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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 as a significantly posh area than his own humble dwellings He offers to escort her home and along the walk there she vanishes Joe is a leverman at this renowned terminal and so when a year passes and the solar event that occurs two mornings every year where the rising sun lined up exactly with the east west street grid of Manhattan he is there to see her return He s intrigued at first than smitten but it isn t long before he falls for NoraSolving the dilemma of how to continue life this way is a matter of trying to avoid what has failed and sticking to what they believe will keep Nora in the here and now or then as the case is and with the Bilt Hotel attached to the terminal Nora can remain safely there but there are family duties for Joe that pull him away periodically and events that ultimately affect both of themSince this is a book around a time travel story I wasn t expecting everything to line up perfectly but there were several things in this story that stood out to me and bothered me Things that for me were somewhat blatant in not fitting in the era and other things that were completely implausible and not in a time travel related way For that reason this fell a bit short of love for me but I did enjoy this overall I ust didn t love itThe Winter Solstice event Manhattanhenge that used to occur in the morning hours and bathe Grand Central Station in its light on these fluctuating two mornings a year weather permitting is no longer visible in Grand Central Station Progress another building was built which blocks the sun s rays from hitting the window from the east as it did before And s the pity The Summer Solstice event Manhattanhenge is still a significant draw for those looking for a urban version of Stonehenge and occurs as the sun sets over to the west Of course other cities in other states and countries have similar times when the sun s rays create magic you The Myth of Psychology just have to look for them Pub Date 11 Jun 2019Many thanks for the ARC provided by Random House Publishing Group Random House 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 wasust not the book for me I received this book to read and review 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 horizonWeather 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 and fellow travelers Nora Lansing twenty three years old looked overwhelmed and lost in Grand Central Station No suitcase no coat wearing a smudged pale blue dress she Appeared Waif Like She Carried French Currency In Her Purse waif like She carried French currency in her purse chance meeting occurred with Joe Reynolds a thirty two year old railroad employee Joe thought she looked vivid and exciting and was thrilled to walk Nora home Enroute she disappeared In 1938 one year later they happened upon each other again in the terminal Joe asked Don t you ever wear a coat It was snowing today And is that your only dress Nora said This is ust my traveling dress Where I m traveling from is not important Nora is a woman of mystery Joe is intriguedJoe Reynold s world is centered around Grand Central Station He works as a leverman pushing and pulling levers connected by underground cables to guide incoming trains into the terminal Money is tight Joe lives at the E 47 St YMCA Everyone I know grew up the day the stock market crashed Joe however was a dreamer He would spin a globe and visualize a trip to wherever his finger landed One thing was for certain Joe was smitten Wanting Nora wasa constant dominating achecould be soothed only by her actual touch How was it possible that she disappeared againJoe was perplexed He had met the love of his life yet he couldn t fathom her sudden appearances and disappearances Was it possible that the day Joe thought of as the start of his real life was the day Nora s life ended A visit to the New York Public Library revealed newspaper clippings of a subway accident on December 5 1925 Eleanor Lansing had died but had she As Joe aged Nora was unaffected by time She was
always twenty three 
twenty three and Nora had an infinite love in a finite space If they truly loved each other should they let each other goTime After Time by Lisa Grunwald was an awesome fairy tale like love story The love Nora and Joe shared transcended time age and social class I was totally invested in the lives of Nora and Joe I slept less and read This was a very captivating literary novel of historical fiction I HIGHLY RECOMMENDTHANK YOU RANDOM HOUSE highly recommendThank you Random House Group Random House and Net Galley for the opportunity to read and review Time After Time. LowAs thousands of visitors pass under the famous celestial blue ceiling each day Joe and Nora create a life unlike any they could have imagined With infinite love in a finite space they take full advantage of the “Terminal City” within a city dining at the Oyster Bar visiting the Whispering Gallery and making a home at the Bilt Hotel But when the construction of another landmark threatens their future Nora and Joe are forced to test the limits of freedom and loveDelving into Grand Central Terminal’s rich past Lisa Grunwald crafts a masterful historical novel about a love affair that defies age class place and even time. .
