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In Another Time

3.83  ·  Rating details ·  415 ratings  ·  98 reviews
Love is worth the fight

It’s 1942, and Maisie McCall is in the Scottish Highlands doing her bit for the war effort as a Women’s Timber Corps lumberjill. Maisie relishes her newfound independence and her growing friendships—especially with the enigmatic John Lindsay.

As Maisie and John work side-by-side felling trees, Maisie can’t help but feel like their friendship has the
ebook, 384 pages
Published August 28th 2018 by HarperTeen
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Creel Unbelove'D I agree with Lissa. It is never overtly stated, but two of the women eventually buy some of the retired WTC's land and work it as a riding camp…moreI agree with Lissa. It is never overtly stated, but two of the women eventually buy some of the retired WTC's land and work it as a riding camp together. They are very close friends throughout the story and there is a relief by one that the other isn't injured in the accident that is that of a significant other. (less)

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Candace Robinson
Mar 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved Leech's other Wait For Me, so this one looked just as good. Plus there were lumberjills and lumberjacks!

What I love most about Leech's contemporaries is the setting. The 1940's is a great escape from the modern day world of today where teens spend the majority of their time  staring at a phone screen. These teens from before are ones to look up to and respect with all the hardwork and hardships they had to deal with, and they didn't take anything for granted. I have an eight-y
Camila Roy ••RoyIsReading••

ARC provided by Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review

I haven’t read a lot of historical fiction- which is weird because I love history- but lately I’ve been motivated to explore the genre more.

”O my love is like a red, red rose that’s newly sprung in June 
O my love is like the melody that’s sweetly played in tune
So fair art thou, my bonnie lass, so deep in love am I
and I will love thee still, my dear, till a’ the seas gang dry.”

I loved the poetry bits that were included❤

I don’t h
Feb 07, 2018 rated it liked it
I enjoyed the setting and main character: Maisie, a 17 year old Scottish girl who joins the Women's Timber Corps to help the war effort and gain independence. I found myself skimming pretty heavily through the love story, although the idea was interesting. She falls for a lumberjack with PTSD, and I thought his PTSD was thoughtfully depicted.

I think I would have enjoyed this more as an adult novel.
Sep 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was so good! I don't read a lot of books set in a war. But this book was so good! I'm a little sad I finished this book. I loved meeting all the lumberjills and they were some bad ass women!
I wanted to give this one 4 stars, but there was a lot more romance than history in this historical fiction novel, and though it was nice and innocent (YA), it was still a little much for me. I don't mind a bit of romance, or even more if it is necessary to the plot, but I would have liked more of the history side. I had never heard of the lumberjills! It was amazing to read about how strong and capable they were, especially at this time in history. I would have liked a little more of the story ...more
Penny Linsenmayer
May 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Leech has penned another coming-of-age novel set in Scotland during WWII, and Maisie McCall is as delightful and spunky a heroine as Lorna Anderson in Leech’s debut novel, Wait for Me. Maisy makes a bid for independence and a chance to pitch in for the war effort by enlisting in the Women’s Timber Service at the age of seventeen. The rigor and challenges of the brutal physical labor suits Maisy, as does the opportunity to form new friendships with the other Lumberjills and perhaps a romance with ...more
Oct 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book! I probably wouldn't have bought this on my own so I'm grateful I step out of my comfort zone with book subscription boxes! This was in The Once Upon A Book Club YA selection and has 4 gifts you unwrap as you read the story. Makes the reading experience extra fun!
Christy (TheReaderBee)
In Another Time is the second book that I’ve read by the awesome Caroline Leech, and I have to tell you that I enjoyed this book SO much! I read Caroline’s first book, Wait for Me, last year and really enjoyed the story, so I absolutely couldn’t wait to dive into this new book. I just knew that I would love it, and I DID!!

Like her previous book, In Another Time is set during World War II, but this book was all about the Women’s Timber Corps, which was an organization created during the war and r
Have you ever spent an entire book wishing that it was told from a side character's perspective instead of the main character's? Because I just did that with this book.

