Author: Jillian Cantor
Genre: Historical Fiction
Publisher: Harper Perennial
Published: March 5, 2019
Book Description: 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. 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.
Rating: 3 1/2 stars
Book Review: In Another Time is the second book I have read by Jillian Cantor, and this did not disappoint. This book covers multiple timelines and Point of Views , starting out pre WWII in Germany through the 1950’s in the US.
I am personally a sucker for a WWII story and this one definitely hit a sweet spot for me. One of my favorite books of all time is Outlander by Diana Gabaldon, and this felt like home for me. This had elements of time travel and magical realism, and she did really write this seamlessly.
Hanna and Max had an imperfect love story, Hanna being Jewish and Max not, leading into WWII. I think Cantor handled this story well, with all the dignity it deserved. Anytime an author delves into this topic, you need to be able to to handle this topic with grace.
This book than skips about 10 years and Hanna wakes up and does not what happened to her, and she has to learn to build a new life on her own and figure out what happened in the last years. That is where time travel happens, but you will not be expecting all of what ensues.
Again, Cantor did a wonderful job bringing this story to life. If you love Outlander or The Time Traveler’s Wife you will love this one. This was a solid read for me, and glad I got to pick this one up.