting to be kissed, embraced, & for a man to “overstep the bounds of propriety” just once; Touches, Warmth, Shivers, Butterflies, Embraces, Dancing, Hand-Holding, Nearness, & Smelling (up to semi-detailed); Blushes; Noticing (barely-above-not-detailed); Mentions of consummating marriages, not letting a man touch you (a woman), & the consequences of it (pregnancy); Mentions of kisses, stolen kisses, & kissing; Mentions of flirting & flirts; Mentions of jealousy; Mentions of chaperones & reputations (Libby’s 1774 mother scoffs that the idea of chaperones and told Libby that is was socially acceptable in the 1990s to be about with men and should be allowed to be their own masters, but Libby knows that in 1774, if she was alone with a man, her reputation would be ruined); A couple mentions of boyfriends; A couple mentions of a man looking up and down Libby’s body (twice); A mention of children being the natural extension of the love a couple shares; Love, falling/being in love, & the emotions; *Note: Labor pains (x2, borderline barely-above-not-detailed // semi-detailed); Mentions of Libby’s parents in 1914 no longer loving each other by the time she was born and being bitter towards each other; A few mentions of a wife & baby dying in childbirth; A couple mentions of a dress showing off Libby’s assets and another that has a low neckline. -Elizabeth “Libby” Conant/ Anna Elizabeth “Libby” Wells, age 19-22 1st person P.O.V. of Libby Set in 1774-1775 and 1914-1916, 1921 384 pages ~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~* Pre Teens- One Star New Teens- One Star Early High School Teens- One Star Older High School Teens- One Star My personal Rating- One Star One of my anticipated releases for 2022. A book that intrigued me because of the plot. But I am very disappointed. The concept of this book was interesting, but different elements and parts made me lose enjoyment in reading it. I also found a lot of the book to feel depressing, but perhaps that’s because what Libby was having to live through was depressing. The main reason for the low star rating could be considered to be a spoiler, but it is important to note if you are sensitive to the topic of rape/marital rape. These parts are why I do not recommend this book—especially for the target ages I review for. Even though there were no real details of those events besides him forcing himself on her and her weeping and begging him to stop, the trauma of reading such things can be hard for those that have this content as a trigger. My stomach has been turning since reading the first one and only continued to be more upset as I continued reading as it happened again and while writing this review. I think, for some, it would be easy to ignore that content because by the end of the book, it’s not mentioned as much and the plot-line of God having reasons for everything comes in full circle. However, for those that are triggered by this kind of content, it can affect them. There were a few other elements that didn’t sit well with me (such as Libby not being concerned about changing history (including the winner of an actual war) if it saves the life of someone she loves, the rapist being portrayed as a terrible human being prior to the rapes and then apologizes and asks that she try to forgive him, some comments about the future and not fully caring about that time period’s society norms, & Libby being mad that something wasn’t fair). These elements alone would have knock off stars, but added to the sexual content, this book instantly gets a one star rating from me. Once again, I’m sincerely asking Christian Fiction publishers to get on board with a content/trigger warning at the beginning of each book. This will potentially save the book from receiving low rating reviews based on content and will help those battling thoughts about such content. More and more secular publishers and authors are doing this for the sake of their readers and ratings. Link to review: https://booksforchristiangirls.blogsp... *BFCG may (Read the review to see) recommend this book by this author. It does not mean I recommend all the books by this author. * I received this (Advance Reader Copy) e-book for free from the Publisher (Bethany House) for this honest review. Having read an ARC, there are some details listed in this review that may have been changed in the final print edition. (Tags: TW)

