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Scott Wilbanks

Scott Wilbanks is an American expat living in New Zealand with his “frustratingly perfect husband.” A former national title holder in the sport of gymnastics whose left arm is an inch shorter than his right—the result of a career-ending accident — Scott ditched the corporate world to “see where this writing will take me.” The Lemoncholy Life of Annie Aster is his debut novel.

The Lemoncholy Life of Annie Aster: A magical door to the past

The Lemoncholy Life of Annie Aster by Scott Wilbanks

In May 1895, Elsbeth Grundy, a crotchety widow living in a cabin on the Kansas plains, sees a purple and gold-painted Victorian home that has unexpectedly appeared in her wheat fields. Elsbeth determinedly stalks over to the home to demand an explanation of this irksome addition to her back forty, but every time she goes to knock on the door, she’s immediately displaced back to the gate around the home. Incensed, she leaves a letter in the mailbox, threatening to use her shotgun to deal with this unwanted trespass.

In May 1995, Annabelle Aster, a young woman in her late twenties who loves Jane Austen and dresses in Victorian-style clothing, takes a break from cleaning her beloved San Francisco Victorian home. She steps into her back yard and is completely bewildered by the sight of a cabin and a large field of wheat, neither of which, as far as she is aware, have any business ... Read More