First Line Friday — When The Day Comes

10 Jun

A time-traveling novel? Yes, please! Today’s First Line Friday features When The Day Comes by Gabrielle Meyer. Set in 1774 Colonial Williamsburg and 1914 Gilded Age New York City, this book is beyond intriguing. Find out all about it below.

But first, here’s the first line:

For as long as I could remember, my mama had told me that my life was a gift.

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?

Gabrielle Meyer lives in central Minnesota on the banks of the upper Mississippi River with her husband and four children. As an employee of the Minnesota Historical Society, she fell in love with the rich history of her state and enjoys writing fictional stories inspired by real people, places, and events. You can learn more about Gabrielle and her books at

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7 Responses to “First Line Friday — When The Day Comes”

  1. Cindy Davis June 10, 2022 at 7:40 am #

    I have heard a lot of good things about this one. I hope you enjoy it!!

    • rbclibrary June 10, 2022 at 8:34 am #

      It is fabulous!

  2. Paula Shreckhise June 10, 2022 at 8:47 am #

    I absolutely loved When the Day Comes!!!
    My first line this week comes from The Songs That Could Have Been by Amanda Wen:
    Carter Douglas hated running out of makeup.

  3. susiesellnergmailcom June 10, 2022 at 9:27 am #

    I ordered this one on your recommendation and sent your review on to a number of my reading friends. I’m looking forward to reading it!

    • rbclibrary June 10, 2022 at 9:35 am #

      Wow! Thanks. I hope everyone loves it.

  4. Jen@GracetoGrow June 12, 2022 at 8:25 pm #

    This was an amazing book – I can’t wait for the next one!!

    This week I posted the first line from Among the Innocent by Mary Alford.

    Hope you’ve had a great weekend!

    • rbclibrary June 12, 2022 at 9:54 pm #

      Alford’s book is good too.

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