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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 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.


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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 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.

30 review for In Another Time

  1. 5 out of 5

    Candace Robinson

    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 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-year-old, and I'm pretty fearful of the world of today where teens feel everything is owed to them. I felt Maisie was a strong character, and I liked the romance between her and John, but she didn't put up with his crap when he wasn't letting her in. Yet she was there for him when he needed it. John felt real. His struggles were real. The more you learn about him, the more you understand why he is the way he is. And even though it was during the 1940's, what he faces is still happening today. This book is not a fluffy contemporary, it's strong and well written. I'm hoping that Leech writes more from this era because it's fabulous.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Camila Roy ••RoyIsReading••

    RATING: 4/5 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 RATING: 4/5 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 have any complains with this. I liked the storyline, characters, plot, setting, romance, basically every element of this story. Maisie is a great main character. She’s independent and her strength is not only physical, but emotional. I’ve had a hard time finding YA protagonists my age who are not whinny or annoying. Reading about Maisie was like a breath of fresh air. Then there’s also John, who is super sweet and charming (and Maisie’s love interest, but you probably already guessed that lol). The side characters were likable as well. They contributed to the story and were present most of the time. The plot was interesting. It was empowering in a very subtle, not obvious way, which I loved. The story had a nice pacing, it didn’t go too fast or too slow. I never felt myself losing interest, just the opposite. Even though I rarely read the Acknowledgements part of books (I’m lazy guys) with this one, I did. The author there explains how she did her research and what parts of the book are more real than others. I found it really fascinating. Definitely recommend this! I’m sure it’s not the best historical fiction out there but I, personally, really liked it.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Katelyn

    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.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Annabel

    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!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Chelsea

    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 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 to be centered on that, though of course plenty of it took place on the lumberyard, etc. Still, the romance was cute, and the characters were a little more complicated than YA sometimes is, so this is probably still a 3.5 star book, if GR would let you pick half stars :) I definitely appreciated the historical notes at the end! I always love reading about what was real in the story, since I feel like I'm learning a bit of history as I go (and I want to know what to believe!).

  6. 4 out of 5

    Penny Linsenmayer

    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 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 a handsome Canadian Lumberjack. As with her first novel, Leech’s rich sensory details will transport her readers to the evergreen forests of the Scottish Highlands and to the charming nostalgia of the British homefront during WWII. The Lumberjills worked under less-than-ideal circumstances. Their housing was spartan and under-heated, and the women worked in locales isolated from larger communities that might have offered them social diversions in their off-hours. They were dedicated, hard workers, and their contributions to the war effort have gone unsung for too long. The strong camaraderie among the Lumberjills shines in Leech’s capable hands. Maisie’s romance with the dashing John Lindsay will captivate and charm readers of all ages. John, holding secrets and crushing guilt close, presents a challenge to Maisie’s patience and her growing bonds with him. Maisie stays true to her hard-won self-assurance and convictions, despite the challenges this course presents to her budding relationship with John. With each revelation of another layer of his war-time experiences and the effects on his mental and physical well-being, John grows into the man worthy of Maisie’s love.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Amy

    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!

  8. 5 out of 5

    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 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 recruited women to replace forestry workers who had been sent off to serve in the war. These women could do everything from cutting down trees, to sawing and hauling logs, to working in the sawmills, and I have to admit, I was absolutely fascinated with their story! The fictional tale that Caroline created around this real organization was completely captivating, and the story has stuck with me long after I turned the last page. I even had to do a little extra research about the WTC, and I found so many fascinating stories and photographs online to check out. It’s so interesting! And, while the story is interesting, I was completely charmed by all the characters as well! I love Maisie and all the women that were in the WTC with her. I flew through the pages as she told their story of training for the WTC, and then moving on to being a full time worker. I can’t even imagine myself doing any of the things she did in this story, but I couldn’t get enough of reading about it through Maisie’s point of view. I also really enjoyed the slow-building romance between Maisie and a fellow lumberjack John Lindsay, and boy does he have quite the story to tell as well. I also want to add that I also really loved the setting for this book. I have not read nearly enough books that I are set in the Scottish Highlands, and the descriptions were so well written, I could picture everything perfectly in my mind. It’s definitely a place I would love to visit on day, and I would especially love to visit the Women’s Timber Corps memorial as well. Overall; Caroline Leech definitely has another hit on her hands with In Another Time! I enjoyed this book just as much as I did her previous book, Wait For Me, and I hope she will continue writing this stories in the future, as I definitely need more! If you’re looking for a good historical novel, do check out In Another Time, and also Wait for Me as well! I hope you enjoy them both. Happy Reading!

