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The Lemoncholy Life of Annie Aster Paperback – August 4, 2015
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"No book can be all things to all readers-but The Lemoncholy Life of Annie Aster succeeds resoundingly in being many delightful things that one does not ordinarily find tucked into the same cover: mystery, time travel, history, and gentle social commentary. Slyly mysterious, cleverly imaginative, wistfully romantic, and truly unforgettable." - national bestselling author Sophie Littlefield
"Readers will adore this heartfelt, one-of-a-kind debut and the charming, quirky characters tramping through its pages. Written in sly, quick-witted prose and filled with soul, The Lemoncholy Life of Annie Aster will have you thinking, smiling, and wondering if you can find your own magic door." - Michelle Gable, international bestselling author of A Paris Apartment
"An endearing, magical romp, this tale of a charming cadre of misfits, has everything. A charismatic leading lady, her lovably awkward sidekick, a truly evil villain, a Victorian schoolmarm, a wise waif, one amazing door, and a great deal of deft wit. The Lemoncholy Life of Annie Aster is a pitch perfect exploration of love, friendship, and the ageless desire we all have to belong, regardless of when and where we are. The deliciously droll narration is a delight for any century, any time." - Rhonda Riley, author of The Enchanted Life of Adam Hope
"Skillful and loving creation of a cast of fascinating characters...quirky charms are undeniable." - Library Journal
"To even try to truncate the action of The Lemoncholy Life of Annie Aster into a succinct, sound byte-ish few sentences would be incredibly foolish, were it even possible (spoilers or no spoilers). Let me just say that author Scott Wilbanks lets no moss grow under the feet of the characters in this, his debut novel how could he, with two time periods to contend with, multiple mysteries (not all of which are contingent on the space/time bubble thingy), and oh yes murder? " - Lit Stack
"The Lemoncholy Life of Annie Aster is a fun little time-bending mystery. Wilbanks's whimsically romantic writing style is perfect for this story of a woman out of time. " - Reading Lark
"It is a truth universally acknowledged that you can't mix a romance book, a time travel story, a Jane Austen pastiche, an epistolary novel and family drama. Or is it? Well, it seems that the Universe will have to check which truths it acknowledges because all that (and more) is what Scott Wilbanks has done in the very entertaining The Lemoncholy Life of Annie Aster. " - Sense of Wonder
"Time travel. Murder. Mayhem. Magic. The Lemoncholy Life of Annie Aster is full of twist and turns you should but won't see coming." - The Lovely Books
"The Lemoncholy Life of Annie Aster is definitely a book for you if you enjoy time travel, mystery, and a damn good story. Scott Wilbanks has written an incredibly engaging first novel and I'm very much looking forward to what he writes next." - Books Etc.
"A fun take on time travel with a feisty heroine and some excellent supporting characters. " - Magic Realism
"Some authors just have a truly remarkable gift; they can make you fall in love with a story, its characters, and its magical tale just by describing something as small as a letter, wheat field, or Victorian wardrobe. Scott Wilbanks, you have that talent. " - Charming Chelsey's
"The Lemonscholy Life of Annie Aster is a delightful, feel-good, heart-warming tale. Thoroughly entertaining, and enchanting, it is the perfect Summer read." - SJ2B House of Books
"Mr. Wilbanks has a sure touch when it comes to characterization...whimsical, funny, entertaining way of telling a story. " - Buried Under Books
"This book is perfect for those who are looking for a book that's fully engaging and will stick with you for very long time!" - A Bookish Affair
"It has such a unique storyline and because of that I ended up loving this story. " - The World As I See It
"Beautifully written novel with wonderful characters and a fascinating plot. Delightfully entertaining. Leaves you feeling good and wanting more magic from this author. " - Deco My Heart
About the Author
They say, "Write what you know." Who 'they' may be still remains a mystery, but I took the advice to heart when I wrote a book about a pair of misfits who found themselves walking a path I trod daily, seeking understanding in an indifferent world, but more on that later.
