Saturday, August 25, 2018

In Another Time by Caroline Leech

Title: In Another Time
Author: Caroline Leech
Genre: Historical, Romance
Source: HarperCollins via Edelweiss

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 spark of something more to it. And yet every time she gets close to him, John pulls away. It’s not until Maisie rescues John from a terrible logging accident that he begins to open up to her about the truth of his past, and the pain he’s been hiding.

Suddenly everything is more complicated than Maisie expected. And as she helps John untangle his shattered history, she must decide if she’s willing to risk her heart to help heal his. But in a world devastated by war, love might be the only thing left that can begin to heal what’s broken.
Review by Nara

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 pretty poor knowledge of history, I could clearly see that a lot of thought had gone into writing the setting.

The major negative to the novel was that I thought the plot itself was pretty basic, and a lot of the problems facing the main two characters was due to a lack of proper communication i.e. my least favourite conflict generator.

All in all an average novel. I would recommend Leech's first novel, Wait for Me, rather than this book for those looking for a historical romance.

Liked it
Overall: 6/10
Plot: 2.5/5
Romance: 2.5/5
Writing: 3/5
Characters: 2.5/5
Cover: 1/5