I don't have anything against Maisie at all, although her romance with John became tedious (more on that later). But the story I WANTED to read here was Dot's story. (view spoiler)
Aug 23, 2018 rated it liked it
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Mar 21, 2018 rated it liked it
One of the reasons I read historical fiction is to learn more about people and places that may have been forgotten about. I had no idea about the Women's Timber Corps so I was quite fascinated to learn about them in In Another Time. I enjoyed the story as a whole but I didn't feel as emotionally connected to the romance in this one. Both Maisie and John were solid characters but I just wanted to feel their chemistry more. In Caroline's first book, I was so invested in their story that I was move ...more
Jan 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
When I saw Elizabeth Wein's complimentary blurb on the cover of this WWII historical novel, I knew I would love it. And, of course, I did. Yet another little known women's wartime contribution--"lumberjills"--women who worked in the Scottish Highlands for the Women's Timber Corps when lumber wasn't available from the European continent because of the Nazi occupation. An authentic historical romance that addresses the emotional and physical repercussions of war.
Feb 26, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I don't typically read historical fiction, especially in YA (unless there is magic involved :) so when I picked this book up I don't really know what I was expecting. If anything I wished that the Women's Timber Corp. was talked about more, I just had so many questions about that organization in general that as soon as I finished it I went online and looked some stuff up...really fascinating!
Maisie was a good character; struggling to find herself and her self worth after leaving a home that was
While I liked Caroline Leech's first novel, I just couldn't get into this one. Could be my mood or that I wasn't connecting with the characters. The book seems well-written and researched, though, and I think fans of historical YA will likely enjoy In Another Time.
In Another Time is not alike any other historical fictions I’ve read. The novel proves to have a somewhat unique plotline. The story is filled with both heartwarming and many heartbreaking experiences, leaving me wanting more. The story follows the life of a Scottish girl, Maisie McCall. She wishes to run away from her heartless parents to start a new life as a Lumberjill, but in reality Maisie is only running away from her problematic past. Maisie later abandons her younger sister, believing it ...more
Cait Jacobs (Caitsbooks)
Overall: 3.5/5 Stars
Characters: 3/5
Setting: 5/5
Writing: 3/5
Plot and Themes: 4/5
Awesomeness Factor: 3/5
Review in a Nutshell: In Another Time is a cute, light read, but isn't perfect.

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- Premise -
In Another Time follows Masie during World War II as she serves as a lumberjill in the Scottish highlands. When she meets lumberjack John Lindsay, they forge a great friendship, but his secrets keep it from becoming more. When he learns to open up, Masie must decide i
"Love is worth the fight."

That line from this book's blurb adequately summarizes Maisie and John's story, and I absolutely adore both of them and this whole book. 

In Another Time has everything Wait for Me had - sweet, first romance, well-researched historical foundations, creative authorial fill-ins - but what puts this one ahead of its predecessor is its balance. 

In Another Time wasn't just about Maisie and John's fight to be together, it was also about Maisie and her lumberjill friends, and M
Adriana (SaltyBadgerBooks)
It was okay...

I really wanted to like it more, but the pacing was off! Like really off, and the romance aspect, although very cute, was kind of all over the place.

I really liked the fact that it's in Scotland which was really different for most WWII books! I also like that it didn't have to do with the frontlines. But the only thing is I didn't like that it was mainly focused on the dance aspect. The whole thing about the lumberjills sounds so amazing and could have been developed and dug more i
Sep 28, 2018 rated it liked it
I received this book as part of my Once Upon a Book Club box. The story was interesting and something I have definitely never read about before. However, I was disappointed that this was a love story because I think it would have been much more interesting if it was not. The story and the Lumberjills alone were way more interesting and engaging than the romance and I think it took away from my enjoyment of this book. Especially because I really didn't understand why the main characters liked eac ...more
I really love the settings (and covers!) of Leech's books—I hadn't heard of WWII 'lumberjills', so I was eager to learn a bit more. And...I still love the setting, but errrrrrgh I wish there'd been a little less romance and a little more, you know, tree-felling. I'm not sure how much I really did learn: what does Maisie's day-to-day life as a lumberjill really look like? When does she wake up, what does she eat in the morning, how tired is she, what are the rules and regulations like? There's a ...more
Amy Giles
Jul 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Caroline Leech is a master of historical fiction! I loved Wait for Me and her sophomore novel does not disappoint. Leech once against transports readers to a time and place off the beaten path: The highlands of Scotland during WW2. Maisie's strength, both physical and internal, is the highlight of the story for me. At seventeen, Maisie enlists in the Women's Timber Corp to help in the war effort while also breaking from her family’s expectations. Amongst the lumberjills and lumberjacks, she find ...more
Melissa Buron
Oct 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Loved this book! Great historical detail and the strong, smart protagonist makes this a great read for everyone over the age of 12. Can’t wait for Caroline Leech’s next book!
I picked up In Another Time kind of on a whim. I find that I enjoy specific periods of time for historical fiction and this setting isn't always one I prefer. However, Holly read and liked a previous book by this author and so that was a plus for this book. But the biggest thing that drew me in was the description. I've never even heard of the Women's Timber Corps so this story had an utterly unique draw.