Ide spoiler I read this last summer and loved it and now it s on my mind because I m about to head back to NYC If you love stories set in Manhattan this one may be right up your alley Here s the setup On December 5 1937 Joe first meets Nora a beautiful woman who appears out of nowhere in the concourse of Grand Central Terminal She seems a little disoriented her dress is endearingly out of style But she s witty and warm and fun and Joe is instantly smitten There s ust one problem when Joe tries to walk Nora home she vanishes seemingly into thin air When he calls the number she gave him well that s when things get really strange Don t worry readers he ll see her again and puzzling out the how where and why it s allso complicated is half the fun of reading This novel inventively combines history mystery love story and Manhattanhenge Yes Manhattanhendge is totally a real thing A must read for fans of The Time Traveler s Wife and The Masterpiece with interesting parallels to A Gentleman in Moscow Time After Time is a captivating historical fiction novel with a time travel element Thank you to Random House for the complimentary copy Time After Time is inspired by the legend of a woman who disappeared from Grand Central It all begins in 1937 when Joe meets a woman named Nora dressed in flapper clothes and talking about the Roaring Twenties It s the Depression in NYC and Nora does not fit in Joe falls for Nora and while walking her home she disappears From then on Joe is focused on Nora and everything about her Rich in history of NYC and the Grand Central terminal I was captivated by Nora and Joe s story Nora is somehow caught in the terminal with specific rules in place related to Manhattenhenge Time After Time is a beautiful and complex story of love It feels a touch like a fairy tale because of the ephemeral ualities If you are looking for a distinctive novel with strong writing that will whisk you away to a different time definitely give this one a second look My reviews can also be found on my instagram wwwinstagramcomtarheelreader Joe and Nora meet and fall in insta love Their happily ever after is kept at bay by the fact that Joe is mortal and Nora is a ghost who can only live in Grand Central Terminal This is the premise as well as the entire plot of this 400 page book Maybe the premise sounded good but wasn t strong enough to carry a well developed storyline or maybe it was poorly executed but I found the story and its characters boring and lackluster I m honestly surprised by the number of 4 and 5 star ratings I m seeing This beautiful love story is set at New York s Grand Central Terminal and the setting imbues the story with a truly majestic timeless feelJoe Reynolds is a Grand Central leverman working the intricate switches that move trains from track to track the train euivalent of an air traffic controller essentially As the story opens it s 1937 the Great Depression is still having an impact and Joe is grateful for a steady obThen he meets Nora a beautiful young woman whose clothing is about ten years out of date As Nora looks around Grand Central and tries to get her bearings she and Joe strike up a conversation Sparks fly but they have different places to be and they part A year later Joe sees Nora again and their connection snaps right back into place She s wearing the same clothes and seems unchanged in every way The two spend time together but when Joe tries to walk her home she disappearsThus begins a romance across time in which Nora reappears over the years She and Joe fall deeply in love and start to unravel the mystery of why Nora continues to return why she can t seem to leave Grand Central and how they can possibly be together when Nora s reality is so different than Joe sTheir love story is set against the backdrop of World War II as New York and the world change and the young men of the generation head off to war As a leverman Joe is considered essential to the war effort and is not allowed to enlist but all around them they see soldiers departing some to return wounded some never to return Joe faces increasing challenges balancing his obligations to his brother s family in ueens and his need to spend every possible moment with NoraI started this book thinking I d be reading a time travel story and it s not that but I don t want to say about what a time travel story and it s not that but I don #T Want To Say #want to say what truth is behind Nora s appearances and disappearances and her strange tether to Grand CentralThe setting is ust so perfect There s something magnificent about Grand Central and having it figure so prominently into the storyline of Time After Time is really specialJoe and Nora are fully developed characters who feel like real people We get to know their hopes and dreams their passions and secrets and understand the obstacles to their love story even while rooting for them to find a way to make it all workThe ending is bittersweet and while my inner romantic might have wished for a different outcome I can t say that any other possible ending would make uite as much senseTime After Time was my book group s selection for July and I m so happy to have read it This is a beautiful book and ust should not be missed 35 StarsWhen 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 completely out of place and her clothing from another time. M her first electric touch Joe despairs when he tries to walk her home and she disappears Finding her again and again will become the focus of his love and his lifeNora an aspiring artist and fiercely independent is shocked to find she’s somehow been trapped her presence in the terminal governed by rules she cannot fathom It isn’t until she meets Joe that she begins to understand the effect that time is having on her and the possible connections to the workings of Grand Central and the solar phenomenon known as Manhattanhenge when the sun rises or sets between the city’s skyscrapers aligned perfectly with the streets be. ,
