Coming of Age Fiction
About the Book:
Annie is a determined young woman who is left to run her family’s property after the death of her parents. Managing fourteen summer cottages with only the help of a family friend, she struggles to survive on her own. When she meets Drew, a young college professor, Annie thinks she’s finally found a love she can trust.
But years of conflict and pain destroy their bond and leave Annie alone again, unless she can find lasting peace and passion in the most unlikely arms.
In this family saga, love, loss and history twine together the people whose lives are changed by Annie’s determination and the magic of her knoll nestled along the head-waters of the Chesapeake Bay.
I loved the title character of Annie. She is another strong woman, like many of the books I have read lately. It makes me proud to see women “rescue” themselves in novels, yet still want a man to comfort and love them. It is possible to be both strong and vulnerable. Annie “Crow” is one of these strong yet vulnerable women.
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 book reveals two important life lessons that Annie learns as she “grows up.” The first lesson is about how people treat each other. The book is mostly set in the pre-civil rights South of the 1950s and ’60s. It is a real reminder of how far we’ve come in relations between people of different colors and how young children are inherently color blind until adults teach them otherwise.
The other lesson is about how far we’ve come in dealing with mental illness over the years. After Annie’s grandmother dies, some truths are revealed to Annie about the history of her family which give her some insight into her own life and feelings. 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. Especially in the beginning it was a little difficult to tell which character’s perspective I was following. Other than that this is a lovingly written tribute to a time not-so-long-ago and not-so-far-away.
I give Annie Crow Knoll: Sunrise 4 1/2 crows.
I received a complimentary copy of this book through Promotional Book Tours. All opinions are 100% my own.
Gail Priest lives in New Jersey and summers in Maryland on the Chesapeake Bay with her husband and their cockatiel. In addition to writing novels, plays and screenplays, she teaches and directs in a high school performing arts program. She loves theatre, reading, birding and being out in nature
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