All Is Bright: An eShort Story [NOOK Book]

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AN ORIGINAL SHORT STORY FROM THE ACCLAIMED AUTHOR OF THE NOVELS THE OPPOSITE OF ME AND THE UPCOMING SKIPPING A BEAT . . .

Thirty-year-old Elise Andrews couldn’t bring herself to marry Griffin, her childhood friend turned sweetheart, so she let him walk away. Eight months after their breakup, she arrives in her hometown of Chicago on Christmas Eve and hears a voice from the past calling her name in the grocery store. It’s Griffin’s mother, ...

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All Is Bright: An eShort Story

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Overview

AN ORIGINAL SHORT STORY FROM THE ACCLAIMED AUTHOR OF THE NOVELS THE OPPOSITE OF ME AND THE UPCOMING SKIPPING A BEAT . . .

Thirty-year-old Elise Andrews couldn’t bring herself to marry Griffin, her childhood friend turned sweetheart, so she let him walk away. Eight months after their breakup, she arrives in her hometown of Chicago on Christmas Eve and hears a voice from the past calling her name in the grocery store. It’s Griffin’s mother, Janice, who invites Elise over for a neighborhood gathering of eggnog and carols.

Walking into Janice’s house sends Elise tumbling headlong into memories of her relationship with Griffin—and with Janice, who exudes the kind of warmth Elise ached for after her own mom passed away when she was six. But Griffin has moved on, and suddenly Elise doubts her decision to give him up and lose her chance at being folded into his wonderful family. Confused and reeling, she goes in search of an answer to a universal question: How do we say good-bye to people we’ve loved without losing everything they’ve meant to us?

Heartwarming and witty, All Is Bright is a charming story about coming home for the holidays—and finding gifts in the most unexpected of places.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781451642575
  • Publisher: Washington Square Press
  • Publication date: 12/21/2010
  • Sold by: SIMON & SCHUSTER
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 7,549
  • File size: 873 KB

Meet the Author

Sarah Pekkanen
Sarah Pekkanen is the internationally bestselling author of The Opposite of Me, Skipping a Beat, These Girls, and The Best of Us as well as a series of linked short stories for ereaders. Her work has been published in numerous magazines and newspapers. She lives with her family, including a rescue dog and cat, in Chevy Chase, Maryland.
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Customer Reviews

Average Rating 3.5
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  • Posted September 25, 2011

    Short and sweet

    This was a VERY short story. It was actually only 20 pages out of the 39. By the end, I was very interested in the characters. But I felt like it ended abruptly and would love to have read more.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 28, 2012

    Short and Sweet!

    I was so involved in the story that I was sad when it ended. I would love to, someday be able to read the middle and ending if ever they are written.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 23, 2012

    I would love to give this 0 stars

    I was very into this story and it's characters, and had just gotten warmed up and pulled into the plot when it all ended. It was so short I thought it was a prologue. Words cannot describe the disappointment.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 26, 2011

    Too short to be sweet

    I just finished Skipping a Beat and loved it! Unfortunately I am very disappointed eith how short this story was. it said 39 pages but actually ended on29. very mislesding and disappointing.

    2 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 23, 2010

    The perfect gift for yourself.

    All Is Bright is a short story by DC area author Sarah Pekkanen. Short, sweet and leaving you begging for more, All Is Bright is the perfect holiday gift for yourself or for your girlfriends. One you will want to read time and again.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 30, 2013

    Teaser

    A beautifuly written story which ends abruptly----obviously a teaser to encourage purchase of the follow-up.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 21, 2013

    Good

    I liked this book so much. The ending was kinda rushed. But I'm sure there is a sequel. J... :-@

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 4, 2013

    Nice story...

    though a bit short. Then agsin, it IS a short story :-).

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 2, 2014

    forgotten I'd read this

    I apparently really liked the description of this book because I had forgotten I'd read it already and started reading it again!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 29, 2013

    I dont like stories that stop without an ending

    No

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 28, 2013

    Did not get interested

    Ble

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 9, 2013

    Read

    A have to read book;)

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 29, 2013

    You will fall in love with the characters!

    I adore e-short stories! Sarah is a wonderful author (I just discovered with her new book “The Best of Us” (a 5 star), which I read first, so diving into reading her other previous books. (I usually start with new ones which pull me into the author and then start backwards).

    Being in the online media world, front covers are a big draw as well as reading works of my favorite authors---especially with e-books, as the crisp colors are so appealing since you do not have the typical print front cover to view. All Is Bright has a feel good, rich front cover just as Love Accidently) especially if you live in South Florida where you never see snow. E-stories are very short-- you can start at midnight, get teased and a “preview” of what is to come, plus they are inexpensive.

    The story grabs you from the beginning as Elise who still thinks about her childhood sweetheart Griff, a guy she has dated most of her life and chose not to marry him when he asked as she felt the spark was just not there.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 13, 2013

    Lovely

    Very short story but of a romance let go

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 22, 2013

    Sweet....but.....

    It was waaaaaaaaayyyy to short

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  • Posted January 4, 2013

    Check out the full review at Kritters Ramblings A short and

    Check out the full review at Kritters Ramblings




    A short and sweet holiday read that was perfect for the season.  It was a simple reminder to treasure those who are near whether they are our true family or a new family that has surrounded you.  I have a traditional family that I enjoy celebrating holidays with, but I also have an extended family of friends that I hold just as close throughout the year.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 10, 2012

    Deputy Den

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 7, 2012

    Blackheart

    I will be your mate i am here first. C u at 5:15 eastern.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 27, 2011

    Too short

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  • Posted January 15, 2011

    more from this reviewer

    Short and sweet

    I obviously knew that it was a short story, but I didn't anticipate how short it would be. Since "All is Bright" was just a few chapters, I am going to aim my review more at Sarah Pekkanen rather than her story. I am impressed how rich of a history and backdrop she could paint with so few words. Only a few pages in, I was pulled into the life of Elise, the main character. Elise exposes us to a rage of emotions that made me feel immediately sympathetic to her situations. A delightful and funny cast was set around her. My absolute favorite part was reading Nana's character. I adore snarky grandma types that can fix the world's problems with their advice. The part I liked the least was the abrupt ending. I was so surprised where it ended that I felt shocked rather than sad that it was over.

    Conclusion:
    Over all, this is a testament to the incredible author Sarah Pekkanen is. Secretly I am hoping that this is a test story and that she will write a full novel with these characters. I would read it in a heartbeat. "All is Bright" would be a perfect read for a short trip or a quiet evening. It also includes a sneak peak at "Skipping a Beat" as well as the first chapter of "The Opposite of Me". So there is plenty to keep you hungry for more.

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