Title: In This Moment
Author: Gabrielle Meyer
Publisher: Bethany House Publishers
Copyright: May 2, 2023e
Format: Paperback, 400 Pages
Genres: Historical Fiction, Time Travel Fiction, Science Fiction, Christian Fiction
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?
Maggie’s life is unique. As a time-traveler, she inhabits three different time periods. In 1861, she is Miss Margaret Wakefield, daughter of a well-to-do senator wary of spies during the beginning of the Civil War. In 1941, she is Lieutenant Maggie Hollingsworth, a Navy nurse just before the start of World War II. In 2001, she is Meg Clarke, a promising medical student working at Georgetown University Hospital. If she wakes up in 1861, the next day she will wake up in 1941, and the day after she will wake up in 2001. When she reaches 21, she must choose a time period, and until then, she is careful to maintain her distance from the three men she encounters in each. Which era will she choose?
This second installment in the Timeless series is perhaps one of the strangest books I have ever read. At first it was a bit difficult to get into the story because I had trouble keeping up with the three time periods and Maggie’s three names. About a quarter of the way in, when I had enough information to figure out who was who, I became hooked. Maggie herself is a fairly strong and interesting character who takes a fascinating journey. I really resonated with Maggie and her adventures throughout. The novel’s most impressive aspect is the level of historical detail suffused through Meyer’s writing. She must have done substantial research, and it shows. I particularly enjoyed the historical note. All in all, a delightful read.
Originally featured on the History Novel Society website.