  17. 5 out of 5

    Esther Filbrun

    This book!! I didn’t expect to love it as much as I did, but wow…I can’t wait until book #2 comes out, and I’m more than a little disappointed that I have to wait an entire year until I can satisfy my curiosity about what it contains. There’s so much to love in this story. Engaging history, an intriguing plot, a sweet romance, a rich faith element…it had it all. The part I think I loved the most, though, was the surprises this book gave me. Several times, I was sure one thing would happen…and the This book!! I didn’t expect to love it as much as I did, but wow…I can’t wait until book #2 comes out, and I’m more than a little disappointed that I have to wait an entire year until I can satisfy my curiosity about what it contains. There’s so much to love in this story. Engaging history, an intriguing plot, a sweet romance, a rich faith element…it had it all. The part I think I loved the most, though, was the surprises this book gave me. Several times, I was sure one thing would happen…and then, wham! something else would throw it all off again. And the characters—I related to their struggles at times in a way I’ve rarely done before. Every one was realistic, and I came to love each one in their own way. The history was spot-on, not overdone, but still rich enough that I felt like I’ve really come to know England in 1914 and Colonial Williamsburg in a way I’ve never known them before. And the faith element…let me say there were a few moments I almost had to fight tears with some of the things the characters were going through, and I loved the encouragement Libby’s mother gave her at her lowest points! In all, this was an excellent read. I’m counting down the days until book #2 comes out, because a year feels like way too long for this impatient reader. (Content warning: There is a case of marital rape in the story, but it is worded very vaguely. I’d recommend the book for ages 15 and up.) I was given a review copy of this book, and this is my honest opinion of it.

  18. 5 out of 5

    maiaisreading

    #BookRevew: WHEN THE DAY COMES by Gabrielle Meyer "His perfect plan would still be in place, and even if it didn’t turn out how I hoped, I could trust Him." Split time, speculative and time travel genres rolled into one amazing story. I knew going in that Libby would lead two lives, one in 1774 Virginia and one in 1914 New York. I wasn’t sure how that would play out but I was hooked as the story unfolded. The contrast of Libby’s two lives was interesting. I liked how Libby had strong convictions a #BookRevew: WHEN THE DAY COMES by Gabrielle Meyer "His perfect plan would still be in place, and even if it didn’t turn out how I hoped, I could trust Him." Split time, speculative and time travel genres rolled into one amazing story. I knew going in that Libby would lead two lives, one in 1774 Virginia and one in 1914 New York. I wasn’t sure how that would play out but I was hooked as the story unfolded. The contrast of Libby’s two lives was interesting. I liked how Libby had strong convictions and loved her family and country. In 1774, I was invested in Henry and the mystery around him. Henry and Libby didn’t have a lot of chemistry in my opinion but I still rooted for them. The paper and it’s role in history was great. Then I was frustrated with her mother in 1914 and the events in Cumberland Hall. The story was fictional with well researched historical details but it was relatable. I understood Libby’s doubt and confusion despite her faith. We have to make decisions every day, some bigger than others. Libby had to make a life altering decision on her 21st birthday. It was hard. Her heart was in turmoil. The twist at the end was surreal. I liked that the story highlighted the miracle and value of life, God sacrificing His son to save us and to keep on trusting God’s plan in our lives. If you like historical fiction with faith elements and time travel, this one’s for you. I look forward to the next one. Rating: 4.5 stars Series: Timeless Book 1 Pub date: 03 May 2022 Thank you Bethany House Publishers and #netgalley for the complimentary copy. All opinions expressed are my own.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Nancy

    When I first read the description for this book I was very curious how it was going to be told. And I was very anxious to be able to read it! I knew from reading previous books by the authors it would be well done and it did not disappoint. Both time lines were so well researched. The transition from one to another was not confusing at all to me. I didn’t find myself trying to figure out what period of time it was. What a unique story idea. It’s historical, fantasy, and time travel all in one bo When I first read the description for this book I was very curious how it was going to be told. And I was very anxious to be able to read it! I knew from reading previous books by the authors it would be well done and it did not disappoint. Both time lines were so well researched. The transition from one to another was not confusing at all to me. I didn’t find myself trying to figure out what period of time it was. What a unique story idea. It’s historical, fantasy, and time travel all in one book! I’m really hoping we can get more books like this from the author. I also like that I never guessed the ending of the book. I was completely surprised! That always is a huge plus when the author is able to do that to the reader. Definitely a must read and one I would read again! I received a copy of this book from the publisher. All views stated here are my own.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Kari Notch

