In Another Time: A Novel by Jillian CantorIn Another Time: A Novel by Jillian Cantor

In Another Time: A Novel

byJillian Cantor

Paperback | March 5, 2019

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“Jillian Cantor’s In Another Time is a love song to the most powerful of all human emotions: hope. It is the story of Max and Hanna, two star-crossed lovers fighting to stay together during an impossible moment in history. It is gripping, mysterious, romantic, and altogether unique. I was enchanted by this beautiful, heartbreaking novel.” — Ariel Lawhon, author of I Was Anastasia

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.

Jillian Cantor was born and raised in a suburb of Philadelphia. She earned her BA in English from Penn State University and an MFA from the University of Arizonia. She is the author of best-selling and award-winning novels for teens and adults. Her title's include The Hours Count Margot, The Lost Letter, and In Another Time.
Title:In Another Time: A NovelFormat:PaperbackDimensions:336 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.76 inPublished:March 5, 2019Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0062863320

ISBN - 13:9780062863324


Rated 4 out of 5 by from Unique story Romance novels are not my thing but a good love story packed full of history, with a unique plot is right up my alley. In Another Time is that kind of story. This book was an audio read for me. The story alternated between Max and Hanna and I loved the use of two distinct voices, one male and one female - a female trying to imitate a male voice can be awkward and distracting. The story also alternated between time periods giving me a glimpse of both pre and post war eras. I’ve read my fair share of WW2 books but rarely have I read any that actually takes place in Germany itself. German is changing so much during the 1930s, I was drawn in and captivated by this story. In Another Time is a mysterious story of survival, love, and music spanning across time. Jillian Cantor is a new author for me and definitely one I will read more of.
Date published: 2019-03-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Germany and War The author gives a beautifully written story that spans decades, and countries, all the while focusing on a couple that love one another, but in a time that it wasn’t allowed. This is a historical novel and brings the times alive in such a real way, and we put faces to these individuals. Can’t you just picture someone not wanting to leave the only home they have ever known, telling themselves it will be ok, only it wasn’t! Up front I am not a lover of sci-fi, but given this time period, if it were only true, and would I wish for more to have it, yes! Love how it was woven into this book. While I might have yearned for a different ending, I so enjoyed this book! I received this book through Edelweiss and the Publisher Harper Perennial and was not required to give a positive review.
Date published: 2019-03-05

Editorial Reviews

“Cantor elevates love as a powerful force that transcends tragedy and shows how music speaks to even the cruelest hearts. [In Another Time is] a powerful story that exalts the strength of the human spirit.”