In a time when feminism is being pushed and women's equality is being fought for, a story ab
In Another Time was probably going to be a 5-star book for me until I read the ending. Up until that point, it had a lot of the elements that make an amazing book for me -- I could not put it down, our heroine Maisie was relatable, and the writing was incredibly immersive.

That ending, though. (view spoiler)
In Another Time is a historical romance focusing on the relationship between Maisie, who joins the Women's Timber Corps, and John, a man who is a lumberjack as part of a visiting organisation from Canada (the name of which escapes me at the moment...)

I think overall, the novel was decent, but there wasn't really any strong aspect of the book that made it particularly memorable. As with the first book that Caroline Leech wrote, the historical background is quite well researched and even with my p
Lauricia Dawn
Nov 03, 2018 rated it it was ok
I’ll be honest - I’m pretty disappointed by what this turned out to be.
Hearing the plot, I was very excited to read this and waited for it with baited breath.
The setting was perfectly delicious and exactly what it should have been, setting this book up for grand success.
Which made everything so much more disappointing when it didn’t live up to its potential.

1. The MC’s love interest was inconsistent. He had great moments and then fell flat on his face with bad behaviour and mood swings like ther
A.M. Rose
Jul 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Caroline's first book is still on my TBR list and if it's anything like this one I will be getting to it soon. I loved this story of lumberjills and yes, there were some lumberjacks too, but it was really about these powerful women who really stepped up and proved they could do anything men could. And in that day-and-age that was something. Maisie and Dot's friendship was so real and really highlighted how woman take care of each other. Leech really has a way of transporting the reader into this ...more
Feb 24, 2018 rated it it was ok
To be fair, I stopped reading this at the 1/2 way mark and just skimmed the rest. The great strong women in the forest setting kept me reading, while the runaway teen dating an older soldier kept me a little creeped out. There may have only been a few years between the 17 year old girl and her beau, and I get that war makes strange bedfellows, but it was enough to make we question my enjoyment of this book. Points given for addressing PTSD and family strife. Ultimately, this book is filled with ...more
Jessica Arnold
May 24, 2018 rated it did not like it
DNF at Chapter 5. As much as I wanted to like this book (particularly because of the time period and setting), the author seemed to get carried away in her descriptions too much. As I found myself glazing over sentences that really could have been succinctly condensed into one, I decided to put this away. Maybe a future audiobook try, though, especially if the narrator has a wonderful accent to match the Scottish setting?!
Oct 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
New from Caroline Leech, author of the Scottish young adult historical fiction novel WAIT FOR ME, comes a new historical romance set in WWII-era Scotland. Fans of CODE NAME VERITY, SALT TO THE SEA, FRONT LINES and MARE’S WAR will fall in love with this new novel about female empowerment, a surprising romance and finding yourself in the most unlikely of circumstances.

Maisie McCall, desperately seeking to escape the suffocation of her father’s control, runs away from home to join an organization -
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Caroline Leech is a Scottish writer who has lived in Houston TX since 2007. She writes novels for teenagers, and her debut novel, WAIT FOR ME, was published by Harper Collins/Harper Teen in early 2017. Set in Scotland towards the end of World War Two, the book won the 2014 Joan Lowery Nixon Award at the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators in Houston, as well as the YA categories of ...more