  9. 4 out of 5

    Kidlitter

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I had no idea of the history of the Women's Timber Corps and their efforts to supply Britain with desperately needed lumber for the World War Two effort. I suspect many other readers don't either, and author Leech does a terrific job describing the huge, painful, exhausting physical toll of cutting timber for the women who took it on as their duty, and sometimes, escape from their ordinary lives. Seventeen-year-old Margaret "Maisie" McCall is one such woman, escaping her fractious home life in G I had no idea of the history of the Women's Timber Corps and their efforts to supply Britain with desperately needed lumber for the World War Two effort. I suspect many other readers don't either, and author Leech does a terrific job describing the huge, painful, exhausting physical toll of cutting timber for the women who took it on as their duty, and sometimes, escape from their ordinary lives. Seventeen-year-old Margaret "Maisie" McCall is one such woman, escaping her fractious home life in Glasgow for the great forests in rural Scotland. Leech provides a virtual treatise on the methodologies, dangers, and addictions of the foresting lifestyle. The best of the story lies in the friendships and support the women find in each other as they struggle to evolve into working women who can proudly call themselves "lumberjills." Yes, there are a great many characters milling about the various camps, and they sport names such as Dot, Nancy, Rose, Susan, and even a bad 'un named Violet. But their triumphs and setbacks make for some compelling reading until the inevitable posse of men shows up. A love affair with the Canadian lumberjack, John, who alternately frowns, limps and recites poetry, takes over the story and frankly, is not as compelling as Maisie's previous forays into independence. Her maturation no longer comes from her experiences working and living with a diverse group of women, but instead from responding to John's behaviors and treatment of her. The physical chemistry between them feels authentic, the shared delight in poetry is a nice touch, and the portrayal of his PTSD feels true. But I found myself agreeing with Maisie's much-maligned mother who urges her daughter to put young love aside and focus on the chances the War has brought young women to break out of the traditional wife/motherhood path. Will Maisie listen? Well, at least she gets the chance to rescue the hero a few times, make some lifelong friendships, and forge new relationships with her mother and sister before she decides her fate. A conventionally happy ending awaits, though the emotional satisfaction from the brief mention that some of the women build their own utopia on their old timber camp's site brought a real feeling of satisfying conclusion for this reader. Leech can certainly pick a good idea, do the research and write well enough to create a pleasant read; if she takes chances with her next book and has the characters follow a less traditional path, she could produce a good one.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Carrie

    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 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 moved to tears. However this one felt a bit more superficial to me. The female friendships was probably the strongest part of the book for me. I appreciate that I was given the opportunity to read this one early.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Teresa

    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 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 wasn't very supportive. Her romance with John was believable and I was happy to see how it ended. Thanks to HarperCollins for the ARC!

  12. 5 out of 5

    Katie

    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.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Lissa

    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)[Although Dot hints at the abuse suffered at her father's and brothers' hands, it's mostly left off page, even though it's clear that it affects her dee 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)[Although Dot hints at the abuse suffered at her father's and brothers' hands, it's mostly left off page, even though it's clear that it affects her deeply. Also, there is NO WAY IN HELL that Dot and Nancy weren't a kickass lesbian couple, even though the author doesn't come out and directly say it. That subtext though - with Maisie remarking more than once that Nancy was holding Dot like Maisie wanted John (her love interest, I should remind you) to hold her? Umm yeah. And Nancy and Dot ended up buying the old camp together after the war ended and lived together there. TOTAL KICKASS LESBIAN COUPLE AND NO ONE CAN SAY ANYTHING THAT WILL EVER CONVINCE ME OTHERWISE. And I wanted a story about them SO BADLY that I could taste it on nearly every page. (hide spoiler)] But, instead, we were stuck with Maisie and John's story. Okay, I could work with it. Except I never felt an overwhelming connection to either of those characters. I think a lot of it had to do with the writer's style; there was a lot of telling and not a lot of showing, and I felt like some of the chapters could have been shortened a great deal or edited out completely with little loss ((view spoiler)[particularly the one where they go swimming - it only serves to establish that my precious cinnamon roll Dot has had a rough life and there is a lot going on for her. Unfortunately, Maisie is rather self-centered and never discusses what Dot reveals to her again. Sadness. MOAR DOT PLZ. (hide spoiler)] ). I never really bought the relationship between John and Maisie. John criticizes Maisie for going into caretaking mode on him more than a few times, and I really saw that. (view spoiler)[Ultimately, it was mostly about Maisie needing to get to John's secrets and then help heal him. I didn't really like it. Although John struggles with PTSD (something that I am intimately acquainted with myself), it felt to me like he got away with a lot of bad behaviour that should have been curbed. I had an uneasy feeling, even though the epilogue goes on to assure us that this isn't the case, that i was watching an abusive relationship develop right before my eyes, and there was nothing I could do to stop it. (hide spoiler)] The historical setting tends to take a backseat to the romance. I enjoy romance, but as I commented above under the spoiler, I wasn't really on the "John and Maisie" train. The book would have been infinitely better if it had featured Dot instead (view spoiler)[and her amazing partner, Nancy (hide spoiler)] .

