Jillian Cantor: In Another Time



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 uite fascinating and I love how she incorporated it into In Another TimeThis novel is also a very uick read coming in at ust 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 Beautiful book beautiful writing beautiful characters heartbreaking time in history No one tugs at my heartstrings than Jillian Cantor when she writes her WWII novels Last year The Lost Letter was on my list of top books of 2017 and I was really looking forward to seeing what she came up with next I m happy to say the story of Hanna and Max is certainly different than any WWII story you ve seen before and still has the emotional resonance of Cantor s prior books as well as the signature trademark of a well researched historical fiction novelist There were moments where I wanted to scream I wanted to cry and I wanted to hug everyone involved For an author to elicit those emotions in me I know a book has been a Applied Linguistics in the Real World job well done Thank you to HarperCollins for an advance copy All opinions are my own I am so happy to have received an advanced copy of IN ANOTHER TIME Mark your calendar for March 2019 this book is not to be missed Such a beautiful and haunting love story with an intriguing mystery Cantor s writing is elegant and evocative transporting readers to World War II Europe and the aftermath of the war with an unforgettable story and wonderful characters who readers won t forget anytime soon November 6 1958 present timeHanna pencils in the date at the top of her sheet music She writes the days date every day on the sheet music She doesn t want to forget I immediately had a hunch of what Hanna didn t want to forget but without the specific details yet I was naturally curious I wanted to know and enjoyed the way the book startedBut my interest didn t hold consistently Music had always been Hanna s greatest constant companion She started violin lessons at age 6 When the book opens in 1958 Hannah tells us that she is practicing at the Conservatory as she does every day after her group rehearsal The orchestra will tour again in the spring They will be touring around in Europe including Berlin playing Bach and Vivaldi and Holst Hanna was the first chair violinist Then we step back to 1931 And move forward to 1946I think Iust read another fusion type novelLife Downtime just before Hitler s rise to powerprewar BerlinA powerful love storyHistory during two time periodsmagical realismTime travelSecrets and tragedyMixing genres seem to be popular lately I m still not sure how I feel about it I don t think I m the best person to review this book I have a few pet peevesthat are personal and not logicalMy dad was named MaxHe died youngThere are things about the character Max in this novel that wasust hard for me to read without thinking of my own father s young life And Hanna well I didn t feel much for her PLEASE READ OTHER REVIEWS READERS ARE LOVING THIS NOVEL than me If you liked the book The Nightingale by Kirsten Hannah which many readers loved than me toothen you ll probably love this bookBut me fiction love stories mixed with WWII historical facts sometimes ust feels too over dramatic The music was my favorite character 3 stars 35 stars rounded upI m drawn to Holocaust stories because I believe it is so important that we don t forget what happened While I was reading this book I happened to read an article about how Anne Frank s stepsister recently spoke to a group of students who at a party made a swastika out of plastic cups and posted it on social media Their response was that they didn t know didn t understand and this is why it becomes even important to educate the younger generation and remind the rest of us so it doesn t happen again If I were to recommend a book to these students it wouldn t be this one I would suggest they read The Diary of a Young Girl and Night by Ellie Wiesel While this book didn t have the gut punch effect on me that those two books did it does reflect what was happening in Germany before and after the war and it beautifully depicts the effect on two people who are deeply in love While the Holocaust hovers over this story Cantor spares the reader of the horrific details of the camps except for one memory I loved Cantor s book The Lost Letter which weaves a beautiful love story into the story of the courageous resistance during WWII and I have to admit I was touched by that story than this one but I was still compelled to keep reading it There are mainly two alternating narratives here that of Hanna Ginsberg a young Jewish woman a passionate musician and Max Beissinger a book shop owner These narratives span the years 1931 1958 and go back and forth in time filling in details of what happened before 1946 when Hanna wakes up in a field clutching her violin without any idea of where she has been There are hints as to what happened to a Hanna during the war through snippets of her dreams but I wanted to know than we end up finding outI missed something in the book description so I was surprised to find that this was a time travel story in part When I read across time I took it to mean alternating time frames but since I enjoy time travel it was an interesting addition to the story Max travels in time to save his neighbors and attempts to save Hanna from what she has endured and to find a time and place where they can be together While this doesn t have that gut punch effect I mentioned at the beginning it s an important book in its own right poignantly reflecting how lives of some that survived the Holocaust were affected Cantor explains that these characters are fiction but has done a terrific ob of presenting real events that took place in history A commendable book of historical fiction I received an advanced copy of this book from Harper Perennial through Edelweiss. Ra 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 forgetTold 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.

