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review 2018-10-17 00:54
The Lemoncholy Life of Annie Aster
The Lemoncholy Life of Annie Aster - Scott Wilbanks

This was a bit unexpected. Based on the title and the author’s definition of the word “lemoncholy” I thought this was YA. It is not. See? Unexpected! Having shifted gears to adult novel mode and noting that the book isn’t listed as romance, I thought myself safe from insta-love. I was not. Unexpected! I enjoyed the little bit of romance anyway, though I confess my eyes did roll a little. Unexpected! (The enjoyment, not the eye-rolling.)

 

Seriously now, I did enjoy this for the most part. Some of the “coincidences” were hard to swallow (but you get that with time travel) and were visible from miles and decades away. The ending was saccharine-sweet with nearly every sub-plot happily resolved and tied up with neat little bows, and yet at least two things that I can think of never got explained, one of which is really bothering me. So it was a mostly satisfying read that tried too hard at the end but still left me with a pleasant buzz.

 

I do wonder, though, with all that vintage Victorian clothing piled around Annie’s house, wouldn’t the whole place smell like great-grandma’s closet? And who stores vintage clothing in piles in the first place?! Take care of that stuff! Sheesh!

 

I read this for the Halloween Bingo 2018 Supernatural square.

 

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review 2015-11-02 00:00
The Lemoncholy Life of Annie Aster
The Lemoncholy Life of Annie Aster - Scott Wilbanks In the vein of the movie ‘The Lake House’ in which a mailbox links two different times, this book has just such a communication device which links past with present, and two different geographical locations: present-day San Francisco with 1890s Kansas. I have always been fascinated by stories that bend time and space, and this one weaves properly fleshed-out characters in a well-developed plot. I particularly enjoyed the wit and banter between the two main protagonists. Part of the story is told in letters, and I love the quality of the personal correspondence: well-written, clearly elucidated, and exchange of ‘courteous barbs’, if you will -- made me laugh aloud in some places. There are twists in the story which I did not see coming, and while you could have knocked me over with a feather at the revelation, I was greatly delighted at the brilliant storytelling. This quantum story gets a 5-star rating from me.
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review 2015-09-26 09:19
The Lemoncholy Life of Annie Aster
The Lemoncholy Life of Annie Aster - Scott Wilbanks

I read a lot of reviews since this book's release that said the story left the reader flat, as though it didn't quite live up to the reader's expectations.  I bought it anyway because, cover love.

 

Perhaps because of these reviews my expectations were adjusted accordingly, or maybe the book was just more suited to my tastes; either way, I quite enjoyed it and stayed up way too late last night because I couldn't stop reading until I was finished.  I liked Annie and Christian and Mrs. Grundy.  I'm not actually a time travel fan and towards the end the story's logic starting chasing its own tail, reminding me why, but the characters and the 'mystery' kept me invested.

 

The plot has several twists: I guessed one and talked myself out of it, totally nailed the second one and didn't see the third one coming at all.  So, all in all, a solid four-star read.

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review 2015-08-22 17:25
The Lemoncholy Life of Annie Aster by Scott Wilbanks
The Lemoncholy Life of Annie Aster - Scott Wilbanks

The Lemoncholy Life of Annie Aster is a book that had me at hello. The title intrigued me and I liked the sound of it. The word “lemoncholy” was my favorite part. I had never heard that word but I enjoyed saying it over and over. And then once you open the book, the first thing you read is the definition of lemoncholy which made me love the word even more. I can absolutely relate to its meaning, as my life has been in a permanent state of lemoncholy. Anyway, this is a great book title.

Then there’s that bright lemony yellow cover with the turquoise flower flourishes that is impossible to miss. I saw this cover and I knew I had to read this book. The antique mailbox with the 2 birdies is another lovely detail which compliments the cover beautifully. The composition is great and I see how it relates to our 2 main characters. Although having read the book, I think instead of a mailbox, the red door would’ve been better element of choice for the cover, as it is such an important object for the story than the mailbox. But that’s just me being picky. The cover is gorgeous, whimsical and charming.

The Lemoncholy Life of Annie Aster takes place in Kansas and San Francisco in two different periods of time. It is the story of Annabelle Aster, “Annie”, a peculiar twentysomething woman who loves to dress in vintage Victorian clothes and lives in a purple house in San Francisco in 1995; and Elsbeth Grundy, a widowed retired teacher who lives in a cabin in the plains of central Kansas in 1895.

We meet Elsbeth first, when one morning she finds that a purple house has appeared out of nothing in the wheat fields. A house whose door she can’t knock because every time she tries to do it she finds herself back at the gate of a picket fence. Elsbeth is not thrilled with whoever is invading her property and decides to send a letter with her objections via a brass mailbox on the fence.

Annie is the recipient of said letter. She is also surprised to suddenly have found a wheat field in her garden, a cabin in the horizon and a brass mailbox on a fence. And so begins a correspondence between these two women whose lives are more intertwined than they would know. Two women in you could say “different time zones” that bond via hand written letters and who with the help of loyal friends solve the mystery behind a murder and discover how and why they are able to communicate despite the passing of time.

I couldn’t put this book down. It was fast paced and I had no problem in going back and forth in time as I read. The premise of the story was great. But as much as I liked the premise, in the end I couldn’t quite adore the book. I liked it but not that much, because of the cast of characters, the love stories, the time travel deal, and how a character gets cured. I explain this thoroughly in the full review on my blog.

The Lemoncholy Life of Annie Aster is a good book. 3.5 / 5 is a good rating in my book. This is a good story that has time travel, murder, mystery, action, friendship, love and family reunions. It makes you think what you would do if you could time travel. I personally think if I could time travel, I would do it just to be a tourist back in time. I would do it just to observe how it all was back then, but wouldn’t dare interfere with events that could possibly change history.

In the end, for me this was not a book about time travel. It is a book about 5 loners who become a family, because a family is not made only of people with whom you share DNA, but of people with whom you share bonds of respect and joy in each other’s lives.

The Lemoncholy Life of Annie Aster is a good summer read. It is a book that will keep you guessing what will happen next until the end. It is a good choice for book clubs who could discuss on subjects such as homosexuality, drug abuse, homelessness, child neglect and family.

 

 

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I received an Electronic copy of this book but was not financially compensated in any way nor obliged to review. The opinions expressed are my own and are based on my personal experience while reading it. This post contains affiliate links
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text 2015-08-21 05:57
TBR Thursday - Aug. 21
Rain: A Natural and Cultural History - Cynthia Barnett
The Lemoncholy Life of Annie Aster - Scott Wilbanks
A Curious Friendship: The Story of a Bluestocking and a Bright Young Thing - Anna Thomasson
The Kaufmann Mercantile Guide: How to Split Wood, Shuck an Oyster, and Master Other Simple Pleasures - Jessica Hundley,Alexandra Redgrave
A Bed of Scorpions - Judith Flanders
Fool Me Once - Lisa Falco,Steve Hockensmith
Love in a Cold Climate - Nancy Mitford
The Secret Museum - Molly Oldfield

I had to re-arrange space this week to accommodate my TBR because the piles had become structurally unsound.  I've moved all my MMPs to the fireplace mantle with the avowed goal of getting through them.  Weeks like this do not help me out one bit.  I actually toyed with a buying ban for about 10 seconds, then checked my email and saw Wordery is having a 10% off 2 or more books sale and figured that was karma talking and gave up.

 

Books bought this week: 8

Books read this week: 6

 

The following books came from BookLikes friends' reviews:

        

 

These were impulse buys at the bookstore:

    

 

And these are new-in-series I already follow: 

    

 

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