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Book Excerpt from Sunrise by Annie Crow Knoll plus giveaway
Annie Crow Knoll-Sunrise is the story of a place where people come to restore their spirits, heal their pain and reclaim their
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.
pregnant,” Drew blurted out to a paint spattered Packard, who
stunned in front of
a huge canvas of blues and greens. A brilliant red was dripping
the brush he held
limp in his hand.
Drew dropped onto
the sofa by the wood burning stove. He sank low into the
tired springs and
threw one arm over his face.
before putting down his wet brush and pulling over a stool to
“I’d assume that
congratulations are in order, but you don’t look too
“No. She doesn’t
even know that I know.”
“She didn’t tell
“No.” Drew lowered
his arm and met Pack’s gaze. “She hasn’t told me yet.”
“How do you know?”
“Doc’s wife let it
“Yeah, a real
banner week for the Bidwells.”
“Why hasn’t Annie
“Hell if I
concerned that you’re too upset about not getting the
“Maybe she’s afraid
that you won’t be happy about the baby.”
Pack felt a surge
of anger in his chest and throat. He clenched and unclenched
right hand. “Well
for God’s sake, Drew! No wonder she hasn’t told you.”
Drew threw his arm
back over his face again. “I don’t know what to do,” he
“You’re going to
pull yourself together and go home and take her into your
and tell her that
“You’ve got to take
care of her, Drew. She’s pregnant with your baby. You’re
her husband. It’s
your job to convince her that everything will be fine.”
“Okay, okay,” Drew
hauled himself up off the sofa. “You’re right. I’m being
Packard added and stood, slapping a big hand on Drew’s
“Go take care of
your wife. She’s frightened. That’s why she hasn’t told
himself toward the studio doors. He raised a hand, a gesture
saying a word or turning to look back at his friend.
As Packard threw
red over the cool blues and greens, he pictured himself
Annie into his
arms, reassuring her, comforting her, and awaiting his
Then he shook the
image out of his head. Packard would have to trust that
could do the
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