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.
Okay, I think it’s worth noting something particularly relevant before beginning this review. ⬇️⬇️⬇️
In lies my main issue with In Another Time (the maturity of the characters), which is neither the author nor the book’s fault. The simple fact is- the emotions were suited for a younger reader, not someone who’s twenty-eight years old, and that’s okay, you know?
First off, the focus topic was awesome. I didn’t know a single thing about the Women’s Timber Corps and, if nothing else, I’m grateful for In Another Time for introducing me to that particular piece of history. I’d love to do some more reading on it.
Second off, the secondary characters were fantastic. Sometimes books accidentally miss the mark when it comes to who the readers really want to read about – and, for me, it was the less prominent characters.
Here’s the truth of it all: I just didn’t like the main characters. I didn’t form a bond with either of them because I found them both self-centered and mildly abusive. (Sorry, not sorry.) There was a portrayal of very heavy, traumatic emotions and (in my opinion) none were handled well. Whether it be mental illness or physical trauma, I don’t feel like any of the above should be utilized as a tool for an author to create (very literal) drama. Usually, within a romantic storyline, it’s possible to at least like one of the characters. However, in the end, the romance was what ruined this book for me.
Overall, super sad this didn’t turn out the way I was hoping. Still a semi-solid read but not one I’m going to keep on my shelves. Headed to the “library-donation” box! ❤️