    When The Day Comes is the story of Libby, a public printer in Colonial Williamsburg, who lives a simultaneous life as a wealthy debutant in 1914. Each night when Libby goes to sleep, she wakes in the alternate time. She is the same person, living two very different lives in two very different yet similar periods. Two periods of history, both on the brink of war. Different, yet the same. On the eve of her 21st birthday, Libby will be able to choose the time she wishes to remain in forever. Or wil When The Day Comes is the story of Libby, a public printer in Colonial Williamsburg, who lives a simultaneous life as a wealthy debutant in 1914. Each night when Libby goes to sleep, she wakes in the alternate time. She is the same person, living two very different lives in two very different yet similar periods. Two periods of history, both on the brink of war. Different, yet the same. On the eve of her 21st birthday, Libby will be able to choose the time she wishes to remain in forever. Or will she? I absolutely loved this book! I thought it would be challenging to have two storylines simultaneously, but Gabrielle Meyer did a fantastic job weaving the two timelines together. I found myself rooting for both timelines, having fallen for characters in each. Just about the time, I thought I had it all figured out, Meyer came up with an ending that was even better than I could have imagined. I did not want to put this book down. I love a good, well-researched historical fiction novel, but I also love a good mystery. While When The Day Comes, would not be considered a mystery, the suspense of what would happen to Libby each time she woke up was captivating and kept me thinking long after I finished the book. I’m still thinking about what could be happening to Libby. Throughout the book, Meyer was also able to incorporate beautiful themes of faith, redemption, and trust. How many of us think we might change our path if we had all the information? If we knew the hard times ahead of us, would we make a different choice? Libby is faced with many hard decisions throughout this book. Again, she is reminded that God is in control and that His plans are best. “But I also know that our hopes and dreams are not always God’s. Sometimes He has a plan that looks different from ours.” “But how can that be?” My voice was filled with anger and despair. “Why would He allow me to want this life when He didn’t intend for me to keep it?” “I won’t pretend to have all of the answers. God is concerned with the state of your heart more than where you live or what time you occupy.” “Only God is in control of our destiny. He alone is sovereign. When we try to control the people and events around us, we are telling Him He doesn’t know what is best for us. We’re setting ourselves up as our own gods, elevating ourselves above Him. It’s a dangerous game, Libby.” “Freedom isn’t stagnant or guaranteed. It lives and breaths and must be defended constantly. Don’t take it for granted. Fight for it, both in the public and private spheres of your life. And always look for help,” she continued, almost feverish in her instructions. “That is one of our greatest purposes upon this earth. To be the helpers.” “I didn’t deserve this favor from God, but I was confident He loved me and would do what was best. Yet I had learned that what was best wasn’t always what was easy.” My sincere thanks to the author, publisher, and Net Galley for allowing me to read an early copy. All opinions are my own.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Melissa

