Reviewed by Susan Violante for Reader Views (12/18)
“The Future Memoir of Ann Jones” by Alex Bailey grabbed my attention immediately. I mean how could I turn down a book with that title? The story begins with a letter written by the author, Alex, to her sister Bea. In it she reaches out with her dilemma that resulted from an odd encounter with her friend Ann Jones. Her friend, who not only didn’t look like herself, she also was behaving in an uncharacteristic and unusual way. Ann Jones told Alex that she had a vision about her future, where her beloved husband died, she moved away, joined a weird knitting club and lived happily ever after! Alex’s dilemma originated when Ann Jones asked her what she should do about that vision. Is she thinking of acting on it? Is her husband in imminent danger? What is Alex to do, warn her husband? Well for now what she does is tell-all for us, the readers!
Alex Bailey narrates Ann Jones’s vision just as she got it from her friend…Right after her husband’s death Ann moves with her dog Honey out of the West Coast to a small town on the East coast called Burrburgh which was known for its cold winters. Her goal was to start a new life, totally different and away from all the memories left behind. As she moves in her new house, she meets Freda, who welcomes her into the neighborhood with an unforgettable treat, and an invitation to her Knitting club…one where knitting was not just optional, it was actually unexpected.
This is Alex Bailey’s first book, which was somewhat evident to me when it came to technical aspects of style such as pace, balance, minor editing issues, and some character developing. However, her voice is unique, the storyline is interesting, entertaining, and fun to read. The characters were colorful, and genuine. I really enjoyed reading this book. The pace was a little slow in the beginning, but I was captivated so much by the storyline that I could not put the book down. The story, the characters, and the mysterious knitting club made an awesome ride for me.
“The Future Memoir of Ann Jones” by Alex Bailey is a great debut. I recommend it as an entertaining light romantic mystery with a touch of darkness. It is light because it is not graphic, but make no mistake, in this story’s small town, the knitting club is no light matter!