Publisher: Harper Perennial
Release Date: March 05, 2019
Genre: Adult Fiction / World War II / Historical Fiction / Time Travel
Goodreads Average: 4.00 *as of 3/01/19*
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.
What it’s about: Max is a Christian bookshop owner and Hanna a Jewish violinist hoping to join an orchestra. They fall in love right before Hitler comes into power and everything changes. The story follows their relationship during Hitler’s rise to power and after when Hanna wakes up in a field without Max and no memory of the past 10 years of her life. When she wakes up the war is over and Max has seemingly disappeared. Little does she know Max had a secret that would cause him to disappear for days or even months at a time, and they will eventually be reunited once again.
In Another Time is such a beautiful story, and I really liked how Jillian Cantor tells us about Hitler’s rise to power without going into a ton of gory details. We all (and if you don’t you really should) know what happened to Jews during World War II and none of it was good. The story is still moving, but it is really more about Hanna and Max’s relationship and how Hitler coming into office affected their life in Germany. This is a love story, but also a story about music and the war.
I was also very intrigued by the fact that Cantor chooses to use time travel as an aspect of this book. I didn’t actually know anything about Einstein and Rosen’s wormhole theory before reading this, but it is quite fascinating and I love how she incorporated it into In Another Time.
This novel is also a very quick read coming in at just under 5 hours of reading time for me (4 hours 45 minutes to be exact), and the pacing was so good that I found myself not wanting to put it down. In Another Time alternates between Hanna and Max’s POVs plus past and present which made things very interesting. This book is full of mostly short chapters as well which I always love.
Final Thought: If you want a story about World War II that incorporates love, time travel, and music then this is the book for you! Hanna and Max’s story broke my heart, but I really enjoyed the love story and the musical aspect. Hanna is very passionate about her violin and while not being musical myself, it was still interesting to read about. I may not have given this a 5, but this book is worth every moment you take to read it.
MY RATING: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ / 5
Thank you to the publisher for providing me with an advance review copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.