The Future Memoir of Ann Jones Paperback – 16 Feb 2018
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About the Author
Alex Bailey was a bored writer/editor of documents as monotonous as vacuum cleaner manuals. She left that life behind to create more exciting worlds than the one she lived in. The Future Memoir of Ann Jones is the first book under her assumed identity. When she's not listening to friends reveal wild stories about their future, she's tending to her organic garden while belting out show tunes. Ironically, Alex does not have the patience to sit still long enough to knit. Some of her favorite hobbies include: embarrassing her children in public with her rhythmically-challenged dancing, cleaning the small disc around the stopper of the bathroom sink, and dallying. She'd love to tell you more about herself, but as you know, she is incognito so as not to reveal the true identify of her friend, Ann Jones.
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“I saw his death, Alex. You think I should warn him?”
The Ann Jones of the future loses her husband in box-and-basement accident. Widowed with teenage twins in college, she takes her dog and moves to the East Coast. So far, so strange.
But things get a whole lot stranger when she joins a Knitting Club. All the members have lost a husband, some in quite bizarre circumstances, but they’re all friendly, they love their pets and appreciate home cooking. The one thing they don’t do much of is knitting.
As Ann embraces a new career as a baker and welcomes a new man in her life, she begins to enjoy her freedom. But she underestimates Knitting Club and the dangers it presents.
But it was only a vision, right?
Light romance with a dark tone, this is an entertaining read with witty observations on life, love and lethal women. Perfect to read on the beach while wearing sunglasses and looking innocent.
You’ll enjoy this if you liked: Jojo Moyes, Cecilia Ahern, The Stepford Wives
Avoid if you don’t like: Not knowing what’s real
Ideal accompaniments: Southern Fried Choc-Chip Cookies and coffee
Genre: Women’s Fiction
What happens when you have a vision about your husbands death, moving away, finding love ( again ) and joining a peculiar knitting club?
Well you will have to read the book for that answer, I will say just this...
The characters were super lovable and the writing stile is drawing you in.
If you are looking for a book with romance, a good share of humor, some mistery and a bit suspense... Well you can't go wrong with this one.
For the Author:
Thank you for writing such a wonderful book.
There were points where it felt a little bit weird, but the framing narrative more or less gives it permission to be a bit weird. After all, we don’t know what if any of the story is real, and how much has been altered as it’s been passed on.
It was an enjoyable read. From the start, I was intrigued and needed to know what was going on with the knitting club! The characters were certainly characterful! I particularly liked Helga, a young woman with a flair for palm reading, and Daniel, a chef who is always up for experimenting.
At the end of the book, we get an extra treat with the recipes for a few of the dishes mentioned in the story. I very much approve of this, as my mouth was watering pretty much all the way through (so much so that I had to take a break to go and get some chocolate before I could finish reading!).
If you like strange cult-like groups with innocent seeming facades (I was reminded of Hot Fuzz!) and a book that explores “what ifs”, then this is definitely worth a read! It wasn’t quite what I expected but I couldn’t put it down, so definitely gets five stars from me!
By Alex Bailey
The Future Memoir of Ann Jones was a really refreshing read. When I first read the blurb I wasn’t quite sure it would be a book I would enjoy but I decided to give it a go and it is exactly a described – a time travel romance with a splash of magic! It really was great to read. I found myself captivated by the story straight away, I liked that I wasn’t sure what was going to happen and as Alex Bailey is a new to me author I wasn’t sure how the book would be written. The author had a really great engaging and very imaginative writing style which suited the story perfectly. It did take me a little time to understand what was going on but that just added to the intrigue of this book. The characters in the story were really great and there were definitely some great humorous moments that were very entertaining.
I definitely recommend this book and would love to read more from this author again in the future.
I love finding new authors. This book was such a good read. I found it to be quite unique and breath of fresh air. I really found myself drawn into the world created by this author. The style was a bit different and the story line unique. I found myself not wanting to put this book down.
I was quite engrossed in Ann's life as the story progressed. I liked the slight little twists in the book. The author does such a good job of spinning her tale. I really found myself drawn to Ann. I really couldn't wait to see how things would play out. I will definitely read more from this author in the future.