Monday, May 2, 2022

When the Day Comes is Captivating and Compelling

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When I saw this absolutely stunning cover combined with a captivating plot and I had high expectations for this book. I'm happy to say Ms. Meyer's story exceeded all my expectations. 

The story centers around nineteen-year-old Libby. She is a time-crosser. One life she lives in Colonial Williamsburg 1774 and the other in 1914 New York. On her 21st birthday, she must decide which period to remain in forever- 1774 or 1914. Which time do you think Libby chooses? Which era would you choose? If Libby fell asleep in 1774, she wakes in 1914 and when she falls asleep in 1914, she wakes up in 1774 and so forth. Being a time-crosser, she can't alter history or tell others how it's going to change. Another interesting characteristic about being a time-crosser is if Libby is ill or has a broken limb in one time the alternate period, she is perfectly healthy. 

When the Day Comes was Gabrielle Meyer's first novel published with Bethany House. It's the 1st book in her Timeless series. Guilty reader confession: I always been interested in dual-time stories, and I own several, but I haven't read them yet. However, after reading When the Days Comes, I've became hooked on this genre. I had the tremendous delight and honor of meeting Ms. Meyer last summer at the Mississippi River Readers Retreat in Little Falls, Minnesota and she told us about When the Day Comes and I was instantly spell-bound by the plot. 

The reverberating theme of honoring God no matter what path/time of life you live in rings true and is beautifully illustrated in this book. 

" must not let one life dictate the other. There's work to be done here, and God is calling us to do it." (Meyer, 164). 

The struggles and comforts that Libby experienced in each time period were compelling and showed the differences in profound ways that revealed the positives and negatives of choosing to stay in each period of time. I thought this quote beautifully summed up some of the challenges Libby faced and how it can start to affect your heart and mind if you are not grounded in what truly matters in this life. 

"Please Libby, do not let anything turn your heart to stone. Do not let anger or bitterness take root in you. If you do, all of this was for naught. Instead, use what you've learned from me, and from this life to do good and further God's kingdom in the time you occupy." (Meyer 310-311). 

Libby remained true to her values and beliefs whether she was in 1774 or 1914. I admired this trait of her character because I've often wondered if I lived in a different period than my own would the core of who I am remain the same or would I bend to the precepts of the day? Well, the author proves with our heroine it's possible to stay true. 

When the Day Comes is a story that will stay with you long after you close the book and not to be missed. 

~~ When the Day Comes was provided to me by the author herself and Bethany House in return for my honest review. I received a complimentary copy of the book. All opinions expressed are my own, I was not required to write a positive review. All viewpoints expressed are my own. ~~

The Do-Over is Pure Enjoyment

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This book was just what I needed to make it through the last weeks of winter here in the Midwest. 

The story starts with you getting to know workaholic, career-driven McKenna Keaton who has been on the fast-track to senior partner at her New York law firm until the rug is pulled out from under her and she finds herself taking a leave of absence from her job and flying home to spend time with her family in Durham, North Carolina.  I really liked the Keaton sisters' relationships with each other and their parents. Their family was relatable, not perfect but you get the sense that at the core of the Keaton clan is love and unwavering loyalty and support. 

McKenna initially feels that her family does not understand her, but she comes to realize you can spend "so much time convincing yourself that no one could understand you that you occasionally lose sight of the people trying to understand." (Turner, 282). This understanding gives McKenna a deeper sense of a love and appreciation for her family

While back home, McKenna runs into high school classmate Henry Blumenthal now known as famed documentarian Hank Blume. McKenna has the cutest crush on Henry and it brings you back to your Highschool crush days, if you had one in that time of your life. This quote sums it up adorably  "The unflappable McKenna Keaton had a major, major crush on a boy," (Turner, 72). The chemistry between McKenna and Henry is off-the-charts. 

Henry Blumenthal might be my new favorite hero. I can see why Ms. Turner dedicated her latest release to her hero Henry. Wow! He's pretty swoon worthy. The whole time Henry was on the page I couldn't wipe the goofy grin off my face. 

I genuinely love that Ms. Turner writes about older heroines. It makes you feel like no matter how old you get you are you're never too old to experience the excitement and flutters of love, which is absolutely true. 

The Do-Over is a delightful romance by the brilliant Bethany Turner who is clearly is in her element and at the top of her game combing romantic comedy sprinkling it with her trademark humor and insightful pop-culture references. Having just finished the book I can't stop smiling! 

 The Do-Over is not to be missed if you need a wonderful reading getaway.