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Preview: In Another Time by Jillian Cantor

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In Another Time by Jillian Cantor 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. The book will publish on March 5, 2019.

Here’s the synopsis:

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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.

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Wow, this sounds like a unique take on the WWII historical fiction genre. I’m very intrigued to read this one.

More about the author: 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 LetterThe Hours Count and Margot, which was a Library Reads pick. Born and raised in a suburb of Philadelphia, Cantor currently lives in Arizona with her husband and two sons.

Check back soon for a review!

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Barbara Yamada

Saturday 27th of July 2019

This book was so different, so interesting and well done! I am not are wish, but have a fascination and respect for the holocaust stories and survivors. This dory had it all. Though fiction ,the love was palpable.. I really enjoyed it..will read more of your work..Jillian Cantor..thank you. Barbara Yamada

Heather Caliendo

Monday 29th of July 2019

Hi Barbara! Thank you so much for commenting! I'm so happy to hear you enjoyed this book - I loved it too!