With my life constantly pushed and pulled by a pair of opposing bugaboos--ADD and drive--I surprised myself by graduating summa cum laude from The University of Oklahoma while also garnering a handful of titles in the sport of gymnastics.
Life-changing accidents, lost loves, and an unremarkable career path followed, that is until a lawsuit and Mike changed everything. The lawsuit motivated me to step away from my career. Mike added the extra push, convincing me to take a leap of faith, and move to the country of his birth, New Zealand, while also encouraging me to "see where this writing will take me."
Scott is the author of THE LEMONCHOLY LIFE OF ANNIE ASTER, a commercial fiction novel with a fantasy premise releasing August 4, 2015 that tells the story of two pen pals who are fighting against the clock to solve the mystery behind the hiccup in time connecting their homes before one of them is convicted of a murder that is yet to happen... and yet somehow already did.
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It seems so often when I read contemporary works these days that writers have forgotten the poetry and flow of language. The grand and beautiful topography of a story created through the words an author chooses goes a long way to enhance the reading experience, especially in a book like this.
In my opinion, the language was another character in the story and it was fabulous. Whimsical, eloquent, full of humor and cheek and a voice all its own.
Writers have so often lately become utilitarian in the telling of their stories. This author will never be accused of that crime. His mastery shines vividly from the first sentence to the last.
Indeed a motley crew of misfits and all the better for that reason. Each has been wounded by the world in their own particular and special fashion. They are unique and yet, in a way, represent all those souls who share their distinct sort of pain. They live and breathe on those pages, but they will also live and breathe in your heart after you’ve finished tagging along with them in their story.
Speaking of Story (yep, that word deserves a capitalization here) - holy twisty mystery Batman! I was dizzy from all twists and turns the plot took, and while I did guess at a couple of the revelations correctly, I was surprised and delighted by all the secret nooks and crannies of this intricate story.
You must fully give yourself over to the story and suspend any disbelief in plausibility because we’re talking about time travel here folks, so know that going in. But man-o-shevitz - what a story! This is one I’ll definitely be giving a second (or third) read.
It packs an emotional punch you may not even see coming. There were moments that snuck up on me ninja-like at the end, that left me running for the Puffs Plus. You've been warned.
I’d like to thank the author for pulling me in and touching me so thoroughly through his incredible story. I use the word ‘incredible’ here in the literal sense meaning ‘hard to believe’ - but somehow so very real and true at the same time, as well as its other meaning of ‘extraordinary’ and ‘wondrous’. Which it is.
This is a wild ride, folks, and as the other reviewers have mentioned, it’s got a little bit of everything: time-travel, murder, mystery, love, friendships, family. Everything to wet your literary whistle and quench your thirst for a great story. Expect the unexpected.
This is Scott Wilbank’s debut novel (still shocking to me), but it’s clear this will most definitely not be his last. The author has a rare talent and I’m certain we’ll be seeing much more to come from him in the future. I’ll be waiting.
The creativity of this tale is delightful from beginning to end as we learn why it is that our heroine feels so out of place. The characters Annie chooses as her intimates have enough depth that I will forgive the speed with which they make such fierce and high-stakes attachments. Indeed, as opposed to most murder mysteries, it is in these relationships where the stakes lie, since the time travel element drained the typical power from the notion of murder by suggesting it could be undone--an interesting trick of story. I look forward to more by this author.
As I read on, however, I began to see the extent to which Wilbanks controlled those points of view, focusing on the five misfit characters inhabiting the pages. It isn't only their lives that are interwoven, but, in fact, their identities, their karma, and their needs--especially their needs of one another. This is true, most especially between Christian and Annie.
While Annie is the title character, I found Christian the most complex and well-drawn of the bunch with his pain so exquisitely defined.
I ran into a few editing bumps along the way, but, overall, this was a compelling story that kept me turning the pages. Well done, Mr. Wilbanks!