  14. 4 out of 5

    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. Blog || Tumblr|| Bookstagram || Twitter - 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 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. Blog || Tumblr|| Bookstagram || Twitter - 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 if they can work through his past and be together. - Setting - I loved the setting of this book. Caroline Leech writes WWII Scotland beautifully. You feel as if you're there in the trees with the lumberjills. - Writing - The writing in this book is okay, really just average. It's very accessible and easy to jump into, something that isn't seen in a lot of historical novels. However, nothing about it really stands out and feel a little awkward at times. - Plot- The pacing in this book was fast, the pages flying by due to the easy to read writing style. The plot itself was interesting, I loved the insight into the life of lumberjills and how they lived during WWII. It was something I knew nothing about before jumping into this book. I also loved how this book included PTSD and disabilities, but there were a couple of times where I wasn't a fan of how it was handled. - Characters - The characters in this book were all very well developed and rounded. There was even a hint of an LGBT relationship between two side characters that made me so excited (I just wish it was mentioned or explained a little more because, or I would take an entire book just on the two of them). Masie was an interesting protagonist, and I liked her perspective. John, however, wasn't my favorite character. He just fell flat for me, and I didn't like some of the aspects of his and Masie's relationship, mostly how he treated her sometimes and how she would respond to it. While she was an independent and great character most of the time, the way she would let John treat her bothered me. My biggest issue was that she would either just give in to his behavior and let it go, or stand her ground only to give in later. Despite his reasons, I would have felt better if some of Masie's independence carried through into that relationship. - Conclusion - Pros- Quick, good protagonist, great historical setting Cons- The main relationship was meh Overall- 3.5/5 stars. If you're looking for a lighthearted historical novel, In Another Time is a good choice to pass the time, although I personally would recommend Caroline Leech's Wait For Me instead.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Rachel

    "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 "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 Maisie standing up for herself and what she wants. It's a well-rounded, coming-of-age, and I certainly loved reading every bit of Maisie's journey. I couldn't put this book down because I just need to know what happens next for her. I enjoyed reading both books, Wait for Me and In Another Time, but I just enjoyed reading the latter more. I definitely, definitely recommend it to anyone who love historical romance.  This review is also posted on my blog In Between Book Pages as part of a mini-review with Caroline Leech's first book Wait for Me. Digital galley of this book was provided to me by the publisher via Edelweiss for an honest review.

  16. 4 out of 5

    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 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 into but they chose not to. So it was just okay.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Jordyn

    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 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 each other. I could barely stand John even before all of the things we learn about him and I think Maisie's story could have been something incredible if they had just remained a cute flirtation instead of a romance.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Liralen

    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 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 not-quite lesbian relationship (it's clear that it's meant to be a 1940s version of queerness, but someone could opt to read it as a close platonic friendship, so I'm not sure it counts...but also not sure how much awareness someone in Maisie's position would have of The Lesbians) that I'd love to know a bit more about; there's also an Evil Bitch Who Is Evil, which interests me not at all. So: setting is kind of there; romance takes over everything; I was left wanting a bit more.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Amy Giles

    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 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 finds kindred spirits and meets the mysterious John Lindsay who suffers from PTSD. In Another Time is a gorgeously written story of first love, friendship, and tenacity of the human spirit.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Melissa Buron

    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!

