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.
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"Narrator Tavia Gilbert sets a quick pace in this quirky story of a mystery that spans two time periods. When Annie buys an old book in San Francisco and leaves it in her backyard in 1995, she apparently opens a gateway to the 1890s and to Elsbeth, a retired teacher, whose Kansas cabin is now in Annie's garden. Gilbert captures the persona of quirky Annie, who dresses in Victorian period clothing and whose patterns of speech are reminiscent of Jane Austen. As Annie engages in a correspondence with Elspeth through a brass letter box that appears on her back fence, they discover a murder that threatens them both. Gilbert adeptly handles the stammering of Annie's friend, Christian, and the distinctive speech of various other colorful characters. J.E.M. © AudioFile 2016, Portland, Maine"
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