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3.80  ·  Rating details ·  928 ratings  ·  341 reviews
A magical love story, inspired by the legend of a woman who vanished from Grand Central Terminal, sweeps readers from the 1920s to World War II and beyond, in the spirit of The Time Traveler’s Wife and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.

On a clear December morning in 1937, at the famous gold clock in Grand Central Terminal, Joe Reynolds, a hardworking railroad man from Qu
Hardcover, 416 pages
Published June 11th 2019 by Random House
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Mar 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Mahattanhenge, a term popularized by astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, is a phenomenon occurring around the time of the summer and winter solstices. The rising or setting sun creates an amazing burst of light framed by Manhattan skyscrapers as the sun rises above or dips below the horizon.

Weather permitting, the brilliant line of light entered the Main Concourse of Grand Central Terminal through three high arched windows yearly, on or about December 5. The terminal was crowded with onlookers a
3.5 Stars

When Joe first sees Nora standing in Grand Central Station, she has no suitcase, or coat even though it was early in the December morning of 1937, barely dawn. She seemed completely out of place, and her clothing seemed from another time. He approaches her, offering assistance, information, whatever help she needs. He’s intrigued. When she tells him where she’s trying to go, Turtle Bay Gardens, he recognizes the neighborhood, as it’s only a few blocks away from the YMCA where he lives,
Cindy Burnett
May 24, 2019 rated it it was ok
Time After Time has an interesting premise. Time travel set against the background of the Depression and then World War 2. However, the implementation of this idea fell flat for me. The characters did not feel well developed nor were they likable, and I had a hard time caring about them and their story lines. I particularly was not a fan of the ending. I think this was just not the book for me. I received this book to read and review.
Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for a Kindle ARC of Time After Time.

I really enjoyed The Time Traveler's Wife so the premise of Time After Time intrigued me.

** Minor spoilers ahead **

Nora Lansing is a young woman who meets a young leverman named Joe Reynolds at Grand Central after the Great Depression.

The two have an instant connection but Joe will soon discover that Nora is no ordinary lady.

Their love will transcend time and boundaries but what do you do when love is not enough?

Maine Colonial
Apr 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Thanks to the publisher for providing a free review copy via Netgalley.

As with many other time travel romances, the central conflict is that the traveler doesn’t age the way the non-traveler does. Despite the repetition of that plot element, this is still a good story. Joe and Nora are engaging and believable characters, and it’s fascinating to see how cleverly they deal with the challenges of Nora apparently being confined to Grand Central Terminal. Most of the action takes place in the 1930s a
Mar 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I must say there was some initial reluctance going into this book. It sorta kinda sounded like women’s fiction, a very specific type of lachrymose sweeping romance. And wouldn’t you know, in the end it actually was a potentially tear inducing grand (Grand Central based) epic love story, but it was so, so good, I didn’t care. In fact, this book drew me in from the first few pages in a way few books do and managed to sustain that level of emotional engagement throughout its not inconsiderable girt ...more
Jun 09, 2019 added it
Shelves: librarything
In 1937 when Joe Reynolds first meets Nora Lansing in Grand Central Station, he’s not sure what to make of her. She’s dressed as a flapper and her clothing is looking quite shabby. She has no coat nor does she have any baggage. As he’s walking her home, Nora disappears but Joe will meet Nora again – time after time – for many years to come. Nora tells Joe that the last thing she can remember is returning from Paris in 1925 and being in a subway accident. They soon learn that Nora’s appearance in ...more
Jun 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Lisa Grunwald has written my favorite kind of novel. Set within the wondrous boundaries of Grand Central Terminal, Time After Time is the story of Joe and Nora, the love they find amidst impossible circumstances, their fight to stay together, and the great sacrifices they make along the way. I utterly loved this clever, charming, hopeful tale of true love against all odds.

True story: a friend got an early copy of this book and passed it on to me knowing that I'm a sucker for time travel stories.
Jun 05, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
When I saw the description of Time After Time, I immediately wanted to read it. I love historical fiction, I love time travel, and I love books set in NYC, and this book has all these elements. The time travel aspect is quite different from what I expected, it's not exactly time travel and I can't really say what it is because of spoilers. I liked both Joe and Nora, and I loved their bitter-sweet love story. They are years and worlds apart but their connection and their love for each other is br ...more
Seema Rao
Mar 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
Poignant ~ Enchanting ~ Sweet

tl;dr : Death doesn't stop love.

