When the Day Comes is a combination of time travel and dual POV.
The idea of one person living two lives simultaneously is fascinating. Watching Libby maneuver both paths, especially since she knew what she wanted, made for an interesting read as Ms. Meyer slowly increased the tension in each time-line making both choices equally impossible yet desirable.
The reader gets the opportunity to watch two wars unfold through Libby’s eyes. We get to imagine what it may have been like for the people living during those periods in history.
When the Day Comes is a novel about choices. Who would we choose to be at our core if the circumstances of our lives were dramatically different than they are now? What choices would we make to support the causes we believe in?
Readers will be reminded that regardless of the circumstances of our lives, God is ultimately in control. We need to trust Him to do what is best.
Readers will also be reminded that God is concerned with the state of our hearts and that we should focus on remaining in the center of His will.
Sensitivity warning: This paragraph contains a spoiler.
There are two incidences of marital sexual assault. While the author doesn’t go into details, the incidents are part of Libby’s story.
I received an advanced reader’s copy from the publisher through NetGalley; a positive review was not required.
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About When the Day Comes
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?
About Gabrielle Meyer
Gabrielle Meyer (www.gabriellemeyer.com) 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.