I m so bitterly disappointed with In Another Time I m not sure where to even start From the book blurb it s a historical fiction with a little bit of romance and mystery thrown in which seems interesting enough But it did nothing for me from pretty much the first page and it did not get better no matter how much I hung in there and kept readingA large part of the problem is that there is so much telling and no showing which is the biggest sin of writing For example Hanna is a violinist who plays with passion and fire How do we the reader know this Well we are explicitly told this many times Hanna and Max make love which happens than a dozen times in the book and we know each time because it says that they make love We are told that the two main characters really like each other but are never shown than a skin deep physical attractionThe sentences are so simple the construction is plain and when you add them up to paragraphs and chapters they all come across as basic and uninteresting The characters are flat with no self awareness or growth and lacking any sort of depth that made them feel alive or real The dialog is so stilted and cliche The relationship between Max and Hanna is awkward and a little creepy with Max badgering Hanna until she relents and goes out with him There is no spark in the writing no creativity in the plot nothing that took a hold of me and surprised me not even a little The unfolding of the plot wasn t interesting It meandered along with events happening when it was convenient to move the plot along and not because it made sense based on what was going on Even the mystery that the book blurb alludes to is tackled with so little thought and originality with no explanation other than some generic words thrown inIn the end I didn t develop any kind of connection with this story If I had to use one word to describe my impression of how it was written it would be Lazy That is the honest truth 35 starsThis book was about WWII and the time in Germany leading up to it a romance music and time travel I liked it but didn t love it Hanna and Max found each other by accident or was there a reason they found each other Whether it was an accident or for a reason their love for each other was never endingMax walked in on Hanna practicing her violin and much to his surprise she wasn t too happy to have him there It did take a lot to get her attention but once he did he couldn t stay awayWe travel back and forth in time and learn of Hanna s passion for music her violin and MaxIN ANOTHER TIME tells the story of Max and Hanna before and after the war Hanna is the main focus after the war because something happened to her that caused her to lose the memory of ten years but not the memory of Max and her marvelous talent of playing the violinMax isn t mentioned after the war except in Hanna s memories It is heartbreakingWe see Max before the war and interestingly we are introduced to the mystery of what could be behind the door in the bookshop that Max s father had always forbidden him to enterThe love between Max and Hanna was the main focus as well as the love of books and music You will keep hoping Hanna and Max find each otherIN ANOTHER TIME is beautifully and smoothly written with characters you will want to know betterMs Cantor immediately pulls you into the story line and into the lives of the characters with her marvelous tale and her well researched story line Readers will get a glimpse into a personal side of WWIIIN ANOTHER TIME is a beautiful beautiful tale of love heartbreak and an outstanding history lesson 55This book was given to me as ARC by the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review Follow Book Nation by Jen for all reviewsMemories of the Past a Vision to the Future and the Power of Music Join Together in this Magical Wartime Love StoryIn Another Time by Jillian Cantor is a wonderful historical fiction novel with deep characters who love books music and each otherIn 1930s Berlin Max a German bookshop owner sees Hanna playing what she loves most the violin He is enchanted and in an attempt to get her attention he brings her what he loves most a book After his dedicated pursuit he wins her over and the relationship between the two blossoms German life during the rise of Hitler is not easy and to make matters worse because Max is not a Jew Hanna s family is not supportive Then Max has an unexplained disappearance which causes Hanna to be worried angry and confused She steps back from their relationship for a time but the love between them is powerful and eventually it draws them back together Antisemitism is increasing in Germany and although Hanna so focused on her violin playing does not take much notice Max worries about her and his Jewish friends Hitler and the Nazis are taking over panic is starting to set in and his longtime Jewish neighbors are in terrible danger When Max sees them in distress he reaches out to offer help Max has a huge secret that he believes can save those in danger but when his beloved Hanna is looking the Nazis in the eyes can he bring her to safetyIn 1946 Hanna finds herself in an open field with her less than pristine violin and no memory of the recent past Hitler is dead the train station has been bombed she has no idea what happened to Max and she has lost her memory of the last 10 years of her life Hanna s sister comes to get her and bring her back to her home in London where she searches for opportunities to play her trusted violin in an orchestra Her love for music and Max are the only things she remembers and without him she focuses on playing violin to bring peace and oy to her life and to give her a purpose Will Hanna and Max cross paths again In Another Time is a heartbreaking story of love and survival in difficult times and the ability to learn the truthI enjoy narration by two characters alternating chapters as it is easy to read and it compels me to read ust one chapter and then ust one always wanting to know what is going to happen nextJillian Cantor created interesting characters and I get immersed in her writing with the World War ll setting appreciative for the research involved in historical fiction I adored The Lost Letter published 2017 and I highly recommend In Another Time too A With Jillian CantorTell us a little bit about In Another TimeIn Another Time is the story of Max a German bookshop owner and Hanna a Jewish violin prodigy who fall in love in the 1930s outside of Berlin as Hitler is rising to power Max narrates the story in the 1930s before the war and Hanna narrates beginning in 1946 after the. 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 them1931 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.

