Thursday, June 2, 2022

Review: When the Day Comes by Gabrielle Meyer



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 Thoughts:

Amazing and more. I could really go on gushing about this out of the box read and all of its creativity and uniqueness and downright genius of the whole story. I am so glad that we are getting some really creative stories from these publishing houses. This book really was an experience.

Libby lives two lives. Nope, she is not a spy, and she is really not a time traveler either. She goes to sleep in one timeline and wakes in the other. Until at the age of twenty-one she must choose which path she will choose. Wow, talk about stress levels dealing with one lifetime, but two? Well, her paths are in 1774, right before the Revolutionary War and the other is 1914 right before and during the beginning of World War 1. In both of her timelines she is living through dangerous times.

This really was unique, and the author told the story in such a way that made it realistic and almost plausible. I am curious about the whole genesis of this concept and really there is endless opportunity for more storytelling with this.

I also came away with a very unique view of life. Really our time here is precious and seeing this story in the eyes of an individual who had to choose what life she wanted made this story all the more memorable. This will be one story I will be thinking on for quite a while.

I was provided a copy of this novel from the publisher. I was not required to post a positive review and all views and opinions are my own.

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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