Annie Crow Knoll: Sunrise

Annie Crow Knoll: Sunrise

by Gail Priest


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Annie Crow Knoll: Sunrise is a story of loss, grief, survival and the healing powers of friendship and nature. Annie is a strong-minded girl, who battles with her secretive mother to uncover the truth about her grandmother's suicide. At nineteen, she goes against social convention and trusts and relies on Bo, her family's African American friend and her surrogate father, as she struggles to save the fourteen summer rental cottages left to her by her parents. When the family legacy of depression emerges in her early adulthood, and Annie faces estrangement from her husband and young son, will she be able to embrace the love and acceptance that is offered by someone who has been there all along?

Annie Crow Knoll: Sunrise is the first novel in a literary fiction series by Gail Priest. In this family saga, the ties that bind and tear us apart twine together the people whose lives are changed by Annie's fierce determination and the beauty of her knoll nestled along the head-waters of the Chesapeake Bay.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780615858869
Publisher: Hayson Publishing
Publication date: 07/28/2013
Pages: 354
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.79(d)

About the Author

Gail Priest is the author of the Annie Crow Knoll series. Annie Crow Knoll: Sunrise debuted in 2013, and Annie Crow Knoll: Sunset was released on Sept. 14, 2014.

Gail lives in New Jersey, and during the spring, summer and autumn months, she and her husband rent a cottage on the Chesapeake Bay. This cottage community and the surrounding area are the inspiration for the Annie Crow Knoll series.
Gail's career in performing arts and education has allowed her to play various roles: teacher, adjunct college professor, guidance counselor, actor, director, and writer. Her play Eva's Piano was produced at the Dayton Playhouse in their 2000 New Play Festival. The play also received a staged reading at the Theatre at St. Clements in NYC. The Church Hill Theatre in Church Hill, Maryland staged a reading of her play A Thing with Feathers. As a professional actor, Gail has performed in several regional theatres. She has worked as a director at the Brick Playhouse in Philadelphia, Theatre Studio, Inc. in NYC and the Ritz Theatre in NJ.

Currently, Gail is writing the third and final book in this series. When she finishes Annie Crow Knoll: Moonrise, she plans to move onto a new set of characters, and the setting will likely be around the Philadelphia area.

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Annie Crow Knoll: Sunrise 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
rbwhitehill More than 1 year ago
Gail Priest writes one hell of a novel. Annie Crow Knoll: Sunrise, Book 1 in her series, is a deep warm tale delving into the rich lives of intriguing characters. You will want to spend time with the entire cast. Each character becomes a dear, trusted friend. As an Eastern Shoreman, I reveled in the keenly drawn, familiar locales of my youth to the point of homesickness. The only consolation to finishing this sweeping, yet intimate, epic was knowing that I had the next book in the trilogy, Annie Crow Knoll: Sunset, already cued up in my Kindle. Brava Gail Priest! Powerful work!
ruthhill74 More than 1 year ago
When I read through the first section of this book, I was not overly impressed. The writing style was good enough, and the story was fine, but I felt no real connection with the characters. I figured I would be awarding this book four stars. And as an added bonus, the morals were not too bad within the book--no bedroom scenes, and those who were intimate before marriage realized that the morals of the day would frown on that. I appreciated the fact that the profanity was minimal (and it never really go too bad over the course of the book).  From the moment I read the first few pages of the second section, I was blown away! The book took an unexpected turn, and all the foundational elements in the first section finally made sense. I found myself sympathizing with Annie, and in the back of my mind, I wondered about some of the mysteries that had been hinted at within the book. I was grateful when these secrets were revealed, and as the story went on, I began to understand Annie better. I very often felt as though I was experiencing her tragedies and triumphs right along with her. Because this book is somewhat historical in nature, I was quite happy to see that the author included integral elements of black and white racial relations. I didn't feel that the author went out of her way to include these examples; they were woven into the very framework of the story. I also relished the self-discovery journey that Annie took. It was also a great chance to see how much things have changed for the better in general. I can certainly recommend this book to just about anyone who enjoys a good story. While this book definitely ahs romance, that is not the focus of the book I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. I was not financially compensated, and all opinions are 100 percent mine.
Andrea_C More than 1 year ago
'Annie Crow Knoll' is one of those family sagas that leaves you with a warm and fuzzy feeling in your stomach as you join the main character along her journey. We first meet Annie as a headstrong nine year-old, peddling her bicycle off the end of the dock. Immediately we know that she has no fear and a mind of her own. These qualities can get her into trouble when she is a little kid, but serve her well throughout her life. She has a tenacious desire to fight for what is hers and she wants. She also has a heart of gold that softens the edge of that stubborn streak, and makes people love her more. Annie loses her parents way too young and is thrust into a grown-up world that she isn't quite ready to undertake. Yet, she is able to do so with grace and that ever-present determination. Her clients have watched her grow up and are rooting for her. Her best friend from childhood is dedicated to her. She also has a confident mystique that is attractive to many men through her life. These men cause a rollercoaster of feelings in her life, but she is able to take what they throw at her with maturity, and without the drama that some women would display. Annie is known as Annie Crow, because she has a pet crow that she takes everywhere with her. The crow is a creature that represents fearlessness and determination, insight and intelligence, mischief and magic. The balance of these characteristics is a perfect description of Annie, making the crow the best spirit animal to be a part of her life. Her relationship with the crow is one that haunts her and others in her community for the entire book, and helps to make her story come full circle. The descriptions of the knoll make your feel like you are right there experiencing her oasis with her. I found myself wanting to dive into the book, to see the magic for myself. It also made me flash back to summers as a kid, when I would get a weekend away with family. I thought this book was well-written, though the story arc was somewhat predictable. Even though you pretty much knew where it was headed, you still wanted to read on for the minute details that make this story a unique version of a common tale. You root for her success and wish her happiness in her life. When she does find her happy ending, you want to continue the story. But that is going to have to wait for the sequel.  
NikiMattes More than 1 year ago
What a heart warming story, Annie will drag you along into her live from the first page, she will make you laugh, cry with her.  The story is about Annie Crow Knoll how she grows up to a woman and all she goes through till then. I loved every minute of it and can't wait to read more! I received a free copy of this book for a honest review.
Ginas-Library More than 1 year ago
I received this book for a fair and honest review. This book grabs you and won't let go from the very first page. I found myself wanting to get back to Annie and read more when I was unable to get to my kindle that day. This is a book that makes you feel for the main character. Annie is a complicated soul. She has always lived on the Knoll. She has never wanted to live anywhere else. With the passing of her parents at a young age, she is left to run her family's summer cottages on her own. This is a coming of age story. However, it's so much more than that as well. The story follows Annie as a young girl to a grown woman with a family. I feel everyone can see themselves as Annie in different times of her life.  I highly enjoyed this book. I noticed it's part 1 of a series. I'd love to read the next one and will be looking for it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Oh my word, this book is fantastic! The story flows beautifully, telling the story of a summer retreat on the Chesapeake Bay through the eyes of Anne Crow. The author's vivid and poetic descriptions of the story setting left me feeling like I had been there, visiting with old friends. Additionally, the author masterfully explores racism, sexism and the intricacies of relationships without beating the reader over the head. I connected deeply with Annie, a spunky girl who craves independence and refuses to back down from what she believes in. I cannot recommend this book enough and anxiously await the next book in the series!