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Annie Crow Knoll: Sunrise Paperback – July 28, 2013
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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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When her parents are tragically killed in a car accident, nineteen-year-old Annie must turn to the family’s African American friend Bo in order to keep the Knoll going. 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. Even when she marries, Annie must deal with discrimination in the hierarchy of the wives of her husband’s fellow professors.
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.
If you are looking for a good summer read, I suggest you get Annie Crow Knoll: Sunrise by Gail Priest. Then, like me, you can spend some time living on The Knoll and experiencing life’s ups and downs with some great characters.
By Gail Priest
Annie Crow Knoll: Sunrise, is the delightful story of Annie growing up on the Chesapeake Bay, loved by her parents and surrounded by friends. Annie Crow's parents owned and ran the collection of summer cottages, as did Annie when her parents died. This book touched upon most of the main themes of life and death, but the story remains one of hope and healing. The changing perspective didn't bother me as it did some of other reviews. The changes flowed from one to the next and I found them to be easy to follow. The different voices added great depth to the story.
The story has blunt truths and captures the essence of the time period, both good and bad. The situations are believable and the characters very true to life.