  21. 4 out of 5

    Sandy

    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 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 about lumberjills chopping down trees by hand (or by ax rather) during World War II stands out. There's no much that screams of women's ability quite like chopping down trees. Of course, women didn't quite have the same liberties as men during this time period, but that's one of the better qualities of the book. I enjoyed how true to the time period this was. The story wasn't stretched to fit today's ideals and even when the women were doing things beyond what might have been considered normal at the time none of the characters were overt feminist by today's standards. Maisie was easily likeable where I sometimes find that I struggle with the female lead. She was a little hard around the edges when it came to her dealings with her family, but I liked that she grew in this area over the course of the book. She didn't just seem easily likeable to me as the reader, but also seemed to be able to get along with most of the characters in the book. Considering this story was largely inspired by the stories of one particular lumberjill that Caroline Leech was able to talk with, I can imagine that the camaraderie Maisie experienced was largely based off of this lumberjill's memories. I also appreciated the realistic portrayal of PTSD in John. PTSD wasn't really known about during this time period so I liked that Caroline Leech showed it without making it current. It was clear John had issues he needed to deal with before moving into a relationship with Maisie but I'm glad the two weren't too self aware as I don't think much stock was put into mental and emotional health back then. I'm having a hard time saying that I'm glad Maisie went about things in a healthy way without making it too much about mental health that I don't think would match with the time period. John's mental state sounds very similar to stories of my own grandfather's demeanor after WWII. I read In Another Time as quickly as I could given my limited time to read. I do think my starts and stops lessened my enthusiasm and enjoyment just a little. This is by no means a fault of the book but just the nature of my current life circumstances. Overall, I really enjoyed the empowering women featured in this book without Caroline Leech making this Feminism-101. I appreciated the realistic portrayal of the culture as well as the mental and emotional struggles of many of the characters specific to this time period also without making these too modern day Mental Health-101. I can't say that I was over the hills with John and Maisie's love story, but I did enjoy it. I did want to keep reading; however, my current life of a mom of a 2 year old and 3 month old* didn't allow me to read whenever I wanted. Having to put the book down so frequently did influence my overall feelings toward In Another Time even though that's probably not fair of me. That being said, In Another Time gets 3.5 Stars. Have you read In Another Time? What did you think? Let me know! *This review was written in February 2018, but not published until closer to the book's publication date.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Emma

    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)[I'm probably in the minority on this one but around halfway through the book, I found myself bored by the romance between Maisie and John. Their romance was packed full of drama but I never q 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)[I'm probably in the minority on this one but around halfway through the book, I found myself bored by the romance between Maisie and John. Their romance was packed full of drama but I never quite understood why Maisie kept giving John chance after chance to break her heart. He has very legitimate reasons for a lot of his behavior over the course of the book but he never apologized to Maisie for how he treated her, which I just couldn't let go of. When she got together with him in the last chapter, I was incredibly disappointed. I would've loved the story more if it was about Maisie learning to walk away from someone who wasn't good for her and instead enjoying the awesome female friendships she found amongst the lumberjills. (hide spoiler)] There were quite a few elements of In Another Time that I really enjoyed. I had never heard of the Women's Timber Corps and loved learning more about the lumberjills who served the war effort. There were tons of female friendships and interesting women in the WTC. I loved one of Maisie's best friends, Dot, who we see find her own place in the WTC and become more sure of herself over the course of the story. In Another Time felt like it was set in the past. Leech did an awesome job making the book sound like it came from the 1940s without making the prose difficult to understand or unnecessarily meandering. I loved this book up until the ending that I couldn't get behind. The writing was great and the characters hooked me immediately, which is why I will definitely give Leech's other book a try.

  23. 4 out of 5

    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 p 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. Ratings Overall: 6/10 Plot: 2.5/5 Romance: 2.5/5 Writing: 3/5 Characters: 2.5/5 Cover: 1/5

  24. 5 out of 5

    A.M. Rose

    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 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 lush land of towering trees with her beautiful, well constructed prose. Historical fiction isn't usually my go-to, but this book is simply gorgeous. I think there are so many events in the past have been overlooked, and Leech made sure to highlight the special woman who weren't afraid to pick up axes and get their hands dirty. If you are looking for a book that highlights strong female characters, you won't want to miss this story.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Tracett

    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 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 quarrelsome people who outwore my patience.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Jessica Arnold

    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?!

