Friday, June 2, 2023

IN THIS MOMENT by Gabrielle Meyer, Reviewed by Nicole and Rebecca

In This Moment by Gabrielle Meyer is an incredible work of fiction that readers are guaranteed to love. Maggie is born to time-crossing parents and lives each day in three different paths, in 1861, in 1941, and 2001. This time-crossing novel will appeal to a wide range of readers, with storylines taking place during the Civil War, the attacks at Pearl Harbor, and the 9/11 attacks.

After the completely unexpected plot twist in When the Day Comes (book one), I did not know how the author could top that ending. However, Gabrielle Meyer continues to amaze me with her creative storylines and strong character development. As Maggie struggled with making her decision of which path to remain in as her 21st birthday approached, I was just as undecided as Maggie was. Any of the three paths seemed like they could be the "right" decision for her, with a handsome suitor in each path to make her choice even more difficult. As Gabrielle Meyer masterfully revealed the ending, everything fell into place perfectly, and I knew that Maggie ended up exactly where she was meant to be.

In This Moment
is highly recommended for fans of time-crossing novels and historical romance. Now I cannot wait to read book three in the series when it releases in May 2024.

*I received a complimentary copy of this book and was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are mine.

"Most days, I could pretend that my life was normal. I was a twenty-year old woman searching for my place in the world . . . The only difference was that I had three normal lives . . . I would have to choose which one to keep and which to forfeit."

"Do you ever get scared?" . . . "Of saying good-bye . . . forever?"

Going to sleep in one life, and waking in another had always been a way of life for Margaret Wakefield, Maggie Hollingsworth, and Meg Clarke. Born as a time crosser, she deftly navigated her knowledge of American history between 1861, 1941, and 2001 . . . albeit every once in a while her comments or actions raised a few eyebrows (or even quite a few eyebrows), leaving Maggie no option but to continue on as if nothing unusual had just happened; however, the clock kept ticking towards her twenty-first birthday (and final decision time). Determined to find her true calling, she pursued the field of medicine in each era and tried very hard to guard her heart in the process, but three men made that task particularly difficult. Would one of them prove to "be enough"?

Amazingly, this author has sewn together a trio of intriguing life spans into one very interesting story, recalling how all three time periods had very similar, yet singular challenges. One of my deepest impressions came while reading this particular conversation; "None of us are independent of the ones we love. We're woven together like a big tapestry, with each color unique and vibrant, but making a larger picture possible. You're woven right here for eternity."

And those three men? The ones who made Maggie's heart beat faster? Well . . . "when you know, you know".

*I received a copy of this book from the author and publisher. I also purchased a copy. The opinions stated above are entirely my own.


BackCover Blurb:
Maggie inherited a gift from her time-crossing parents that allows her to live three separate lives in 1861, 1941, and 2001. Each night, she goes to sleep in one time period and wakes up in another. Until she turns twenty-one, when she will have to forfeit two of those lives--and everyone she knows in them--forever.

In 1861, Maggie is the daughter of a senator at the outbreak of the Civil War, navigating a capital full of Southern spies and wounded soldiers. In 1941, she is a navy nurse, grappling with her knowledge of the future when she joins a hospital ship going to Pearl Harbor. And in 2001, she's a brilliant young medical student, fulfilling her dream of becoming a surgeon.

While Maggie has sworn off romance until she makes her final choice, an intriguing man tugs at her heart in each era, only complicating the impossible decision she must make, which looms ever closer. With so much on the line, how can Maggie choose just one life to keep and the rest to lose? 

Bethany House, May 2, 2023
Available in digital ebook, paperback, or audiobook at Amazon, Christianbook .com, or Baker Book House




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