Time After Time

A Novel
Narrated by: Erin Bennett
Length: 12 hrs and 20 mins
Categories: Fiction, Literary
4 out of 5 stars (134 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

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.

"Readers who enjoyed Audrey Niffenegger’s The Time Traveler’s Wife will be enchanted." (Publishers Weekly)

"I utterly loved this clever, charming, hopeful tale of true love against all odds." (Ariel Lawhon, New York Times best-selling author of I Was Anastasia)

On a clear December morning in 1937, at the famous gold clock in Grand Central Terminal, Joe Reynolds, a hardworking railroad man from Queens, meets a vibrant young woman who seems mysteriously out of place. Nora Lansing is a Manhattan socialite and an aspiring artist 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 from 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 life.

As thousands of visitors pass under the famous celestial blue ceiling each day, Joe and Nora create a life of infinite love in a finite space, taking full advantage of the "Terminal City" within a city. But when the construction of another landmark threatens their future, Nora and Joe are forced to test the limits of their freedom - and their love.

Praise for Time After Time

"I’ll never again set foot in Grand Central Terminal without looking over my shoulder for Nora and Joe, or marveling at the station itself - a backdrop as intriguing as the love story that unfolds beneath its star-studded ceiling." (Georgia Hunter, New York Times best-selling author of We Were the Lucky Ones)

"In lively prose set against the fascinating history of Grand Central...Grunwald asks a compelling question: How long would we stay in one place [for love]?" (Time)

"The spectacular Lisa Grunwald has written a classic story of fate, true love, art, and chance with truth and beauty. You will want to share it with every reader you know." (Adriana Trigiani, New York Times best-selling author of Tony’s Wife)

©2019 Lisa Grunwald (P)2019 Random House Audio

Critic Reviews

"In lively prose set against the fascinating history of Grand Central, Grunwald’s characters quickly solve the mystery of Nora’s disappearance. But making her stay is harder: she can never go more than a stone’s throw past the terminal.... It’s familiar territory to consider the lengths to which we’d go for love. But Grunwald asks a compelling question: How long would we stay in one place?" (Time)

"Time After Time doesn’t just re-create the lost New York of the 1920s to 1940s, it inhabits it - and so will the reader, in the company of the book’s wonderful characters." (Daniel Okrent, author of Last Call and The Guarded Gate)

"Here is a glorious novel to savor and return to again and again. I fell in love with Joe and Nora, star-crossed lovers from a time when women wore gloves, men wore hats and a train ticket could change the course of your life. The spectacular Lisa Grunwald has written a classic story of fate, true love, art, and chance with truth and beauty. You will want to share it with every reader you know." (Adriana Trigiani, best-selling author of Tony’s Wife)

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Love love love

A wonderful story of love and strength. It’s an amazing NY experience for those who are native and for the ones who love a good NY (and love) story!

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LOVED this book!

The plot had me from the start and it just kept getting more intriguing. Every time I thought I knew where it was going it changed direction. The ending was interesting! Not disappointing at all for me. More hopeful than I had expected. Love is strong but life is stronger.

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Worth a listen

The characters are like many we’ve met before, their situation however most odd. I found the book awkward, in that the characters never really developed enough to drive the plot forward in a meaningful way. An easy and entertaining listen, however.

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Amazing

Loved the premise. Anyone who has ever stepped into GCT would find this true love story a masterpiece

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You must remember this...

The title of this intriguing tale comes from a vintage song, but I will draw from another (As Time Goes By-Casablanca) to let you know this is a must read for time travel enthusiasts and romantics of all ages.

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What a Pleasant Surprise

Thoroughly enjoyed this book. the story was a creative take on an unexpected love story.

A must read for those who treasure NYC's Grand Central Station. This time-skipping story reminds me on the power of love in all its forms.

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I loved it right up to the ending. Although well meaning, it felt deceitful somehow.

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tedious

great historical setting, but spent way too much time on repetitive, unneeded detail. i did struggle a bit to finish this one.

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The promise of the premise wasn't met

This book started out with an interesting paranormal situation but then quickly floundered. The characters experienced instalove and slept with each other after only knowing each other for a few minutes. Then the book became a sort of women's fiction and then didn't have a happy ending for anyone. So not really my cup of tea.

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Not my style

Too much of a romance novel for me.

Also, i didn’t like the way he treats her.

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