  27. 4 out of 5

    Teenreadsdotcom

    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 - 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 --- any organization --- that would allow her to provide aid to the soldiers of the Allied Army fighting bravely in World War II. However, as an inexperienced girl of 17, Maisie is placed in the Women’s Timber Corp, a group that trains women to be lumberjills in the forests of Scotland. Yes, lumberjills. Scottish women of all ages and backgrounds trained to cut down trees and provide lumber for the country whose ports have been blockaded by enemy armies. Maisie is placed into a training camp where she learns the proper way to cut down a tree, acquires blisters that would make most women faint in disgust and enjoys her newfound freedom. Soon Maisie and her closest friend Dot are transferred to a real camp where they work as full-fledged lumberjills and develop deep bonds with their fellow lumberjills…and the Canadian lumberjacks working in the same camp. One particular tree chopper, a poet with a mysterious background named John Lindsay, catches Maisie’s eye one night at a dance. Sparks quickly fly between the two timber workers as they dance clumsily together, but just as quickly, John pulls away, putting perplexing distance between him and Maisie. To Maisie, it seems that every time she and John begin to get closer, he pulls away. That is until John opens up about the secret he had been keeping and the two must learn to work through the pain of war to keep their developing love alive. This book is the perfect blend of the best parts of different young adult genres: a contemporary book without so much of the fluff, a romance that sets up the couple as equal partners, a historical fiction without the tedious accounts of historical events. Leech creates a vivid story that simultaneously highlights a part of history that was almost forgotten and speaks to present day social themes of mental health, feminism and independence. Maisie is a powerful character who truly demonstrates female empowerment as she takes initiative to gain her own independence and prove herself to be equally as capable and deserving as the men in her same field of work. John’s struggle with the secrets of his past opens up a powerful discussion from the author on PTSD and the long-lasting effects of war, as well as how it affects the family and friends of the veterans. In the author’s note, Caroline Leech describes her style of writing historical fiction saying, “My stories are not so much what did happen but what could have happened in a particular time and place.” This is what makes this story so powerful and realistic. As many times as I learned about World War II in school, I never learned about the Women’s Timber Corps or other organizations that employed women in the war effort. But it really happened, and readers of this novel become educated to the powerful role that many women played in World War II. A refreshing novel set in the Scottish Highlands, IN ANOTHER TIME will appease both lovers of history and contemporary as it tells the intriguing and empowering tale of a lost part of history. Reviewed by Ellie T., Teen Board Member

  28. 4 out of 5

    Teenage Reads

    Plot: Margaret “Masie” McCall, age seventeen, is helping out with war efforts as much as she can. Leaving school, and her home, Masie joins the Women Timber Corps lumberjill, as she and other women cut down trees that will be sent to the Allies to help in their mission. With the Germans blocking off the timber route so that Brittan had to get their lumber from Masie and her girls in Scotland. Where all the other women were in their twenties and thirties, Masie became friends with the other second Plot: Margaret “Masie” McCall, age seventeen, is helping out with war efforts as much as she can. Leaving school, and her home, Masie joins the Women Timber Corps lumberjill, as she and other women cut down trees that will be sent to the Allies to help in their mission. With the Germans blocking off the timber route so that Brittan had to get their lumber from Masie and her girls in Scotland. Where all the other women were in their twenties and thirties, Masie became friends with the other second youngest girl there: Dot. During their final weeks of training in August of 1942, the girls went to the dance the local town was having. That is where they met the Americans, who turned out to be the Newfoundland Overseas Forestry Unit. After an awful dance with her partner, John Lindsey, Masie put that out of her mind, as she and Dot were both assign to work in Auchterblair, Speyside, to work at their lumberjill unit. Fate seems to be in Masie’s cards, as her unit began working with the Newfoundlanders, putting Masie next to John every day. The two form a friendship over poetry, as John Lindsey was named after his mother’s brother, John McCrae who wrote the poem: In Flanders Fields. Every time Masie gets to figuring John out, he pulls away and hide his feelings. After all, in her home, her father yelling and her mother standing in her place behind him, how would Masie even know what love is? Yet, knowing there is something there in John’s heart, that makes her want to stay, and fight for whatever they have. Thought: Caroline Leech wrote this romance story center around the time of World War Two, but it was not directly about the war. Taking place in the woods of Scotland, Leech tells the story of a lumberjill that falls in love with a lumberjack. Leech keeps her story periodically accurate, yet nothing besides, why Masie and John met, connect this story to the actual war currently going on. The story title, In Another Time, was said in the story as maybe in another time they could have fallen in love, but not this one, as John constantly pushes Masie away, for what he has done in the past. As Masie works out her relationship with John, a side plot to the story was Masie and her family. Her father, cold hearted, yelled at Masie for leaving school during her final year to help out with the war efforts, and forced Masie to walk to the train station alone that day. An interesting side story line Leech added in there, as Masie deals with her family’s rejection at the same time John kept rejecting her. With a happy ending, and a few surprising twists, Leech ends us with an epilog after the war (1950) in which all the favorite characters get what they deserve.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Jenn (The Book Refuge)

