Author: Lisa Grunwald
Title: Time After Time
Narrator: Erin Bennett
Publication Info: Random House Audio (2019)
This charming historical romance takes place in the 1930s and 1940s, primarily in New York City’s Grand Central Terminal. The adventurous 23-year-old flapper girl Nora and a hardworking railroad employee, Joe, who is a decade her senior, meet at Grand Central in 1937 and fall in love. The only problem is that Nora is dead. Killed in a subway crash in 1925, Nora returns every year on the anniversary of her death to Grand Central. With Joe’s help, Nora learns that she can maintain her bodily form only if she stays within 900 feet of the terminal.
Thus begins a strange romance, where the couple try to make a normal life, taking advantage all of the things a mid-century railroad terminal provides. This includes the Biltmore Hotel, where the couple lives in hotel rooms, work for Nora, and even an education for Nora at the Grand Central Academy of Art! There are problems, of courses, mainly that Joe can never bring Nora to Queens to visit his family and that Nora remains forever young while Joe continues to age. It’s a clever and sweet narrative and it has a twist ending that I enjoyed.
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