When the Day Comes (Timeless)
by Gabrielle Meyer
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When the Day Comes by Gabrielle Meyer is the first Timeless Book. I thought this historical novel was creative and well-written. It contained realistic characters and situations. Libby lives two different lives: one in 1774 and one in 1914. In one she is the managing editor of her deceased father's newspaper. Libby and her mother work hard to provide a living for their family and pay off their father's debt. Libby is in love with Henry Montgomery, but he is about to betrothed to the Royal Governor's fourteen-year-old daughter. In 1914, her mother is determined to marry her off to a titled Englishman. When Libby turns twenty-one, she will need to decide which life she will live for the rest of her life. The story is told in alternating chapters (back and forth between 1774 and 1914). I can tell the author did her research for both time periods and locations. She captured the grandeur of London Society, the beginning of the Great War, and the fashions (especially the tight-fitting hobble skirt that ladies had trouble walking in). We get to experience Colonial Williamsburg on the brink of the Revolutionary War. I like the time travel concept (unique). When Libby goes to sleep in 1774, she awakens in 1914. She lives both lives simultaneously. I enjoyed reading both time periods with their vivid descriptions. The author managed to strike a balance between too little and too much detail. The faith elements are prominent and beautifully incorporated into the story. We see the importance of faith and relying on God. When the Day Comes is a fascinating and emotional split time novel. I loved the ending and appreciated the epilogue that gives us a hint of who will be featured in the next Timeless Book. When the Day Comes is a captivating tale with patriot printers, a bevy of balls, a merciless mother, a raging war, a sympathetic mum, an approaching revolution, and a critical choice.
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