Lemoncholy Life of Annie Aster
Scott Wilbanks

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Narrated By: Tavia Gilbert

Duration: 11 hours and 22 minutes

What to expect

The physics-bending charm of The Time Traveler’s Wife meets the curious mischief of The Eyre Affair in this debut novel.

Annabelle Aster doesn’t bow to convention—not even that of space and time—which makes the 1890s Kansas wheat field that has appeared in her modern-day San Francisco garden easy to accept. Even more exciting is Elsbeth, the truculent schoolmarm who sends Annie letters through the mysterious brass mailbox perched on the picket fence that now divides their two worlds. In this unconventional and enchanting tale, Annie and her new neighbor must solve the mystery of what connects them before one of them is convicted of a murder that has yet to happen—and somehow already did.


Historical fantasy, Fiction: general and literary, Historical fiction, Crime and mystery: women sleuths

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“Beginning a correspondence with her new neighbor launches an adventure that will lead Annie to time travel, a murder mystery, family secrets, adventure, and love…The quirky charms are undeniable.”

Library Journal (starred review)

“Slyly mysterious, cleverly imaginative, wistfully romantic, and truly unforgettable.”

Sophie Littlefield, bestselling author of Garden of Stones

“Written in sly, quick-witted prose and filled with soul, The Lemoncholy Life of Annie Aster will have you…wondering if you can find your own magic door.”

Michelle Gable, bestselling author of A Paris Apartment

“An endearing, magical romp, this tale of a charming cadre of misfits…is a delight for any century, any time.”

Rhonda Riley, author of The Enchanted Life of Adam Hope

“Narrator Tavia Gilbert sets a quick pace in this quirky story of a mystery that spans two time periods…Gilbert adeptly handles the stammering of Annie’s friend, Christian, and the distinctive speech of various other colorful characters.”