Annie Crow Knoll-Sunrise is the story of a place where people come to restore their spirits, heal their pain and reclaim their
Annie is a determined young woman who is left to run her family’s property after the death of her parents. Managing fourteen summer cottages with only the help of a family friend, she struggles to survive on her own. When she meets Drew, a young college professor, Annie thinks she’s finally found a love she can trust.
But years of conflict and pain destroy their bond and leave Annie alone again, unless she can find lasting peace and passion in the most unlikely arms.
In this family saga, love, loss and history twine together the people whose lives are changed by Annie’s determination and the magic of her knoll nestled along the head-waters of the Chesapeake Bay.
Gail Priest lives in New Jersey and summers in Maryland on the Chesapeake Bay with her husband and their cockatiel. In addition to writing novels, plays and screenplays, she teaches and directs in a high school performing arts program. She loves theatre, reading, birding and being out in nature.
Annie Crow Knoll: Sunrise is a beautiful story about Annie Crow, as she is lovingly called because of her pet crow Oliver, and her life on the Chesapeake Bay. The Knoll is a stretch of land beside the Bay where Annie’s parents had built 14 vacation cottages and rented them out each summer. Usually the same families rented the cottages each summer, and Annie grew up knowing them all very well. Annie had always been perfectly happy on the Knoll, and through the years she had made so many memories there.
It was a wonderful place to grow up except for the fact that the Knoll was hiding a secret from Annie that only her father and mother knew. The truth that she would eventually come to understand would force her to see her own mother in a new light.
Annie grew up, fell in love and was married on the Knoll. Her married life started out perfectly until she realized that she and her husband had many differences that couldn’t be resolved. When their son was only 14, Annie’s husband took him and moved to California after begging Annie to move with him.
Little did she know until so many years later that her true love was not far away. He had loved her since she was a little girl and always kept a watchful and caring eye on her throughout the years.
Annie Crow Knoll:Sunrise left me wishing that I could have had similar childhood memories of growing up in the Chesapeake Bay. What a beautiful place it must have been to wander and be at one with nature. The story also shows us how loved ones and times in our lives are fleeting, and that everything changes, even if we would rather keep things the same as always. Most importantly we must cherish these times, learn from mistakes and accept others for who they are.
The author did a wonderful job of bringing each of the characters to life for me as well. I felt as though I was a part of the story, coming along with Annie on the Knoll and sharing the same experiences.
I rate this book 5 stars because it is so beautifully written and thought provoking. It is a wonderful read for the nature lover as well and I look forward to reading much more from the author.
I received a copy of this book in exchange for a fair review, however my opinions are my own.
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