Book Review (and a Giveaway!): For a Lifetime by Gabrielle Meyer

Posted May 7, 2024 by meezcarrie in 5 stars, Book Review, Christian, Gabrielle Meyer, giveaway, historical, magical realism, multi-timeline, romance, science fiction, time travel / 41 Comments


For a Lifetime book review

For a Lifetime by Gabrielle MeyerFOR A LIFETIME by Gabrielle Meyer
SERIES:
Timeless #3

GENRE: Historical Romance/Time Crossing (Christian)
PUBLISHER: Bethany House
RELEASE DATE: May 7, 2024
PAGES: 400

Grace and Hope are identical twin sisters born with the ability to time-cross together between 1692 Salem, Massachusetts, and 1912 New York City. As their twenty-fifth birthday approaches, they will have to choose one life to keep and one to leave behind forever–no matter the cost.

In 1692, they live and work in their father’s tavern, where they must watch helplessly as the witch trials unfold in their village, threatening everyone. With the help of a handsome childhood friend, they search for the truth behind their mother’s mysterious death, risking everything to expose a secret that could save their lives–or be their undoing.

In 1912, Hope dreams of becoming one of the first female pilots in America, and Grace works as an investigative journalist, uncovering corruption and injustice. After their parents’ orphanage is threatened by an adversary, they enter a contest to complete a perilous cross-country flight under the guidance of a daring French aviator.

The sisters have already decided which timeline they will choose, but an unthinkable tragedy complicates the future they planned for themselves. As their birthday looms, how will they determine the lives–and loves–that are best for both of them?

 

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“I believe God has created each of us for the times we live, and you were created for this purpose, for this time.”

Y’all. I can’t even say anything coherent right now. I’m in total book hangover mode. WOW. What a fabulous follow-up to the first two books in this series, and a STUNNINGLY GREAT novel on its own merit.

After I read When the Day Comes, with one young woman crossing between two very different time periods and having to ultimately choose between one, I worried a little about how Meyer could possibly top such a masterful novel. And then I read In This Moment, with one young woman crossing between THREE time periods, and I knew I shouldn’t have been even the slightest bit concerned. Because it was even better than masterful – just absolutely amazing in every way. And now For a Lifetime has surpassed them both, with TWINS crossing between two time periods, and while I am quite happily calling the author a genius I’m still not sure it’s even the best word to do justice to her incredible plotting skills. I know, I know. I’m being as incoherent as I feared I would be but y’all… this series is truly a masterpiece and with each new addition the layers get more complex and the emotions run even higher and I am completely engrossed in every word.

There’s a lot I want to gush about… but I want to be super careful about spoilers. The two timelines that Grace and Hope cross between together were equally fascinating to me, but for different reasons. I probably don’t have to tell you why being in Salem in 1692 was compelling – most people have heard of the infamous Salem Witch Trials – but it wasn’t something I had studied beyond the little I was taught in school. As I read these scenes, I felt the heaviness that Grace & Hope experienced there, despite the bright light of people like handsome Isaac. And I was horrified at the fear-driven hysteria and how easily manipulated the people were, something that paralleled our current culture alarmingly well. In their 1912 path, the twins are what feels like a world away from the oppressive weight of 1692 – Females breaking barriers as journalists and aviators, the United States in its grand Progressive Era where innovations and modernizations are happening with increasing alacrity, swoony French flight instructor/stunt pilot Luc, and the presence of the girls’ parents (the subjects of book 2) all made this timeline a breath of fresh air. Until it wasn’t… until the layers in 1912 became just as (if not more) stunningly complex as the ones in 1692. And that’s I’m all going to say about that… except to add that this is the moment this book truly became my fave of the series (so far) and I could not have torn myself away if I had wanted to.

Bottom Line: I love everything about this series and about For a Lifetime. Gabrielle Meyer is truly a genius at creating fresh and captivating storylines that align the fictional concept of time crossing with a deep exploration of faith and history like I’ve never encountered before. Knowing that they each have to choose a timeline before their 25th birthday kept me on pins and needles – and with tears in my eyes – the closer we got to that date because any of the choices seemed impossible to make. I loved Grace and Hope (and though I felt more of a kinship with Grace, my family would probably say I was more like Hope haha). I was fully immersed in their stories, with all the complications and emotions and losses and gains involved. A million little writing choices on the part of the author reinforced my belief that she is just brilliant, and I am impatiently waiting for book 4 now – is it November yet?!?!?

(I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the publisher. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.)

My Rating: 5 stars (really more like 10) / in a class all by itself

KissingBook Level: 3+ / will forget to breathe on occasion

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Gabrielle Meyer

Gabrielle Meyer is an ECPA bestselling author. She has worked for state and local historical societies and loves writing fiction inspired by real people, places, and events. She currently resides along the banks of the Mississippi River in central Minnesota with her husband and four children. By day, she’s a busy homeschool mom, and by night she pens fiction and nonfiction filled with hope. Connect with Gabrielle at her website.


For a Lifetime giveaway

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What about you? What makes you want to read For a Lifetime by Gabrielle Meyer?

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41 responses to “Book Review (and a Giveaway!): For a Lifetime by Gabrielle Meyer

  1. Pam K.

    I want to read For a Lifetime because I read the first two books and found them to be excellent. When I heard about the first book and the time travel, I thought it was kind of weird and might not be something I would like.Then I read it and discovered I enjoyed it very much.

  2. Kay Garrett

    Everything about FOR A LIFETIME by Gabrielle Meyer says READ ME to me! Love the cover and each review I read adds to my desire to read it. Love historical fiction and adding dual times makes it even better. Can’t wait to dive into it.

  3. Judi Imperato

    This book sounds so good and I would love to read it. Thank you for the giveaway.

  4. Wow!! Carrie!! Your review is so beautiful. I was just telling my husband today that I can sense when a reader can see my heart in my stories and your review has shown me that you saw my heart. ❤️ That is the greatest gift to me. Thank you for your kind words. I’m so honored.

    • I’m the one who is honored after YOUR kind words. ❤️ thank you! I’m so glad you loved the review – the book is just amazing!!

  5. Denise Turner

    I want to read this book because I read the first two in the series and loved them.

  6. Debra Pruss

    I enjoy dual timelines. I think the cover is fabulous. Thank you so much for sharing. God bless you.

  7. Teri DiVincenzo

    The first two books were absolutely stunning! I cannot wait to read the next installment!

  8. Roxanne C.

    This sounds like an amazing story, especially with the twins’ having to make a very difficult decision together.

  9. Janice Moore

    I have also read the two earlier books in this fascinating series! There’s no way I can stop with just those two! I am fully hooked and cannot wait to read this one! It sounds fabulous!

  10. Patty

    What a great series! Like you said, two time periods in the first book, and then three in the second, and then twins! How complicated to write.

  11. Regina

    Wow! What a wonderful review! I’ve not read any books by this author yet, but now I’m gonna have too. 😊📚💗

  12. Perrianne Askew

    This has been a fantastic series, so I can’t imagine how the storyline will go with twins. I also hope that the witchcraft era does not get too dark, but I know know that Gabrielle Meyer always does a fantastic jib with her novels, so no worries.

  13. marti

    I haven’t read any of these books yet, but they look great! Time travel novels can fall apart, either because of logic or plot. But I don’t think these books will.

  14. Joe Titone

    Looks like a very interesting read! The details make me want it to be my next read.

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