    WOW!! What a unique and creative premise for a story. I'm still trying to process the entirety of this book, but I'll try to do it justice. Libby Conant is a time-crosser, she lives in two different time periods simultaneously, 1774 and 1914. When she falls asleep at the end of the day in one time period, she wakes to the same day in the other. Libby's mother, along with her grandmother, were time-crossers as well, so she's had a wealth of knowledge on how to handle this realty she lives in. Lib WOW!! What a unique and creative premise for a story. I'm still trying to process the entirety of this book, but I'll try to do it justice. Libby Conant is a time-crosser, she lives in two different time periods simultaneously, 1774 and 1914. When she falls asleep at the end of the day in one time period, she wakes to the same day in the other. Libby's mother, along with her grandmother, were time-crossers as well, so she's had a wealth of knowledge on how to handle this realty she lives in. Libby has until her 21st birthday to decide which path she will choose to live in, and although she's been adamant she knows which one she will choose, life circumstances arise that she wasn't expecting. I was not entirely sure what to think when I started this story, but I was intrigued by the storyline. And page by page, Ms. Meyer drew me in deeper and deeper, until I closed the back cover and smiling, breathed a sigh of contentment. I loved everything about it. The main characters were so relatable and multilayered that I was transfixed. The supporting characters were just as enjoyable and loveable. The settings in both time periods are well written and descriptive. And the spiritual thread is palpable! I LOVED it! All the way through the Author's Note is a common thread that God is sovereign and His plans are beyond our own. There's a twist at the end that I'd hoped could be possible, but didn't really think would happen. SO incredibly pleased with how this story ends and cannot wait for Book 2 in the Timeless series!! I received a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions expressed are my own.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Betti

    We couldn’t change history, but we did know how it played out. Libby Conant, like her mother before her, along with generations before them, had a unique birthmark that set them aside from those around them. They were known as time-crossers — at least among themselves. After all, who would believe that you could fall asleep in one year, wake up in another and not have missed any time? Perhaps the hardest part was the fact that you knew some of how history would unfold when you returned to the ear We couldn’t change history, but we did know how it played out. Libby Conant, like her mother before her, along with generations before them, had a unique birthmark that set them aside from those around them. They were known as time-crossers — at least among themselves. After all, who would believe that you could fall asleep in one year, wake up in another and not have missed any time? Perhaps the hardest part was the fact that you knew some of how history would unfold when you returned to the earlier time but you couldn’t stop those things from happening. The author has done a fabulous job of taking us between 1774 and the beginning of the revolutionary war and 1914 with the beginning of WWI. The well developed characters give us a look into what it must have been like back in 1774 when the colonists were tired of more and more restrictions coming from Britain. One has to wonder which side we would have joined… Learning to take what was given and make the best of it, was a lesson that was hard to learn. This ARC of the first Timeless book was received through Baker Publishing Group, Bethany House Publishers and NetGalley. These thoughts and impressions are my own and were in no way solicited.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Paula Shreckhise

    Fabulous. What a wonderfully unique dual time/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 period she wants to remain in by her 21 st birthday. Ms. Meyer has come up with an absolutely captivating premise, and she executes it with believable characters and scenarios. Libby and Henry are right in the formative d Fabulous. What a wonderfully unique dual time/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 period she wants to remain in by her 21 st birthday. Ms. Meyer has come up with 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 is 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.*

  24. 5 out of 5

    Chelsie

    This was such a good time travel novel! Libby is living two lives at once and is coming up on her twenty-first birthday, that means she will have to make a choice as to which life she wants to live in for the rest of her life going forward. Currently Libby flips between a Gilded Age life in NYC in 1914 and the brink of the Revolutionary War in 1774 in the Colonial Williamsburg. Having thought she it easy in deciding which timeline she wanted to live the rest of her days in, her mother forces her This was such a good time travel novel! Libby is living two lives at once and is coming up on her twenty-first birthday, that means she will have to make a choice as to which life she wants to live in for the rest of her life going forward. Currently Libby flips between a Gilded Age life in NYC in 1914 and the brink of the Revolutionary War in 1774 in the Colonial Williamsburg. Having thought she it easy in deciding which timeline she wanted to live the rest of her days in, her mother forces her hand in an agreement that she cannot get out of and now her decision is quite uncertain. She has some difficult decisions to make and everything she thought she knew about love, life, motherhood and family has been called into question and Libby might not be able to make the decisions based on what she wanted but what would be best for others and possibly history. In both timelines the country is on the brink of war and knowing the little she does about the future of the US she makes a decisions that could change things forever, even though warnings have been heed that changing history can have catastrophic outcomes and should not be tampered with. I really really did love this novel! It was so well written for a time travel and I loved all the characters and how the storyline flowed between the two centuries. Thank you to the author for the free novel, I am excited to see what other novels she comes up with. I would be for more time travels like this one.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Carolyn Bryant