    This novel was so beautiful! I really enjoyed the setting. I am always up for a good novel set in Scotland has my attention. I also found the time period and the characters to be so interesting! I had never heard of Lumberjills before! I am usually hesitant to read novels about teen love during war time. I am a big softy and it usually drives me into a sad funk about the horrors of humanity and the terrors of war. This novel had a little bit about PTSD but it was done in a very real and tasteful w This novel was so beautiful! I really enjoyed the setting. I am always up for a good novel set in Scotland has my attention. I also found the time period and the characters to be so interesting! I had never heard of Lumberjills before! I am usually hesitant to read novels about teen love during war time. I am a big softy and it usually drives me into a sad funk about the horrors of humanity and the terrors of war. This novel had a little bit about PTSD but it was done in a very real and tasteful way. I loved Maisie! She was so brave and willing to learn. She didn't shy away from hard work and she was a great team player. She was willing to defy her family to help with the war effort, she wanted to make something of herself and didn't let herself be bullied into anything. She went after what she wanted. There was a little bit of inter-female fighting but it was pretty minimal and I loved that. The situation it was presented in could have gone too far very quickly, but thankfully it didn't. Of course there is going to be drama when you have all these women living and working together, but it was done well. I also loved John. especially when I first met him. He was kind and thoughtful, if a bit shy. Learning his secrets was basically the whole plot of this novel, so he needed to have enough character to support us diving deeper into who he was. I did have a few issues, which is why this isn't a 5 star for me. Up until halfway I was sure I was going to give this flying colors. One of my problems came from the fact that this novel took to long to get to the point. The incident they mention in the teaser, where Maisie saves John from an accident? That didn't happen until over 200 pages into this book! I was happy with the budding relationship between the two, but then it got stuck and drug on forever... So that knocked it down a bit for me. The other thing, was that this is an entirely character driven novel. As in, the rising and falling action relies completely on our protagonist figuring out her relations hip with John. It got very frustrating right at the end, when it was clear this had little to do with the war and all to do with if they would be together or not. In total, I would suggest this though, I give it 4 stars. The relationship was very sweet. The author did a lot of research and her love for the Lumberjills of WWII was clearly on display. There is also some details about the Evacuation of Dunkirk that will break your heart. So good!

  30. 5 out of 5

    Francesca

    This book was such a quick and easy read! It was literally un-put-down-able!! I love strong women characters who find themselves throughout a story and don’t take crap from anyone. The main character, Maise, is a seventeen year old girl who volunteers to be a lumberjill during WWII. She works to discover herself during her adventures in the forest of Scotland. Making friends that will last her a lifetime and discovering the ups and downs of first love. Loved reading a YA historical fiction! Hist This book was such a quick and easy read! It was literally un-put-down-able!! I love strong women characters who find themselves throughout a story and don’t take crap from anyone. The main character, Maise, is a seventeen year old girl who volunteers to be a lumberjill during WWII. She works to discover herself during her adventures in the forest of Scotland. Making friends that will last her a lifetime and discovering the ups and downs of first love. Loved reading a YA historical fiction! Historical fictions are one of my favorite genres because it always me to learn things in a way that doesn’t feel like learning. This book brought to light an aspect of history that I wasn’t very familiar with. I knew if women (mostly in America because that is where I’m from) helping out during the war efforts while the men were away fighting the war. But specifically the lumberjill part of history I didn’t know, and I loved it!! These women were so strong, empowering, quite literally women ahead of their time! The author does a great job of making me feel like all the characters and stories were real! I know they are based on real people and events, but the day to day aspect and feelings felt extremely real! I wanted Maise and her Lumberjill friends to be my friend! It made me feel like maybe I could be a lumberjill if I wanted it bad enough and really tried like those women clearly did! Beautiful story, highly recommend!!

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