cover image For a Lifetime

For a Lifetime

Gabrielle Meyer. Bethany House, $18.99 trade paper (400p) ISBN 978-0-7642-3976-2

The propulsive latest in Meyer’s Timeless series (after In This Moment) follows time-traveling twin sisters as they bounce between centuries in pursuit of their destinies. Hope and Grace travel each night between 1692 Salem, Mass., where they serve customers at their father’s tavern as the witch trials pick up steam, and 1912 New York City, where Grace works as a newspaper reporter and Hope makes history as the first aviatrix to fly across the English Channel. Both are eager to leave Salem behind for good when they turn 25 and must choose which century to inhabit. Yet trouble arises in 1912 when their parents’ orphanage is put up for sale, and Hope embarks on an ambitious cross-country flight to raise money to save it. Disaster strikes, upending the women’s lives in both timelines, endangering Hope’s budding romance with her handsome flight instructor, and testing their sisterly bond. Meyer keeps the action rolling in parallel timelines that thrum with tension, and brings historical events to vivid life through the twins’ eyes—especially the paranoia and witchcraft accusations swirling around Salem, which come perilously close to Hope and Grace. For fans of feisty female heroines and historical suspense, Meyer’s tale is one to savor. (May)