This is a non-traditional romance novel, if there is one. It is a really sweet tale about love during the Depression (and later) in New York City. The writing has a gentleness that is appealing. The well-crafted characters feel so real that their struggles pull at the reader's heart-strings. I don't want to share the secrets of the story, but I promise this isn't a scary book. It's just a sweet story of love and how "working out" can
Karen Kay
I received this from for a review.

December 1937, Joe meets Nora in Grand Central Terminal. She seems slightly out of place and off kilter. Joe is captivated by Nora from her first electric touch and he despairs when he tries to walk her home and she disappears.

I suppose being stuck in time would create some déjà vu situations, but I got rather bored with Joe and Nora's cliche romance.

2.75 ☆
Kari Ann Sweeney
This book was full of my favorite things- historical fiction, NYC and a touch of romance. Add a time travel element and page-turning writing and I.WAS.IN!
Apr 29, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley, 2019
Many thanks to Netgalley and Random House for the chance to read this novel.

I immediately had to request this book when I saw a review on Instagram from Top Shelf Book Reviews. This book sounded like it would be right up my alley, especially since The Time Traveler's Wife and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button are two of my very favorite stories ever. I can't even explain my excitement when I was accepted for this book - I immediately dropped everything and started reading. It featured everythi
Apr 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
Thanks to the publisher, Random House, for an Advance Uncorrected Proof, in exchange for my honest opinion.

If you are a fan of time travel, you'll enjoy this historical romance by Lisa Grunwald. It's set in the 1930s (think The Great Depression) and 1940s (think World War II) at Grand Central Station (GCS) in New York City. It's based on a legendary story about a young woman who was killed in a gas explosion at GCS but reappeared below the gold clock every year. The author has done a fantastic j
Jun 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
⭐⭐⭐.75 stars— Time After Time by Lisa Grunwald

Thank you to Random House and Netgalley for a copy of this book! ❤

One day Nora appears at Grand Central where Joe works. And after talking with her she disappears. This happens each year at the same time. Nora died in 1925 yet here she is in the 1930s. How did she get here and how can Joe keep her here so they can be together?

What I loved: I really loved the characters (except Faye). Joe and his love for Nora was deep and real and made me emotiona
Patti Parker Markgraf
Jun 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
You can’t always choose the one you will love. Sometimes love finds you and decides to scoop you up, pairing you off with someone you’d least expect. But what if the love of your life isn’t alive and limitless love suddenly becomes limited?

Time After Time is a captivating and magical journey of historical fiction. The novel fosters a love affair that knows no boundaries of space and time. Lisa Grunwald paints an enchanting world where the living and the departed merge to create a present world
Lolly K Dandeneau
May 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
via my blog:
'What Nora had never shaken was the memory of fighting to come out of the ether.'

Nora Lansing knows where she wants to go, just not how to get there. She is young, ‘out of place’ and railroad worker (leverman) Joe Reynolds is captivated watching the confusion flit across her face in Grand Central Terminal. “She made him think of the cats in the tunnels far beneath the concourse: coiled up and waiting, all energy, no telling what they were going
Jun 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
It's December 1936 when train leverman Joe Reynolds first encounters an unusual young woman in Grand Central. He can't help noticing her eye-catching red hair, outdated flapper dress, and lack of a coat, despite the cold weather. She declines his offer to walk her home, and Joe loses track of her. But a year later, Nora shows up again and accepts his offer, only to disappear mysteriously a few blocks from Grand Central. Over the next few years, Joe and Nora continue to meet intermittently. Gradu ...more
Jun 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Thanks to the author, LibraryThing and Random House.

I love historical books especially set in the 1930s and 1940s.

I loved this book so much. I can't recall a time I've ever read a supernatural book or a love story like this.

