Genre: Historical fiction, Time travel
Published: March 5, 2019
I enjoyed this author’s last title “The Lost Letter” and had high expectations that were completely satisfied. This was a character driven love story, told in alternating voices, set before, during and after World War II.
From Max’s POV: Boy meets girl. She mesmerizes him with her passion for music. He owns a bookstore and he woos her with books. He’s not Jewish but she is. They fall in love. Hitler is gaining power. She tries to tell him it won’t work between them, Then he disappears.
Then we switch to Hanna’s POV and she’s just woken up in a field, clutching her violin and it’s TEN YEARS LATER! She has no memory which is disconcerting enough but she’s missed World War II completely. Where’s Max? What happened to her?
Similar to the recent title from Diane Chamberlain “The Dream Daughter”, there are parts that might have you suspending disbelief, especially if you’re not expecting it – just go with it!
I especially loved Hanna’s character. She was tenacious and untrusting and a realist. Her music was truly her lifeline. Max was so sweet and caring and it broke my heart every time circumstances pulled them apart.
A beautifully written love story that transcends time and place…
About The Book
A sweeping historical novel that spans Germany, England, and the United States and follows a young couple torn apart by circumstance leading up to World War II—and the family secret that may prove to be the means for survival.
Love brought them together. But only time can save them…
1931, Germany. Bookshop owner Max Beissinger meets Hanna Ginsberg, a budding concert violinist, and immediately he feels a powerful chemistry between them. It isn’t long before they fall in love and begin making plans for the future. As their love affair unfolds over the next five years, the climate drastically changes in Germany as Hitler comes to power. Their love is tested with the new landscape and the realities of war, not the least of which is that Hanna is Jewish and Max is not. But unbeknownst to Hanna is the fact that Max has a secret, which causes him to leave for months at a time—a secret that Max is convinced will help him save Hanna if Germany becomes too dangerous for her because of her religion.
In 1946, Hanna Ginsberg awakens in a field outside of Berlin. Disoriented and afraid, she has no memory of the past ten years and no idea what has happened to Max. With no information as to Max’s whereabouts—or if he is even still alive—she decides to move to London to live with her sister while she gets her bearings. Even without an orchestra to play in, she throws herself completely into her music to keep alive her lifelong dream of becoming a concert violinist. But the music also serves as a balm to heal her deeply wounded heart and she eventually gets the opening she long hoped for. Even so, as the days, months, and years pass, taking her from London to Paris to Vienna to America, she continues to be haunted by her forgotten past, and the fate of the only man she has ever loved and cannot forget.
Told in alternating viewpoints—Max in the years leading up to WWII, and Hanna in the ten years after—In Another Time is a beautiful novel about love and survival, passion and music, across time and continents.
About Jiliian Cantor
Jillian Cantor has a BA in English from Penn State University and an MFA from the University of Arizona. She is the author of award-winning novels for teens and adults, including, most recently, the critically acclaimed The Lost Letter, The Hours Count, and Margot. Born and raised in a suburb of Philadelphia, Cantor currently lives in Arizona with her husband and two sons.
QOTD: Did you read The Lost Letter? Have you ever heard a violin concert up close?
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