    I love this amazing, unputdownable story—a brilliantly executed blending of fact and fiction! I was captivated by the first line and remained captive as the plot smoothly alternated between two time paths, then concluded beautifully. I have read and enjoyed many time-crossing stories but never one like this that involves living two lives simultaneously. Well crafted, endearing characters captured my heart and imagination. Having Libby relay her experiences using the first person narrative is per I love this amazing, unputdownable story—a brilliantly executed blending of fact and fiction! I was captivated by the first line and remained captive as the plot smoothly alternated between two time paths, then concluded beautifully. I have read and enjoyed many time-crossing stories but never one like this that involves living two lives simultaneously. Well crafted, endearing characters captured my heart and imagination. Having Libby relay her experiences using the first person narrative is perfect for this story as it adds credibility and creates an intense emotional connection with the heroine. Whether the setting is Colonial Williamsburg or mid-1900s New York and London, amazing and soundly researched historical detail made both story lines come alive and kept me reading with anticipation. I especially appreciate the faith element with recurring reminders of the sovereignty of God and trusting in His perfect plan. This fascinating read is definitely headed to my Best Reads of the Year list. I am excitedly awaiting the sequel hopefully featuring Maggie. I highly recommend this book for anyone who is looking for an enjoyable, compelling, and inspiring reading experience. I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley with no obligation to write a positive review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Marian Baay

    Exceptional story that had me glued to the pages. I didn't see how this story could end well, but was pleasantly surprised! I want more!🙂 Exceptional story that had me glued to the pages. I didn't see how this story could end well, but was pleasantly surprised! I want more!🙂

  27. 5 out of 5

    Cara Putman

    From the moment I saw the cover I was intrigued. How was this first person story going to keep me engaged as a time travel novel? That's not my first choice of genre, but oh my goodness! I loved this story. So much. A twist on time travel that was a good read. And I loved how the two time periods (Colonial Williamsburg as the Revolution was ready to start and Gilded Age NYC), were similar and yet so different. Highly recommend. From the moment I saw the cover I was intrigued. How was this first person story going to keep me engaged as a time travel novel? That's not my first choice of genre, but oh my goodness! I loved this story. So much. A twist on time travel that was a good read. And I loved how the two time periods (Colonial Williamsburg as the Revolution was ready to start and Gilded Age NYC), were similar and yet so different. Highly recommend.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Shannon Kraus