Thanks to the publisher for providing a free review copy via NetgalleyAs 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 and 1940s a particularly vivid time in Grand Central historyFor aficionados of time travel books I should mention that this is not at all a science bound time travel book There are discoveries of a sort about what happened to cause Nora s situation and what rules she is bound by but you really don t want to think too hard about themI m not going to say that this is a great work of literary fiction but this book did remind me in a way of Amor Towles s A Gentleman in Moscow In both books a character is forced to live for decades confined to one building In both cases it s a large and many faceted building with workaday functions hidden places and wonders and its own regular cast of characters The main characters make the building an entire world in itself and the authors convey that in a way that makes the reader visualize a life in such a world The story of Nora and Joe is a good one but it s the exploration of the world of Grand Central that takes this story into a magical realmBe sure to read the author s notes at the end of the book to learn about Grunwald s two main inspirations for the book 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 ladyTheir love will transcend time and boundaries but what do you do when love is not enoughThere were many things I liked about Time After Time including1 The research that went into depicting Grand Central during the 1930s and how it grew into the central transportation hub it is now2 As a native New Yorker I loved the depiction of New York during the Great Depression how the community and families struggled to survive war times and how it brought the community and people together3 I liked Nora and Joe their chemistry and their unconventional love story Who wants to be like everybody else4 I really liked how the author used the science of Manhattanhenge and how it was the portal to Nora s existence5 A not uite there ghost story written with heart and warmth that is very easy to suspend disbelief forWhat I did not likeThe cliche almost romance that developed between Joe and Faye his brother Finn s wife when Finn goes off to war after Pearl Harbor is bombedDoes every story that takes place around wartime have some kind of stereotypical romance with a sibling s spouseI found this trope that takes place around wartime have some kind of stereotypical romance with a sibling s spouseI found this trope to Nora especially if Joe is the kind of decent level headed guy he is depicted to be and who loves and cares about Nora so much why would he be swayed by Faye so easilyBecause she s alive and she s there That s a poor excuseAnd when he realizes he and Faye are not suited to each other he pines for Nora once again What is he 16 I hated this part of the book and made me uestion Joe s integrity He began as a mature kind responsible man but this act made him look like every other cliche dick I read aboutSecond there was a bit too much filler such as when Nora takes up painting I understand its a part of character development but there was ust so much everyday routine that didn t sound monotonous and it can be tiresomeThis was to be expected because Joe and Nora s life is restricted to Grand Central and the Bilt because she is tied to the station The book could use another edit to tighten the pacing There were parts toward the end of the book that dragged the story downI did enjoy the parts when Joe and Nora went apartment hunting or figuring out how Manhattanhenge was the cause of Nora s reappearance These routine couple activities were a reminder that their relationship was anything but ordinaryOverall I enjoyed this story the setting of a post Depression era New York City and Nora and Joe likable personable characters Many thanks to Random House for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest review A person without a past is no alive than a person without a future Huh That was unexpectedly emotional I really didn t go into this expecting to cry But here we are I survived Time After Time follows Nora a not uite survivor of a devastating train accident She doesn t know how or why she came back from death But when she meets Joe she knows why she has to stay Together Nora and Joe try to figure out what is causing the miracle behind Nora s kind of immortality Nora Nora was my favorite character Yes she was the main character but I can still like her She was sassy funny and full of energy It was so fun to follow her through this novel Joe Meh Joe was very How to put this Backstabb y At first I really liked him But as the book went on And He As He Revealed His True he as he revealed his true I ust couldn t be bothered For instance view spoilerhe had sex with his sister in law WHAT THE FK 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 ButtonOn a clear December morning in 1937 at the famous gold clock in Grand Central Terminal Joe Reynolds a hardworking railroad man from ueens meets a vibrant young woman who seems mysteriously out of place Nora Lansing is a Manhattan socialite whose flapper clothing pearl earrings and talk of the Roaring Twenties don’t seem to match the bleak mood of Depression era New York Captivated by Nora fro. Time After Time

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