War when she wakes up in a field with only her violin no memory of the past ten years and no idea what happened to Max Max s story moves through the 1930s as Hanna s moves through the 1940s and 50s I wanted it to be a love story between Max and Hanna but also a love song to books and music in our most trying timesWhen I learned about Max s huge secret the special closet door in his bookshop it first made me think of the novel Exit West where Mohsin Hamid wrote about doors people went through to get to other countries He mostly used it as a metaphor for immigration allowing him not to have to focus on the physical ourney In In Another Time I was unprepared for the magical time travel that happened in the closet but was pleasantly surprised Unexplainable supernatural elements like this are not often used in historical fiction How did you come up with the ideaI really wanted to explore the uestion of what made people leave or not leave Germany during Hitler s rise to power in the lead up to WWII I spoke with a Holocaust survivor who d been a young Jewish girl in Berlin at the time She said her parents refused to leave saying it was their country too They were Germans too So I thought a lot about what it means to love your country and feel allegiance to your country even if terrible things start happening And how hard it would ve been to fathom how horrible everything would eventually get if you were living there in those years The uestion I set out to answer before I even sat down to write the book was what if you had every way and means possible to leave even a magical escape would you still want to stay I ust accepted the magic and immersed myself in the lives of the wonderful characters Hanna and Max Did you ever consider explaining of the details regarding time traveling through the closet How did you decide what to explain and what to leave unsaidI definitely don t see this a science fiction novel in any way even though time travel does play a small role like you said So I never wanted to get bogged down in the details of how it worked And Max is a bookshop owner a reader not a scientist so I didn t believe as a character he would get bogged down in these details either My goal was to explain enough to make the plot and Max s actions make sense but not too much where the book became science fiction than historical fiction Your novel has Max s story and Hanna s story each from their own perspective Did you write them alternating chapters like we read them or did you create each character s narrative separately I wrote them exactly in the order that you read them as they appear in the book now alternating chapters It did get a little confusing and at a certain point as I was drafting about 100 pages in I stopped and made a giant chart on the wall of my office to keep track of where each character was in each year how old each was etc But I felt I needed to write the book the way it would eventually read so I could get the pacing and the story arc right in the first draft When I went back and revised however I did pull each story out and revise each one separately to make sure it was all coherent and made sense in order All the chapters are narrated by Max or Hanna except for one Why did Elsa have her own chapterElsa is married to Max s best friend Johann and she has a small but important role in the novel The chapter she narrates allowed me to give the reader information that neither Max nor Hanna could ve knownWhat are you reading now if you even have time and what do you recommendI m reading a lot of research for the next novel I m writing right now But I have a giant to read pile sitting on my desk that I plan to get to once I finish drafting my next book The Lost Girls of Paris by Pam Jenoff The Things We Cannot Say by Kelly Rimmer Blood Orange by Harriet Tyce and The Age of Light by Whitney Scharer ust to name a few One upcoming historical novel that I got to read early and that I highly recommend is The Flight Girls by Noelle Salazar It s out in July look out for itUnknownpngMusic did actually keep people safe during World War ll here is a video that tells a story of a woman who survived AuschwitzIMG5890jpgIf you would like to hear some orchestra music here is a clip from my teenage son s most recent concert with the NORWALK YOUTH SYMPHONYAccording to Google Listening to music can help reduce stress according to many studies It can help relieve a person from anxiety depression and other emotional and mental problems Music is also capable of eliminating physical exhaustion as it allows the body and mind to relax Jillian Cantor is a favorite author of mine I ve read and loved all her books If you are a hist fic fan like me her books are must reads In Another Time is the most beautiful historical love story Not a romance but an authentic emotional love storyIt s also a story about the love for music Hanna is a violinist and her violin is what gets her through some horrific times Survival is another theme How does one continue through the motions when your reality is WWII you are Jewish and your dearest love is lostOverall I was completely wrapped up in this story and its characters In Another Time is a stunning and memorable tale of love and war I received a complimentary copy All opinions are my own Many of my reviews can also be found on my blog wwwjennifertarheelreadercom 5In Another Time by Jillian Cantor is an incredibly moving story about 2 people during Hitler s rise to power and beyondWhat it s about Max is a Christian bookshop owner and Hanna a Jewish violinist hoping to oin 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 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. 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 orchest.

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Jillian Cantor has a BA in English from Penn State University and an MFA from The University of Arizona She is the USA Today bestselling author of THE LOST LETTER THE HOURS COUNT MARGOT and most recently IN ANOTHER TIME which was a March 2019 Indie Next pick Her work has been translated into 12 languages and has been featured as a Library Reads pick and in People Magazine O the Oprah Ma