    Libby Conant is a normal 19-year-old woman growing up in 1700’s Williamsburg, Virginia, except, that she’s not! She is also Anna Elizabeth Wells, socialite and suffragette living in 1900’s New York. Since birth, Libby has been given the gift of being able to cross between times. She falls asleep in one time period and wakes in another with no time passing while she is away. It has been that way since she was born. However, she MUST decide on her 21st birthday which life is to become hers forever Libby Conant is a normal 19-year-old woman growing up in 1700’s Williamsburg, Virginia, except, that she’s not! She is also Anna Elizabeth Wells, socialite and suffragette living in 1900’s New York. Since birth, Libby has been given the gift of being able to cross between times. She falls asleep in one time period and wakes in another with no time passing while she is away. It has been that way since she was born. However, she MUST decide on her 21st birthday which life is to become hers forever. She knows which life she wants to life she wants to live, if she can just make it to her 21st birthday. Libby’s life in Williamsburg, on the cusp of the American Revolution, is filled with hard work, love, loss, and the foreknowledge of what is to come to America as it is birthed into a new nation. Libby falls in love with Henry Montgomery in 1774. Yet he is carrying a secret that if revealed, could destroy both of their futures. Her mother in 1774, also a time crosser, often warns Libby not to search for answers about either of her lives or to try and alter anything with the foreknowledge she has. To do so, would cause a forfeiture of the life and path that she is on. But how can she not intervene, when she finds out information concerning the man she loves and what the future holds for him? Libby’s life in the 1900’s is vastly different. Her father is a wealthy shipping magnate and Libby has not ever had a need or want. Her life in 1914 however glamorous it appears to be, is nothing more than a gilded cage. Even with rumors of war swirling around the world, Libby’s mother takes her to England for the season. What Libby does not realize, is that the true purpose of the trip is to find a titled husband, and the awful depths to which her mother will go to ensure that Libby is married off to the man of her mother’s choosing. Constrained by the social dictates of the day, Libby does not often have the ability to control her life in 1914. As Mother Wells often told Libby, “It’s not your job to think Elizabeth. It’s your job to obey.” And obey Libby does, even if that means sacrificing her happiness and freedom in order to please her gentle father and manipulative, cold-hearted mother. When the unthinkable happens, Libby will be forced to choose between the man she loves in 1774 and the path forced upon her in 1914. Many books have been written about time travel, and the concept is a captivating one. What if a person could be in a time and place different than their present reality? What would happen if they tried to change the events of history or in the lives of family and friends? Gabrielle Meyer has taken the fascinating concept of time travel and has written a compelling story full of love, loss, sacrifice, and redemption. The dichotomy of Libby’s two lives is essential to the story, yet was frustrating to read at times because what she was facing in both of her lives was so challenging and complicated. It is to Libby’s credit that she is the same person emotionally and physically in both eras. She is kind, compassionate, determined, and loving in both of her lives. Who Libby was in 1774, was who she was in 1914. However, her stubbornness and determination to keep those she loves safe will alter Libby’s life forever. I truly enjoyed reading this novel. I couldn’t put it down and read it long into the night! The details of both places in time was impeccable. It was wonderful to see historical figures come to life in both eras. It was also interesting to watch the characters develop as the story went on and see them walk with courage, the paths laid out before them. I had an idea as to how the book might end but was truly surprised at how it played out. As a warning, there were a few scenes in the novel that were difficult to read and may be triggers for some readers. Ms. Meyer is a new author for me and I look forward to reading many more of her books! I thank NetGalley and Bethany House for the ARC of this book. All opinions within this review are my own.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Kelly Walker

    When the Day Comes draws you in from the first page!! It’s not like any other book that I’ve read, it’s fabulous! I usually don’t like to read time slip novels, because I find them hard to follow, but When the Day Comes is written seamlessly. Lizzie’s story made me cry, gasp out loud in the NYC subway and smile! This book definitely deserves more than 5 stars and will be in my top 5 books of the year!!

  30. 5 out of 5

    Latisha Sexton

    When the Day Comes is the first book in the Timeless series. This spellbinding book captivated me from the first page. As someone who has read multiple time travel books, this story had a unique twist that added to the tensions and dynamics of the story. I loved Libby's character. The strength, courage, and strong faith she showed throughout the book, even when things were difficult, was inspiring. I wanted to cry with her when she faced some really hard things (no spoilers here!). I appreciated When the Day Comes is the first book in the Timeless series. This spellbinding book captivated me from the first page. As someone who has read multiple time travel books, this story had a unique twist that added to the tensions and dynamics of the story. I loved Libby's character. The strength, courage, and strong faith she showed throughout the book, even when things were difficult, was inspiring. I wanted to cry with her when she faced some really hard things (no spoilers here!). I appreciated how often the author drew the reader back to the sovereignty of God despite our circumstances. Often, Libby felt like she could control her future, but she was reminded that although we walk in faith and have goals and dreams, God is the only One who is in control of our lives. There were so many twists and turns, keeping me on my toes. I almost squealed at the ending and though it didn't leave on a cliffhanger, it did leave you excited for the sequel!

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