This book is the best as a love story between Nora and Joe starting when Joe was working at the Grand Central Terminal as a lineman underground when he met Nora and when he tries to walk her home she just disappears. Come to find out that she's living sort of in between liv
Not every author can write a time-travel book that leaves you wondering "how did she do that?" Lisa Grunwald just did. In the aftermath of a train wreck at Grand Central Station, Nora Lansing finds herself stuck in time - unable to die from her injuries, unable to live more than a few minutes after she resurfaces, fully alive, seen by railroad worker Joe Reynolds one day before she vanishes from the platform. The mystery of this beautiful flapper-clad woman in Depression-era New York haunts him, ...more
Jun 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Nora Lansing and Joe Reynolds have an unconventional romance. I don't want to spoil this love story but it is different from most and very intriguing. This is similar to a time travel romance but has different elements. The history is rich, the description so well done reading it made me believe I had watched a movie. I know Joe and Nora well. I understand a appreciate them and will never forget them.
Ok, I did not see that coming. Usually, when a character does something unexpected near the end of a book, it means that the author has written herself into a corner that she can't get out of without someone having an epiphany or just acting way out of character or something. But in this case, the behavior totally felt like something the character would do, even if I wasn't expecting it. I won't even tell you which character does the unexpected thing, so read the book to find out. It's worth it ...more
May 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was a really good book. I enjoyed it. It's the most believable ghost story I've ever read. A woman killed in a subway accident keeps returning to Grand Central Station. Great details about the history and architecture of the station.
May 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A story of an improbable love, touched with the magic of Manhattanhenge at Grand Central station in New York. The love between Nora and Joe transcends time and spans decades. It is historical fiction, touching on the major events of both WWI and WWII, and the everyday life of those times. It is also a story of true love and sacrifices made for your true love. I thoroughly enjoyed the book, and its unusual concept, and its memorable characters. It was beautifully written! Thanks to the publisher ...more
Jun 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I was initially drawn in by the cover of this book (covers matter, y'all!!), and then the tagline snagged me for real: "A magical love story, inspired by the legend of a woman who vanished from Grand Central Terminal, sweeps readers from the 1920s to World War II and beyond, in the spirit of The Time Traveler’s Wife and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button."


This book delivered on everything it promised and more - I was totally spellbound from almost the very first sentence and there
May 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
I received this book free from Netgalley in return for an unbiased review.

There was a lot for me to like in this book.

In the first place, it is a historical novel, set during the last years of the Great War. Almost all of the action takes place inside Grand Central Terminal and the author does a wonderful job of painting the details of that location for us - the busyness of the place, the characters, the sounds and the general atmosphere.

It is the terminal on a clear cold morning in 1937 that
Mary Garrett
May 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Lisa Grunwald's TIME AFTER TIME is an intriguing and well-written historical, other-worldly romance, full of questions and mysteries, impossible, but in the context of this story, believable and real. Could Nora’s return from the dead, limited as it is, be called truly living? Is Joe sacrificing too much of life to be with her? Don’t all couples give up other possibilities, other lives, to be together? I found myself wanting to visit Grand Central Station, to view the East/West alignment of the ...more
Mary Lins
Jun 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
“Time After Time”, by Lisa Grunwald, starts with an epigraph of the two popular songs (“Lucky to Be Loving You” and “Time After Time”) which contain the title lines, and they are both earworms, so thanks Ms. Grunwald!

Manhattanhenge or the Manhattan Solstices provides the “conceit” for this “time-travel” love story. I put “time travel” in quotation marks because – without spoiling it, it isn’t really a time travel story.

Grand Central Terminal in NYC is as much a character in this story as Nora an
May 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance, fantasy, ghosts
3.5 stars! A romance, magic, and a story centered around Grand Central Station in the 1930's and 1940's all combined together to tell a bittersweet story. Add in almost love at first sight and a tragedy and I was hooked. 3.5 Stars!

I'm a sucker for books that feature a magical element so as soon as I read the blurb for this book, I knew I wanted to read it. It's going to be hard to review this without spoilers, but I will try my best.

Joe works at Grand Central Station in New York City. He's a le
A classically sweet tale of love under circumstances out of the ordinary, Time After Time creates a story both simple and anything but. A story that could’ve starred Judy Garland and Robert Taylor back in the glory days of cinema following WWII.

Grunwald has crafted two lead characters who have endearingly remarkable chemistry. From the first time Joe Reynolds and Nora Lansing meet up, you can’t help but cheer for them to get together.

The obstacle keeping them apart isn’t the typical one, and it
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Lisa Grunwald is the author of the novels The Irresistible Henry House, Whatever Makes You Happy, New Year's Eve, The Theory of Everything, and Summer. Along with her husband, Reuters editor-in-chief Stephen J. Adler, she edited the bestselling anthologies The Marriage Book, Women's Letters and Letters of the Century. Grunwald is a former contributing editor to Life and a former features editor of ...more