Annie Crow Knoll: Sunrise

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He nursed Sophie back up the bay, figuring he could solve the engine problem himself the next day. Instinct took over as he headed up his pier.

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People didn't visit by boat this time of year and certainly not at this time of night. Following that instinct, he made a quick detour to the house and grabbed his father's shotgun. It wasn't loaded, and Pack hadn't fired it since he was fourteen. However, when his dad pushed on the poor dead bird's chest and the escaping air made a honk, there was no joy in it for young Packard.

He never hunted again. I shouldn't have left her alone for so many days , Pack chided himself while crossing the field, feeling foolish carrying an unloaded shotgun. 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. May 07, Donna Galanti rated it really liked it. I enjoyed Annie's story and looked forward to returning to my characters each night. Priest definitely has a knack for creating characters to love and empathize with.

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Editorial Reviews. About the Author. Gail Priest is the author of the Annie Crow Knoll series. Annie Crow Knoll: Sunrise debuted in , and Annie Crow Knoll: . Annie Crow Knoll book. Read 21 reviews from the world's largest community for readers. Annie Crow Knoll-Sunrise is the story of a place where people come.

Annie and Packard are especially endearing - as is Bo. The book spans a few decades and I did wish for longer sections of some parts of Annie's life to delve deeper into her as a character such as her depression and secondary characters like her son - both parts I felt were not given their due.

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But I loved the setting of the Knol I enjoyed Annie's story and looked forward to returning to my characters each night. But I loved the setting of the Knoll on the Chesapeake Bay and was drawn to it as Annie was - and could understand how a place can take a hold of you and lead you down destiny's path. It was a book that I actually wish was longer for an enriched experience. Wonderful story about family, friends, secrets, coming of age, and social ills of the times, civil rights! It's about Annie's life from young childhood on the knoll on Chesapeake Bay, where her parents owned rental cottages that families would rent for the Summer or weekly, some year after year.

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I could write pages but I encourage you to read it! It's endearing, well written, will completely transport you to a simpler time where kids still played outside! I loved it, have started reading Sunset Wonderful story about family, friends, secrets, coming of age, and social ills of the times, civil rights! I loved it, have started reading Sunset and look forward to reading Moonrise! Delightful story. Very appealing characters in a setting you won't want to leave.

Can't wait for the next one! Sep 16, Lori Byrd rated it it was amazing. There was nothing I didn't love about this book. I loved the characters, the story line, the wording, the descriptions, the pace I can't wait to read more. Amazing read. One of the best I've read this year! A most delightful read I loved this tale of love, forgiveness, grief and family!

I could not put it down!!!

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Jun 20, Victoria Lees rated it liked it. We watch Annie learn about boys and how to stand up for others. A sassy little girl, Annie eventually understands to respect and trust others. When her parents are tragically killed in a car accident, nineteen-year-old Annie Annie Crow Knoll: Sunrise by Gail Priest is the first novel in this contemporary story series. Annie becomes wiser than her years when her estranged Great-Grandma dies and leaves her entire estate to an African American butler and Annie must stop an angry mob from destroying the estate.

The reader is placed into vivid scenes and feels along with Annie as she deals with mourning, racism, divorce, and a family history of depression. But we also cheer when she discovers the true meaning of friendship and love. The first book in the Annie Crow Knoll series recounts a marvelous story of a young girl who is determined, brave, and strong. From the moment I met her in those first chapters, I loved her. She is the kind of character I want to be friends with; she is fearless.

Her story takes you from her early years until middle age. It delves into many subjects like racism, post-partum depression, domestic violence, and family secrets. The author provides a vivid backdrop to this story in the Chesapeake Bay. It is almost a character in the book. I could picture it in my mind, as the seasons changed and as Annie changed.

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The author used the culture of that area to make the story even more real. There were so many great characters in this book. And the author made me love them and hate them. From the kind doctor who was so compassionate to Annie to the despicable people with racist beliefs, the characters were varied and genuine.

Her best friend who loves Annie and is always there for her was a favorite of mine. The people in this book were authentic, flawed, and relatable.

I enjoyed reading about their lives as time passed. The crow was not only the inspiration for her nickname; he was her friend and I think much like Annie. He did what he wanted, he was daring, and he was a loyal friend. I adored the image of Annie and her crow biking around the Knoll. She had to face difficult situations and she got through them with bravery and friends. She grew up. She fell in love. She became a mother. I cannot wait for the next book. It will leave an imprint on your heart. I think you should have both red and white wine with this book. A Sauvignon Blanc would be good and a nice Shiraz.

I loved the title character of Annie. She is another strong woman, like many of the books I have read lately. It is possible to be both strong and vulnerable. Annie Crow Knoll: Sunrise is a cozy, comfortable read, thanks to the beautiful description of the Chesapeake Bay and surrounding area, and also due to the realistic dialogue. I could picture the swells and buffets of the waves on the shore.

I stood next to Annie and her best friend Grace as they chatted about their love lives. Gail Priest creates a tangible world that you will want to live in. This part of the story reminded me of some stories in my own family that were not revealed until after my great-grandmother died. I am glad that we live in the modern age even though it may feel like a little too much information sometimes.

My only problem with the book was the not-quite omniscient perspective. Other than that this is a lovingly written tribute to a time not-so-long-ago and not-so-far-away. A good story about how people change and how they don't. There were some surprises I didn't expect, places I mourned with the characters, and places where I didn't see the whole situation the way some of the characters did.

People are unpredictable and confusing just as this book portrays. You get hooked into the characters from the very beginning. Troy Braun rated it it was amazing Sep 02, Cheryl rated it it was amazing Sep 17, Blue rated it really liked it May 20, Judith E. Harlow rated it really liked it Dec 23, Yvonne Lemane rated it it was amazing Nov 25, Linn rated it really liked it Aug 23, Mary B.

Southard rated it it was amazing Oct 04, Megan rated it liked it Sep 14, Pat Hale rated it really liked it Jul 22, There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Return to Annie Crow Knoll. Nate Bidwell blamed his mother Annie for his parents' divorce. Buried hurts and resentments between mother and son make Nate reluctant to risk his heart when his childhood friend Beth Ann offers him her own. Instead, he allows himself to fall in love with the fragile and dependent June, and Annie's opposition to their marriage reignites years of unresolved conflict with her only child.

Instead, he opens his dream restaurant in Manhattan and tirelessly works to build his career as a chef.