When The Day Comes by Gabrielle Meyer is a perfectly charming dual timeline novel that I adored. It is the first book in the Timeless series and I cannot wait for more.
The novel is set In Williamsburg in 1774 and also in New York City in 1914 and then Whitby on the North Yorkshire coast. Both time periods are similar but different. In 1774 America teeters on the edge of the War of Independence from Britain, wanting to take back control. In 1914 Britain is braced for World War I. Also, women are fighting as suffragettes for their independence and the right to vote.
In both time periods the leading lady is a strong character, fighting for what she believes is right. Even as a woman she knows that her life counts. “My life was not meaningless. God had an expected end in mind.”
We can trust God has a plan for our lives, even when we think our plan is better! We see just part of the puzzle. God sees the whole picture. “I will choose to trust God.”
Sometimes it feels as if we are imprisoned by our circumstances. “My surroundings were lovely, but I was not free to fly beyond its confines.” A gilded palace can be as much a prison as a jail cell itself, if lives are held captive by another.
When we feel bitterness or anger, we imprison ourselves. “Do not let anger or bitterness take root in you.” God wants us to surrender our feelings to Him, rest in His arms and live free. “Being in the centre of God’s will was where I wanted to remain.” We will never live in freedom if we do not live in God’s love and trust His will for our lives. He really does know best.
When Jesus went to the cross, He died for each and everyone of us. His was a sacrificial love. We see many instances of sacrificial love played out within the novel.
All the characters were delightfully drawn, realistic and likable. Their faith and capacity to love were heartwarming.
When The Day Comes was a beautiful story. I cannot wait for the next book in this wonderful series.