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All Is Bright: An eShort Story [Kindle Edition]

Sarah Pekkanen
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (80 customer reviews)

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Book Description


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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About the Author

Sarah Pekkanen is the internationally bestselling author of The Opposite of Me, Skipping a Beat, These Girls, The Best of Us, and Catching Air, 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.

Product Details

  • File Size: 494 KB
  • Print Length: 47 pages
  • Publisher: Washington Square Press (December 21, 2010)
  • Sold by: Simon and Schuster Digital Sales Inc
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004GXB3ZI
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,139 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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103 of 122 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Disclaimer needed January 8, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Although I enjoyed this short story, I certainly wouldn't have bought the book if I'd realized it wasn't a novel. This is the second time in a row I've purchased what I thought was a novel on kindle, and found a short story followed by excerpts. I think there needs to be a disclaimer.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Indulge, It's worth it! December 22, 2010
Format:Kindle Edition
All is Bright is a short story by Sarah Pekkanen, author of "The Opposite of Me" and soon to be released "Skipping a Beat." The story takes a look at the love and heartache of a woman named Elise who deals with her feelings regarding a love let go. Elise discovers that sometimes letting go is the best thing you can do for someone you truly love as well as yourself. She learns a wonderful lesson about love an acceptance in the process. This short story was sweet, emotional, engaging and comical. I laughed out loud at many parts of this story. Sarah has a wonderful ability to connect with the should of her reader. Every woman will be able to connect to this story on some level.

As I was reading I felt the thoughts and feelings Elise was going through, even those left unsaid. I appreciated the wisdom and humor of the Seven Widows of Windham. Ms. Pekkanen truly is a talented author and has definitely chosen the right genre! All is Bright is the perfect short story to read this Christmas! If your looking for that little something extra to give to a sister, girlfriend, mom, daughter or maybe even your grandma, All is Bright is the perfect stocking stuffer! Personally I suggest it as a gift to yourself for all the holiday shopping, wrapping, traveling, cooking or anything else you have been doing for others this season. The story would make a great bedtime read for Christmas Eve, or a relaxing read by the fire with some hot cocoa or wine! Best of all the book ends with bonus material!! If your dying to read "Skipping a Beat" you can preview it by buying All is Bright!

In short, it is TOTALLY worth the .99 cents! Go ahead, Indulge!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Short and sweet January 15, 2011
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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.

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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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Short story! How about a long thought? September 7, 2011
By Bun
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Another of those short stories that are so short you wonder why you bothered paying .99 cents and went to the trouble of downloading! The premise was reasonably interesting, but why write something that is totally incomplete? Don't waste your time or money.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Short story... What? July 7, 2011
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Thank goodness it was only 99 cents but nowhere in the description did it mention that this book was not a novel. It took me 15 minutes to read. I could have used that time to find a book that would last me a lot longer!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun March 17, 2013
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Sarah Pekkanen has a nice line with these novellas; my only complaint is that they are too short. A fun read with a likeable main character - like all of Pekkanen's books - I recommend it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars All is Bright March 7, 2013
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The Story was Ok, but it was too short of a story, I think they could have expanded it more. Thats why I was disappointed.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars disappointed February 29, 2012
By stacy
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I thought I was purchasing a novel instead of a short story...never would have Pd .99 if I would have known that in the first place.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Decent
This was a decent short story. Cute and enjoyable. If you're interested in a quick lovely read pick it up.
Published 14 days ago by Kindle Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Bittersweet!
It ended way too soon for me. That is the bitter part. The rest was super sweet.
I like the characters, and have a feeling we are set up for the next book to be spectacular... Read more
Published 1 month ago by fredamans
5.0 out of 5 stars Good reading
I really enjoyed reading this. Although forgot when I got to the end that it was a 'short story' and wanted more.
Published 1 month ago by Mme Linda THOMAS
4.0 out of 5 stars Great SS.
You get wrapped up in it and wish it was longer, 5 stars for another SS with the wedding.
Published 2 months ago by Serena Schipper
5.0 out of 5 stars Cute story.
Cute story. All about long-time friends who just couldn't take the final step into marriage. And the ending is just perfect!
Published 3 months ago by S. Haber
4.0 out of 5 stars Lovely short story
This was a lovely short story by one of my favorite authors. It basically follows a woman's life for a 36 hour trip home over the holidays following a breakup with her first love. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Bellingham Bookworm
4.0 out of 5 stars need to get the next book to satisfy.
Very short, need to get the next book to satisfy.
Published 4 months ago by Carol O.
3.0 out of 5 stars Nothing bright about it.
The cover is so depressing...makes me want to cry for this said person...nothing bright there. All of her book covers are showing the person from the back only. Read more
Published 6 months ago by sharj
3.0 out of 5 stars Too short for a short story!
I gave this story 3 stars not because of the quality, but because of its length. I love the premise and I already expected it to be short, but I was surprised by how really, really... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Kristel V.
4.0 out of 5 stars Good author introduction
A well written short story and a good introduction to Sarah Pekkanen.
Published 8 months ago by Katieq
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More About the Author

Sarah Pekkanen is the internationally-bestselling author of the novels THINGS YOU WON'T SAY, CATCHING AIR, THE BEST OF US, THESE GIRLS, SKIPPING A BEAT and THE OPPOSITE OF ME. Please find her on Facebook and twitter @sarahpekkanen!

BIO: Sarah is the mother of three boys, which explains why she wrote part of her novel at Chuck E. Cheese. Seriously. Sarah penned her first book, Miscellaneous Tales and Poems, at the age of 10. When publishers failed to jump upon this literary masterpiece (hey, all the poems rhymed!) Sarah followed up by sending them a sternly-worded letter on Raggedy Ann stationery. Sarah still has that letter, and carries it to New York every time she has meetings with her publisher, as a reminder that dreams do come true. At least some dreams - Brad Pitt has yet to show up on her doorstep wearing nothing but a toolbelt and asking if she needs anything fixed. So maybe it's only G-rated dreams that come true. Please visit

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